Clare Lewis12th Grade
Laurel Springs senior Clare Lewis has done volunteer work in the past, but her work with the Stone’s Buddies organization this year has made a profound impact on her life.
Last September, Clare began working with Stone’s Buddies at the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, New York. She quickly learned about the group’s mission to provide comfort for families who have children living with chronic illness. In her volunteer work, Clare helps with everything from day-to-day administrative tasks, such as office work, as well as helping to plan and run the many events that Stone’s Buddies hosts for its members.
Stone’s Buddies has a close partnership with Buffalo’s professional sports teams; athletes from the teams attend the group’s events and participate in activities such as making gingerbread houses, exchanging silly bands, and just hanging out with the children. Clare said that “The players are the kids’ idols, and to see these guys be so animated with the kids is wonderful.”
Clare’s work with Stone’s Buddies is important, and Laurel Springs plays a pivotal role. Stone’s Buddies Program Coordinator Theresa Kennedy said, “Clare’s flexibility is wonderful – her schedule can be changed to meet the demands of the program.”
Clare said, “The time I spend planning events doesn’t impede my schoolwork in any way and I couldn’t do this without the flexibility Laurel Springs gives me.”
Clare’s volunteer work has changed her as a person. “I always thought I knew what I would do with my life. Now, I think about healthcare administration as a possible career. I love what I’m doing. This experience has opened my eyes to other opportunities.”