2017 Gift Of The Heart – Salem County Career and Technical Schools
Woodbury, NJ May 3, 2017
For Immediate Release
The law firm of Hoffman DiMuzio has allocated close to half a million dollars to its “Gift of the Heart” Community Scholarship Foundation. Forty-one graduating seniors from Gloucester and Salem County high schools have been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship for embodying the service ideals of the program. This week, the 2017 “Gift of the Heart” Hoffman DiMuzio Community Service Foundation recipients are from Salem County Vocational Technical School are Jessica Coulter and Jewel Holt.
Jessica Coulter, in a majority of her commitments, has worked with organizations dealing in healthcare. She began volunteering at the Alfred L. DuPont hospital for Children this past summer. She has since exceeded 320 hours of service, and reflects on her experience thus far as being highly educational and fulfilling.
Jessica volunteers at the hospital every weekday once her school day concludes. Some of the departments she’s shadowed include Utilization Management, Orthopedic Clinic, and Physical Therapy. She does not take lightly the opportunity to be partially responsible for someone’s care, nor the chances she has had at the hospital to work with highly capable and knowledgeable professionals. This work has solidified Jessica’s decision to pursue a career as a pediatric doctor.
In addition to her significant time commitments to the hospital, Jessica has volunteered with the Live Healthy Salem County Coalition, the Memorial Hospital of Salem County, the Salem County Center for Autism, and the United Way of Salem County. Furthermore, Jessica is the recipient of the 2016 Barbara James Service Award for students that completed the highest amount of volunteer hours in the healthcare field.
SkillsUSA is a program that aims to develop skills to aid students in their future career endeavors. Jewel Holt began volunteering with this program his freshman year of high school and continues to be actively involved; he fundraises and helps in a general capacity regarding the functioning needs of the club. For Jewel, volunteering has tremendous value. He explains that it’s “an opportunity to improve or give back to society and fulfill [his] civic duty.”
In addition to SkillsUSA, Jewel volunteers with the National Society of High School Scholars, National Technical Honors Society, and Pi Theta Kappa. Some of his volunteer work has included tutoring his peers, road clean ups, assisting with student events, and helping to promote the organizations he’s allied with.
Further, Jewel is also a member of Student Council, where he represents SkillsUSA and ABMS. This past year he also had the opportunity to have another leadership position: General Assemblyman in the New Jersey Boys State program.
Congratulations are extended to Jessica Coulter and Jewel Holt as well as their proud family and friends. Their community service embodies a Gift of the Heart.
Next week’s featured recipients will be from Arthur P. Schalick High School.
Click here to read more about the Hoffman DiMuzio Gift Of The Heart Scholarship Foundation.
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