Olivia Keith
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Community Service

     I've been blessed to participate and contribute in a variety of activities to help others and various organizations.  Thank you, Indiana Pacers, for selecting me as an Indiana Hero for my community service and overwhelming impact it's had on the community!

   
     Privileged to be partnering with the Dave Duerson Athletic Safety Fund in educating kids K-12 about concussion prevention. The former Chicago Bears player and the 1987 NFL Player of the Year, Dave tragically shot himself in the heart so his brain could be donated for research. For more information about the fund, click on this link: http://www.ddmuncieyouth.org/.

     Below, Mike Duerson (Dave's older brother) and I share a moment for a picture. 

                        

      Community Service is a big part of my life.  This year was no exception.  For the past four Brain Injury Association of Indiana's Family Fair conferences, I've been blessed to have served as a volunteer.  I had such a great time assisting the survivors, setting up displays, registering folks, introducing the keynote speaker, and even gave an interview on National Brain Injury Radio!  Below are some pictures from my exciting day on September 14, 2013:

  


     At the Columbus Mill Race Marathon, I had the privilege to pass out flyers for Girls, Inc., letting people know about their Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning in Seymour, Indiana.  Governor Pence even stopped to get a flyer from me!



     At the Indy Family Fest on Saturday, October 19, 2013, I had a great time greeting families at the Indy Family Fest, handing out free ice cream and sweet tea, and helping with the Princess Party.  Every little girl loves to wear a crown!


     Hannah Martin, Miss Kentucky Jr. Pre-Teen Queen, and I spent a couple of hours playing with the children at the Volunteers of America in Louisville, KY.  It was a special time spent with the children and Hannah!

                        


    On Saturday, August 17th, I grabbed a paint brush and, along with my family, headed downtown to inner city Indianapolis to help paint a beautiful sunflower mural on the side of a business.   The mural was designed to engage the neighborhood and serve as a backdrop for the community garden.  Had such a fantastic time!
   
                       

   At the Hamilton County Humane Society Woofstock event, I had the privilege to bring my rescue dog, Belle, and share the joy of saving and adopting a dog. 
                               

     Loved donating over 40 new and gently used stuffed animals to the Good Samaritan Network, which shows unconditional love to needy families financially, physically, emotionally, and mentally.    

                           

  A shout out to Principal Paula Peterson, staff, and students at Indianapolis Public School 105 where I , on behalf of the other NAM Indiana state finalists, donated a large collection of books for use in the school and community!
                           

     Below, I had the privilege to donate needed school supplies to the Indianapolis Public and Washington Twp. (Marion County) schools:




     At the Walking for Wishes walk to benefit the Make-A-Wish campaign, I had the privilege to be a "Smile Marker":                          
            

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