Volunteers making a difference: Nidhi Ikkurthy

Published on April 21, 2023 in

Thirty-four percent of the U.S. population is under the age of 25 and more than a quarter are under 18, according to Census data.

Because these populations will pave the way for our future, we all have a vested interest in the success of every young person. Research shows that volunteering can lead to better outcomes for children, young adults and our communities. Youth who volunteer are more likely to perform better in school and work and become civically engaged adults.

During Global Volunteer Month, United Way for Southeastern Michigan is highlighting youth from our Volunteer Honor Roll who are devoted to making a difference and creating positive change within their communities. We celebrate their commitment and hope it inspires people of all ages to get involved.

Nidhi Ikkurthy’s mission is to positively impact people’s lives and encourage others to do the same. In 2020, Nidhi co-founded the Michigan Youth Volunteering Alliance (MYVA) after realizing the impact anxiety, stress, and isolation had on senior citizens and youth during the pandemic.

With MYVA, Nidhi completed 800 meal deliveries to area seniors with Meals on Wheels and partnering with Panera Bread and the Troy International Church of God by collecting and donating food to their food pantries.

“After volunteering, I feel a sense of joy and fulfillment. To know that we have made a meaningful change in our community, I feel accomplished and proud,” Nidhi, a sophomore at Troy High School, said. “I hope to continue increasing social connections and improving not only my community, but others.”

In 2022, Nidhi was recognized by the Troy City Council and mayor for her excellent community service. With Nidhi’s strong leadership skills and her passion for making a difference, MYVA has grown to include 55 members. Nidhi will continue to bring a positive change to the lives of citizens and the community.