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Hello! My name is Sophie Kartzman. It is 2019 and I am now 16 years old.

I wanted to start this website and blog as…

A place for kids to be able to have a conversation about volunteering in their communities, their worlds, and to help others

A place where all kids can find ideas where they can volunteer, too

A place kids can talk to other kids to share our ideas

You are never too young to help someone else.

  • Our 2018 local Corning Rotarian El Salvador team
  • Andrea of El Salvador has been such an inspiration to me.
  • El Salvador 2019 Service Trip
  • Doesn't matter which country you are from, all kids love selfies.
  • At our 2019 El Salvador build site.
  • The children of El Salvador at our donation site.
  • The people of El Salvador are so warm and gracious. My heart will always be there.
  • Getting to meet the children of El Salvador at the work site
  • Passing out donations in Talnique, El Salvador, 2019
  • Great turn out for the Corning Youth Center Robotics Camp
  • Robotics Camp at the Corning Youth Center: 2017
  • My Prudential Spirit of Community Award; 2017
  • Center Street Elementary shows their volunteering spirit for Veterans' Day
  • Horseheads Students from the Printmaking class made some beautiiful cards
  • Cards made by preschoolers at the Brighton Academy in Texas
  • Cards off to Fort Drum w/ HHDS graduate Sgt. Warrick
  • Many thanks to the entire Krolak family for the help with my volunteer project
  • Horseheads Students Nichole and Susan Participate for 2 years with their own card goal
  • 2016 Delivery of the Cards at the Bath VA.
  • Students at the Horseheads Make A Difference Day make cards for our troops
  • With my mentors LeAnne DeRosa of WENY and Dick Walters of the Bath VA at the Corning Youth Center
  • Polk St. Elementary in Long Island made 150 cards organized by Assemblywoman Solages for a 2nd yr.
  • Volunteers Hard at Work boxing up the 37,712 cards for the 2016 delivery at the UPS
  • Cards from Ridge Road Elementary for the 2016 Card Drive
  • With my mentor Brandon Hodge of the AirForce and Sue Pirozzolo of the HHDS at the BFCC Card event
  • A sample of the 1000 cards the WW11 Vet Cas Krolak sent to our troops last year.
  • With my mentors Leanne of WENY, Dick Walters of the Bath VA, and WW11 Vet Cas Krolak
  • Brandon Hodge of the US Airforce helps to deliver cards at the Bath VA
  • Some of my favorite cards from the 2015 card drive
  • Final total for 2015: 27,085 cards. Thank you everyone.
  • Thanks for the help from Let Elmira Live
  • We made the 15,000 card goal at the Corning Youth Center
  • Helping WENY interview Veterans at the Bath VA
  • 2015 Kick off at the Horseheads Middle School
  • Help us reach our goal.......15,000 cards for 2015
  • You are never too young to volunteer
  • Sophie and Anna in 2013 @ the Red Cross with their first Holiday Card Drive. 100 cards were collect
  • Sophie's First Article Photo
  • Holiday Card Final Countdown
  • Real Heroes Kick-Off at Intermediate School
  • Make A Difference Day Cards
  • Sophie with Hendy Ave. School Principal
  • WWII Hat at Bethany Nursing Home
  • Sophie with Santa at Bath VA
  • Sophie with the Red Cross at the Bath VA
  • Sophie at the Bath VA
  • Sophie at the Bath VA
  • Sophie receiving cards from Woodland Middle School in Long Island
  • Sophie with Linda Conway and Colleen Kean of the Red Cross
  • Sophie with US Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Donahue
  • Members of the Army National Guard presented Sophie with a plaque to thank her for her cards

Total collected and delivered for 2016 was 37,712 cards and over the past    4 years 77,897 cards  !!!

I wanted to thank my community and country for helping with this project.

I would like to thank Casimir Krolak and the entire Krolak family.   Thank you, Cas, for teaching me to dream and dream BIG.  While my volunteer project was a card drive, yours can be anything you dream.   I just want to encourage all kids to keep dreaming, volunteering and making a difference in our world.  From what I see, the world needs us now more than ever.

When one door closes, another opens. Volunteering has that way about it.  Latest update on my volunteering.  I am in high school now and have had the honor of joining my local rotary club to assist building houses in El Salvador for the past two year.  It has been an amazing experience and I look forward to going again next year.

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