On Saturday, April 29, The LeaderShop held its annual Day of Service. Children, teens and adults had the opportunity to volunteer at eight different locations throughout the community. After volunteering in the morning, everyone gathered at The LeaderShop for lunch and group games.
LeaderShop/CEP alumnus Mike McNicholas spent the morning along the banks of Salt Creek. He and other members of the work crew filled several large garbage bags with litter that that had been dropped along the creek. Mike’s positive energy and attitude helped keep the group motivated as they worked.
After returning to the office, Mike purchased $100 worth of goodies sponsored by our High School Leadership Program to help fund its upcoming service trip to Ferguson, MO, just outside of St. Louis. Mike delighted other participants at the Day of Service by sharing the baked treats with them.
Heather Leininger, another TLS/CEP alum, shared her artistic talents by face painting at the Summit Library’s Health Fair in the morning and then continued to face-paint The LeaderShop volunteers in the afternoon at the picnic.
Throughout the afternoon, Heather consistently had a group of teens hanging out with her at the face painting table. They learned new skills as they observed her painting styles and Heather shared her thoughts about life and how we can all make a difference.
Almost everyone at the picnic received a sample of Heather’s exceptional artistic gift.
|Kid Connection||Kids at Work|
|Teen Up||Wise Up|
|Junior High Leadership Program||High School Leadership Program|
|After School Homework Program||Y Parties|
|Youth Council||Youth Advisory Board|
|Teen Leaders||Watch My Feet|
|Girls and Guys Groups||… and my favorite, Haunted Manor|
- “All this time I thought I was the one giving. Now I realize that I was the one receiving.”
- “I took the RA training in college and I already knew everything they taught us from being a Teen Leader.”
- “We were so lucky to have The LeaderShop (CEP)—I thought there were agencies like this in every community.”
- “I feel confident in my ability to interact with anyone, even if they are different than me, because of my diverse experience at The LeaderShop (CEP).”
Alumni Memories: Haunted Manor
“Ed Rice convinced me to come with him to help build some haunted house. Little did I know, this would be my favorite part of high school and the reason I majored in theatre and became a teacher. On our first day, Jim Upchurch (who I happened to think was cute … I was boy crazy), asked for volunteers to pick cattails for the swamp room. Ed, Kim Bloom, and I eagerly volunteered. Along with Jim’s little brother (“pop ‘n’ fresh”), we went to a remote place to pick these cattails. When it was time to leave, Jim realized his truck was stuck. This was 1996, so no one had cell phones and we didn’t realize there was a hotel nearby where we could have called for a ride.
“So we sat there for about six hours until Jim got the truck free. By the time we got back to the Haunted Manor location on Burlington Ave, it was late. Apparently, my dad had been waiting for hours at Haunted Manor for us. We were in so much trouble, and I was hooked. I can’t imagine my life with having the experience of CEP’s Haunted Manor! I am so grateful for the volunteer opportunity.”—Anna Louise Jakubka