Michelle Profitt was born and raised in Galveston County and is the current vice president of the board at Yaga’s Children’s Fund. The organization has operated as a fundraising nonprofit since 1997, distributing grants to Galveston County organizations benefiting children in need.
The importance of giving back to the community was instilled in Profitt by her father, Morris Soler, who always jumped at the opportunity to volunteer for any activity or school his children were involved with, she said.
Profitt was recruited for Yaga’s Children’s Fund by a friend and immediately saw what a difference the money the organization raised made to underprivileged children in Galveston County.
“Visiting the kids being helped at Shriners Hospitals for Children, or receiving photos of kids who got glasses who would otherwise not be able to afford them, that is definitely very rewarding,” Profitt said.
Shriners Hospitals in Galveston receives grants from Yaga’s on a regular basis, as does Eye Care for Kids Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club, The Santa Fe Special Olympics and various other organizations based in Galveston County that help children in need.
As a teacher at Ball High School in Galveston, getting involved with a charity benefiting local children and youth is a no-brainer, she said. And she couldn’t imagine her life without the Yaga’s family, she said.