Paige Goedderz and Carla Hamilton have the kind of strong, supportive friendship where they have just as much fun sitting on the couch chatting as they have when they’re at a movie or getting dinner.

They didn’t get to know each other through school or because they’re neighbors. Goedderz’s and Hamilton’s friendship began through a volunteer program at Hammer, the Wayzata-based organization that aims to help people with developmental disabilities live life to its fullest.


Amanda Schwarze is a Lakeshore reporter who is passionate about local government and nonprofit projects. She is thoughtful and independent. Amanda loves traveling, cooking and spending time with her boyfriend and their two cats (Buddy Guy and Spotacus).