Hillary speaks out on drugs in Discovery Magazine for girls.
The issue did a two page spread on her values and her charitable contributions.
Speaking out on Service in Winner Magazine
Charitable work part of Hughes family life
BY IRENE LABOMBARDE
“Search Inward, Look Upward, Reach Outward” is the message inscribed on the brick the Hughes family donated to the newly rebuilt Ann DeNicola Memorial Playground. It is also the philosophy behind the Color My World charity Angela and Brian Hughes founded, along with their children, almost 10 years ago.
“Brian and I just wanted the kids to get involved in service, and this is a way for the whole family to give back,” said Angela Hughes.
Color My World’s first outreach program provides school kits for Third World countries.
“We waste so many things here, and there is such need elsewhere. Even young kids could identify with pencils, crayons, glue. They hear about people who erase homework to reuse the paper, and this takes it to a higher level. Our whole vision was to get kids to do something that matters,” she said.
Her 10-year-old son, Chase, said he loves helping with the school kits.
“We’ve been delivering things to help people who are suffering and can’t afford school supplies. It makes me feel very happy to help them have a better life,” he said.
As the kits have grown in popularity, Color My World has received help from school and Scout groups who collect materials. The kits are stored in a warehouse in Boston, ready to be flown as soon as they are needed. Assembled kits are kept on hand, as well as money to purchase additional supplies.
Approximately $18,000 in school supplies have been donated the past two years.
“We’re not looking at the dollar value, we just want to get the help out there. But having people make even a minimum donation really adds up,” said Hughes.
In addition to school kits, the organization also provides hygiene kits to disaster areas. Hughes said they are considering assisting victims of the recent floods in London, England.
On a more local note, Hughes said Color My World hosted benefit dinners and silent auctions in 2006, raising more than $12,000 for the John Hills family, whose house burned down, and about $13,000 for cancer patient Jacob Schaffner of Goffstown.
Hughes said her biggest regret is that they were on vacation in May 2006 when the Goffstown floods hit.
“We were helping Indonesian earthquake victims at the time, and got a lot of negative feedback. We were looking so globally, we missed what was happening locally. So we pulled out of Indonesia and helped our own neighbors,” said Hughes. That year’s school kits were donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Salem rather than Africa.
She said they hope to stay on the international scene by providing relief kits, but also want to do things that would help Bedford. They have begun a radon awareness campaign, and she said they would like to donate to the libraries at the new schools.
“There is so much need, even in Bedford. It’s hard to decide. We do whatever tugs on our heartstrings, whatever we can do. We’re small, we’re not the Red Cross, so we look at the resources and decide what we can do,” she said.
In July, Color My World donated the plants and labor to help landscape at the playground.
“I had fun putting in the plants,” said Noah Hughes, 7.
Hillary Hughes, 13, was one of 10 youths across the nation honored with a Prudential Spirit of Community Award in 2006. Recognition for her volunteer efforts has been highlighted in magazines, such as Disney Adventure All-Stars and American Girl Magazine. Although she said she doesn’t seek the limelight, she doesn’t mind raising awareness of what Color My World is trying to achieve.
Last November, Hillary attended the New Hampshire Board of Youth Volunteers conference on youth volunteerism at the Wayfarer Inn in Bedford.
“It was a lot of fun. There were about 200 kids there, legislators and senators. For a service project, we collected about 185 school kits to give the Boys and Girls Club,” Hillary said.
In the future, Hughes hopes to establish a youth board for Color My World.
“Our goal is to educate and empower youth to get involved. We have kept the organization tight with our family, and now we hope to have the resources to branch out and bring people in,” she said.
For more information on their projects, awards, media coverage, and how you can get involved, visit www.Colormyworldkids.org. Published Wednesday, August 15, 2007 2:34 PM by Bedford Editor
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ACTIVITY: Started her own organization to supply the needy with basic supplies and raises awareness about radon contamination
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Hillary is the founder and organizer of “Color My World: Kids Who Care,” a non-profit organization geared at helping those in need around the world. She collects, makes, and distributes hygiene and school kits for families in need. The hygiene kits included toothpaste, toothbrushes, towels, soap, and combs for a family of four. Her school kits provide basic classroom necessities.
Hillary’s experience has taught her that one person can make a difference, and the results can be life-defining.
To date, more than $17,500 in kits has been distributed throughout the world. The kits have been distributed to families in southeast Asia, Indonesia, and Africa, as well as to hurricane victims in the U.S. Local shelters and the Boys and Girls Club have benefited from the kits, too.
