NAME: Billie-Kate Pope
OCCUPATION: Junior at Triton High School
CURRENT HOMETOWN: Dunn
PARENTS: Aaron and Wendy Pope
Billie-Kate Pope is active in sports and in her community. She volunteers at the local hospital and at the food bank. On Aug. 6, she held a back-to-school drive handing out supplies and clothes to kids in the community at Dream Nutrition in Dunn. She makes a difference, because she can.
What does a normal day look like to you?
I do cross country, cross-fit every day and then I would go to the food bank to see if it is open for me to volunteer, and, if not, then I would come home to help my parents. I don’t volunteer every day but I volunteer as much as I can.
What other activities do you do?
I play Varsity Soccer at Triton High School, run cross country, winter and spring track, and play travel soccer at Liberty Point Soccer Club.
In what ways do you volunteer to give back to your community?
I volunteer at the Food Bank and I help out there every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
Why did you get involved in volunteering?
I used to really not do a lot and I decided to — why not help out and do something positive for the community? It just makes you feel good helping people out. So that’s why I started.
Any volunteer moment that sticks in your mind, or made you want to continue doing volunteering?
At the food bank, [it was] seeing all the people there that needed some help.
Why do you do what you do? What kind of a difference do you hope it makes?
I hope that the community sees that there are a lot of places to volunteer at [and] also, for people that need help, to be helped by the community with open arms.
Who do you look up to and why?
Well, for one, my grandma, and the man that runs the food bank, Mr. Snider. He loves to help people out. He inspires me because he devotes most of his time to helping other people. I [also] look up to my mom.
What do you think is the most important lesson that you have learned in volunteering to help others?
It is good to put others before yourself ‘cause you don’t see what they are going through.
What do you plan on doing after high school?
I would like to attend a four-year college. I like N.C. State a lot so I don’t know if that’s where I’m gonna go, but that’s what I’m looking [forward] to doing. I want to go into the health field but I’m not quite sure yet if that’s what I want to do.
When are you the happiest?
Probably playing soccer, helping people, or with my friends.
Is there anything you wish for your peers to know, and if so, what is it?
There is always something you can do to help out. There is always somebody out there that needs your help and you can help them out and improve their lives, so why not do it?
Have you made a bucket list? if so, what do you want to cross off your list next?
To travel a lot, to see different cultures and different places.
What made you decide to host a back-to-school supply drive?
I found out that a lot of kids don’t have a lot of school supplies, like when they go to school and see like they don’t have as much as other kids. So I wanted to help out with it. And to get into college, you need to have some good things to lean back on and I decided that was what I was gonna do.
What’s next for volunteer work?
I haven’t come up with anything yet, but I think I might donate food to the dog and cat shelters, that’s coming up… I know we might donate some stuffed animals to a nursing home, but that’s pretty much it for right now.
Being young, do you [try to] inspire other youth to help?
Not really. Actually, I do it mostly on my own. I try to get them to help but they are like, ‘sorry, we’re busy,’ so I’m like, ‘OK, well I’ll just do it by myself then.’ My grandma helps me out a lot with the stuff I do. She’s really nice. She’s Sue Dunlap; she’s all over Dunn.
How does your age correlate to your motivation to help others?
I just think it is good to see the younger people help out. Not a lot of young people do it anymore so I just wanted to help.
— Brianna Beaumont
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