Loving Kindness names Volunteer of the Year
- Written by Crystal Simmons
Loving Kindness Inc., a nonprofit company in Kingwood that provides transportation services to those in need, named Emy Stewart as the 2010 Volunteer of the Year during their annual Volunteers’ Appreciation Banquet on March 10. The company was founded 16 years ago on Christian principals. Volunteers, board members, clients of the organization and the Elders of Kingwood Church of Christ gathered in Kingwood Country club to eat, socialize and honor the Volunteer of the Year. “Emy is a lovely, soft-spoken Southern lady who gives generously of herself to anyone in need,” said Dudley. “Besides being a gracious hostess, she has humility and always speaks kindly of others. She is thoughtful and listens carefully to what people say. She responds as the nonpareil volunteer to anyone who asks for her help. And, most importantly, she is a good friend who is a joy to be with.” Stewart, a long-time volunteer, received the award for her dedication to volunteerism in the face of adversity. Stewart began volunteering after she was diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago. More recently, she had to undergo life-threatening brain surgery. “I was real dependent on people then,” she said. “I’m real dependent on people now, and I know how much it helps.” She has also worked as a volunteer coordinator at the medical facility in Galveston and as a dorm mother at Lubbock Christian University. Additionally, she and her husband, Jim, have hosted a cancer support group in their home every month for several years. To show her appreciation, Dudley presented Stewart with a wooden music box made in Sorrento, Italy that plays Rachmaninov’s “18th Version,” theme from the movie, “Somewhere in Time.” Although only one could receive the award, 18 other volunteers of Loving Kindness Inc. have dedicated countless hours to transporting clients of the company to doctors appointments or any other necessary location. Jay Keelan, a three-year volunteer, dedicates a few hours every week to driving his regular clients to and from their appointments. “I saw they needed help in a church bulletin and decided to sign up,” he said. “It’s simple and I enjoy it. I got used to taking one lady to her appointments every week and we got to know each other.” Board members, Dudley, Anita Frazier, Chuck Knapp, Curtis Mills, Clara Moore, Beth Palmer, Fun Tweety and Melissa Zingitz, and two volunteers who passed away recently, John Youngblood and Oleta Hart, were also recognized at the event. The banquet and all gifts were funded by the ExxonMobil Foundation Volunteer Involvement Program. To volunteer or learn more about the Loving Kindness, call 281-358-6393. Photo: Jim Stewart congratulates his wife, Emy, on being named Volunteer of the Year.