Saturday Spotlight – Kelly Sheffield
Member Since: 2016
Motto: “How we walk with the broken speaks louder than how we sit with the great.”
Why Did You Join Team RWB?
“Once my youngest child went off to college, I had more free time and wanted to become more active with community work and volunteering. I wanted to become a part of a community organization that had purpose and passion, and Team RWB was all of that and more. Having been out of the military for many years, I also had a desire to re-connect with other veterans and feel that sense of camaraderie again.”
What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?
“My favorite event with Team RWB is our Wednesday afternoon run/walks for WTEW- Wear the Eagle Wednesday, especially in the warmer months! (I’m not a big fan of the colder months, I must admit!) Oswego is a beautiful small city on Lake Ontario, and nothing beats the scenery as we make our way around town with our flags flying high!”
How do you serve your community?
“I consider my career as a probation officer as one way I serve my community. It’s important for me to not only serve and protect, but also help those individuals who may be struggling with problems in their lives. I am on the Board of Director’s for a local substance abuse treatment agency, and I am also a member of our local Lion’s Club. Last summer, I also took on the Veteran Engagement Director position for my local Team RWB chapter.”
What Inspires You?
“I am inspired by people who never give up, despite whatever obstacles they may have in front of them. Whether it is past trauma they have experienced, physical/mental limitations, or current struggles they are enduring, I am inspired by their resilience to overcome, persevere, and wake up each day with a renewed commitment to succeed. That inspiration keeps me humble, to never take for granted what I have in my own life.”
How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?
“Team RWB has given me a renewed sense of purpose in my life. Whether it is volunteering, connecting with older veterans, developing friendships, or promoting veteran causes, I am just a happier person all the way around! For many years, I felt disconnected from my military service, but Team RWB has renewed that sense of pride inside of me for serving my country, and I am very grateful for that.”
What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?
“Don’t let the fear of the unknown stand in your way! When I came out to my first Team RWB event, I didn’t know anyone! I was nervous and wondering if I would fit in. It didn’t take me long to realize I had made the right choice and found the group of people I was meant to be with. I like that there is no pressure when it comes to your involvement. You make your experience what you want it to be. There is a feeling of acceptance in our group that I have seldom experienced elsewhere in my life.”