When it comes to community service, some high school students do the bare minimum to graduate, or pad their résumés solely for college admissions officers.
That is simply not the case for Waterloo High School senior Doug Bates, for whom helping others just seems to be part of his DNA.
Four years ago, Bates was featured in a Finger Lakes Times article. The subject: the gargantuan, multi-day yard sale he and his family organized to raise funds for Compassion International’s program to supply water filtration kits to overseas communities. Doug, with the support of his parents, held his first fund-raising yard sale in 2010. They have continued to this day and enabled the purchase of hundreds of filtration kits. Last year alone they raised over $3,000 and bought 38 kits.
“We’re probably going to have three of them this year,” Bates said of the yard sale. “It’s so much stuff; it’s just been growing.”
In that 2014 story, Bates dreamed of working in a non-profit or starting his own to help others.
That dream is taking its first steps to becoming a reality. After graduation, Bates plans to buy a food truck — which he will name “Beyond the Plate” — and hopes to donate some of his proceeds to non-profits.