Washington County has honored a Forest Lake resident for volunteerism. Chelsie Moore received the Outstanding Volunteer Award during the county board’s recent Community Involvement Awards presentation. The awards have been co-sponsored by Community Thread and Washington County annually since 1975 and are traditionally presented around National Volunteer Week, which was April 21-27.
Moore volunteers with Solid Ground (formerly East Metro Women’s Council), a White Bear Lake agency offering housing and support for families who have experienced homelessness. For 7-10 hours a week, Moore provides day care and tutoring assistance for children who live there.
Moore is pursuing an Associate’s Degree at Century College with a focus on microbiology and anatomy. She hopes to become a physician’s assistant or a recreational therapist working with children.
Moore recalls a special volunteering experience when a 4-year-old girl asked her to be her best friend.
“Now, every time I see her, she asks me if I missed her and if we’re still best friends,” Moore said. “I’m glad I’ve been able to make such an impact.”