Volunteer Spotlight: Ben and Wes Ochsendorf

  • Posted on: 20 February 2019
  • By: mfurukawa
First “Passion Into Action” Challenge Completion

Written by Mary Ellen Payne, Board Lisason for Volunteer Arlington

Along with families of fellow National Science Foundation colleagues, the Ochsendorf family participated in Volunteer Arlington’s MLK Day of Service.  Attending a session on volunteer activities for families, Wes (4th grade) and Ben (2nd grade) Ochsendorf learned about the "Passion Into Action" Challenge where students learn through service. The “Passion into Action” Challenge aims to create a meaningful way that children and youth can increase awareness of the needs of our community. Wes and Ben Ochsendorf not only learned about the initiative, they also listened to several non-profits speak about their mission and needs of their organization.

Wes and Ben were particularly touched by the efforts of Arlington Thrive, a non-profit that provides same day, emergency financial assistance to Arlington County residents who experience a sudden financial crisis. Wes and Ben left the MLK Day of Service event knowing that they could make a difference. Brainstorming with their parents, and tapping into their passion for reading, Wes and Ben decided to engage in a two week read-a-thon. The boys emailed friends and family, added a video clip on the work of Arlington Thrive, and asked that a donation be given for each book read. Wes and Ben read 24 books and raised $700 for Arlington Thrive!

Wes and Ben Ochsendorf are the first to complete the “Passion Into Action” Challenge.  Wes and Ben delivered their donation on February 15th to Arlington Thrive and learned how their donation will be used to help a family in crisis.

Volunteer Arlington and Arlington Thrive are grateful to the Ochsendorf family and their efforts to move us towards Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.’

Learn more, and begin the “Passion Into Action” Challenge steps HERE!

Fill out the Passion Into Action Challenge form HERE!

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