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9Kids Who Care: Encouraging her peers to get uncomfortable

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Caterina encourages others to step out of their comfort zones to make a difference. Donating blood can be scary, but with her encouragement and organization, Fairview High School students donated 56 units of blood for Bonfils Blood Center.

Without a doubt, Caterina's favorite place to volunteer is at the Boulder Homeless Shelter. She says she has seen her friends grow from having negative pre-conceived notions and assumptions about the homeless community into adults. She says her friends have a newfound respect for the role of a fellow person, no matter their social, financial or housing situation.

"I take kids with me who say, 'Oh wow this is great! 'Or, 'Take me back again next time!'" Caterina said. "Having somebody serve you food and say, 'Hello, have a good night.' 'Hello sir,' or 'Hello ma'am. How are you doing?' That's something [the homeless] don't usually get. That level of respect. Being able to give it to them and watch my friends give that respect to them, that's what I really like."

Caterina also provides one-on-one tutoring to a young girl at the Reynolds Library in Boulder.

Over the years, she has also worked on an American Indian reservation, at the Boulder County Food Share, Sister Carmen Community Center and at the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, helping disabled children ride horses.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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