The Union Recorder


November 12, 2013

College student recognized for his selfless efforts

MILLEDGEVILLE — Barrett Roell has dedicated nearly 750 hours to volunteerism activities and initiatives throughout the Georgia College campus and the local community in just the past two years. His selfless endeavors recently got him recognized locally and nationally as the recipient of the National Daily Point of Light Award.  

“I just enjoy giving back,” the 21 year-old said. “It makes me feel awesome to know that I’m making a difference in the lives of other people.”

Created by the administration of Pres. George H. W. Bush, the Daily Point of Light Award honors individuals and groups creating meaningful change in communities across America. Each weekday, one volunteer or volunteer effort is recognized with the Daily Point of Light Award. Roell was distinguished as the volunteer for the day on Oct. 31, making him the ninth Georgia College recipient of the award.

“I’m extremely proud to receive this award. It’s awesome to get recognized for the volunteer work I do and what I get out of it,” Roell said. “There’s always a need in the Milledgeville area. I have to take advantage of my time to help people as much as I can.”

Originally from Houston, Texas, Roell’s passion for giving back dates back to his childhood years when he and his mother planted seedlings in their neighborhood for Arbor Day. The Roell family moved to Suwanee, Ga. when Barrett was in the sixth grade.

“I was heavily involved in Keep Forsyth County Beautiful as a senior in high school. When I originally went to Gainesville State College, I started donating blood, so when I came to Georgia College in August 2011 as a sophomore, I wanted to get more involved in blood drives,” he said. “The first thing I did was find the GIVE Center.”

Roell has served as president and coordinator of the American Red Cross blood drives at Georgia College since April 2012. He conducted the largest, most comprehensive marketing campaign for the blood drive ever launched on the Georgia College campus. His tremendous success with increasing the number of blood units collected also earned him the 2012 Youth Volunteer of the Year Award by Hands On Milledgeville.

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