It’s all about the youth, right? They are the future. The lessons and skills they learn now will guide them into adulthood. Whether parenting has helped or hindered a child’s growth, the outreached hand of a friend or confidant or mentor can bridge gaps and mold the solid relationships a child needs as they grow. The story of Chelsy and eight-year-old Theresa is an example of this dynamic.

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In college, Chelsy Spencer was looking for way to volunteer her time between classes. She found the Hour Children organization and signed up to become a mentor. Hour Children is also connected with MENTOR: National Mentoring Partnership, which helps mentoring programs across the country. Chelsy was matched with Theresa.

Chelsy and Theresa at Alicia Keys concert.

Theresa and Chelsy at Alicia Keys concert.

They spent time in New York City going to museums and parks. They went to concerts together and just spent time talking about life. Six years later, the pair continue to meet and have developed a solid bond.

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Tobi Shannon

Tobi Shannon is also working inspire youth to a better path in life. During a summer internship in 2014, Tobi worked with Youth Service America to help young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on community issues. Following her internship she stayed on to serve on the Global Youth Service Council within the organization. She also supports her family’s non-profit that provides high school students with opportunities to visit colleges and take tours.

Tobi and Chelsy are doing important work. They are volunteering their time and making an investment in the next generation. Whether that be the leaders or the ordinary citizens of tomorrow, all children c could use an outreached hand to grab onto. Those that offer their hand are some of the true celebrities in our society, committed to changing it for the better.

The farm families who own Cabot often volunteer in the communities in which they live and they hope to inspire others to do the same. The Cabot Community Celebrity Cruise was created to honor outstanding individuals in communities across the country committed to changing lives for the better. Over the next few months we will put the spotlight on these celebrities, who can inspire us all into action.

Cabot Creamery Cooperative and their partners are working to evolve the notion of celebrity as recognition of community service and volunteerism. The 1200 farm families who own Cabot Creamery Cooperative are often the first to volunteer in their own communities and that spirit of giving back permeates all we do. The Cabot Community Celebrities, along with our Reward Volunteers program, and the traveling Cabot Gratitude Grille illustrate the many ways our dairy farm families honor, amplify, and reward those who give time to do good.  Even simple acts can lead to big change. We are proud to work with sponsors such as AARP/Create the Good, National Cooperative Bank and the Points of Light’s Hands on Network to celebrate these good people for their good deeds and build networks of help that can last a lifetime.

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