Eloise Massee, 13, of Green Bay, Wis., an eighth-grader at Bay View Middle School, is co-chair of a committee at her school that raises funds and awareness to promote life-saving organ donations, and conducts other community service projects, as well. Over the past several years, Eloise has been a volunteer at a public library’s summer reading program, a science and engineering camp, and holiday dance clinics for students with special needs. So when she arrived at her current school, she wanted to get involved in a meaningful service activity. “Throughout my entire school life, I have always had a desire to become a leader and help others,” she said.
Eloise decided to join her school’s Northeast Wisconsin Donate Life and Community Service Committee and work on its biggest event, an annual walk to raise money for Donate Life Wisconsin. As a committee member, she helped recruit volunteers, coordinate with a national organ donation organization, advertise the event, register new organ donors and assist with the logistics. The walk raised more than $18,000 in 2018. This year, as co-chair of the committee, Eloise has set a fundraising goal of $20,000. “Right now there are 120,000 people throughout the United States awaiting an organ transplant,” said Eloise. “The annual walk helps ensure these wonderful people are given the gift of life.” In addition to the walk, Eloise’s committee has hosted a “Heavenly Hats Parade” to buy hats for cancer patients, and made plans to launch an annual toy and book drive.