Volunteer of the Month Spotlight: January

0118121819We are proud to announce our January Volunteer of the Month Spotlight for Family Promise of Gallatin Valley…Judy Arkwright!

Judy has been a long time volunteer of Family Promise through the First Presbyterian Church. Her Volunteer Coordinator Terry Langford said, “Judy Arkwright has been invaluable to the Family Promise program at First Presbyterian Church since we began hosting families in 2008. She has been very successful in identifying and enlisting church volunteers to participate in all of our hosting weeks since that time”.

We are grateful for the time and energy that Judy has dedicated to our homeless children with families as a volunteer. She has become a great asset to our program. Congrats to Judy on this great award! Now…let’s get to know her a little better!

Name, Occupation:

Judy Arkwright, retired from being an elementary school teacher

How long have you been volunteering for Family Promise and how did you get involved?

I’m not sure but know it was when First Presbyterian became involved with Family Promise. I was part of the first group of volunteers from our church and it was at the encouragement of Betsy Crabs.

Why do you volunteer?

I feel it is my duty to use my spare time to help others and Family Promise if such a worthwhile cause.

What is your favorite part of volunteering for Family Promise?

I love playing games with the children and talking to the parents.

Do you have any favorite memories from your time serving Family Promise?

It was such a joy visiting a family that had moved from the program into housing of their own. They were so thankful and appreciative of being able to find this home.

Do you belong to a congregation or are you an unaffiliated volunteer?

I am a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Do you have any kids and/or pets?

We have a daughter in Ennis and a son in Phoenix. Both of our children have a son and a daughter.

From looking at you, no one would guess that…..

I enjoy hiking with my friends.

Favorite place to eat:

John Bozeman’s Bistro has to be at the top of my list but I just enjoy having a good meal in which I am not responsible for the cooking or cleaning of dishes.

What’s on your book shelf?
I belong to 2 book clubs and it gives me the opportunity to visit a variety of authors. Mysteries are often chosen by me. Presently I am reading The Postmistress by Sarah Blake and am anxious to start the novel Fall of Giants by Ken Follett.

Who’s your hero?

I hesitate to name any one person but Beth Moore comes to mind. She is the author of the Bible studies series I have been studying for about 8 years with a group of ladies.

Thank you, Judy, for all the love and energy you have devoted to Family Promise of Gallatin Valley! We are grateful to have volunteers like you!