Dubuque Senior High School graduate eager to keep volunteering

Published: Jun. 2, 2017 at 4:11 PM CDT
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Among the crowd of Dubuque Senior High School students practicing for graduation, educators say there's someone who stands out.

Elizabeth Kelsey, an honor student who has a passion for theater and dance, also lives her life helping the less fortunate.

"We basically do service work and volunteer work in the community and then there are international projects we contribute to," said Kelsey.

As a member of Senior's Key Club, Kelsey serves meals at the Dubuque Rescue Mission.

"Everyone is so grateful and they don't say very much but when they thank you, there are people who it really means a lot that we are there," said Kelsey.

Kelsey's consistent help is making a difference in this kitchen.

"It nice to have young faces and they're always eager to help them jump right in and help clean up," said Dubuque Rescue Mission Kitchen Manager, Nick Schiesl.

Serving homeless and low-income families is an experience that only opened Kelsey's eyes, it also changed her perspective.

"I hadn't even thought about that there would be a rush of people, but it was very true, I saw that," said Kelsey.

Kelsey will attended the University of Northern Iowa in the fall, she's not sure yet what she'll study. But she says no matter what, volunteering is in her future.

"It makes people feel better about themselves. And it makes you feel better about yourself. Nothing has to be a huge time commitment, but in the end, it's worth it," said Kelsey.

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