Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder poses with the finalists for the Youth Volunteer of the Year Award, including LTU senior Kimberly Klieber (second from left).
In July LTU senior Kimberly Klieber, a civil engineering major from Westland, attended the 2013 Governor’s Service Award ceremony at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park outside Grand Rapids after being selected as a finalist for the Youth Volunteer of the Year Award.
Klieber’s volunteering career began in 2006 when she created the Environmental Protection and Information Club (EPIC) at her high school. She also volunteered her time to school blood drives, soup kitchens, Meals on Wheels, and other community projects.
As a college student, Klieber remains committed to helping others, serving as a Michigan Service Scholar AmeriCorps member and volunteering as a first-year student mentor at LTU and as a service provider to special needs children at Friendship Circle. In addition to raising money for the Arthritis Walk, Children’s Miracle Network and other local charities, she is president of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Order of Omega honor society at LTU.
“I volunteer because it warms my heart and I know that it is going to be something positive for another person in the world,” Klieber said. “Volunteering is something I view as a fun activity because of all the positive energy it gives to me and others.”
She said she was inspired by attending the Governor’s Service Awards ceremony. “The room felt powerful with all of the finalists within, like a wave of persistence and hope that couldn’t be stopped,” she said.