WOOLWICH TWP. — The law firm of Hoffman DiMuzio has allocated close to half a million dollars to its Gift of the Heart Community Scholarship Foundation. Forty-nine graduating seniors from Gloucester, Cumberland, and Salem County High Schools have been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship for embodying the service ideals of the program.
This week, the 2022 Gift of the Heart Hoffman DiMuzio Community Service Foundation recipients are Kaitlyn Duffy and Rubem Santos from Kingsway Regional High School.
Kaitlyn believes that a servant’s heart is one of the most important traits one can have, and that serving others can change lives. She has traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to help refugee families by organizing donated clothing and leading a Bible school for young refugees.
In her home church, Kaitlyn has served as a youth group leader, band leader and Vacation Bible school teacher. Her other service projects include decorating bags for children in foster care, helping prepare 300 sandwiches each month to distribute to the homeless and taking part each year at the Night to Shine dance for teens and adults with special needs.
Service has ignited Kaitlyn’s passion for helping others and she plans to enter the ministry after college.
Rubem has been a member of the Boy Scouts for six years and through his involvement he has given extensive service to others. As a scout, he has taken part in preservation efforts, including roadside cleanups and replanting native plant species and developing and maintaining nature trails. His Eagle Scout project promoted environmental conservation.
When he is not volunteering as a Boy Scott, Rubem’s service projects range from food drives to veteran ceremonies. He is also a member of the First Robotics team and has taken part in its yearly clothing drives. One of his most memorable experiences with the team was creating a custom mold design for adaptive swim fins to be used by veterans wounded in battle and individuals with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries and other conditions. At the conclusion of this program, the sense of achievement and happiness inspired Rubem to pursue a career in engineering to help others in disadvantaged countries.