The Mercer County Professional Counselors Association (MCPCA) recently recognized local high school seniors for their community service efforts and academic achievements. The 15 students were hosted at the 22nd annual scholarship breakfast reception at Mercer County Community College on June 1. One of the recipients was CdLS Foundation volunteer Riley Smith.

Riley is the granddaughter of Kathy and Gene Van Buren, whose daughter, Jindi, had CdLS and passed away in 2003. The Van Buren family has provided child care through “Jindi’s Place” at the biennial CdLS Foundation National Family Conferences for the past 20 years. Honoring her aunt, Riley has volunteered at three conferences and also assisted at a CdLS family gathering.

Family Service Coordinator Lynn Audette wrote a letter of support for Riley’s volunteer efforts with the Foundation, and we could not be more thrilled with the outcome!

“Riley has shown maturity, adaptability and reliability in her commitment to provide a safe environment for the children to play and socialize,” Audette detailed in her letter of support. “Our foundation could not provide the level of specialized child care that our children require without the help of competent and compassionate volunteers like Riley!”

Congratulations to Riley for receiving an award that captures her commitment to helping individuals with CdLS–and, receiving a scholarship which will contribute to her continuing education.

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