Madelyn Grossman may only be a senior in high school, but her resume is three pages long. The bulk of it includes volunteer work she has done for PinnacleHealth, Hampden Township, Cumberland Valley School District, Bethany Village, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Central Pa. Food Bank.
The Cumberland Valley senior also participates in sports, including field hockey, soccer and softball, to name a few.
But of all the activities Madelyn has a hand in, it’s her work at the food bank that has had the greatest impact.
“The food bank is wonderful. You know time spent there is helping someone every day,” Madelyn said.
Her work has not only impacted her, but it’s impacted the food bank, too.
“Maddie start out through the Junior Advisory Council, but she kept moving forward and looking for way to help keep the youth going, even after the council dissolved,” said Chris Gray, volunteer and food drive coordinator.
Gray said Madelyn also started a Key Club at her school, which helps out once a month at the food bank. “We can’t do what we do without volunteers,” Gray said. “It’s hard to get students to do anything, let along start a club. To have a youth so engaged as to bring other kids on board to volunteer—that’s a pretty big deal.”
In addition to providing volunteers, Madelyn also donated her time on a project. “She did some neat data analysis of our freezer blanket program to see if the bags are truly effective,” Gray said. “We found out our freezer blankets are doing a great job.”
Madelyn said she enjoys giving back to those less fortunate.
“I take for granted every day that I can walk into my kitchen and have options,” she said. “I like to look in the mirror and know I’ve made a difference and was able to help.”
After graduation, Madelyn the daughter of Jim and Lynn Grossman, said she hopes to study accounting or finance in college.
Andrea Ciccocioppo is editor of Central Penn Parent.