Manatee High School senior Amber Levita won the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Youth in Philanthropy Award. She was nominated by Tidewell Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Linda Anderson. Amber has donated more than 150 hours in service to Tidewell’s patients and families. “We are especially proud of our Teen Volunteer Program and the work these fine young people do with our patients and families,” Anderson said. “In the eight years this program has been in existence, teens have raised more than $5,000 to make the program self sufficient and to enrich Tidewell programs and services in the community. “Amber stood out as a young person of unusual maturity and commitment. She is a well-rounded young woman with great goals who exhibits enthusiasm, compassion and creativity.” Amber and fellow teen volunteers have organized a variety of projects, including:• Tree of Remembrance – with handmade origami cranes to memorialize loved ones during the holidays. • Tidewell’s Gifts of Life services, offering baked goods and other assistance • Creating handmade gifts for patients in nursing homes• Birthday Brigade visits, taking handmade cards and balloons to patients in nursing homes.• Helping patients with disaster preparedness• Hostess/Greeter in Tidewell’s 14-bedroom Bradenton Hospice House • Helping out whenever needed during community events• Partnering with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stock the Pantry projects • Helping with The Children’s Memorial and Gardens Ritual of Tears. Proceeds from Tidewell’s teen volunteer fundraising projects allowed teens to provide food baskets to needy patients, backpacks full of school supplies for Tidewell’s Children’s Services Program and a donation to a local school. In addition to her volunteer work for Tidewell, Amber is a member of Manatee High School’s Medical Academy, Health Occupations Students of America, TV Club and Cane News. “Being a Tidewell volunteer is an honor to me,” Amber said. “Doing everything I can to make someone’s last days as comfortable as possible is an amazing feeling. I love it! Winning this award is a great honor, and it shows me that people do pay attention to the little things that can make a big difference in a person’s day.”Tidewell Hospice is an independent, not-for-profit organization offering a home-based, total support system for patients and families living with advanced illness, serving more than 1,200 patients a day in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. Offices are located in Arcadia, Bradenton, Englewood, Lakewood Ranch, North Port, Palmetto, Port Charlotte, Sarasota and Venice.