Purple Community Blog

31 Aug 2017

From Otsego Student Council President to Purple Community Angel

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We are always thankful for our volunteers who put in countless hours to support our efforts, but today we’d like to say thank you to one special lady, this quarter’s Purple Community Angel — Brooke Galloway.

Brooke was first introduced to Purple Community when she served as the Student Council President at Otsego High School. Every other year Otsego’s Student Council and a few dedicated staff members are charged with planning Otsego’s district-wide Purple Week. Over the years, Purple Week events have helped raise over $71,000 for research at Van Andel Institute (VAI)!

After graduating this past spring, Brooke decided to continue her support of Purple Community and VAI by volunteering with us throughout the summer. She is currently one of our youngest and most spirited volunteers focusing her efforts on the planning and organization of fundraising events. Brooke has an electric enthusiasm for making a difference, and always brought a cheerful energy to our program that brightened our days!

We asked Brooke to share why she choose to devote her time to Purple Community, “I have a passion for non-profit work and I am so drawn to VAI because of its mission to stop cancer and other debilitating diseases in their tracks, as I have lost family members to cancer myself.”

We are so grateful for volunteers like Brooke who have a passion for our mission. Brooke is an advocate for Purple Community’s volunteer program, encouraging her peers to get involved.

“Any young people looking to get connected with Purple Community, my advice is to JUST DO IT! Volunteering can seem scary, but it leads to great relationships and amazing opportunities,” said Brooke.

This fall Brooke will further her education at Central Michigan University (CMU) to study Non-Profit Organization and Leadership Studies with hopes to pursue a career in ministry outreach. Brooke said she is most excited to be in an environment that fosters leadership. When describing CMU she shared, “It’s a place full of students that are fired up and passionate about changing the world in their own way, and I am ready to share that passion.”

We are grateful for her time with us and are very excited to see all that she accomplishes in the future. Best of luck at CMU, Brooke!