Bryan Spriggs first became involved with Women and Children First in March of 2015. He was invited to a Peacekeeper meeting by his fellow co-worker at the time, Daniel Robinson. They started talking one day at work as Bryan mentioned wanting to get more involved with an organization, or a young professional group. Daniel suggested the Peacekeepers and invited Bryan to a meeting.
Bryan walked into his first meeting with roughly 20-25 people there. After introducing himself, the group started brainstorming on one of their upcoming events, Caribbean Cabaret. Bryan didn't say much that first meeting, as he was intrigued with the amount of work everyone was doing. This consisted of planning, obtaining silent auction items, obtaining sponsors, finding a company to cater it, finding a good band, etc. "As I walked out of the meeting, I couldn't help to think, I sure hope I can do half as good as these amazing people. I saw the passion they put into the shelter events, the passion when volunteering with the children, and the passion they had overall about everything we did," Bryan said.
As he has gotten to know more of the Peacekeepers, Bryan has realized one reason why the group is so passionate is that some of these women are survivors of domestic violence. "Over the past year and a half I have had the privilege of hearing these women tell their story to help inspire other women and empower them in our community," he said. "My journey with WCF and the Peacekeepers is one that has inspired me beyond words. The inspiration I get from everyone involved, especially our courageous survivors, motivates me more than anything. Overall, I am honored and humbled to be a part of what I believe is the best volunteer group in Central AR!". Bryan currently serves as the Membership Chair for the Peacekeepers, working to recruit new members everywhere he goes.
Outside of being a Peacekeeper, Bryan works in the wonderful world of finance as a Financial Advisor at Centennial Bank. His passion for the financial sector started in May 2005 and he has loved every minute since. He also volunteers for the Arkansas Cystic Fibrosis chapter, and is co-chairing one of their events this year, Taste of the Finest. "Giving back to my community is something I am very passionate about. I am a firm believer in being a good steward in your community by giving back, and hopefully inspiring just one person along the way," he said. His hobbies include a round of golf, yoga, staying active with workouts or hiking, random road trips, reading a good biography, and living life. He tries his best to put a smile on someones face, and to live life to its fullest potential.
For more information about the Peacekeepers and how you can join Bryan, visit www.wcfarkansas.org/peacekeepers.