2019 Rogers Scholar and Monroe County High School student Ellie Emberton is helping those in need in her community.

Emberton partnered with Monroe County CARES Youth Advocates and other community leaders to organizes a donation drive for a local homeless shelter.

“It really impacted my life being able to collect the donations and help someone in need,” Emberton said. “I think that everyone should try and help anyone that they can, in any way possible, no matter how small the act may seem.”

The Rogers Scholars community service project provided non-perishable food and essential household items to around 50 people at the homeless shelter.

“When we started this project, it seemed small, but turned out to be a lot more than anyone expected,” said Kelli Smith, Youth Prevention Ambassadors coordinator. “It helped so many people especially during this time of the year.”

Each graduate of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program is required to complete a community service project. For more information about Rogers Scholars, visit www.centeryouthprograms.com.