Teen’s volunteer efforts lead to Davis House donation

Cayla Collett already donates much of her time, and now others will benefit from her volunteer efforts.

Collett recently was named the 2013 Youth Volunteer of the Year by the Degree of Honor, which provides “Insurance with a Heart.” As a result of her award, The Davis House received $1,000 as Collett’s charity of choice.

The Davis House, a project of the Davis Health System Foundation, provides free lodging to people undergoing cancer treatment and their family members. Collett knows firsthand how important such kindness can be. She once stayed at Hope House while visiting her grandfather who was undergoing specialized treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

“It feels good to be able to make a financial contribution to my community,” Collett said.

Collett is a senior at Elkins High School and the daughter of Alan and Patricia Collett. She is a lifelong member of the Degree of Honor, vice president of the Elkins Honor U Club and a member of the National Honor Society. Collett also is a 12-year member of 4-H and is a dancer at the Gandy Dancer Theatre.

“Cayla is an outstanding young lady, and we’re honored to be her charity of choice,” said Dan Bucher, special projects coordinator for Davis Health System and the Davis Health System Foundation. “The support the community has provided to The Davis House is overwhelming, and we’re pleased to be able to help so many people in our region.”