Amina Salat

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Eighteen-year-old Amina Salat does not have to share much of her story before it is clear why she is a volunteer there.

"Not all have the money to buy food, you know?" she said. "It's [the café is] a really good thing."

Her family settled in the United States as refugees from Somalia in 2004 after their home was torn apart by war.

"I didn't speak English," she said.

In Colorado, Salat not only found a new home, she found a community that reached out to her.

"In life, there's people who are helping you. It's good to give back what they have given you, you know?" she said.

Serving became Salat's way of saying thanks.

"I'm making a difference by helping out. It's kind of good," she said. "Every time I come here or volunteer, I learn something new, which is cool."

That attitude and her service is one of the reasons she is March's winner of the 9Kids Who Care award.

When she is not preparing lunch at the SAME Café, she works with Growing Colorado Kids. It is a nonprofit that encourages students to sow, care for and harvest their own backyard gardens. The food is then donated to neighbors in need.

"I feel happy volunteering," she said.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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