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Claire Shepek

11:51 AM, Feb 20, 2008   |    comments
  • 2008 9Kid Who Cares Claire Shepek
  • Claire and her mom work at the Food Bank for Larimer County
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"I can help you down here!" she yells out to a line of people waiting for their groceries.

Claire checks each person into the computer to make sure they're up to date in the system.

"It's just really cool to see them again and make connections with all the clients," she says.

The Poudre High School senior has spent hours upon hours volunteering at the Food Bank, but that's not where her giving ends.

"That's what amazes me about her so much," says Amy Pezzani, eecutive drector of the Food Bank for Larimer County, "I see her here so much, but here she is volunteering at other organizations in our community."

In all, Claire volunteers at close to 20 non-profits in Fort Collins. One of her favorite spots is Poudre Valley Hospital, where she's a "Volunteen."

"Volunteering makes me, as a person, feel like I'm doing something," Shepek says.

When Claire is volunteering, her mother, Pam Johannsen, is usually right by her side.

"Throughout the past six years, it's really been a unifying and uniting force in our lives," Pam says.

The two started volunteering together in 2001 after joining National Charity League, a national, non-profit organization that promotes mother-daughter relationships.

"We just work together and it really brings us close together," Claire says.

Though Claire has put in the most hours at the Food Bank, it's her work at the hospital that has most influenced her future plans.

Claire plans to become a nurse–a position that can bring her even more connections.

Please join 9NEWS and College In Colorado in congratulating Claire Shepek, a 2008 9Kid Who Cares.

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