Celebrating ECCO Volunteers
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, friends and family gathered together to honor the dedicated volunteers who make it possible for ECCO to help thousands of families in financial distress every year. The Stone Soup Award is given to an individual who has made a significant impact toward the greater good of the community through his or her association with ECCO.
Sponsored by Wando River Grill, this annual celebration keeps growing because of the extraordinary volunteer work happening at ECCO. Two new award categories added this year and we recognized seven outstanding people, along with the recipient of our 11th Annual Stone Soup recipient – Dorothy Clinton!
2017 Volunteer Awards
Becky Neal………………Years of Service
Carla Cunningham……Helping Hands
Don Stewart………..Behind the Scenes*
Allye Prather………….Medical Services*
Dr. George Sourlis…….Dental Student
Dr. David Oyster……Volunteer Dentist
Sue LeNeveu…….Volunteer of the Year
*new award category
Stone Soup Award Recipient: Dorothy Clinton started volunteering at ECCO in January 2010 and for nearly eight years, she has faithfully served those coming to ECCO in search of assistance through our Basic Needs programs. Along with her commitment of time – covering not one but two shifts per week, as well as subbing for fellow volunteers – Dorothy brings a great deal of ENERGY, HARD WORK, and JOY to all of the volunteer roles that allow this person to be of service to those in need in our community.
Volunteer of the Year: Sue LeNeveu volunteers in the front office, at every Client Choice Farmers Market, and serves on the Gala Planning Committee to help secure donated items for our Auction. She engages ECCO’s clients showing a genuine interest in the wellbeing of others. Sue has demonstrated the ability to shift a really difficult situation into a calming moment with laughter.
Behind the Scenes: Don Stewart is known to do almost anything asked of him for ECCO. He’s been a dedicated volunteer for more than 2 years now, helping with our fundraising initiatives, working on the Golf Ball planning committee, making phone calls, setting up signage, and more. Now Don fills one of our Resource Center volunteer shifts – we’ve had such great feedback from clients who have worked with him in the computer lab. He also comes out for every Farmers Market and now pretty much runs the set up process.
Helping Hands: Carla Cunningham always raises her hand when you need something. She is often the first call we make if we need a fill-in for the Clothing Store. It doesn’t matter if she is sorting clothing, working with a client, or someone donating clothing to ECCO. She treats everyone with grace and respect in every situation. A fellow volunteer told said, “She has a heart so big it surprises me it fits in her chest.”
Years of Service: Becky Neal has volunteered at ECCO since January of 2000! With 17 years of dedication to ECCO and our clients, Becky is known to always be positive, and when there is something new to learn she is always ready to meet the challenge. Most recently becoming Benefit Bank Trained to help our clients enroll in additional services. “She never gets frustrated even in difficult situations”- Fellow Volunteer
Medical Services: Allye Prather is working on obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and will be graduating this December. She is involved with several student organizations, including the student government association, Student Interprofessional Society, the Interprofessional Student Advisory Board, the CON Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and the Student Nurses Association. Upon graduation, she plans to work as a registered nurse at Vanderbilt Medical Center on the Medical Intensive Care Unit. She began in our clinic performing clinical hours and was so impressed by our patients, ECCO and the Partners in HealthCare clinic, that she has since returned on purely volunteer basis, taking time out of her busy schedule, to work with the patients and help the providers. She is an absolute pleasure to work with. Allye shows such kindness, compassion and intelligence that she is an easy choice for the student volunteer of the year! When I asked her about how she feels about her work at the clinic she said: “My experiences at Partners in Healthcare have given me a fantastic foundation to build upon as I move on to the next chapter of my career.”
Dental Student Volunteer: Dr. George Sourlis is a recent graduate (JBECDM class of 2017) who was always there to serve and support. His selfless service was inspiring. Thanks to students and volunteers like George, ECCO could not provide the compassionate and palliative care that we continue to do. Our evening emergency clinic is fully voluntary on the part of MUSC Dental Pre-Doctoral Students and Residents.
Dental Volunteer: Dr. David Oyster has helped ECCO’s Dental Clinic to grow tremendously over the years and continues to enhance services in order to best meet the needs of our uninsured neighbors. Dr. Oyster is a military veteran, former educator, and distinguished clinician and his 10 years of service to ECCO patients is unsurpassed.