Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev and the entire Miss America organization will create a national focus on community service for a new volunteer service project, “Miss America Serves” on April 18, 2015.
Last September in Atlantic City, Mary Haskell and the Miss America national contestants volunteered at the AC Rescue Mission working the prep and service lines in the kitchen, meeting with mothers and children living at the Family Life Center and assisting with the replenishment of the food pantry. This event helped serve as the inspiration for the Miss America Organization to create a national effort for each contestant to show their spirit of commitment and community service in their home state on one designated day each year.
The national day of service will bring together Miss America volunteers, with all 53 state chapters working on a national project that will address critical needs in their communities. With Miss America’s long history of service, each of the state contestants will continue this great tradition as they support Miss America Serves.
“Service and community awareness are vital components of our organization. Having our contestants join in the remarkable work being done during the national competition last September put Miss America’s mission and purpose into perspective,” said Sam Haskell, Miss America’s CEO and Chairman of the Board. “We hope to continue to give our young women the opportunity to create a legacy of service and support, and we anticipate that this commitment to volunteerism will inspire others to find ways to seek out service in their own communities.”
Stay tuned to see what the Miss New Hampshire Organization will be doing on April 18th!
How can it be August already? This summer is flying by! The highlight of the summer was traveling to Orlando to cheer on Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. Caroline was absolutely amazing and New Hampshire is so proud of her. Go #TeamCaroline!
I’ve also stayed busy participating in Miss New Hampshire local programs. Thank you to the Miss Portsmouth Area, Miss Rockingham County, and Miss Manchester volunteers for their hard work to provide scholarships. My student loans really appreciate it!
Another summer highlight was Princess Day with the Miss New Hampshire Organization at Boston Children’s Hospital. Roseann Holmes gave us a tour and introduced us to some new friends for crafts and playtime. It was really wonderful to spend a day at our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital to fully understand the power of the CMNH/Miss America Organization partnership. Every Miss America contestant at the local, state, and national level helps fundraise for CMNH to provide critical treatments, healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment, and charitable care.
You can help too! Miracle Treat Day is THIS Thursday, August 14th. Be sure to visit a Dairy Queen and purchase a Blizzard to celebrate their thirty year partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®. DQ has raised $100 million in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® across North America!
If you can’t make it to Dairy Queen, you can always make a donation online at http://www.missamericaforkids.org/Donate/HowlandKat
Happy Month of Miracles!
A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”
– Jackie Robinson
Did you know the original New Hampshire Soldiers’ Home was dedicated on December 3, 1890 to care for the first veterans of the Civil War?
The NHVH provides high quality, professional, resident-centered care to the Granite State’s veterans with compassion, respect, and dignity. The Home has a busy schedule of recreation, activites, outings and features a store, library/media center, barber shop/beauty salon, recreation room, chapel, Town Hall, greenhouse, raised bed gardens, a trout pond, and a family room.
I had a wonderful time touring the home and meeting new friends. Thank you Barbara Faye! The NHVH would love your support: http://www.nh.gov/veterans/support/index.htm
Did you know Miami University received the 2012 Presidential Award from The Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education? Social justice, service learning and community building are incredibly important at Miami University. Our motto is Love and Honor. Students are given wonderful opportunities to volunteer in Oxford and Butler County through the Office of Community Engagement and Service and Miami Athletics community outreach.
My personal mission for the summer is to demonstrate my commitment to excellence in academics (summer internship course work/3.4 GPA in Spring 2012), athletics (on ice and off ice training), community service, social responsibility and personal health/well-being. I set aside one day each week to volunteer for local and national charities including:
- May 13th Portland SeaDogs Mother’s Day 5K to benefit Maine Breast Cancer Patients and Research
- May 20th Kites Against Cancer volunteer at Hampton Beach to support the Beyond The Rainbow Fund At Exeter Hospital
- June 1st NH’s 43rd Annual Special Olympic Summer Games volunteer at UNH with 950 athletes
- June 11th Assistant to Master of Ceremonies Kelly Brown from WERZ/WHEB at the 20th Annual Paws Walk at Stratham Hill Park, raising over $140,000 for the NHSPCA
- June 21st Producer of the 5th Annual Strafford County Scholarship Program Fundraiser to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
- June 22nd Father’s Day 5K to benefit Goodwin Community Health Center
- July 1st Media Partner at the Boston-Portsmouth Air Show Plane Pull for Wounded Warriors, a “giant tug-of-war” pulling a 130,000-pound aircraft to raise over $40,000 for the www.WoundedWarriorProject.org
- July 4th Fourth of July Spirit of Sandwich Road Race to benefit the Sandwich Recreation Department
- July 8th Welcome Home Parade for returning Veterans
- July 21st Cara’s Crusade Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation FunRaiser
- July 23rd 7th Annual Crescentia Classic Golf Tournament to benefit On-Belay
- July 27th Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Miracle Treat Day
- July 28th Fitness.gov “Let’s Move Day”/New England Color Run to benefit http://www.homesforourtroops.org
- August 9th Running on the WMUR-TV team for the Cigna-Elliot Corporate 5k to raise funds for NH charitable health care programs and the Elliot Health System
- August 11th Spartan Sprint in Amesbury to benefit http://www.homesforourtroops.org
- August 12th Jumper Classic to benefit Therapeutic Riding and Equine Rescue Programs
- Weekly local workouts with the President’s Challenge/PALA+ (learn more at Fitness.gov)
My goal for this summer is to take advantage of every possible learning, performance, service and training opportunity. I’m balancing my invaluable (but unpaid) Clear Channel Media Internship with lots of hours at Coldstone Creamery. (I’ve been with the Newington Coldstone Creamery since the opening of the store!) I also participate in Miss America local preliminary programs to earn scholarship money to help pay for school.
Miss Winnipesaukee is:
- The oldest, continuously running Miss America local program in the country.
- A community television show – hosted by WLNH’s Pat Kelly.
- A great source of scholarship money with $9,000 awarded to talented students in 2012.
- An incredible outlet to perform a talent, enhance communication skills and develop meaningful community service projects. If you were wondering, my talent is singing, my favorite area of competition is Interview and I volunteer as a community health advocate with the President’s Challenge (learn more at Fitness.gov).
- Miss Winnipesaukee is also a beloved local tradition, celebrating it’s 88th Anniversary on July 8, 2012. The day begins with play time at FunSpot and ends with a show at the beautiful Gunstock Mountain Lodge.
I was incredibly honored to receive a $750 scholarship from the Miss Winnipesaukee Organization. A second award from the Miss Stratham Fair Scholarship Program helped pay the balance of my summer tuition. Thank you to all of the Miss New Hampshire and Miss Ohio state and local volunteers who work year round to provide scholarships.
The Miss America Organization is also partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Miss America Organization has raised over $7 million dollars to help make real miracles happen everyday at 170 CMN Hospitals nationwide. Each MAO local finalist fundraises $100 in support of CMNH. In 2012, I participated in 5 Miss America local programs, generating a $500 donation to CMN Hospitals in NH and OH.