Earlier this month, we shared how Olympian Sanya Richards-Ross, actress Holly Robinson Peete, and singer Ne-Yo have made a strong commitment to service, now we bring you stories from three more celebrities who are leaning back to their community to push youth forward.
Vivica A. Fox
If you’ve been watching the latest season of NBC’s hit show Celebrity Apprentice, you know Vivica A. Fox is putting her no nonsense attitude to use to complete competitive tasks for Donald Trump in order to win money for her charity of choice: Best Buddies. Known in the non-profit industry for helping children with special needs, Best Buddies was founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver to help middle, high school and college students receive internships, employment and housing. This purpose allows the organization to help those with special needs become a part of mainstream society. As their Best Buddies ambassador, Vivica A. Fox shared how Best Buddies touches her heart and the greater American society.
What attracted you to work with the Best Buddies Organization?
I’ve been involved with Best Buddies for over 10 years. I was introduced to the organization by my good friend Carl Lewis, the Olympian champion track runner. He invited me to a Best Buddies gala and told me it was created by Anthony Kennedy Shriver. When I went to the event, I was so moved. Best Buddies focuses on working with special-needs children and helping them with employment, housing and opportunities. Just seeing the children be happy with things everyday people take for granted stirred me because they are so happy to wake up and go to their jobs or furnish their apartment.
Why is it important for you to give back with Best Buddies?
When I signed up to do Celebrity Apprentice, I decided to name Best Buddies as the organization that would be my charity of choice. I like to be involved in my community and give back because I’ve received so much support over the years. It’s important to do unto others as you would want them to do unto you.
While working with Best Buddies was there any particular moment that stood out to you?
While I was filming Celebrity Apprentice, Best Buddies was celebrating its 25th anniversary. The kids from the program came to visit me and we celebrated with lunch. The look on the children’s faces when I walked into the room, like, “wow, you care about us!, showed me how important this connection is.
How can more people get involved with Best Buddies?
People can check us out at BestBuddies.org and also they host a lot of events around the country, so plan to show up and meet everyone on the team.