By Genine Hopkins
Clare County readers may recall a young Harrison woman – Amanda Brandenburg – and her devotion to making her community a better place. Brandenburg has done it again, this time honoring Clare County Sheriff’s Department deputies, detectives and staff with home baked cookies, in honor of their duty to this area. The event took place, with no small coincidence, on the very day that an M.I.T. officer’s funeral was held, one of the victims of the horrific Boston Marathon Massacre.
Feeling that law enforcement officials place their lives on the line daily protecting citizens, her idea was inspired to remind them the citizens of this county treasure their service. She hopes that she will never have to attend a funeral for one of their own, as with Kevin Sherwood several years ago, but it is her way of providing them appreciation.
“Every day I hope to spread a little bit of happiness and appreciation to those who deserve it. Continuing on this mission with my friends who share this passion is an amazing experience; to give back to the community where I have been raised is highly rewarding,” said Brandenburg.
Where she finds the time to travel to conferences and bake cookies is unclear. Brandenburg is getting great grades and attends her classes regularly. An opinionated student, she is quick to question materials and bring debate into the conversation in a positive way, provoking thoughtful classroom discussions.
Brandenburg was assisted by Danielle Keysor, a fellow Harrison High School graduate who also attends Mid Michigan Community College. The two were inspired by their Social Problems class during this past semester, during discussions about law enforcement. Other previous “random acts of kindness” Brandenburg has helped organize and facilitate include food drives to help the dwindling stock of food for the needy of the county and jeans for a cure.
Recently joining a group of young folks called Team Inspire, Brandenburg will continue to serve Clare County. Previously she formed a Do Something club, inspired by the awards shown on VH-1. With only one or two volunteers, Ms. Brandenburg is not swayed to stop until she touches as many lives as she can through her service.
For her work in the community, Brandenburg received an award last year at the Annual Central Michigan Health Department’s Health Summit, in honor of her dedication to helping others in the area.