The Hopewell Valley League of Women Voters presented Hopewell Valley Central High School student Erica Otters with the 2018 League Community Service Award. The $500 award, established in 1985, recognizes a public or private high school senior who resides in Hopewell Valley and has demonstrated commitment to school, church, or community through active volunteer work while also demonstrating the promise of continued involvement. Erica was presented with the Award by League Leadership on Monday, June 15, 2018.
Erica was nominated for the Award by Kathleen Hoarn in recognition of Erica’s numerous contributions to the community and continued dedication to the pursuit of improved healthcare services for all. She is a member of the CRASH Youth Club with the St. James Catholic Church and has participated in many community and national volunteer service activities including the Work Camp and the Loaves and Fishes food pantry in Trenton, NJ. Erica also volunteers locally as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the Hopewell Borough Fire Department and also trains junior volunteers.
Erica’s increasing involvement as an EMT has furthered her passion for healthcare – and she has not been limited by geography. In 2017, Erica volunteered through the Projects Abroad Organization to travel to Ghana for 3 weeks. During her stay, she worked to educate children about malaria and cholera and served in pop-up clinics in different communities. Erica also pursued the opportunity to spend time in the NICU, Labor & Delivery Unit of a local hospital, affording her an additional opportunity to gain hands-on experience and awareness of healthcare challenges in another country.
“Erica’s volunteer efforts locally and abroad, coupled with her clear promise of continued contribution to her community, made her an outstanding candidate for the League’s Award,” said Theresa Menders, chair of the Hopewell Valley League Service Award Committee, inviting the community to join in celebrating Erica and her accomplishments.
About the Hopewell Valley League of Women Voters: The League of Women Voters works to register voters and provide voters with election information through voter guides as well as candidate forums. Founded nationally in 1920, the League of Women Voters is celebrating its 54th year in Hopewell Valley. Because of the success of the League’s Annual Fund Drive, the League has been able to present annual Service Awards to outstanding local high school graduates since 1985. For information on League membership, call Joann Held at 609-737-0867 or contact her via HVLeague@gmail.com.