Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $16 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007. Through public service, the women of the Miss America Organization become active members of their community as they make a difference and touch lives.
In addition to my social impact initiative, Leave Your MARK and Writeous Girls, I am passionate about living a life of service. The job of Miss Missouri is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that carries with it service above self. Follow my journey in the community and help me make a difference!
Children's Miracle Network
Twirling For the Cure
The Miss America Organization partners with the CMN to give each contestant the opportunity to raise awareness and funds. I invite you to join me in touching the lives of children today by making a donation that will be included in my fundraising total on my personal page. Thank you for helping me make miracles happen.
At MizzouThon, we believe everyone should have the right to be a kid. MizzouThon raises money year long to support programs at the MU Children's Hospital. Every minute of the 13.1 hours I spent dancing for the kids was worth it and I look forward to doing it again! Support my cause directly here in Columbia and let's ensure that the kids get to enjoy the simple pleasures and joys of childhood.
My sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, supports the victims of domestic violence and actively works to increase awareness of this heartbreaking issue. AXO's beneficiary is a local shelter, True North. It is the only residential facility in Boone County that supports the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We do numerous philanthropy events to support our cause and raised over $25,000 last year for True North. Please consider making a difference at True North!
The mission of Twirling for the Cure is to bring twirlers across the world together to entertain, educate, and enhance awareness by raising money to help find the cure for breast cancer. The Mizzou Feature Twirlers are College Sponsors for Twirling for the Cure. Please consider making a donation to help this cause that is close to my heart!
Twirling for the Cure Public Service Announcement
Featuring the World Champion Modernettes and a guest appearance by Simone Esters
A Way With Words and Numbers
A Way With Words and Numbers is a community-based non-profit program that teams undergraduate students from the University of Missouri with local children to improve their struggling literacy and mathematical skills. The program currently provides tutoring in 19 public elementary schools, four public middle schools and three community sites in Columbia, Missouri. Tutors help 2,500 learners annually. I volunteer at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School twice a week, for two hours. Since my mother is a middle school math teacher, in Pennsylvania, I know the difference that tutoring can make on a young child's future.
Mizzou Alternative Breaks
Mizzou Alternative Breaks is a student-led program on the campus of the University of Missouri that sends groups of students across the United States and abroad over Thanksgiving, winter, spring, summers, and weekend breaks to serve people and communities in need. Over winter break, I participated in my first Alternative Break. I loved this new adventure where I was able to serve the Charleston, SC, are by continuing my work with youth empowerment through WINGS for kids! I am looking forward to participating in my next Alternative Break in the spring semester.
Caring for Columbia
Caring for Columbia is the largest student-run day of service at Mizzou. Each spring, students, faculty, and staff from all over campus unite to honor the Columbia community in a day of volunteering to say "Thank You" for their continued support throughout the years. Over 1,300 students serve at over 70 sites throughout the Columbia community. I enjoyed participating in my first Caring Columbia and I will be volunteering on April 13, 2019 on the next Caring for Columbia Day.
IHOP National Pancake Day
IHOP National Pancake Day raised over $5 million, across the nation, for local children's hospitals. I volunteered at the IHOP in Columbia to help raise funds for Missouri University Children's Hospital. I had fun greeting all the patrons and serving a few tables!
Dairy Queen Free Cone Day
Dairy Queen's Free Cone Day raised funds for local children's hospitals. I met Lizzy, a bubbly 5 year old girl, who receives care at MU Children's Hospital! It was so awesome to meet one of the sweet kids that the Children's Miracle Network helps everyday! This is what the Miss America Organization is all about!
Miss America Serves Day
Every year titleholders and volunteers across the country participate in the national "Miss America Serves Presented by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals". This event allows participants to show their everyday passion for community service. I was able to volunteer, with other Missouri local titleholders, at the Help Center in Mexico, Missouri. We sorted items for their thrift shop and food for the local food bank. I was grateful to be able to give back to the Mexico community!
Trivia Night Fundraiser
The Miss Phelps County and Miss Heart of the Ozarks Scholarship Program hosted a Trivia Night in Rolla. I had a fun night emceeing and we were able to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network.
CMN Golf Tournament
The Miss Phelps County and Miss Heart of the Ozarks Scholarship Program volunteered at the Rolla Children's Miracle Network Golf Tournament. I had fun learning how to golf while raising money for the Children's Miracle Network.
I loved spending time with the Miracle Kids at the annual Glamourazzi, sponsored by Q106.1! Throughout the evening, the Miracle Kids and their families were able to get pampered by local salons in Columbia, make crafts and have their picture taken. Thank you to the MU Children's Hospital for hosting such a fabulous event!
I helped cooked breakfast at one of the St. Louis Ronald McDonald Houses. My sister queen, Abbie Mueller, created this wonderful organization and I am grateful that she included me in such a wonderful experience.
Meals for a Million
Meals for a Million is a community wide food packing event that invites volunteers to help prepare nonperishable food items for distribution across Missouri. My sister queens and myself enjoyed participating in this great service event in St Charles.
Mizzou Panhellenic Vice-President of Programming and Outreach
I have been given the privilege and honor of being able to serve the women in the Panhellenic community at Mizzou, as the Vice President of Programming and Outreach. The Panhellenic organization is especially close to my heart because it has similar ideals as the Miss America Organization: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Sisterhood!
One Day, One Meal, One Love
One Day, One Meal, One Love, distributes care packages to the homeless throughout St. Louis. This generous program was organized by my sister queen, Faith Whately-Blaine, and I was privileged to help her pass out the bags throughout downtown St. Louis in December.
American Heart Association ~ St. Louis Heart Ball
Grateful to volunteer at the St. Louis Heart Ball. I love every chance to support a cause I'm passionate about while sharing my family's story!
Mexico Middle School Visit
I literally had so much fun with the 6th graders at Mexico Middle School! We talked about the Miss Missouri program, the importance of scholarship, and how we can reach our goals...especially by taking advantage of mentors! Oh, and I twirled for them too!!! I feel lucky to have gotten the chance to spend the morning with them!
University of Missouri Children's Hospital Visit
I was so humbled to be reminded of the primary mission of this organization during my visit to the University of Missouri Children's Hospital. Abbie passed out blankets she made and I distributed Writeous Girls Journals, from my nonprofit organization, to all of the patients. I am already planning my next visit.
CMN Miss Missouri Garden Par-Tea
Last year after Miss Missouri, I decided I wanted to put on an event for the Children's Miracle Network. After brainstorming ideas, I felt a tea party with Miss Missouri and her Outstanding Teen would be an awesome idea...fast forward and I was able to see this vision come to life! Abbie, my outstanding teen, and I had a great time yesterday celebrating CMN while raising money for a cause that is so important to us. I am so grateful for the support of our parents and the Wendlings, who supported this event and made it so special. And that's the tea!
Columbia 20/20 Lions Club Presentation
In 2016, I was selected as one of about fourteen twirlers to go to Peru on behalf of the Lions Club for a chance to both serve the city of Trujilo and perform. Things came full circle for me last night when I was able to speak to the Columbia 20/20 Lions Club about my social impact initiative, mentoring of course, and the Miss America Organization! It's the best feeling in the world when people in our community are so supportive to causes that are important to me. It's easy to get caught up in all the prep for Miss Missouri: the current events, the mock interviews, and more. But after the 20/20 Lions Club presentation, I called my mom and said, "Things like this remind me WHY I want to be Miss Missouri," which is to be an advocate for things that matter to me.!