Cleveland State student Alex Duke named Cleveland Indians/BVU volunteer of the year

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Alex Duke, a freshman at Cleveland State University, has been named the 2015 Volunteer of the Year in the Indians Volunteer Challenge, in partnership with BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence.

Alex has logged nearly 400 hours during the 2015 Indians Volunteer Challenge, a remarkable journey as he managed to continue to volunteer while finishing a demanding schedule as a senior at Brunswick High School and preparing for college.

Alex has logged nearly 1,400 volunteer hours since 2013 as part of the Indians Volunteer Challenge. Alex got his start in volunteering through Volunteer Opportunities For Teens (VOFT) which is run through Brunswick High School.  Alex’s activities include:

  • Four-year participant of the Big Brother/Big Sister mentoring program through United Way Medina
    • He’s committed two hours every week during his tenure at Brunswick High School to the mentoring program.
  • Organized a teacher aide program utilizing high school students in the elementary schools as assistants
  • Holds a part-time job, works on his advanced level classes, volunteers in elementary grade classrooms, attends Big Brother program and manages to fit in volunteer work at community events.

In addition to being a leader in the V.O.F.T. program, Alex has volunteered for many events including Relay for Life (American Cancer Society), Pedal to the Point (National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ohio Buckeye Chapter) Volley for the Cure (Susan G. Komen for the Cure), Halloween Spooktacular, PTA/PTG events, Brunswick middle and elementary schools and Camp Quality (Summer camp and year round support for children with cancer and their families).

Alex is a freshman at Cleveland State University. He is a Business Management major and his goal is to be in management at a nonprofit organization.

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