Ashley Andrews, 17, was honored by Jewish Family Service Bigs & Littles as the recipient of the Betty R. Goldberg Community Service Award. This award, which included a $1,000 check, was established in honor of the many years of service that Betty gave to the organization and recognizes a Little who helps others by performing good deeds and acts of kindness. Steve Halper, a Friend of Bigs & Littles, presented the award at the Jewish Family Service annual meeting on July 19.
The Jewish Family Service Bigs & Littles program promotes the development of youth in the Jewish and general community through quality mentoring relationships. Matches are created and supported that are positive, safe, lasting, and well suited to help children reach their potential.
Ashley, who is entering her senior year at Loveland High School, has been a Little in the Jewish Family Service Bigs & Littles program since she was matched 10 years ago with her Big, Amy Coppel.
“Ashley is a philanthropic, considerate and compassionate young adult who personifies what the award stands for,” said Coppel, who nominated Ashley for the award. “She listens, cares, encourages and offers guidance. She has used her own experiences and past challenges to do whatever she can to support others.”
As a Girl Scout, Ashley volunteers in Loveland and the Greater Cincinnati community. She is currently honing her leadership skills by creating, implementing and finding funding to pay for a large service project. The project will invite children like her—who have experienced a loss of a loved one—to a kid-friendly counseling program with professionals.
In 2010, Ashley created an Anime Club when she realized no organization existed locally for teens ages 13-18 who have an interest in Japanese animation and culture. She still serves as president and is training others to take her place once she graduates.
“Ashley has blossomed from the little seven year old I met ten years ago into an amazing young woman,” said Coppel. “She has overcome both personal and family challenges to become the caring friend and dedicated volunteer she is.”