Allison Vieira, of Wilmington, was named Ursuline Academy's Volunteer of the Year in The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program.
Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association for Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the award recognizes outstanding community service by young Americans.
Vieira, a senior, is now eligible for the Delaware Youth Volunteer of the Year Award. Two state Honorees, one middle level student and one high school student, will be named. Each will receive a $1,000 award, a silver medallion, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to the recognition ceremony with a parent in May. Other honorees will receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence.
Vieira won this award for developing and organizing the Birthday Bundle drive at Ursuline Academy for the past three years. A Birthday Bundle includes a box cake mix, icing, and candles. These bundles were then donated to local food pantries so that families were able to celebrate their children's birthdays. Over the last three years, she has collected over 300 bundles.
Vieira has also been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President's Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.
Vieira began this project because she said, "It troubled me that families struggling to keep up with payments and grocery bills would not see a birthday cake as a priority. However, to a child, a birthday is a very important celebration that should be recognized."