APRIL 17, 2017 - Noe Camp hasn’t yet graduated from Centerville High School, but already her volunteer efforts have touched people affected by poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, lack of clean drinking water, and civil unrest.
To honor her initiative and commitment, Washington Township Trustees have presented her with the Community Service Award recognizing “her dedication, her important contributions to the community, and the superior example of service that she has set for us all.” Now in its fifteenth year, the award was established to draw attention to the importance of public service and to recognize high school students who exemplify it.
In particular, service club advisors credit Noe with working diligently to build a strong Interact Club, one of the school’s four service organizations. During her three years in Interact, she has been an energizing force as a leader, a behind-the scenes-volunteer, and as an untiring fundraiser. This year, she served the club as co-president. “Noe models service above self,” said Stella McCrory, a CHS guidance counselor who helps coordinate the award. “She has assumed a pivotal role in the growth of the Interact Club. Her investment in doing good work for the community has been a tremendous asset.”
For two years, Noe has helped organize Interact Club’s book drive – from decorating and distributing collection boxes, to coordinating a competition among CHS advisory groups that resulted in the donation of 10,000 books to a high-poverty elementary school in the Miami Valley. When she helped deliver the books to the school and watched each first and second grader select one to take home, it quickly became her favorite volunteer project. “We walked in with these big boxes of books and their faces lit up,” she recalls. “They were so cute. Seeing the kids receive the books made it seem more real.”
Another favorite project was when she took the lead to raise $3,000 to install a water pump in a Malawian village that lacked access to clean water. To raise funds, the club sold water bottles with the catch phrase: “The World is in Your Hands. Water You Doing?”
“While some students’ participation and dedication wavered, Noe worked consistently,” said Interact Advisor Elizabeth Cameron. “When the school year ended and the project was not finished, she took it upon herself to complete the sales during the summer.”
During her time as Interact Club president, Noe also has devoted many hours to assisting local Syrian refugees assisted by Catholic Social Services. “Because of how the refugees were being treated, we all felt we needed to do something as a group,” she said.
The club helped multiple families by collecting and delivering bedding and socks and also adopted one family with two boys, providing them with necessary household items, puzzles, coloring books and more. Noe has since helped expand on the project by tutoring local refugee students at River’s Edge Montessori School.
Noe also has supported the greater Miami Valley community in numerous ways, from helping homeless teens served by Daybreak Dayton, to helping organize and implement a fundraiser for the Artemis Center for Alternatives to Domestic Violence.
Her experience as a volunteer goes back to her elementary school years as a Girl Scout in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Throughout elementary school, the troop sponsored a family at Christmas and, during her seventh grade year, took on a major project to help mothers and newborns – making blankets and then stocking 50 bags with bottles, formula and pacifiers.
The projects meant a lot to her, however it took English teacher and Interact Club Advisor Elizabeth Cameron to spark her passion for volunteering. “The way she talked about helping people inspired me. Through her, I got connected to the group,” said Noe. “My true goal originally was to make Mrs. Cameron happy. She’s literally the best teacher I’ve ever had. Now I just have a blast volunteering. We have so much fun.”
What advice would she give to other young people? “If there’s something they want to do that will have an impact on the world, just go with it. Have fun with it and take charge,” she says.
In addition to volunteering, Noe is a member of French Club, participates on the Centerville High School Dive Team, and plays first doubles on the high school’s Varsity B tennis team. She plans to study history education at Ohio University in the fall. Noe is the daughter of Sofie Ameloot and Greg Camp, 1020 Treeside Ct.
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