Austin Dempsey, an eighth grade student at Neshoba Central Middle School, knows the value of giving back to the community, school officials said.

For the past two years, Dempsey has been a committed volunteer at Neshoba General Nursing Home.

He enjoys working with residents in the animal assisted therapy program which uses a service dog to assist with painting projects. 

Dempsey said it is important that residents of the nursing home know that others care about them because many residents do not receive visitors.