Petaluma sprung into action to help those affected by the North Bay fires. Emergency shelters in town were flooded with volunteers and donations. Individuals, local businesses, faith-based organizations and nonprofits all did their best to help the members of our North Bay community who needed it.
But one 15-year-old transitioned from volunteer into leader. Petaluma High School sophomore Paige Williams quickly took on a leadership role at the evacuation shelter at the Veterans Memorial Building.
“She’s a rock star and the glue that holds us together,” says fellow volunteer Donna Lundstrom, who is a longtime psychiatric nurse who worked with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Williams will carry this community spirit with her out into the world.
“If you see a problem, insert yourself and try your best to help,” says Williams. “If you see people who are struggling, you could always find some way to help them. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what you know, there’s always something you can do,”