Flathead Valley Community College student Isabel Kerst has been awarded the Montana Athletes in Service Award through Montana Campus Compact.
Kerst is a sophomore in nursing at FVCC and is on the FVCC Logger Sports team. She was nominated for the award by FVCC Logger Sports coach Annie Beall.
Kerst volunteers with Promise Clubs where she serves meals, plays games, and does activities with special needs members of the community. Additionally, she serves with Camp Promise, an overnight summer camp for special needs people, which is fun and exciting for the campers and also provides some respite care for the families. She also serves with Evergreen Community Meal & Feeding the Flathead, making and serving meals to the homeless community.
“I love caring for people. That is the reason I am going into nursing. No matter what someone has been through, I want to be there to love and support them and I can do that through Camp Promise, Promise Clubs, and Feeding the Flathead. Putting a smile on people’s faces gives me some of the greatest joy in my life,” says Kerst.
Each year Montana Campus Compact recognizes one student-athlete from each MTCC Affiliate Campus across the state who have dedicated their efforts to serving the community while also pursuing a college degree or certificates while participating in a sport.
“My intention in serving has never been to bring attention to myself. If people didn’t remember it was me who did the work, I wouldn’t care. However, I want to make an impact. I want to make people feel loved and cared for. I want to share my passion with others so that they can carry it on after me. I want the often-forgotten people of our community to never doubt whether they matter, and my way of doing that is to serve them through the volunteering I do,” says Kerst.
To read more about Montana Athletes in Service, please visit Montana Campus Compact.