Will Yocum - Northeast High School
Will Yocum, a Northeast Senior, has been involved with community service for as long as he can remember. It all came naturally to him. As a long time football player, Will has been active in community service and giving back to the community as they have given to the program. He looks at his experience serving with his football teams as, “ a great way of saying thanks for all of the love and support they’ve given”.
The organization Will is involved with the most is Caring Cupboard. He serves as the student board member. Caring Cupboard, a non-profit that serves all of Anne Arundel County for any and all food insecurities and needs, was founded by his dad, Chuck Yocum in late 2018. Will shared that, “During these times we’re living in, the cupboard has been of great help to this county. I love participating in all of the giveaways that we hold. Especially every Saturday at Hilltop Elementary. It’s a great way to start my weekend knowing I’ve helped a little over 200 families a weekend.”
Another organization with which he has served was the Pasadena Buccaneers Youth Football Association, as a youth football coach. He has alsoI read to elementary school students as part of his high school football team service. Additionally, he is a member of the leadership club at the YMCA in Pasadena. Will has been recognized for his service with the Greene Turtle Community Service Award and the George Mills Service Award. Just knowing that his work hasn’t gone unnoticed in the community was such a great feeling.
Will will be attending Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania in the fall where he will study sports broadcasting and journalism and will play football. His freshman year in college will be his fifteenth year playing football. Will stated, “Playing the sport is such an amazing experience and teaches many valuable life skills that I will carry and teach my children. I wouldn’t be the person I am without it.”
When asked about service, Will shared that, “Involving yourself with volunteer services is by far the greatest way to improve yourself and your character.” “Knowing all of the good deeds you provide to your community is just the best feeling in the world, Will added, “ When your community needs help, do not skip out on the opportunity.”
When asked about his time during the stay at home order, Will shared that it actually has been the best thing for me and my family. It’s brought us all much closer. He said, “With my departure to college looming near, we all needed this long extended time together.”