High School Senior Has Volunteered Since She Was Four

Volunteer Lizzie Leneski spends a lot of time volunteering at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center, where she’s been hanging out since she was four.

Eighteen-year-old Elizabeth Leneski has been volunteering at the VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., since she was four-years-old.

Four. (No misprint.)

“Well, I didn’t actually get registered as a volunteer until I was 10,” the high school senior said, “but I started coming here with my mom when I was four. So this place is kind of like my second home. Everybody here watched me grow up. We’re like a big family.”

Elizabeth, or ‘Lizzie,’ as everyone calls her, has racked up over 1,200 volunteer hours at the medical center, doing everything from answering phones to helping organize Hawaiian Luaus and other entertainment programs for Veteran patients.

“It makes me feel good to be able to give back to Veterans,” Lizzie said. “They’ve sacrificed so much for us.”

In FY 2011, nearly 87,000 volunteers contributed over 12 million hours of service to VA.

“Last year she coordinated our summer youth program, which usually has about 60 students in it,” said Lizzie’s mom, Beverly Leneski. “And for several years her 4-H…

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