CMSgt Jimmy Ingram – #VoicesofJAF

July 26, 2016 by
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“I recognize in myself a complete and compelling spirit to satisfy the needs and desires of the retired and veteran community. To me, the very best way to get the job done is through volunteering to serve those who need service – whether they realize they need it or not.” Retired U.S. Air Force Chief […]

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Willowbrook Middle School – #VoicesofJAF

July 25, 2016 by
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16:  Attendees and award winners are seen at the Jefferson Awards Foundation 2016 National Ceremony on June 16, 2016 in Washington City.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Jefferson Awards Foundation)

“When I tell people from California that I am from Compton, they immediately think ‘poor, gangs, and not the best.’ However, Students In Action has allowed us to show that it doesn’t matter where you come from and you can still excel from it. And now we can change the way people think of Compton” […]

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Priscilla Puente – #VoicesofJAF

July 22, 2016 by
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“I hope this honor helps shine a light on the important work of Bridge Over Troubled Water, whose mission is really the same as our mission as a union. They want to break the cycle of domestic violence, and we’re actually helping do that by helping people help themselves. We’ve shown that if you give […]

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Justin Phillips – #VoicesofJAF

July 21, 2016 by
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I feel blessed to have this opportunity to save another family from the experience I had and to voice that addiction can be treated like the chronic disease it is. Justin Phillips has dedicated her life to the memory of her son Aaron, who died at the age of 20 after battling heroin addiction. She founded […]

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Clearview Regional High School – #VoicesofJAF

July 20, 2016 by
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16:  Attendees and award winners are seen at the Jefferson Awards Foundation 2016 National Ceremony on June 16, 2016 in Washington City.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Jefferson Awards Foundation)

“Students In Action, along with the Jefferson Awards Foundation, gave our community a stronger sense of unity and solidarity. Thank you for giving us this opportunity and for making our community a better place.” Throughout the school year, Clearview Regional High School students completed 6,000 hours of community service and raised $30,000 for charity. Yet […]

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Carole Curry – #VoicesofJAF

July 19, 2016 by
Carole Curry

“Some mornings I wake up and don’t feel like functioning. Then I remember Joshua and realize that as bad as I feel, I may be his only hope.” For the last six years Carole Curry has mentored a special needs student named Joshua. Now twelve years old, they have become so close that he calls her […]

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Maggie & Harper Cunningham – #VoicesofJAF

July 18, 2016 by
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“Our community has done a lot for us, and we feel like we should do something for it.” Maggie and Harper Cunningham volunteer in three ways. They are helpers for a special needs baseball team, teachers for citizenship class taught in Spanish, and founders of a 501(c)3 organization called Books and a Blanket. They are 11 […]

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Dr. Ted Goodfriend – #VoicesofJAF

July 15, 2016 by
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16:  Attendees and award winners are seen at the Jefferson Awards Foundation 2016 National Ceremony on June 16, 2016 in Washington City.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Jefferson Awards Foundation)

“They carry that message of help to the underserved into their practices and people have come back to me and said this inspired them to start to work for the underserved in their communities after they graduated.” – Dr. Ted Goodfriend on his students at the MEDiC program Dr. Ted Goodfriend’s medical students were bored. Tired […]

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Rafael Sarango – #VoicesofJAF

July 14, 2016 by
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16:  Attendees and award winners are seen at the Jefferson Awards Foundation 2016 National Ceremony on June 16, 2016 in Washington City.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Jefferson Awards Foundation)

“I’m so grateful for the Jefferson Awards and the inspiration I’ve gotten today. I’m 100% inspired to keep working every day even harder to make their voices heard.” Rafael Sarango calls it “love in action.” To the homeless youth he serves, it’s called hope. As Manager of the Young Adult Resource Center in Houston, each day Rafael offers […]

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Skyler James – #VoicesofJAF

July 13, 2016 by
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16:  Attendees and award winners are seen at the Jefferson Awards Foundation 2016 National Ceremony on June 16, 2016 in Washington City.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Jefferson Awards Foundation)

“This experience has been so humbling for me to see how many amazing people there are out in our country that are serving and helping others. Everyone that I have met has motivated me to do more to honor them.” Soon after Skyler James was born, she was abandoned in a cemetery wrapped in a […]

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