Dover High honor student recognized for volunteerism

Nadeem Boggerty, along with 12 other young people and five groups, were recognized for their community volunteerism with the Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Awards during a ceremony at the Polytech Adult Education Conference Center in May. (Special to the Delaware State News/Arshon Tyree)

DOVER — “Time is of the essence” is a saying that doesn’t seem to resonate with Dover High School honor student and rising senior Nadeem Boggerty, as he always makes sure that he finds the time to go above and beyond to volunteer any way that he can.

“You can’t always focus on yourself,” Nadeem said. “You have to make sure that you have the time to focus on the other people around you.

“It’s time consuming and sometimes it can be a little mind boggling, but at the end of the day it still feels good,” he added.

For the past six years, he has volunteered in his community through church, school and other social organizations.

Nadeem, along with 12 other young people and five groups, were recognized for their community volunteerism with the Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Awards during a ceremony at the Polytech Adult Education Conference Center in May. The awards honor volunteers for their outstanding service, community impact and being an inspiration to others.

“Across the state, I am impressed by the level of commitment our young people have to serving others,” Gov. John Carney said during the ceremony.

“I am proud to honor their energy, spirit and willingness as they help us to build stronger and healthier communities. Without question, they demonstrate that one person can make a difference in the lives of others.”

Nadeem said the moment was breathtaking when he finally heard his name called at the recognition ceremony.

“It made me feel appreciated that people are acknowledging the hard work that I’m doing and it’s not going unnoticed.”

Nadeem credits his parents for instilling in him at an early age the importance of helping others.

“My parents told me that every opportunity that you give back in the community, the community will give the same opportunity back to you,” Nadeem said.

“Volunteering has always been a part of my family, as it was something that I’ve always been taught.”

Nadeem’s mother, Kimberly Boggerty, said she believes that if a village of community service is instilled in a person at a young age they will always give back as they grow up.

“My husband and I are both products of being affiliated with community programs and projects when we were younger,” Mrs. Boggerty said. “If we weren’t involved in after school sports or activities, there was a community center that offered things for us to do.

“We were so proud of Nadeem when we received the news.”

One of the many organizations where Nadeem volunteers is the Calvary Church in Dover, where he and his family help pack boxes and assist with dinner on Thanksgiving each year.

“That’s what kick-started it for me,” Nadeem said. “We started doing that about four years ago and that made me realize what it meant to help other people and how excited it made them feel.”

Nadeem also participates in several social service organizations, including the Omega Gents, a program steered by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; EMBODI, hosted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; and BeB.O.L.D., a nonprofit youth mentoring organization in Dover. Through those groups he has helped feed the homeless, staff information tables at Back-to-School fairs, promote toy drives, man First State Community Day, and participate in other activities that support the local community.

“It makes me feel great knowing that I’m helping people that need to be helped and not just worrying about myself,” Nadeem said.

Ethel Donaldson, youth ministry director of the Calvary Church in Dover said she always knew that Nadeem was going to be a great leader growing up.

“I knew his parents before he was born,” Ms. Donaldson said. “His parents were always part of the church. They were always volunteering their time with the church and helped anyway that they could. It’s instilled in him.”

She said it has been great watching Nadeem’s journey from being a shy kid who didn’t say much to being the vocal leader that he is today.

“He has truly blossomed over the years,” Ms. Donaldson said. “I remember when we had youth services, he used to have his head down when he came up to speak, but after a while he became more comfortable and wanted to help out all the time.

“He has evolved into someone that is a community leader and someone that is willing to give a helping hand to anyone.”

And Nadeem doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon. He said he hopes to accomplish a few goals during this upcoming school year.

“I’m president of the National Honor Society and I just want to end my senior year on a great note,” Nadeem said. “We hope to hold a lot of fundraisers to help our communities, as well as volunteer more any way that we can.”

“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. That’s one of the goals I want to achieve this year.”

Arshon Tyree is a freelance writer living in Dover.

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