Joan Riggers’ interest in volunteering for children began while she was in high school. At that time she volunteered for an elementary reading Program in the Clarkston School District. This led her to follow her passion and become an elementary and junior high school teacher. During her 30 years as a teacher she learned best educational practices. This knowledge will be helpful in aiding and funding children in need. As an advocate for education, Joan knows the importance it plays in changing lives for the better. Sister Mary Paule Tacke repeated often that education was the key to life long changes.
Joan volunteered for the Community Care Clinic in McCall Idaho a non-profit from 2013 to 2016. During this time, Joan learned fundraising techniques, bookkeeping skills, and laws governing non-profits in Idaho and the United States.
Joan was fortunate to be able to join her daughter, Brenna Riggers in a visit to Mthata, South Africa. While there she volunteered at Bethany Children’s Home. This experience gave her an insight into the importance of Sister’s projects. Joan visited again in 2014. At this time, she was able to meet with the Boards, Directors, and staff of the projects in South Africa. This gave her a deeper understanding of how each project works, needs and financial information. It is a deep passion for the children that drives Joan in continuing to aid in the care and education of children.