Titusville Teen Volunteer Receives Letter of Commendation From President
By Space Coast Daily // May 23, 2015
logged over 315 hours as volunteer
BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – A Titusville teen was the recent recipient of The President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of her volunteer work with Hospice of St. Francis.
Abigail Creel, age 17, a senior at Titusville High School, was presented with a letter of commendation from President Barack Obama at the Senior Awards Ceremony on May 5.
In his letter, President Obama thanked Abigail for “helping to address the most pressing needs in your community and our country.”
Abigail logged over 315 hours as a teen volunteer with the North Star Program for Grieving Children, a community-based support program for children impacted by the loss of a loved one.
For the past three years, Abigail has been volunteering as an assistant to the Bereavement Counselors who run weekly support groups for grieving children.
“Abby has exhibited all of the core values of Hospice of St Francis: respect, integrity, compassion, adaptability, communication and accountability, ” stated Brooke Davis, MSW, RCSWI, North Star Program Coordinator.
“She has been a true asset to our program.”
In addition to her extensive volunteer work with Hospice of St. Francis, Abigail has also volunteered with the Key Club, Mu Alpha Theta and National Honor Society.
She completed the dual-enrollment program at Titusville High School receiving her high school diploma on May 22 as well as her Associates Degree from Eastern Florida State College on May 14.
Abigail is the daughter of Jennifer and Derek Creel of Titusville. She will be attending Florida State University in the fall.
The North Star Child Grief Program is provided by Hospice of St. Francis, Brevard’s first and only independent, non-profit Hospice.
North Star, designed for children from three to 18 years of age, is a support center for children and families whose lives have been changed by the loss of a loved one.
Hospice of St. Francis’ support programs are free to any Brevard County resident.