You may recognize Jessica Brooks. She is one of the smiling faces that greet you when you visit our Milton location, but she is also an active humanitarian within our community. Jessica’s adoration for four-legged friends is apparent with over sixty hours of her time donated in 2017 to nonprofit organizations such as SouthBARK and Pensacola Humane Society, among others.

Jessica juggles a busy lifestyle as the Branch Operations Manager of our Milton location – all while raising her daughter Raelyn (and coming soon – baby Emreigh), spending time with her husband Kyle, and finding time to enjoy her fur babies and hobbies. We picked Jessica’s brain to see how she accomplishes all of this while still finding her passion and giving back to her community.

  • Where do you think your communerosity spirit comes from?

Honestly, my Communerosity spirit started with Pen Air. I started with the company when I was 19 years old and I knew that I wanted to give back to the community. I just didn’t know what direction to go. I started my Communerosity journey as a mentor at a local elementary school and, to say the least, it was rewarding! I decided then to broaden my reach to others including the Ronald McDonalds House, Helping Hands, Pensacola Humane Society and SouthBARK.

  • What is your favorite charity to support and what attracted you to it?

For the past year I have been a puppy foster for SouthBARK Animal Rescue. Although I have always loved animals, what drove me to SouthBARK was my husband and our dog Gracie. My husband’s late fiancé (Gracie’s first fur mom), Amber was an avid volunteer/foster for SouthBARK and we wanted to do something to honor her memory.

  • What sort of work/tasks do you do with them?

Through SouthBARK I foster puppies, I help work adoption events, I have completed home checks for potential adopters and just help spread word to people who are looking to add to their family!

  • What do you find satisfying about working with them?  Any special moments?

The most satisfying thing about working with SouthBARK is when a happy tail adoption happens. My first foster was a fail. Her name is Pip (formally Penny) and she was a dumpster puppy found with her brother and sisters. I fostered Pip for about a month before I knew she would never leave. She was now a part of our family and I knew then that this was something that I wanted to do more of.

  • What would you say to someone who’s reluctant or “too busy” to get involved?

You’re never “too busy.” Whether it’s five minutes or five hours – your time is needed everywhere. More often than not you can find something that involves your own interests or hobbies which makes it that much easier. There are also other ways to give back! Whether it’s giving your time – or even financially – every little bit counts!

We are so proud to work alongside compassionate people like Jessica that embody Communerosity. We hope she inspires you to get out and donate just a little bit of your time to enhance our community, too.