Youth Volunteer of the Year - Abigail & Lillian Diuble
ABIGAIL & LILLIAN DIUBLE of Manchester have been an inspiration to their friends and community from a very young age. Lilly has both hearing and visual impairments, but she has not let this define her and has chosen to make a difference. She has helped raised over $150,000 to support research through the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Lilly’s younger sister, Abby, has also demonstrated a passion to make a difference. In 2015, a tornado struck the Diuble family’s home in the middle of the night. Lilly was difficult to wake and barely made it to safety. Abby realized that people like her sister are very vulnerable in emergency situations and that more should be done to keep them safe. After extensive research, Abby chose to spread awareness of a bed shaking alarm that could wake a person with hearing impairments in the event of severe weather, fire or carbon monoxide. To help fund the project, Abby, with the help of her family, created the nonprofit, Diuble Family Vision. She has raised over $11,000. “In my 26 years of public service, I have never encountered individuals who, at such a young age, had the dedication for volunteering and willingness to serve for the betterment and protection of others,” said Madison Township Fire Chief Ryan Rank.