“It’s not how much we
give, but how much love
we put into giving.”
– Mother Teresa

1993 Young Adult Caring Award Winner

Melissa Helmbrecht, Age 18

Clermont, Florida
United States

Helmbrecht was appointed the youngest member of the Orlando Leadership Council in 1991. She used her position to involve youth in service projects around the city, including the renovation of the children's recreation area at the Frontline Outreach Center, which provides services to Orlando's needy. Helmbrecht also conducted a drive to collect sports equipment for the center. More recently, she became the first youth member of Leadership Orlando, an organization of area leaders created to find ways to better the community. Helmbrecht is also the only youth member of the design council for Community Builders, which is currently working on a plan for the Disney model town, Celebration.

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