The Ross Family
Volunteering together at the Arkansas Foodbank to strengthen their community and family.
Say “hello” to Jessica, Bailee, CJ, and Chris! This family of four decided that it is better to give than to receive, and it is even better to give-back alongside the ones you love! Currently, they spend their time volunteering together at the Arkansas Foodbank, but Jessica says that volunteering has been a part of her life ever since she can remember, and it is a value that she wants to instill in her own children.
"When I was a teen, my Dad often quoted the Bible verse, Luke 12:48, ‘To those whom much has been given, from those much will be required.’ This verse is etched in my heart and now as an adult, mom, and wife with my own family, I fully comprehend the meaning of that scripture. Because I've been blessed beyond measure in my own life, I eagerly anticipate the opportunities to give back, to serve, to volunteer whenever and however I can - I feel it's an obligation and responsibility to do so.”
More than an obligation or commitment, Jessica says that volunteering at the Arkansas Foodbank is one of the highlights of their time together: “be it packing potatoes or packing rice, we always have a good time.” If you are interested in incorporating volunteer activities into your own family time, Jessica encourages you to mix-it-up while making a difference. “Take the opportunity change up the mundane work/school week tasks; to get out of the house, disconnect from the electronics and do something worth while in your community to help others.” Whether it's serving at a shelter, a foodbank, or picking up trash, you each have the opportunity to give back, meet new people, and make connections while having fun and creating memories as a family.
If you are interested in serving as a family, Family Volunteer Day is a great time to begin! This national day of service takes place on Saturday, November 17th, 2018. For more information on how to serve together, click here.
If you would like to recognize an outstanding volunteer or group of volunteers, click here to download a nomination form and view past Volunteer Spotlights.