Embedded in communities all around the nation, there are members of our HOPE family donating their time, talents, and services to spreading the mission of our organization. Judi Matzke, a long-time HOPE supporter, is one of these selfless individuals who go above the call of duty, representing our warrior community at any event she can while bringing her delicious homemade treats in hand and ready to share!


Judi’s passion for serving others is deeply ingrained in who she is. As a former nursing school instructor at Sandhills Community College near the US Army base Fort Bragg in North Carolina, she had many military spouses in her classes. She then connected with the Golden Knights, United States Army Parachute Team, and began hosting events for these brave service members to thank them for all they do for our country. After moving near Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, Judi became involved with HOPE through Kayak For The Warriors and has since been recognized as a Volunteer of the Month for her dedication and support of our warrior community throughout the years!


Most recently, on April 23, 2022, Judi wanted to spread awareness about HOPE during a Military Appreciation Day celebration in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. It was here that Judi showed up with her delicious homemade baked goods that are impossible to resist, a smile on her face, and shared stories of HOPE to her community as they honored local heroes. 


“Judi has always been willing to share the mission of HOPE no matter where life takes her,” said Angie Parker, HOPE’s Volunteer Manager. “She supports HOPE by volunteering at events both in person and virtually, plus she volunteers as one of our scholarship graders. When HOPE needs someone, Judi is always there. We love her!”


Thank you, Judi, for stepping up and advocating for our military community! Because of your generosity and commitment, we can continue to restore a sense of self, family, and HOPE to service members, veterans, and their families. We are honored to have you on our team as you continue to motivate us every day!