Public employees across the nation give back to their communities in extraordinary ways every single day. From donating to food banks to helping neighbors and protecting their communities, public employees have always been there when their community needs them the most. 

Here are three stories of public employees committed to servicing their communities:

K-State recognizes MHS math teacher for tutoring, community service work by AJ Dome. Jancy Davis, a Manhattan High School math teacher, has been recognized for her incredible work outside the classroom by the Kansas State University College of Education. Last year, Davis helped 75 to 80 children with after-hours math tutoring; this year, she is helping over 100. Davis has provided tutoring both virtually and in-person. “I think the thing that really gets me going is whenever I get through to a kid that other teachers couldn’t,” Davis said. “You make a connection with them, get through to them, and they are motivated now. That motivates me, seeing them get excited about something. That’s exciting for me.”

Rye Brook police officer running in NYC Marathon raises money for charity by News 12 Staff. Abel Taveras, a Rye Brook, New York police officer, ran in the New York City Marathon to raise funds for the Jimmy V Foundation to beat cancer. As of November 2nd, Taveras had raised over $4,000. “I wanted to do it for one where they’re going to be doing something really good with the money,” Taveras said. The Jimmy V Foundation, more commonly known as the V Foundation, has raised millions of dollars for cancer research since 1993. 

Clovis West teacher lending a hand to children with autism over in Ukraine by Alexis Govea. A Clovis West High School teacher in California is raising money for autistic Ukrainian refugees. The teacher, Erin Garcia, wrote a book entitled “The Case of Sensational Stims,” and the proceeds from her book sales will benefit Dr. Yulika Forman’s campaign Project Hope. “We have a lot of kids with sensitivity to noise and the levels of noise in the war. They are in crowded basements, sometimes at the bomb shelters. That is very difficult. It’s also very important because they can be on crowded transportation. They can be in crowded refugee housing. Some of them live in schools and stay there.” The proceeds from the book sale will help purchase noise-canceling headphones, weighted blankets, and more for refugees.