2018-02 - Lily Poor

“Throughout my years at LaSalle, I have been very involved with the community service club, LaSallian Youth and have participated in numerous service excursions throughout Rhode Island,” seventeen-year-old Lily Poor of Cranston, RI states of her volunteer experience addressing poverty.

“I have been able to help organize several holiday parties for the children of McAuley Village, serve the homeless through breadlines, work at the Amos House and help during the Black Friday coat drive. 

“It was this past summer that my passion surrounding the extreme issue of poverty grew as I spent a week in Homestead, Florida running a summer camp for the children of migrant workers. That week was an absolute life-changing experience as it opened my eyes to the reality of what poverty looks like and realization that poverty has many faces."

"These children in Homestead, who lived in extremely impoverished conditions, did not appear to be poor in spirits. Each morning I was greeted by their ear-to-ear smiles and was tackled with hugs - these were some of the happiest kids I had ever seen.”

“For me, giving back is something that has always felt so natural. Growing up, I was always taught to be grateful for the wonderful fortune my family and I have. Working with children and fighting child poverty is something I 100% plan on continuing to do throughout college and the rest of my life.”

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.” 

Christine Estes, Director of Campus Ministry at La Salle Academy nominated Ms. Poor stating, “Lily has used her time and skills while being a student at La Salle to make life better for so many others. She is passionate about the issue of child poverty and what sets her apart from so many other students who serve is the humility and cheerfulness with which Lily approaches her volunteer work.”

It is for all of these reasons that the Metta Students Foundation is proud to have awarded Lily one thousand dollars. 

Do you know a high school student who stands out for being kind and making a difference for others? Nominate them here to be a Metta Students grant recipient.