Hillary has also launched an aggressive environmental campaign to make people aware of the dangers of radon gas in their homes. Radon is the second-most-common cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and can be fatal when combined with smoking. This year, Hillary launched R.A.C.E. (Radon Awareness Campaign for the Environment) and distributed more than 100 DVD presentations to schools in New Hampshire and Maine, informing families and children about the dangers of radon and lung cancer. Hillary has lobbied local and state governments to push for mandatory radon testing in all homes and even contacted the White House on becoming more aggressive with air quality.
Even when she was in Washington D.C. to receive a service award, Hillary found time to volunteer, reading to students at an inner-city school and donating books to their libraries. She has now collected 100 pounds of books for needy readers.
Her example in the community has led thousands of people to join her causes. Hillary’s experience has taught her that one person can make a difference, and the results can be life-defining.
AMERICA’S TOP TEN YOUTH VOLUNTEERS
NAMED IN 11th ANNUAL PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARDS
Actor Ted Danson and Olympic Champion Joey Cheek Pay Tribute
to Young Heroes as Part of Four-Day Recognition Events
WASHINGTON, DC – For extraordinary efforts in serving others through volunteerism, ten middle level and high school students from across the country were named America’s top ten youth volunteers for 2006 today in a ceremony here at the International Trade Center, capping the 11th year of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Ranging in age from 11 to 18, the ten National Honorees received personal awards of $5,000, engraved gold medallions, crystal trophies for the schools or organizations that nominated them, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for charities of their choice.
Two of the National Honorees conducted ambitious environmental projects to reduce gasoline consumption and “e-waste.” Two made significant contributions to their communities by building a radio station and creating “barn quilts” to boost tourism. Other National Honorees collected large amounts of money and personal items for the disadvantaged, founded a successful inner-city service organization for young people, installed “emergency dialers” in the homes of senior citizens, and worked to keep lead-tainted toys off of store shelves. And one, a Gulf Coast resident, labored tirelessly to help his neighbors dig out and clean up after Hurricane Katrina, even though he and his family lost almost everything to the storm.
The ceremony was part of a four-day celebration that brought the top two youth volunteers
from each state and the District of Columbia to Washington with their parents to be recognized for their outstanding acts of community service. All 102 were personally congratulated by actor Ted Danson and Olympic speedskating champion Joey Cheek at a gala dinner reception last night at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
The ten National Honorees named today were selected on the basis of personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth. They are:
Evan Alicuben, 17, of Hilo, Hawaii, who spearheaded a project that placed “personal emergency dialers” in the homes of nearly 50 senior citizens in his community, to enable them to call for help quickly and easily in case of emergency.
Ellie Ambrose, 12, of Nashville, Tenn., who organized an annual carnival and a five-kilometer running race called “Ellie’s Run for Africa,” which together have raised more than $40,000 over the past two years for sick and disadvantaged children in Africa.
Hillary Hughes, 11, of Bedford, N.H., who started a nonprofit foundation that has collected more than $11,000 worth of personal-care products and other items to distribute to needy kids in her community, poor families in Chile, tsunami victims in Asia, and hurricane victims on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Geneva Johnson, 17, of the Bronx, N.Y., the founder and executive director of a successful youth-run organization that seeks to build pride and self-esteem among young people in the inner-city through a wide variety of service projects.
Alexander Lin, 12, of Westerly, R.I., who led a student community service group in a multifaceted project to reduce the adverse environmental impact of discarded consumer electronics – or “e-waste” – through recycling, public education and legislation.
Michelle Loke, 13, of Hartland, Wis., who conducted scientific tests to check for lead content in children’s toys and jewelry, and then launched a campaign to remove lead-tainted toys from stores and ban the use of lead in these items.
Ajay Mangal, 18, of Pascagoula, Miss., who lost nearly all of his possessions when Hurricane Katrina flooded his coastal city, yet devoted himself to distributing emergency supplies to other victims immediately after the storm, and helped many families clean out their homes in the following weeks and months.
Kevin Peyton, 18, of Sac City, Iowa, who rallied residents throughout his rural county to help him make colorful wooden “barn quilts” and mount them on historic barns and other buildings, in an effort to boost the local economy by attracting more tourists.
Nicholas Schwaderer, 17, of Superior, Mont., who built and now operates a low-power FM radio station at his school that has become an important source of news and entertainment for a small, mountainous community in western Montana.
Savannah Walters, 13, of Odessa, Fla., who is waging an extensive, multi-state campaign called “Pump ’em Up” to conserve energy resources and reduce pollution by urging drivers to keep their tires property inflated and thereby burn less gasoline.
