About Rikki Speck
Can you imagine moving to a new city the weekend of a major hurricane? If you cannot, just ask Rikki Speck who moved to The Woodlands in August 2017 during Hurricane Harvey. Making her home with long-time boyfriend Dean, and their rescue pit-bull mix, Mulligan, Rikki was eager to become involved with her new community. She quickly joined Houston Pets Alive and a new church, Hope City. Missing relationships with other women, she joined the Kappa Alpha Theta Alumni Group that connected her to CASA and their Superhero Run. After three years of volunteer involvement, Rikki recently became a CASA Advocate. She joined Junior League of The Woodlands in 2019, being named Provisional of the Year in 2020. She is now the 2021-2022 Provisional New Member Chair, excited to build relationships with all the new members.
Raised in Dallas, Rikki’s family faced a tragedy early-on in her life. Her father was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, leaving her mother as the sole provider for the family. Blessed to be able to stay in their home and neighborhood, Rikki excelled in school both academically and athletically. But behind the scenes she and her parents depended on the generosity of others for many of the extras in life. So often in her volunteer work, Rikki meets families who remind her of her own humble beginnings. Knowing first-hand that even a small gesture of help can make all the difference to a young child, she is continually motivated to serve.
Her roles with Junior League and CASA intertwined when JLTW served in the toy room for CASA’s recent Santa event. Specifically for children in foster care, the day is filled with arts & crafts, snacks and a visit with Santa. Each child visits Santa’s toy room to choose one gift. Rikki was working with a young boy who was overwhelmed by the piles and piles of brand-new toys. Confident that Santa would fulfill his promise of a perfect set of new legos, the child’s face lit up when he found exactly what he was hoping for. Moments like this happen again and again in Rikki’s volunteer life, reminding her how beautiful it is to pay it forward.