With a troubled economy, Sally Proffitt decided to tithe her time, and became involved tutoring students at Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County. Because of this selfless act, The Stayton at Museum Way senior living community is recognizing Sally Proffitt as the third recipient of the 2010 Stayton Salute to Seniors Award. Lanni Boyd, volunteer coordinator for Union Gospel Mission, nominated Proffitt for the honor.
“Mrs. Proffitt’s positive attitude and humble approach to volunteering make her a joy to have as part of the tutoring team at Union Gospel Mission,” said Boyd. “She is dedicated to learning and helping our students achieve both their academic and lifelong goals.”
The Stayton Salute to Seniors Award is presented quarterly to honor an individual who is making a difference in their community. Qualified nominees are active adults age 62 and above who volunteer their time and talents to their communities, and who also exemplify leadership, spirit, and citizenship.
“Mrs. Proffitt works full time as a department chair at a local college, and yet still has time and energy to devote to others in need,” said Kerri Lambert, director of sales and marketing of The Stayton. “Her story has been an inspiration to me and others at The Stayton.”
At 64, Proffitt chairs the Business Department at the Northeast Campus of Tarrant County College. She’s been with the college for 25 years. Proffitt has had a long haul of volunteerism and is a big proponent of working with children. She’s also given her time to church youth groups and Girl Scout troops.
“Gift of self is probably the most important way I can give to those around me,” said Proffitt. “I hope to help the kids at Union Gospel Mission believe in themselves and give them the capability to reach their dreams.”
Proffitt has also involved her students from Tarrant County College in helping Union Gospel Mission. One of her leadership classes helped prepare grooming packs for Union Gospel Mission before finishing their business degrees. She also helped to involve Education majors who come as interns to work with the students of Union Gospel Mission as part of their teaching prep.