Air Date: March 5, 2014
Michelle Long grew up in Compton, California where she is a volunteer leader with the non-profit Compton Initiative, an organization that has spruced up more than 400 homes, 23 schools, and dozens of community centers in the last eight years.
As the only child of a single mother who worked two jobs to make ends meet, Michelle volunteers countless hours in addition to working a full time job. She dedicates much of her time to service by organizing hundreds of volunteers each clean up day. She starts weeks in advance by walking the neighborhoods looking for homes that need work.
In a community that has a violent crime rate that is more than double the U.S. average, many Compton residents say a fresh coat of paint is like a fresh start and makes them feel a sense of community support. Many of the recipients who get their homes repainted pay it forward on the next service day by volunteering and helping their neighbors.
5-Hour ENERGY® surprised Michelle with a check for $50,000. After screaming with joy, Michelle said it would help with future service days.