2017-09 - Emily Gaboriault

“There are so many people that need our help and I refuse to ignore it. I also just love knowing that I could’ve made someone’s day or brought some light into their life,” Sixteen year Emily Gaboriault of Central Falls, RI said of her volunteering experiences.  

“The soup kitchen is right across the street from my school and I’ve been volunteering there since freshmen year and I had always wanted to get involved helping a soup kitchen. My mother is a teacher assistant at Central Falls High School and she works with the special education students and I’ve always gone to all the events with her and started volunteering when I was in 8th grade. When I came to Saint Rays as a freshman, I noticed that there were no recycling bins in our cafeterias so I made it my personal mission to get them there. The recycling program has been up and running since January of 2017 and I am the president of the recycling club and we are in charge of maintaining and changing the recycling bins every week,” states Gaboriault.

Now in their third year, the Metta Students non-profit foundation awards $1,000 grants to students who pay it forward or #sharemetta. To date, they have awarded $45,000. Friday, September 29th, the Metta Students Foundation had an award ceremony at St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, RI. Members of the media attended.

Norm Kelly, founder of Software Quality Associates in Providence, created the Metta Students Foundation in October of 2012 after learning of one teen’s act of kindness toward another teen. “Metta means love and kindness,” states Norm Kelly. “We are thankful to all of our winners for making a positive difference in the world and for helping us spread the Metta mission to simply be kind and #sharemetta.”

Mrs. Doreen Engel nominated Gaboriault saying, “We have many students who are enthusiastic about service options that we provide.  Emily has the added characteristic of spotting an unmet need that had to be addressed.  She was willing to work hard toward the goal of encouraging those around her that we needed to recycle, and she overcame many obstacles to make this happen.  This was in addition to being quite active in many other service activities

In addition to volunteering at the soup kitchen, and starting her school’s recycling program, Emily also volunteers at multiple events for Special Olympics. Special Olympics gives people with physical and emotional disabilities the chance to actively participate in athletics year-round and gives them another sense of sportsmanship and pride.