“These extraordinary young people exemplify the spirit of community that is so important to the future of our neighborhoods, our towns and our nation,” said Arthur Ryan, chairman and CEO of Prudential. “By honoring them, we hope not only to give them the recognition they so richly deserve, but also to inspire others to follow their example.” Conducted in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards were created 11 years ago by Prudential Financial, Inc. to encourage youth volunteerism and to identify and reward young role models. Since then, the program has honored more than 70,000 young volunteers at the local, state and national level.
Applications for the 2006 awards program were submitted last fall through schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and Volunteer Centers affiliated with the Points of Light Foundation. The top middle level and high school applicants in each state were announced in February; each received a $1,000 prize and an engraved silver medallion.
NASSP President David Vodila said: “The young people honored this year with the Prudential Spirit of Community Award exemplify the best America offers to the world. Their actions bring unity and purpose to their communities and across our great nation. Through their leadership, service and compassion, these young people bring us all closer together.”
Also honored on Sunday night were six top youth volunteers from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan who won Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in their countries in recent months. They were congratulated by Ryan and presented with special commemorative trophies.
The national selection committee that chose the ten National Honorees was co-chaired by U.S. Senators Tim Johnson of South Dakota and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, and by Arthur Ryan of Prudential. Also serving on the committee were actor Richard Dreyfuss; Alma Powell, Chair of America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth; Robert Goodwin, President and CEO of the Points of Light Foundation; Amy B. Cohen, Director of Learn and Serve America at the Corporation for National and Community Service; Kathy Cloninger, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA; Donald T. Floyd Jr., President and CEO of National 4-H Council; Ken Gladish, National Executive Director of YMCA of the USA; David Vodila of NASSP; and two 2005 Prudential Spirit of Community National Honorees: Devin Cohen of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., and Lindsey Williams of St. Joseph, MO.
In addition to the organizations above, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are supported by the American Association of School Administrators, the National Middle School Association, the National School Boards Association, the Council of the Great City Schools, the National School Public Relations Association and many other national youth and service organizations. More information about The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and this year’s honorees can be found at www.prudential.com/spirit or www.nassp.org/prudential.
Bedford Fifth-Grader Recipient of National Volunteerism Award
By Nancy Foster
for Bedford Journal
She may be just a fifth-grader at Peter Woodbury School, but Hillary Hughes has been hard at work trying to make life a little bit better for kids just like her all around the world, and on Monday, Hughes was named one of the top 10 youth volunteers in the country.
Hughes said she started becoming concerned about less fortunate kids around the age of 5, and as a young girl she would gather together school and art supplies to donate to needy kids in her area.
In 2004, when a tsunami washed across Southeast Asia, Hughes said she was moved to take action.
The tsunami was very scary, and I wanted to help the people,? she said.
Hughes, 11, started a nonprofit foundation called Color my World: Kids who Care, which has collected more than $11,000 worth of items, including warm blankets and personal care products, for victims of natural disasters in Southeast Asia, Chile and the Gulf of Mexico.
In order to put together the 900 personal care kits sent to victims of the 2004 Tsunami, 50 quilts sent to poor children in Chile, and 250 care packages to Hurricane Katrina victims, Hughes assembled a willing group of volunteers, both young and old, to fill boxes and solicit contributions.
Though part of her mission is to help those in need, her real mission is to get people involved.
I want to help more kids get into volunteer work, Hughes said in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C., where she was named one of the top ten youth volunteers in the country Monday morning.
Hughes was one of 102 kids from around the country to receive a Prudential Spirit of Community State award, but she was one of only 10 in a field of more than 20,000 applicants to win the national Spirit of Community award.
Along with a gold medallion and a $5,000 grant to help fund her charitable works, Hughes’ Girl Scout Troop from the Swift Water Council was given a crystal trophy as well.
Hughes and Derry resident Ammu Irivinti, 16, represented New Hampshire and joined the top two volunteers from each state in Washington over the weekend to attend events surrounding the Spirit of Community Awards, including a reception at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Hughes was the youngest recipient of the 2006 national Spirit of Community award, and she’s just beginning in her quest to make the world just a little bit better for those around her.
In the immediate future, Hughes wants to start working on a project to help protect kids who use the Internet.
I want kids to be safe, she said, and she’ll be working toward that goal in the coming months. But she doesn’t believe her passion of volunteerism is just a passing fancy.
I want to continue doing volunteer work for the rest of my life, she said.
Color My World (CMW) is a non-profit 501c3 organization leading a global effort to relieve human suffering, by providing emergency response relief items and humanitarian services including sustainability projects internationally to those in need. Established in 2000 by The Hughes Family of … Read More
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