In a recent interview, Keke Palmer said that her parents had urged her to volunteer in the community in order to teach her the importance of giving back. Keke Palmer has remembered doing volunteer work when she was younger. The 30-year-old said in a recent interview with Essence that her parents enlisted her in the military when she was a small child to help her remember the value of giving back to her community. Keke said, "My parents always told me that me being an entertainer could never just solely be about me entertaining. It had to also be about finding a way to connect things back to my community – so that other people could dream, and they could know that their dreams could come true, too." She continued, "So at a very young age, they had me do community service because they wanted to make sure I would never forget how much that mattered."