Holly Moritz, 16, a six-year member of the Palm Beach County 4-H Loxahatchee Growers Club, has been honored with a President’s Volunteer Service Award for her exemplary volunteer service.
This award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program. Palm Beach County 4-H nominated Moritz for national honors in recognition of her stellar volunteer service record. Between Jan. 1, 2016, and Nov. 1, 2017, she completed 2,040 hours of service with her 4-H Club and with the nonprofit Horses That Help.
Horses That Help works to help whoever needs help, but focuses on children with special needs and children who are at-risk. Physical, mental and emotional healing happens on horseback and through horses. Children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, seizures, birth defects and other challenges are loved on and helped through horses and amazing volunteers.
While only 16, Moritz already has a tremendous work ethic and strong goals for her future. She plans to attend Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky., to earn a degree in equine studies with a minor in child psychology.
“Holly is a shining example of the drive, passion and dedication our young people have in 4-H,” Palm Beach County 4-H Agent Noelle Guay said. “She exemplifies the third ‘H’ in 4-H, in which our youth pledge their hands to larger service. We are proud to have such a remarkable 4-H member here in Palm Beach County.”