The slogan “do a good turn daily” reminds Scouts to serve others in ways big and small. Acting on this principle is second nature to Scouts, but some Scouts go above and beyond. Boy Scout Eugene L. is one of those empowered young people who’s committed time to helping his hungry neighbors.
Recognized as the Northern Illinois Food Bank Youth Volunteer of the Year, the Scout has logged over 50 hours of community service to help fight hunger.
“It’s not about the numbers, but about doing my part to make a difference in the area where I live,” said Eugene. “It’s just a small way to make the world a better place for everyone.”
Eleven year old Eugene has a full plate, but his passion for serving others takes precedence. Along with his participation in Scouting, he is a member of the Mensa Junior Honor Society and plays guitar. He’s also a sixth grader in the gifted program at his elementary school and aspires to becoming an aerospace engineer when he grows up.
Eugene started volunteering at the Food Bank’s West Suburban Center last year with his parents, Eng and May Loo.
“Scouting has taught him to make a difference in his community regardless of how small it is,” said his father, Eng.
To learn more about the Scout’s recognition and how he’s contributing to the 57 million meals served by its volunteers, head to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.