10-Year-Old Volunteer Wins Contest

A Servant’s Heart in a Kid’s Body
FORT MYERS, FL (May 1, 2000) – Amanda Ulik, Shell Point’s youngest volunteer, recently won the Millennium Dreamers Award in an international contest sponsored by Disney and McDonald’s. It’s a program to acknowledge children who are doing things worthwhile for the future. Amanda was one of 2,000 winners selected out of 100,000 international applicants, and received a three-day trip to Walt Disney World in May.

A fascinating ten-year-old, Amanda volunteers in The Pavilion (Shell Point’s skilled nursing facility) every Friday morning. She assists the Activities staff with exercise class and arts and crafts, reads to and visits with the residents and helps transport them to and from events.

(photo at left) Amanda leads exercises in The Pavilion, while WINK-TV compiles footage for a news story about her.

Amanda is home schooled by her mother, Clare, who stated, “I felt character and life skills were as important as academic skills, so I was looking into community service to be a part of Amanda’s life. I thought this would develop a servant’s heart in her, but on the first day, I realized that God had already given her a servant’s heart.”