For starters, Jessica is part of the Peace Pole Project (peacepoleproject.org). These poles are special monuments with four or six sides with the same prayer in different languages proclaiming “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” Jessica is working to have Peace Poles installed at local community spaces and elementary schools.
Jessica is a volunteer for Embrace Compassion, which serves remote Ethiopian villages. The organization (embracecompassion.org) builds life-giving wells for water, and provides resources and basic necessities for kids and families. Embrace Compassion founder, Jennifer Bridges, said, “Jessica is one of the kindest and most humble humans I’ve ever met. She often stretches a hand to help others and is constantly bringing friends together to make our community a more peaceful place.”
Jessica is not only a Rotarian with the Tualatin Rotary, but can also be found helping with the Caring Closet located in a shed behind the Tigard Grange just off of Hwy 99W near the McDonald and Gaarde intersection. It is just passed the Goodwill, and you can leave bagged items there 24 hours a day. The Caring Closet needs new and gently used clothing items for children age 6 to 18. New underwear and socks in all sizes are a great need, as well as blankets and toiletries. Jessica has helped sort out and deliver donations – which is no small task! (Follow the Caring Closet Facebook page to find out how you can help.)
Jessica’s heart for her community is evidenced in these many creative ways she has found to serve and express her compassion for others. She makes our city, and our world, a better place.