In a year of distressing headlines, this one warms the heart
Couple extends a lifetime of work by creating a legacy with AFSC
Dan and Judith Coquillette found a spiritual home with Quakers early in their lives. Initially, they were drawn to the belief in the worth of each person and the religion's focus on addressing social injustices through concrete actions. Joining their local Quaker meeting in England felt like a natural progression, and when they returned to the United States after college, they connected with Quakers once again.
They were first introduced to AFSC through their local meeting in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they supported AFSC's Material Assistance Program, which provided clothing and household items to people in need. As Dan and Judith learned about AFSC's work in places like North Korea and at the U.S.-Mexico border, they were especially drawn to the emphasis on partnerships with local communities. AFSC's Love Knows No Borders nonviolent direct action to call attention to the need for more humane immigration policy at the border in San Diego has once again affirmed their belief in AFSC's work. Judith says, "The way AFSC seeks out relationships with their partners is truly unique."
Through both of their careers, Dan and Judith became aware of the many injustices that touched their students. Dan noticed the social and financial challenges at the universities where he taught. As Judith worked with international students, she often struggled with how U.S. policies and tactics affected their home countries. Again, they found in AFSC a different approach to addressing injustices in the world.
When it came to drawing up their will, Dan and Judith included a bequest to AFSC, knowing they wanted to make their mark on the world while investing in their grandchildren's generation. "Everything AFSC does is about building a more peaceful and just world," says Dan. "And why not support that?"
To learn about how you can create a legacy of peace through your estate plan, please contact Alyssa Chatten at 888-588-2372 or GiftPlanning@afsc.org.