Gold Medal Giver - Chandler Williams

By Jade Cunningham |

Published 02/07 2014 12:06PM

Updated 04/10 2014 12:37PM

Not all gold medalists are Olympians.

For the next few weeks, we'll be honoring those who go the extra mile to help those in our community.

This week we honor Chandler Williams.

Williams began volunteering when she was 13-years-old.

"If you can be smiling and have a positive influence on whoever around you, you can make a difference in someone's life," said Williams.

Now, four years later, she's still inspiring youth to be the best they can be.

"She makes the children feel special, each one she works with," said Program Coordinator Tammeshia Bolden.

Three days a week, Williams volunteers at a local afterschool program.

She helps 5-16 year olds with their homework, studying, and life lessons.

"It makes a difference because the little things do count in life," said Williams. "I just love to be able to help them and tutor them, and make them feel like they have a positive cheerleader to help them keep going."

However, she wanted to do more.

"She came up with an incentive program, Chandler's Champions," said Bolden. "She wanted to encourage those coming and doing work who are trying hard to bring grades up. She'll reward them and throw them parties or give out trophies and cupcakes."

Chandler has given time and dedication to her volunteer work.

"It really touches my heart because I love each and everyone of them," Williams said. "It makes me feel good when I help them and tell them they're doing great."

As she honors the children, they now honor her.

"We definitely appreciate her for wanting to recognize them and make them feel special," said Bolden. "We could use more volunteers like Chandler."

Which is why this week's 'Gold Medal Givers' award goes to Chandler Williams.

If you know of a volunteer who you think should be honored with the Gold Medal Givers award, you can e-mail NBC 6's Jade Cunningham at

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