Youth Volunteer of the Year - Robby Eimers
Youth Volunteer of the Year Award: honors individuals who are age 25 or younger who have already begun making a significant difference in their community through service.
Robby Eimers of New Haven is on a mission to help the homeless. After his grandmother took Robby to a Detroit warming shelter in 2011 to pass out coats and blankets, he said they needed to do more to help those in need. He started visiting the facility every other month, but decided that wasn’t enough either and now makes the trip every week. Robby gathers supplies on Friday to “share” with his “friends” on Saturday. He serves an average of 200 meals each weekend and has served more than 60,000 meals in six years. He also works to educate and inspire his peers about the homeless problem in Detroit and reaches out for their support. Robby established The Eimers Foundation, a nonprofit organization, to assist his efforts and has raised more than $75,000, helping families get into their own homes. "I love him, you know what I am saying, and everybody down here loves him," said Frank, a man who was one of the first Robby served. "He goes all around the block. He goes around everywhere to make sure these people eat."