Saturday Spotlight – Brittany Hightower
Chapter: Southcentral Region/Flagstaff/Phoenix Chapter
Member Since: May 2017
Motto: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
Why Did You Join Team RWB?
“I am a civilian, but I come from a military family and I have a passion for community involvement. I was volunteering at the Flagstaff Veteran Stand Down when I met Niki, the former Chapter Chair. After speaking with her, I was immediately excited about the organization. I was new to Flagstaff, Arizona at the time and I wanted to build more relationships in the community. I was also on a journey to focus more on my own personal health, so the regular fitness activities made attending events a priority for me before I knew more about how amazing this organization is.”
What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?
“Our weekly fitness events have typically been runs, and I couldn’t pick out one of those events as a favorite. It’s been such a joy to get to know my fellow Eagles better in these events. Our group has some outstanding athletes, and they have been understanding of where I have been in my fitness journey due to some injuries. They lift me up and encourage me to do my best.”
How do you serve your community?
“Our Flagstaff Chapter has served for the most part at the Veteran Stand Down events. However, I personally have volunteered with quite a few Veteran-based service organizations. I work with American Corporate Partners as a mentor to veterans who are in transition to their civilian careers. I volunteer with Military Assistance Mission in events to benefit military families with school supplies and Christmas gifts. I have participated in Memorial Day Ceremonies at the National Memorial Cemetery in Arizona. I have walked in the 4th of July Parade and Veteran’s Day Parades. I have coordinated events within my company to write letters to soldiers through Packages From Home. In the last two years I have volunteered 100 hours to benefit both military and other non profit organizations.”
What Inspires You?
“I am inspired by the generosity, athleticism, and patriotism of my peers in Team RWB. I am inspired by the gratitude that I receive from others when I volunteer. I am inspired by the positive changes this organization has made to further improve their mission and efforts. I was impressed with Team RWB from the time that I joined, and I have continued to be impressed by the growth I have seen from the organization over the last two years.”
How has Team RWB impacted your life?
“I have had interactions with Veterans before Team RWB as a civilian, but have since gained an even deeper understanding of their journey, their sacrifice, and the value that they bring to our country and communities. In addition to great friendships, and great memories, I feel a part of something greater than myself. I will continue to proudly Wear the Eagle for many years to come.”
What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?
“There is no cost to join, monetarily or otherwise. Give it a try and you will be so thankful that you did. It’s a wonderful organization, with some amazing, local community members behind it. Even when life gets hectic and you can’t participate in all of the events, there is still value in the connections that you build.”