Volunteer of the week: Emily Potter

Published 9:39 am Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Emily Potter is a senior at Dowagiac Union High School. The 17-year-old has had a busy senior year thus far, recently starring in the school’s rendition of “Beauty and the Beast.” She was recently recognized for her volunteer efforts by the district’s board of education.

Emily Potter

How old are you and what grade are you in? 

I am 17 years old, and I’m a senior at Dowagiac Union High School.

Where do you volunteer?

I volunteer for the Pokagon Band, and I am on the Native Nations Youth Council where we do a bunch of large and small volunteer projects like adopting a highway and featuring a booth at a powwow. I also volunteer at Van Buren Youth Camp where I am a volunteer camp counselor and helper with Red Cross blood drives. I also have been doing volunteer things with the fine arts boosters.

How long have you volunteered with those groups?

I’ve been a volunteer with the Pokagon Band for about two years, VBYC for four years and the fine arts boosters for six years.

Why did you start volunteering with those places?

It started because I was doing it for fun, then it started to feel like a norm.

Why do you continue volunteering your time with those places?

It’s fun working with people and seeing the smile on people’s faces.

Why do you think it’s important for people to volunteer their time, energy and resources locally?

Honestly, it makes you feel like a better person when you do. It also, in a way, unites us as a community. No matter how small or how big a project is, you’re stepping in the right direction. Volunteering might not change the world, but it could change one person’s day or life.