Ben has always tried to remain active in community service and encourages others to join good volunteer organizations and projects. Because of the feelings of gratitude, a sense of belonging and making a difference, it’s often that volunteering benefits the person giving the service more than the person receiving it. Ben volunteers as an EMT for his city’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and formerly served with the American Red Cross (DAT) Disaster Action Team. He trained his German Shepherds Brisbane and Sadie in Search and Rescue and worked for a non-profit for several years providing risk assessments in developing natural disasters. As an Eagle Scout, he’s worked as a Boy Scout’s of America leader, assisting boys of all ages in learning outdoor and life skills.
One of Ben’s favorite charities is the Lost Limbs Foundation founded by Mike Couch. Mike suffered a circulatory condition from birth that caused him to make a difficult decision to have his leg amputated as an adult. Doctors recommended the amputation was needed to prevent deadly blood clots from forming. To help him forget about his own problems and pain, in 2011 Mike decided to start his own 501(c)(3) non-profit. The organization raises funds for amputee children’s families which helps them buy prosthetics and cover their medical bills. Go HERE to learn more about the foundation, attend a future event with Ben, or to make a donation. While the subject of medical problems and surgeries is serious and somewhat somber, don’t expect to feel that way if you attend one of the foundation’s events. As seen below, Ben and the crew always find ways to mess around when they get together.