Will Thornton served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica from 2006 to 2009. He lived and worked in Barrett Town, near Montego Bay, and was placed at Barrett Town All Age School and SOS Children’s Village, a care facility for orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children. The fit couldn’t have been better. Will loved Jamaica, and he especially loved his work with the children, where he taught health and nutrition, literacy, IT, and, most importantly, served as a role model and mentor.
In August 2018, FOJ began collecting donations in Will's memory. The Will Thornton Fund now stands at $7,486.28, which will be distributed to the SOS Children’s Village to honor his commitment to the young people he cared so deeply about.