AMHERST, NY - Before she could even drive a car, Jaime Stevens embodied the spirit of volunteerism.
At just 14 years old Jamie Stevens, now 18, joined an organization called the Elly's Angels Foundation which was founded to honor Ellyce Kausner who was killed on February 12, 2009 when Continental Flight 3407 crashed into a home in Clarence, NY.
The Elly's Angels Foundation's goal is to provide opportunities, inspiration, and financial assistance to children of all ages.
Through Elly's Angels, Jaime has served almost 300 hours of community service, including volunteering for The Ride for Roswell, Carly's Crossing, The Food Bank of WNY and the foundation's latest event, The Elly's Angels Cheerleading Competition where she and other young women raised $20,000 for a local family whose 8 year old daughter is struggling with a brain tumor.
When asked what motivates her to keep giving Jaime said "I'm changing lives every time I go do something. Even if I go dance with this little girl who is sick, she's going to remember that I danced with her, and forget that she's sick."
She adds "When I do something I don't just look at myself anymore. I go, oh, how is this going to help someone else?"
Laura Voigt is the Director of Elly's Angels and recognizes that Jaime is a remarkable young woman.
"She's incredibly reliable. You don't have to ask her to show up to Elly's Angels, she just shows up."
"She doesn't just get there on time and smile. She changes the people that are with her when she's there."
Jaime truly exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism and it is for this reason that Bryant & Stratton College and WGRZ-TV have named Jaime Stevens the July winner in The Great Give Back and have graciously donated $1,000 to The Elly's Angels Foundation.
For more information on The Great Give Back and how you can nominate someone click here.