It’s not often that people can say they are inspired by their Coworkers. Many times, people are lucky to remember their Coworkers’ names, much less their passions, hobbies, families or, for that matter, anything they do outside of the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Who are these people that we spend our days with? What makes their hearts beat?
For the past few years, Southwest has awarded a select group of Employees the Volunteers of LUV Award. Nominations are submitted by Employees. As a member of the selection committee, it was my privilege to view the more than 200 nominations submitted by my Coworkers across the country. While I was inspired by the Spirit of giving in the people with whom I spend my days, I was equally inspired by the words our Employees shared about their Coworkers, who are their friends.
The Volunteers of LUV Award Ceremony was held here at Southwest Headquarters in Dallas and it was hard to find a dry eye in the house. Congratulations to all the winners. Thank you for sharing your Servant’s Heart in the communities in which we live.
Today, I challenge you to take a moment to learn something new about your Coworkers. After all, we’re all in this life together. Maybe there is an opportunity for you all to volunteer in your community together for a cause that is close to your hearts.
Take a look at the list of Volunteers of LUV winners below and the organizations that benefit from their generosity:
Accounts Payable Stewpot Hotties – Dallas The Stew Pot Ange Mertens – Houston No Unknown Soldier, Winter Ball, Walter Reed Hospital Cathy Wescott – Las Vegas Down Syndrome Organization of Las Vegas, Care 4 Kids Foundation, Las Vegas Mission Rescue Christal Campbell – Phoenix Ronald McDonald House, MLK School, St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, Stenner Burn Prevention Foundation, Camp Courage Coetta Smith – San Antonio Prepares and delivers meals to Seniors Eldon Slaughter – Houston Hurricane Ike Disaster Relief Elidia Cortez Wharton – Dallas Ronald McDonald House Gary Hooyman – Dallas Adopt-A-Pilot, Aviation Council Advisory Board, Youth for Kids Glo Schaffer – Dallas Ronald McDonald House, Toys for Tots, Genesis Women's Shelter Jadira Simmons – Phoenix UMOMS, JB Sutton School, Adopt-A-Family, Ronald McDonald House, Toys for Tots Jeannie Wolf – Oklahoma City Ronald McDonald House, Rebuilding Together, Positive Tomorrow's, Oklahoma City Children's Hospital, The Memorial Marathon Jennifer Jauregui-Burklow – Burbank USO Jessica Parker – Houston Camp HOPE, Houston Animal Shelter, AIDS Walk of Houston, MS150 Jim Wilhelmsen – Phoenix Boy Scouts of America, Youth Council Kari Anderson – Baltimore Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Katie Coldwell – Dallas Dry Bones, Mission work in Africa and Mexico Kevin Golding – Nashville Big Brothers Big Sisters, Nashville Rescue Mission, Samaritan's Purse Linda Vickers – Orlando Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, Give Kids the World, Tampa Veterans' Hospital Maria Adair – San Antonio Mended Little Hearts - Founded Texas Chapter Melissa McKenty – Dallas Empower Zambia, Family Legacy Missions, Angel Tree, Union Gospel Mission, C-Kids Pat Rodriguez – Dallas Dallas Humane Society's Dog and Kitty City, Companion Animal Network, PAWS in the City Patrick Ware – Dallas R.A.C.E.S., A.R.E.S., City of Coppell and Dallas County Office of Emergency Management Peg Cass – Tucson Ronald McDonald House, Southwest Collie Rescue, Arizona Sheltie Rescue Richard Eick – Dallas The Hearing School of the Southwest Steve Vaught – Phoenix Adopt-A-Pilot, EAA Young Eagles, Fearless Flight, Ronald McDonald House Tim Neumann – Phoenix Arizona Adopt-A-Highway Program, Adopt-A-Pilot