Clare Vosberg-Padget, from Dubuque, IA, was featured as a “Face of Volunteerism” for one week starting Thursday October 30, 2014. She is a nine-year-old who wants to change the world by building friendships to end bullying and to make the community a better place.
Clare began Clare Cares on January 22, 2014 with a goal to have a Buddy Bench put on her school's playground to help build friendships to end bullying. As of today, Clare has inspired her community and has raised funds to provide a Buddy Bench on not just her playground, but 35 elementary playgrounds in the tri-state area. There is a Clare Cares Buddy Bench on every elementary playground in Dubuque and West Dubuque school district. Additionally, Clare sponsors monthly Buddy Play Dates where the entire community is welcome. At each Buddy Play Date she does a give back to the community. The Give Back Recipients have been: Almost Home Homeless Shelter, National Mississippi River Museum, Dubuque Regional Humane Society, and Toys for Tots.
Clare spends many hours monthly speaking to schools and organizations about her mission. Additionally, she has many meetings to arrange her buddy play dates and the give back work. She has put in more than 100 hours since the start of Clare Cares in January 2014.
Clare has a "friendship group" on Facebook that has grown to 3,500 friends. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/clarecaresdbq.
People look at Clare and say, "if a 9 year old can do this, what can I do?" She excites and inspires everyone who meets her.
Clare is being featured this week at www.volunteeriowa.org as part of Governor Branstad’s “A Call to Service” initiative, designed to challenge and encourage Iowans to give back to their communities through volunteerism and service.