In January 2011, at the age of 9,  I founded a non-profit called It Starts With One, to encourage kids like me to volunteer.  I wanted them to find their passion for volunteerism and in teaching them how to volunteer, I found my own.  That following October, I knew I found my purpose when I went to the grand opening of the One Place Family Justice Center.  The center provides help from 48 services organizations under one roof for the families of domestic violence. There, I met the staff from the Justice Center, the Family Sunshine Center and Child Protect. Even though I was young, they encouraged my volunteerism and welcomed me with open arms.


Since that time, I have worked hard to raise money for special projects, immediate needs of families, and even built a two-story clubhouse in the children's room at the Center, so that it would give the children some enjoyment while they are there.  


Through my platform, Hiding In Plain Sight - the Victims of Domestic Violence, I have developed a three-tier approach to tackling domestic violence issues: The Children of Domestic Violence, Teen Dating Violence Awareness, and Prevention and Domestic Violence Awareness. The three components all come together to complete a circle of violence for everyone it touches.  It is time that we all Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence.

 

Laura Grace Henry.

 

Volunteerism Awards:

National Daily Point of Light Award (Aug. 29, 2014)  
Prudential Spirit of Community Alabama Youth Volunteer of the Year  2014
Hasbro’s Community Action Heroes Top Nine 2014
Hands On River Region Youth Volunteer of the Year 2016

Hands On River RegionYouth Group Volunteer Leader of the Year 2016
Kohl’s Cares Regional Volunteer Award 2014
President’s Gold Volunteer Service   Award – past six consecutive years 
Named a “National Hero” by Peace Fund Radio, a nationally-syndicated talk show 2016
Top 10 Humanitarian Award, 2016 National Youth Activist Award™, sponsored by Omni Hotels 2016