Organization honors Cappelle as Youth Volunteer of the Year

Ava Cappelle honored as Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes' 2020 Youth Volunteer of the Year.

Ava Capelle was selected as The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes as their 2020 youth volunteer of the year. Submitted Photo

The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes recently honored Ava Cappelle as its 2020 Youth Volunteer of the Year.

"She is an amazing young person with a great heart for helping others," the announcement on the Outreach Program's Facebook page says.

The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes is a humanitarian food aid organization located in Nisswa that packages different meals that go to area food shelves, community meal programs, schools, etc.

Cappelle and other community members arrived at the Nisswa facility Thursday, Nov. 19, to deliver a donation check to Tammy Larsen, director of the Lakes Area Food Shelf in Pequot Lakes; deliver a donation to The Outreach Program from proceeds of the Historic Hauntings event hosted by Nisswa Area Historical Society; and present The Outreach Program with clothing and quilts from the Black Bear 4-H Club, of which Cappelle is a member.

Shawn Hansen, of The Outreach Program, surprised Cappelle with the honor, praising her for her love, energy and spirit every time she volunteers at The Outreach Program.


Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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