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LHU alumna wins YWCA Community Service Volunteer Award

PHOTO PROVIDED LHU 2019 graduate, Kylee Doyle smiles while holding up her award.

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven University (LHU) 2019 graduate, Kylee Doyle is the winner of the 2022 YWCA of Greater Johnstown Community Service Volunteer Award for her continuous efforts to improve her community.

Since 1987, The YWCA of Greater Johnstown has been honoring women and leaders who work and reside in Cambria and Somerset counties with the Tribute to Women Awards.

Each year, individuals in the community nominate women who have demonstrated leadership qualities in their workplace, their personal lives and for their commitment to community service. Eight women are chosen out of hundreds of nominees; one for each of the eight different categories.

Doyle received her nomination from Marlene Singer, a previous Community Service Volunteer Award winner and lead volunteer with the Cambria County Backpack Project (CCBP).

“I’m struck by how many projects she gets herself involved with and she takes each project to heart,” Singer said. “Kylee doesn’t just put in volunteer time. She goes above and beyond in every project she’s involved in, always thinking of the next idea that can help make the community stronger.”

“I believe God has given us gifts so we can serve others,” Doyle said. “I strive to make everybody feel like a somebody and pouring myself out to make others feel important is a top priority in my life. I try to do everything to glorify God who is at work within me.”

During the awards ceremony, Doyle gave a three-minute acceptance speech outlining her motivation and inspiration behind her work. She said, the speech-writing techniques she learned during her time at LHU were helpful as she put together her speech.

“One piece of advice that really stuck with me from my communication professor, Dr. Conne Reece, is not to over-practice your speech,” Doyle said. “I only practiced mine three times, which may seem crazy, but it helped me to be confident in what I had written and not go crazy trying to change little details. Giving speeches in class was not my favorite, however I am very thankful for the practice now.”

After earning her communication degree from LHU, Doyle wanted to pursue a career with a non-profit organization. Through AmeriCorps, she took on the role of project coordinator of the CCBP, where she provided 118,386 meals to 782 children in Cambria County during her two years of service. She then became program director at Camp Harmony.

Outside of work, she volunteers as the advisor for the Technology Student Association Club and the assistant junior high school volleyball coach for Conemaugh Township. She is also on the board of Common Grounds Outreach and serves as a deaconess, helping with the youth group at her local church.

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