About Us

Hearten is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to person-to-person volunteering. Two RJ Reynolds High School students, Isabelle Ginn and Allie Valaoras, co-founded Hearten.

The organization is driven by high school students who serve the community in meaningful ways.

Service work and volunteering is expected of today’s students, but many opportunities to serve are strictly behind-the-scenes with little chance for the volunteers to observe their impact. Hearten carefully selects projects to ensure the volunteer and the recipient make a connection. That way, we all win; our volunteers gain as much as those we serve.

Co-Founders Isabelle Ginn and Allie Valaoras
Co-Founders Isabelle Ginn and Allie Valaoras

"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart!" -Elizabeth Andrew

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