Eau Claire (WQOW)- Homework assignments, student teaching and hockey practice. For a college senior, and assistant hockey coach that's enough to make your head spin. But on top of that, this remarkable young woman sets aside hours out of her week to volunteer.
Dependable, motivated, caring and un-selfish. Those are words used to describe Kirstin Faber, a UW Eau Claire senior, assistant coach and avid volunteer with a very full plate. Her ability to juggle all that, while making time to help others a priority, is why friends say Kristin is so deserving of the Jefferson Award.
"She was the first person that sprang to mind," says Casey McMullen, who nominated Kristin. "I mean it is about people that are un-selfish, and just always concerned about other people and giving and she totally embodies all those characteristics."
Kristin spends a large chunk of her time helping to coach Special Olympics and says the volunteer opportunities are the highlight of her week. "They'll come around after getting pins down, jumping up and down the lane. I think it goes on to other aspects of their life too, if they're successful here they learn that they can be successful in school and in other areas outside of Special Olympics."
And Casey adds, that passion for volunteerism is something Kristin shares with others, "She volunteers at Longfellow the after school program with the reading, and she's gotten the hockey team involved in that and she's gotten more hockey players involved in Special Olympics."
"Just the way she carries herself as an individual," continues Casey, "And the way she interacts with everyone and just cares about everyone else, she's definitely something to strive for and I definitely look up to her a lot."