Hello, I'm Ben Marquez
-Member at Large-
"My name is Benjamin (Ben) Marquez, and I was born on March 17, 1988 in Chicago IL. I
moved to Casper, WY in 2004. Graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 2006 and attended
the University of Wyoming where I studied to become an Architectural Engineer. However, after
two years I decided that was not the route I wanted to take. I am now currently in the process
of learning a tradecraft where I can take over my uncles flooring business.
Ever since I moved to Wyoming, I always found it to be quite rewarding to volunteer any
spare time to those who needed it. I have volunteered at multiple fairgrounds around the state.
Cheyenne, Douglas and here in Casper, were a few places where I would help prep for events or
competitions. Between 2012 and 2013 I would donate my time at a local program called I-
Reach. Where we would help provide resources and opportunities for adults with
developmental disabilities. Today I volunteer for local businesses like Donell’s Candy and El-
Marko Lanes where I feel I am a part of their families.
For a majority of my off time, I enjoy spending time with my two daughters (Zizalee and
Zetana) and finance (Kristen). Movies and games being the main source of entertainment in our
household. I also like to take part in recreational leagues like softball, kickball, and bowling. On
free weekends my family and I love to take camping trips if the weather permits it. The Big Horn
Mountains being our most visited area. I also must admit that video games have taken ahold of
me from an early age and still continue to do so to this day."
How long have you been a part of Joshua's?
"I started volunteering at Joshua’s in March of 2019 where I would help pick up donations or help out on deliveries. On slow days I would help box up food for customers who visited, or helped clean the store. I started volunteering at Joshua’s in March of 2019 where I would help pick up donations or help out on deliveries. On slow days I would help box up food for customers who visited, or helped clean the store. I became a board member in December of 2020."
Why did you get involved with Joshua's?
"I have always felt like I was a part of the Joshua’s Storehouse family and when I was
asked to become a board member for the organization, I not only felt honored but felt
determined. Determined because, although my spare time has become more limited, the older
my daughters get, I still believe that what we are doing here is making a noticeable difference."
What do you see for Joshua's in the future?
"Times are hard and are only getting harder the more this pandemic continues to take hold on
our community. If we continue on with our hardworking and determination of providing the
community with much needed resources, I see Joshua's Storehouse becoming a major beacon of
light to those in need; not only to our local community but to those much further out."