Danielle Friz

University of Missouri - St. Louis

Danielle Friz, a Nursing student minoring in Gerontology and Global Health & Social Medicine at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, is an engaging student committed to improving the campus and the broader community. As a member and community service chairperson for the Pierre Laclede Honors College Student Association, Danielle works to tackle issues of food insecurity along with helping address the unique needs of foster families in our community. She does this by coordinating monthly meal preparations for Angels' Arms, a charity that provides resources and emotional support to foster children and families. Danielle not only makes sure that groceries are provided and food is prepared for families, but she also personally delivers meals. During the holiday season, she also spearheaded an Adopt-a-Family program for a foster family with a single mother and three children. She raised funds and coordinated the shopping, wrapping, and delivery of gifts. On campus, Danielle is committed to helping other first-generation students navigate the world of academia through mentorship, providing them with personalized, one-on-one support through the Opportunity Scholars Peer Mentoring Program. Additionally, she serves as a Student Mentor Advisory and Recruitment Team mentor for the Honors College.

Dr. Thomas George
University of Missouri - St. Louis

Personal Statement

I first became involved in addressing food insecurity and alleviating the hectic schedules and financial burdens of foster parents by volunteering through the Pierre Laclede Honors College Student Association (PLHCSA) with Angels' Arms. This local nonprofit organization strives to provide loving homes for foster children. After speaking with foster parents, I came to understand how difficult it is to provide both the time and financial resources to prepare dinner for several foster children every day. Becoming the community service chair for PLHCSA, I have organized and actively participated in monthly meal preparations for Angels' Arms foster families. I make sure that groceries are provided, food is prepared, and meals are delivered to families. Having meals provided allows these foster families the freedom to spend more time together while also helping them with grocery costs. In addition to the meal preparations, I facilitated PLHCSA's role in the Adopt-a-Family program for the holiday season. For this, I coordinated the shopping, wrapping, and delivery of gifts to a foster family including a single mother and three children. I believe my volunteer service is important because it allows the UMSL community to address food insecurity along with needs of foster families in our community.

Danielle Friz
Nursing, Gerontology minor, Global Health and Social Medicine minor, Honors Certificate: Class of 2020
written 2019

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Sarah Lutes, UNC Asheville Seda Sahin, Univeristy of Connecticut Bernardo Villarreal Rodríguez, Universidad de Monterrey Elizabeth Paige, University of Baltimore Itzel Velazquez, University of Central Arkansas Jordan Borenstein, University of Central Florida Hunter Caudillo, University of Central Oklahoma Delali Nenonene, University of Dayton April Singleton, University of Delaware Amanda Wittebort, University of Denver Mikaela Lopez, University of Houston-Downtown Nicolas Robledo, University of Illinois at Chicago Natalie Benson, University of Indianapolis Jocelyn Roof, University of Iowa Kaitlyn Frick, University of Kentucky Dyamond Gray, University of La Verne Sarah Nichols, University of Maine at Augusta Maheen Haq, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Madison LaCure, University of Massachusetts - Boston Marvens Pierre, University of Massachusetts Amherst Elizabeth Anusauskas, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Twisha Mohapatra, University of Massachusetts Lowell Shravya Jasti, University of Miami Jalen Rose, University of Michigan-Dearborn Robert Harper, University of Minnesota Danielle Friz, University of Missouri - St. Louis Daisy Ward, University of Montana Adrianna Pittman, University of Montana Western Lizbeth Perez Hernandez, University of Nebraska Omaha Kaitlin Griffin, University of New Hampshire Joyce Yao, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yesika Sorto Andino, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Adriana Zarate, University of North Georgia Hector Robledo, University of North Texas at Dallas Sashay Carroll, University of Northern Iowa Carson Ball, University of Oklahoma Carter Gale, University of Pennsylvania John Farris, University of Redlands Mary-Kate McGeary, University of Rhode Island Lina Tori Jan, University of Richmond Nina Schneider, University of San DIego Nyteia Tyler, University of San Francisco Karen Padilla, University of South Carolina Beaufort Danica Leaphart, University of South Carolina, Columbia Shaneika Bowra, University of the District of Columbia Livia Karoui, University of the South Jordyn Gaurkee, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Emiliana Lopez, University of Wisconsin - Madison Zach Atkins, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Madison Hale, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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