LOCK HAVEN – A 2019 graduate of Lock Haven University (LHU), Kylee Doyle is the recipient of the 2022 YWCA of Greater Johnstown Community Service Volunteer Award for her lifelong efforts to improve her community.
Since 1987, the YWCA of Greater Johnstown has honored women and leaders who work and reside in Cambria and Somerset counties with the Tribute to Women Awards.
Each year, members of the community nominate women who have demonstrated qualities of leadership in their workplace, in their personal lives and for their commitment to community service. Eight women are chosen from hundreds of nominees; one for each of eight different categories.
Doyle received his nomination from Marlene Singer, former Community Service Volunteer Award winner and lead volunteer with the Cambria County Backpack Project (CCBP).
“I am struck by the number of projects she is involved in and she takes each project to heart”, said the singer. “Kylee doesn’t just volunteer. She goes above and beyond with every project she takes part in, always thinking of the next idea that can help strengthen the community. »
“I believe that God has given us gifts so that we can serve others”, Doyle said. “I strive to make everyone feel like someone and devoting myself to making others feel important is a top priority in my life. I try to do everything to glorify God who is at work in me.
At the awards ceremony, Doyle gave a three-minute acceptance speech outlining his motivation and inspiration behind his work. She said the speech writing techniques she learned while at LHU were helpful in preparing for her speech.
“One piece of advice that really stuck with me from my communications teacher, Dr. Conne Reece, is to not practice your speech too much,” Doyle said. “I only practiced mine three times, which may sound crazy, but it helped me to have confidence in what I wrote and not go crazy trying to change small details. Speaking in class wasn’t my favorite, but I’m very grateful for the practice now.
After graduating from LHU in communications, Doyle wanted to pursue a career in a nonprofit organization. Through AmeriCorps, she assumed the role of CCBP Project Coordinator, where she provided 118,386 meals to 782 children in Cambria County during her two years of service. She then became a program director at Camp Harmony.
Outside of work, she volunteers as a counselor for the Technology Student Association Club and assistant college volleyball coach for Conemaugh Township. She is also a board member of Common Grounds Outreach and is a deaconess, helping her local church’s youth group.