For a community that needs it
Annie’s altruistic experiences aren’t limited to the classroom. She’s been making strides to improve the lives of others in our community for nearly just as long. An outspoken advocate for our city’s homeless population, Annie sympathizes with the plight of those who have fallen on hard times.
“I work with these people every day. You would be surprised at the people, right now, who don’t have anywhere to live,” Annie said.
As dismal as some situations may be, Annie never strays to extend a helping hand. It’s always been in her nature to do just that.
“If you see people suffering, just doing without, and you can just pass that up and do nothing? Then there’s something wrong with you,” Annie said.
Knowing that poverty doesn’t just affect those on our streets, Annie champions the fight for our community’s rights in practically every cause she’s affiliated with. Her time investment may be great, but that doesn’t stop her from consistently going the extra mile and standing up for those members of our community who are unable to stand for themselves.
“My biggest concern is helping the seniors and these little children,” Annie said. “These seniors have worked so hard to build America, and now we can’t give them something?”
Although Annie does her best, she’s still often faced with a general lack of awareness regarding the local support systems that are already in place.
“We have a lot of seniors who don’t know about these things that they can take advantage of,” Annie shared.
Thankfully, Annie isn’t alone in her efforts in bringing these resources to light. As a trusted community confidant, Annie works closely with the police and fire departments, as well several other Lakeland-based agencies, to highlight these resources and enact social change where it’s needed most.