Tobi Shannon of Wake Forest, North Carolina was recognized by Cabot Creamery Cooperative, the New England and upstate New York farm-family owned dairy cooperative, for her selfless volunteerism with Youth Service America.
Tobi Shannon has yet to graduate college, but she is already focused on ensuring the next generation of youth is given the opportunity to reach their full potential. During a summer internship in 2014, Tobi worked with Youth Service America to help increase the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people. Following her internship she stayed on to serve on the Global Youth Service Council, continuing the work of making service opportunities available to youth around the world. She has also given her time to work with She’s the First, Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools, and Help and Hope from the Hill, a program she started in Raleigh, North Carolina that delivers toiletries to the homeless.
Tobi received an all-expense-paid Eastern Caribbean cruise recognizing her volunteer work.
Tobi joined honorees from across the country on the Cabot Community Celebrity Cruise, along with Cabot staff and special honorees selected from program partners AARP Create the Good, National Cooperative Bank and Points of Light’s HandsOn Network on the six-day, seven-night excursion November 14-21, 2015. The Community Celebrities were flown from their hometowns and boarded the Celebrity Cruise® ship Reflection in Miami, which made stops in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten.
“To be surrounded by people with the same passion to serve the world as me is nothing short of a miracle, because it means that our world is in fact becoming a better place”, said Tobi Shannon
Cabot Creamery Cooperative and their partners are working to evolve the notion of celebrity as recognition of community service and volunteerism. The farm families who own Cabot often volunteer in their communities. They want to show their gratitude to those organizations and individuals who do the same in the communities where their award-winning dairy products are sold. The Cabot Community Celebrities, along with the Reward Volunteers program, and the travelling Cabot Gratitude Grille illustrate the many ways Cabot’s dairy farm families honor, amplify, and reward those who give time to do good. Even simple acts can lead to big change and Cabot is proud to work with our partners and sponsors to celebrate these good people for their good deeds and build networks of help that can last a lifetime. The cruise set sail for the fifth time and over the years Cabot has honored more than 160 deserving volunteers.