AN OFFICER'S WIFE
My husband is active duty Military. He served active duty in the United States Air Force for 15 years, and transitioned to the United States Space Force in 2020. He is prior enlisted, and commissioned as an officer in 2016. "Captain Ruffin" continues to serve active duty, for a total of 17 years in the service now. Alyssa and her husband are both passionate about spreading awareness, and lending a helping hand in an effort to make a difference in the world. Alyssa is an advocate for Suicide, Mental Health, PTSD, Sexual Violence, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, homelessness, Female Empowerment, all things related to the Military, Music (#MusicandtheMission), and so much more. Alyssa and Chuck, along with their 11 year old daughter received nominations for Volunteer of the Year at the Volunteer of the Year Awards in the greater Montgomery area. Chuck was the official recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award, and all three of the Ruffins were awarded with certificates for their excellence in the community.
FEBRUARY 2023 - 60 MILE CHALLENGE FUNDRAISERS
My husband Chuck Ruffin and I, are both Mission 22 Ambassadors, aiding in Veteran Suicide prevention, awareness, and treatment programs for Military Veterans and their families. While living in California my husband also took on the roll of being the California Mid-State Leader for the Central California Mission 22 Chapter. Having lost very dear friends to Veteran Suicide, we both wanted to make an effort to help make a difference by spreading awareness, and preventative measures. For more information on how you can get involved and bring awareness in your area, click the JOIN MISSION 22 button!
22 is too many! Two is too many! #22untilnone
Central Coast Rescue Mission
The Central Coast Rescue Mission offers a wide range of life changing treatment programs that address the whole person - body, mind, and spirit.
We offer services free of charge to the poor and needy in our community.
With the support of our community, we offer:
Refuge – Food, shelter, and clothing for those in need.
Recovery – Biblically based programs to minister to the whole person; body, mind, and spirit.
Restoration – Equipping people to lead productive and independent lives.
One Warm Coat
One Warm Coat is a non-profit organization. Their mission is to provide free coats to children, and adults in need. My husband and I put together a coat drive in California in an effort to help our local community. We worked with One Warm Coat, and the Central Coast Rescue Mission in Santa Maria, California, to provide coats to those in need during the holiday season.
My husband and I volunteered for the Hope Floats Water Lantern Festival downtown Montgomery. We signed up with Lions Club International. The Hope Floats festival provided a positive, family-friendly outlet for Montgomery area residents to honor a deceased loved one with a customizable paper lantern, which will be released at sunset on the Alabama River.
Made possible by a grant from the Mary Katherine Archibald Blount Fund, this event helped raise money to support the expansion of the Riverfront Greenway Trail to the north, from the Cypress Inlet Bridge. Once complete, the Montgomery Lions Club Segment of the existing trail will include unique elements for sensory learning and play, as well as engagement with nature, especially designed for sight-impaired children. It will also serve to extend the existing trail for all bike and pedestrian users an additional 0.6 miles to the north of Downtown Montgomery, to a new trailhead at Shady Street.
HANDS ON RIVER REGION
Alyssa has volunteered for a few organizations and projects within the River Region community, through HandsOn River Region. If you're in the Alabama River Region area, and you'd like to get involved, click the "Become A Volunteer" button. Create your profile, choose a need and lend a helping hand. Hundreds of local organizations need your help!
United States Armed Forces Care Packages & Letters
My husband is an active duty Space Operations Officer in the United States Air Force. As a Military wife, I have been through my husband being deployed overseas a few times. I wanted to help get others involved in sending care packages and letters to servicemen and women who are currently serving overseas. With the help of the Military Parents Operations group and a fellow local Musicians in the Central California area, I was able to get 37 care packages and over 250 letters and drawings (from children) delivered to our men and women in uniforms.