Alyce Zottoli

MOMS DEMAND ACTION/LRSD
Alyce Zottoli, Central High School teacher
Age: 35
Volunteering since: Fall 2017 

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“I began volunteering with Moms Demand Action after losing an eighth-grade student in an act of domestic gun violence. I have committed myself to educating and activating our community about the realities of gun violence.” 

“With every rally we hold, every free gun lock we hand out, and every Students Demand Action group we organize, I am confident we will save lives.”

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Brian Chilson
Don Steely

SALVATION ARMY
Don Steely
Age: 81
Volunteering since: 1996

“It has been my good fortune for the last 24 years to be able to participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. This allows volunteers to experience the feeling of doing good for others, as it provides gifts to several thousand needy children in Central Arkansas.”

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Dre’ya Allen

TRUST TREE
Dre’ya Allen
Age: 17
Volunteering since: Summer 2019

“I want to help empower young girls through something I’m good at: art. I got to see shy girls who wouldn’t talk at first come out of their shells and be exuberant, confident girls!”

Brian Chilson
Gordon Geesaman

OUR HOUSE
Gordon Geesaman
Age: 24
Volunteering since: October 2018

“I believe the programs offered by Our House embody the love and support that all of us deserve.”

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Jesse Gatewood

JERICHO WAY
Jesse Gatewood
Age: 72
Volunteering since: 2017

“No matter how you feel about homelessness, I believe the laboring starts with me. People who come through Jericho Way’s doors, no matter what problems they bring, the staff are ready to tackle them head-on.”

Madeline McCain

HUMANE SOCIETY OF PULASKI COUNTY
Madeline McCain, pictured with her dog, Riley
Age: 22
Volunteering since: September 2018

I volunteer to make sure the dogs who never get adopted, who constantly get overlooked, still know what it’s like to be loved and be part of a family. And honestly, they give you as much love (if not more) as you give them.”

“I’ve dedicated a lot of time to working with the dogs and making sure they never forget what it’s like to live in a home.”

Brian Chilson
Nancy Butler

ARKANSAS FOODBANK
Nancy Butler
Age: 62
Volunteering since: October 2018

“After my stroke I felt so useless, lonesome and didn’t want to leave the house. After I found the Arkansas Foodbank, I look forward to not only going there, but I can’t wait to go and I usually work more hours than I signed up for!”

Brian Chilson
Mark Deal

THE VAN
Mark Deal
Age: 62
Volunteering since: 2014

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“I originally got involved because I couldn’t shake the image of a man sleeping on the sidewalk in the middle of winter that [founder Aaron Reddin] had posted about on The Van’s Facebook page. After that I was hooked. I don’t really see this as volunteering; it’s just part of who I am now. There’s a big difference in empathizing, worrying about, donating or supporting homeless organizations and knowing some of these folks by name. Names are powerful things, names make it personal. They grab onto a little piece of your brain and heart and won’t let go.”