“It’s fantastic, I love it! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and being able to do this for the kids is just great,” explains Jennifer Polopolus-Meredith.
Jennifer’s excitement is contagious — and so is her
sense of accomplishment
. She is one of the first Thrive! leaders to plan an event.
“Last year, I planned the party,” states Susan Wendland, Thrive! Youth Program and Resource Development Coordinator. “This year a leader and volunteer planned the party. It’s very empowering. Jennifer and Nicholle (pictured above; Jennifer is dressed in her cat costume) met with our executive director to plan the event. They provided me a list, and I simply went shopping!”
Thrive! leaders are area-residents seeking to improve their quality of life. Leaders commit to an 18-month program that meets weekly. Reaching a place of giving back is a significant milestone.