Abigail Jenkins, a graduate of New Canaan High School, has been honored by the Young Women's League of New Canaan with its award for excellence in service to the community, which includes a grant to the organization of the recipient's choice.
While Jenkins has volunteered with a number of organizations, she is dedicated to the Carver Center in Norwalk, which will receive the grant money.
"The kids loved having someone come in to spend time with them," said Jenkins, who primarily worked with third-graders. "I really enjoyed spending time with them, too."
Aside from the Carver Center, Jenkins worked with Volunteer Square, a website that links volunteers with opportunities that match their interests.
Jenkins promoted the website in high school and recruited friends and classmates to volunteer their time. She then blogged about her volunteer work.
Her younger brother, Ned, will continue the work that Jenkins started with Volunteer Square now that she has graduated from NCHS.
In the fall, Jenkins plans to attend Dickinson College, where she can continue to devote time to community service.
"We are very proud to recognize such an outstanding young woman," Nicole Cribbins, YWL president, said in a release. "Today's students are incredibly busy with studies, sports, and other activities, so finding a student who is willing to carve out time in their already active schedules to volunteer is important to the the league. Finding fulfillment in the service of others is one of the cornerstones of our membership. At such a remarkably young age, Abby Jenkins is already demonstrating her dedication to the community. We thank her for that and wish her the best of luck in all of her future endeavors, hoping she continues in her service to others. Perhaps one day as a member of the league."