Sarah Brooks, Junior at Tolleson High, Gives Back

Sarah Brooks knows the value of giving back to her community. As an active member of the Tolleson Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix since she was 11, Sarah has participated in a countless number of volunteer activities.

Q: Tell us what Keystone Club is and why you joined.

A: Keystone Club is so much fun. It’s a group for teens where we learn about leadership by doing volunteer work for the community. I joined last year when I was a sophomore because I like volunteering. I like to see the smile someone’s face when they know that someone is there for them.

Q: What are some of projects you’ve worked on recently?

A: Last year, Keystone did a Books-for-Tots program. Families and libraries donated books to Keystone so we could set up a table where little kids could come pick out a book of their own for free. Keystone also recently organized a canned food drive for the Tolleson Food Bank. We set up a donation spot at the front of our Club and collected big boxes full of food for the Food Bank.

Q: Do you have any favorite projects you’ve worked on?

A: Probably Project Rudolph in December. Keystone Club wrapped up a bunch of books and gave them out as presents. We got to ride in a bus during Tolleson’s Holiday Parade and pass them out. It was such a great feeling to see the little kids smile when we handed them the presents.

Q: Who inspires you to give back?

A: Definitely my dad and my sisters. My dad works for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, so he has always taught us about how important it is to do what you can for others. He and my sisters have always been a big inspiration.

Q: Are there any upcoming projects you’re excited about?

A: Right now we’re raising money for a trip to the National Keystone Conference. This year it’s in Anaheim, California, so we’re trying to raise money to get out there.

Q:   What would you say to someone who wants to become more involved in their community?

A: Do it! Just pick something you care about and do what you can. One little thing could make a difference. Just giving out one book or cleaning up your neighborhoo

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