Joani Wafer & Dawn Bodo, Kids Korps USA
‘"Volunteering helps kids learn that service, not self-interest, holds our world together." …Psychologist John K. Rosemond
"When Meals-on-Wheels volunteers realized the people they were serving weren’t the only ones without food—that their pets were hungry too—they discovered the elderly shut-ins were splitting their sparse meals with their pets. Help came from a surprising source—kids. They enlisted the help of a chapter of the army of kids called Kids Korps USA who put together special pet treats like dog and cat biscuits packed in hand-decorated brown paper bags to accompany each Meals-on-Wheels delivery. Going further, other kids wrote letters to teens in prison or delivered homemade window boxes spilling over with bright flowers to nursing homes. Aged 5-18, they come from myriad backgrounds, united by a common compassion for others. Unbelievably, these kids may choose to spend time with an octogenarian rather than play Nintendo. There is no greater power than a child's capacity for caring. This was evident to Joani Wafer and Dawn Bodo, two sisters who, despite living thousands of miles apart, founded Kids Korps USA together in 1995 to tap the natural compassion of kids."
“They come into this life with a love for others that, when encouraged early, doesn’t go away,” says Joani, who started the first chapter in Rancho Santa Fe, California…”