City of Manitowoc Volunteer of the Year 2016

Congratulations, Lia!!! We are so proud of you and all of the accomplishments you have made since creating the Hopeful Hearts Club. You are a joy to work with and you have touched so many hearts! Thank you for being you!

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2016 Tom Drill/City of Manitowoc Volunteer of the Year: Lia Haile

Lia now has her name permanently inscribed in the sidewalk along the river by City Hall along the “volunteer walk of fame”.

Lia founded the Hopeful Hearts Club in 2012 with only 3 members (herself and 2 friends). Today the Club has over 700 members who work hard to bring love and joy to the less fortunate kids and families in Manitowoc County. Lia works hard to make sure everyone has enough to eat, a safe place to sleep and hope for a better tomorrow.

Grade/School/Age: 7th/Wilson/12 years old
Favorite subject: Social Studies/History

Honors over the last 12 months:

Appeared in the US Cellular Future of Good Award documentary and received $10,000 (to Hope House)
Appeared in People Magazine as one of their Hometown Heroes for 2016
Her Club was chosen by Hero Highlight, Inc as one of their Giving Back Stories for 2016
Appeared on People TV
Appeared on Rachel Ray and received a $5,000 Toys R Us Gift Card
Will be the Green Bay Packers Kick Off Kid at the Oct 16 home game

In the last 4 years:

Kohl’s Cares Scholarship
Daily Point of Light Award by George W. Bush
Everyday Young Hero Award by youth Service America
Community Achiever Award by the Milwaukee Brewers
Summer of Service Grant by Disney
Volunteer of the Year by Lakeshore CAP
Spirit of Community Award by Prudential
Presidential Gold Service Award

Over the last 4 years Lia has planned and organized over 50 birthday parties and other special events for the kids at Hope House. Every party is unique, just like each child.

Every year, she coordinates a food drive in the spring, a school supply drive in the summer and a toy drive in the winter. She has collected thousands of items (toys, food, books, hygiene products, household products, clothing, back packs, school supplies) – all to benefit the less fortunate families in our community.

She also provides Welcome Bags for every child who first walks in the doors at Hope House. (The bags have items like shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, home made pillow case, home made blanket and a stuffed animal.)

Last summer, Lia also coordinated a backyard project with Lowe’s, Hamann and Above and Beyond Landscaping to create a fun, safe amazing backyard area for the kids and families at the shelter.

Lia also provides annual holiday dinners (Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas) for all the families at Hope House.

Finally in early 2016, Lia started a Kindness Closet at Stangel Elementary so disadvantaged families could shop free of charge for items like clothing, shoes, hygiene products and outerwear.

Created by: Justin Nickels  August 10 at 6:40pm · Manitowoc, WI