For Shannon Lynch and Syanne Centeno, volunteering is personal. Long before their respective wins as Miss DC World 2015 and Miss Maryland World 2015, Shannon and Syanne knew the importance of giving back to their community. Syanne’s grandfather gave her an example of selfless service; “When I was young, my grandfather would rescue animals and I would go with him,” she recalls. Likewise, Shannon’s family inspired her service, as well; “Volunteering is an important aspect of my life because as the daughter of two Army veterans the call to serve is in my blood,” she says. And these days both women are giving back to their community. Shannon has devoted her service platform to suicide prevention of veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder. She has partnered with a locally-based non-profit, Saving Our Heroes, to defray the cost of post-traumatic stress disorder treatment. Syanne founded the Warrior Princess Initiative—a non-profit for children with life-threatening diseases. In addition to her nonprofit, she is a national anti-bullying and eating disorder advocate.
On April 18, Seabury Resources for Aging will welcome Shannon and Syanne as our special guests at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. Volunteers from each of Seabury’s programs will be recognized for their service to older adults and their families. Like Shannon and Syanne, service is personal for Seabury’s incredible volunteers. Many volunteers gained an example of service from older adults in their lives—and many volunteer as a sign of gratitude. And Seabury is grateful for all of our volunteers and the many hours they give to older adults in the Washington community. Each week, our volunteers serve meals, teach classes, help with house and yard work, and do so much more.
Volunteering really is personal; it impacts people, families, and entire communities. For that, we say, “thanks”—and we hope we’ll see you on the 18th!
Shannon Lynch, Miss DC World 2015, is a resident of Northwest Washington, DC. You can follow her work and appearances on Facebook. As Miss DC World, Shannon has devoted her service platform to suicide prevention of veterans coping with posttraumatic stress disorder. She has partnered with a locally-based non-profit, Saving Our Heroes, to help defray the cost of the treatment of symptoms associated with PTSD. She currently works for a consulting company and models professionally. Shannon is also an alumna of Georgetown University, graduating last year with a double major in music and political science.
Syanne Centeno is Miss Maryland World 2015. Syanne founded the Warrior Princess Initiative—a non-profit for children with life-threatening diseases. You can follow their important work on Facebook. In addition to her nonprofit, Syanne is a national anti-bullying and eating disorder advocate. Syanne also volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association and fundraised for Alzheimer’s research. Syanne studied veterinary medicine at the College of Southern Maryland and received two certifications in veterinary medicine. She has volunteered with multiple animal rescue organizations, has fostered kittens, and worked as a Veterinary technician.