Volunteers of the Month – December

Volunteers of the Month – Distinguished Young Women of Ellensburg 

We have had the great pleasure of working with the Distinguished Young Women of Ellensburg at our annual Teddy Bear Tea event for many years. This group is truly top notch and gives you the upmost faith that “kids these days” are hardworking, thoughtful, professional, and generous. This year, we were able to work with Tess Preppernau, Madison Thompson, Sophie Hanson and Annie Kang, four wonderful young women who showed excitement and dedication in their volunteer work.

At Teddy Bear Tea, their tasks vary from welcoming people as they arrive, to helping kids with crafts, to clearing the tables after lunch, to helping clean up after the event concludes. I have never worked with a group who needed less direction. You tell these girls what you need of them, and they will deliver!

When I asked why they decided to join Distinguished Young Women, the answers varied from carrying on family values rooted in volunteer work, to wanting to give back to a community that gives so much to its youth programs, to simply staying productive.

“I feel like volunteering is a much more productive use of time than just going home and sitting around,” Annie Kang said.

High School students who don’t want to go home and sit around? How is that for busting a stereotype?

The Distinguished Young Women don’t just volunteer at Teddy Bear Tea. They have helped with events like the Veterans Day Parade and Gallery One’s annual Paint Ellensburg.

“I like that it’s always something different,” said Tess Preppernau.

Outside of their schedules packed with school, volunteer work, and 4H, the Distinguished Young Women enjoy living in beautiful Central Washington by floating the Yakima River with family, enjoying the Kittitas County Fair and Rodeo, and hanging out with friends at D&M Coffee.

Thank you so much to the Distinguished Young Women of Ellensburg for their help!