Photos by Nystasha Kelly of Complexion Photography
Members of the U.S. Air Force First Sergeants Academy came out in the cold and rain on Saturday, January 27, 2024, to clean and organize the building that houses Women in Training, Inc.'s operations. They engaged in rigorous, hands-on work, and learned important insights into the struggles of local Montgomery girls, while also learning about the impactful solutions that WIT provides to end period poverty.
Master Sergeant Ashley Marshall and Ms. Jodi Womack, an author and executive coach, provided leadership support. The team worked collaboratively to clean the building, move supplies and organize boxes of sanitary pads, soap, deodorant, lotion and other hygiene and dental supplies for the WITKITS the nonprofit organization donates to underserved families. Since 2019, Women in Training, Inc. has donated more than 30,000 WITKITS to public schools students, community organizations and at public events.
The First Sergeants Academy team cleaned up the large all-purpose room that houses the WIT Leadership Development Academy of middle and high school girls.
"These folks from the First Sergeant Academy are impressive! Their hard work, dedication and heartfelt giving transformed the new WIT headquarters to a leadership center to be proud of," Ms. Womack said. "Each one of these Air Force volunteers effectively does the work of five or ten mere mortals. We are profoundly grateful for all of them and the significant contributions they make to the Montgomery community."
Kelsey Nevius of the First Sergeant Academy class presented a check on behalf of the class to Adeyela Albury Bennett, President and CEO of Women in Training, Inc., to purchase lighting and other safety equipment for the building.
"We are so grateful for the tremendous help the First Sergeant Academy provided to support our mission to end period poverty so girls can live happy and fulfilled lives," Bennett said. "Their commitment ensures that girls not only dream of a brighter future, but step into it, joyfully and with dignity. A heartfelt thank you from the bottom of our hearts!