Angie Hendershot is a Flint-based television news anchor who may be just as well-known for the work she does when the cameras aren’t rolling.
Hendershot, who works for ABC 12 in Flint, will be honored for her behind-the-scenes efforts to help children and families in her community with the Good Scout Award from the Water and Woods Field Service Council, Boy Scouts of America. She will be recognized during the 30th Annual Jack A. Hamady Good Scout Award Luncheon on Thursday, June 22 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the IMA Brookwood Golf & Banquet Center in Burton.
Burton Rotary Club is the sole sponsor of the luncheon. Marilyn Costigan, Senior Development Director for Water and Woods, said the Rotary Club began its partnership of the Good Scout Award more than 20 years ago with the Boy Scouts to raise money and awareness of the closely aligned missions of the Rotary Club and Boy Scouts of America.
During her 20-year career in TV news, Hendershot covered several stories that left an indelible impression and propelled her to take action for positive change. One of these stories was “Baby Court”, a program in Genesee County designed to put broken families back together.
“My eyes were opened to women living in poverty,” she said. “I remember hearing about how hard it was for them to get diapers. They’d go somewhere for help and get six diapers to last them through several weeks. I came back to the newsroom and cried.”
But, those tears soon turned into a call to action and management at ABC 12 allowed her to begin doing diaper drives to help residents in need. Those first steps resulted in the creation of the Flint Diaper Bank, a nonprofit that Hendershot co-founded and co-directs.
Paul Schwartz, Scout Executive for Water and Woods FSC, said Hendershot may not be a Boy Scout, but her willingness to take action to improve the lives of others in her community exemplifies the numerous community service Scouts in his field service council do to ensure a better life for those in need of a helping hand. Water and Woods is one of four field service councils serving the state of Michigan under the direction of the Michigan Crossroads Council.
“Angie saw a need and did something about it and sometimes that’s all it takes to build momentum to make positive change,” Schwartz said. “This is what our youth learn as Scouts and Angie serves as a role model to them of what is possible when you take that extra step to make someone else’s life better.”
In addition to her work with the Diaper Bank, Hendershot serves as a board member with the Weiss Advocacy Center which works to prevent child abuse and help survivors re-claim their childhoods.
To learn more about the Michigan Crossroads, visit www.michiganscouting.org.