Gloria Park, 12, is a member of the all-youth board of advisors of the We Cancerve Movement, Inc., a nonprofit that brings happiness to children experiencing homelessness, catastrophic illness and food insecurity, who are in foster care group homes and orphanages, and to unaccompanied minors. She will enter seventh grade in Fall 2023.
Hobbies: Ballet, violin, drawing, swimming and reading
Fun Facts: She has two older brothers, and she has a lot of interest in astronomy and science. Also, she can speak a little Korean.
She participated in Patterson Mill Middle School's orchestra for one year and with Harford String Orchestra for two years. In both orchestras, she participated as the 1st violin or concert master. She also participated in ballet at The John Carroll School for four years, including a production of the Nutcracker.
Park has been volunteering since age 5. She volunteered helping her brothers with various Boy Scout events as well as baking cookies, bread to donate to Donald Bentley food pantry. Also, she joins her family in giving sweet treats to the police officers of the police station, and planting trees for the Arbor Day celebrations at the Harford County Waste Disposal Center.
"like community service because I find that community service gives me a feeling of enjoyment and fulfilment because every time I participate in something related to community service I feel these feelings. Also, I want to use my time to help other people, and to be someone who can help those who truly need it, like help those who are homeless, those in foster care, and sick kids who need help," said Park.
She said she applied to serve on the We Cancerve Board of Advisors because she really wanted to be a part of something that would help others and do something that will make her feel like she's using her time for a good reason instead of using it for something she probably doesn't have to do.
"I like community service because to me it feels like I’m giving back to the community and giving back to the people in my community, who do so much for us. It also makes me feel fulfilled, knowing I’m doing something that will help others and will help the community, and I like it because it informs me on what’s going on in the community and how I can help fix it or help others," said Park.