Megan Behn, 18, of Weyauwega, Wis., a senior at Weyauwega-Fremont High School, helped raise nearly $170,000 to build a new animal shelter for the Humane Society of Waupaca County, and has been a leader in a variety of other activities that benefit animals in her community. "I was motivated to do this volunteer work because I love animals and teaching," Megan said. "I believe that the Humane Society fills an important role within our county."
As her school service club's project manager for all activities related to animals, Megan was well-positioned to take action when the Humane Society announced a new building campaign. She, along with a former student, began planning a fund-raising "pet walk." Megan obtained permission to hold the event on school property and made presentations to her fellow service club members to recruit volunteers. She worked with Humane Society officials to publicize the walk, asked local businesses to provide sponsorships, and encouraged residents to make contribution pledges. The pet walk was such a big success that Megan soon scheduled another one, and a local philanthropist matched all of the proceeds. Megan also helped raise money for the Humane Society at soup suppers, fish dinners, dances and other events; helped middle school volunteers make dog biscuits to sell at holiday craft fairs; and coordinated a "Trick or Treat for the Pets" fund-raiser at Halloween. In addition, she is working to educate the public about the procedures to follow when evacuating pets and farm animals in a crisis.