“I hope through my positive energy and attitude I’ve inspired young people to continue their community service.” ~ Stacy Collins

Like many Chicago Cares leaders, volunteering has always been an integral part of Stacy Collins’ life. Stacy has dedicated time to many organizations before her work with Chicago Cares – as a big sister in the Big Brother Big Sister program in Indianapolis, she helped guide young teens as a mentor and friend for two years.

Volunteering through Chicago Cares since 1998 and serving as a Youth in Service Leader since 2007, Stacy has been a constant and present role model for Chicago youth, much like her work as a Big Sister. When asked about her favorite part of service, Stacy said, “I like having the opportunity to show youth volunteers that volunteering and giving back to the community is fun and rewarding.”

Stacy currently leads Youth in Service projects, serving seniors breakfast and offering companionship once a month. “I enjoy being a positive role model for youth volunteers and a ray of sunshine for seniors who deal with issues of isolation on a daily basis.” Witnessing this positive interaction between senior residents and teens is the inspiration that keeps Stacey going as she helps build the ethic of lifelong service in the next generation.

THANK YOU Stacy for all that you have done and will continue to do for the youth of Chicago. Your dedication and enthusiasm for service have helped motivate young adults in the direction of service learning and community volunteering. Leaders like Stacy enable Chicago Cares to have a dynamic presence in the community!