Local Teen's Labor of Love Helps the Homeless
In 2012, as a sixth grade student, Lauren Weaver established “Lauren’s Way,” a project dedicated to helping people in our community at their most basic point of need. Last week, Lauren, who is now a junior at Masters Academy, awarded a grant of $1,295 to Camp Haven from the Lauren’s Way Fund at Indian River Community Foundation. The grant will be matched by the Community Foundation, and used to purchase a bike rack for the facility that provides housing and support services for men transitioning out of homelessness.
“It is extremely unique that a young woman like Lauren has such passion for helping the homeless,” said Lalita Janke, the organization’s President of the Board. “Over the last six or seven years, Lauren’s generosity has gone beyond providing money. It has included providing food at the holidays and gift cards with personal notes of encouragement to our residents. Her empathy toward these men and their challenging life circumstances is very inspiring.”
“While Lauren is not a typical Community Foundation client, we think it is important to support young people in our community who take their philanthropy seriously,” said Scott Alexander, Chairman of Indian River Community Foundation. “Lauren and her family have been dedicated to this project for a long time. Together, they have made life better for many homeless men in our community.”