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Westport student named YMCA volunteer of the year

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Madi Sweedler is presented with the Youth Volunteer of the Year award from the YMCA. From left: Hernan Bohorquez, Alpha Community Services YMCA senior director of transitional living; David Stevenson, Central Connecticut Coast YMCA president; Sweedler; and Jon Leckerling, past board chairman of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA.

The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA recently presented a YMCA Youth Volunteer of the Year Award to Madi Sweedler of Westport.

Sweedler, a student at Greens Farms Academy, was recognized for her commitment to Alpha Community Services, a YMCA branch in Bridgeport that offers services for homeless men, women and children.

Sweedler started volunteering as a sophomore with the children at the Alpha YMCA and helped raise funds for the organization's annual campaign. Since then, she has helped with homework and brought gifts for program families. She is also a youth advisory board member at Alpha Community Services.