Employee Volunteer Empowers Tomorrow’s Leaders

Annette Carpenter, an employee in Engineering Services at Consumers Energy’s J.H. Campbell complex, is passionate about doing her part to empower local youth to reach their potential.

“I’m just here to help out however I’m needed. There are so many programs that depend on the help of parents. A lot of activities wouldn’t be possible without volunteers,” said Annette.

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For years she has volunteered to support her children’s extracurricular activities including:

  • supporting Girl Scout Troop 2793 beginning 12 years ago when her daughter joined as a Daisy Girl Scout, and serving as Girl Scout Leader until the girls graduated last August
  • serving as treasurer for Boy Scout Troop 157
  • leading fundraising efforts for the 30-member robotics team at West Ottawa High School, Robotics Team 141, with the goal to raise $1,000 per student for travel expenses
  • assisting the West Ottawa High School choir with travel to competitions

Annette also volunteers at her church when she can.

For Annette, the most rewarding aspect of volunteering is empowering kids to reach their potential, be good stewards, and hone their leadership skills.

“Kids today face so many negatives. Anything you can do to be a positive force and encourage them to succeed can go such a long way. It is so rewarding to see these young men and women grow and know that they will make a difference in the world,” said Annette.

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