Robert Seward and his family have been described as the hardest working volunteers in the east Dallas suburb of Mesquite. From scrubbing toilets to preparing critical financial statements, Seward, his wife Marjorie, their children and Marjorie’s brothers Mike and Steve Martin have dedicated nearly 15 years’ worth of weekends, vacations, holidays and retirement to helping families manage through desperate circumstances.
Seward, a senior specialist for Luminant, joins TXU Energy’s Kim Campbell among the honorees at Sharing Life Community Outreach’s fundraising gala. In celebration of its 15th anniversary, the agency is honoring 15 volunteers who have played pivotal roles in providing dignified benevolent services to families in need in Mesquite and Southeast Dallas County.
“This all started when my mother-in-law, Mary Martin, began volunteering in 2000,” Seward says. “Before long, our whole family was involved. Seeing how Sharing Life makes such a difference for its clients, just by meeting the most basic needs with a little compassion, is very rewarding.”
Campbell is senior manager for customer advocacy at TXU Energy and oversees TXU Energy Aid, the largest bill-payment assistance program among electricity providers in the United States. But it’s her personal passion, leadership and compassion for poverty-related issues that make her a valued advocate for Sharing Life’s clients.
“Sharing Life Outreach has helped so many people who struggle to make ends meet,” Campbell says. “I’m honored to have played a small role in touching so many lives and am humbled to experience the gratitude that is expressed by the people who get this help.”
Once a single mom on a tight budget with three hungry little boys, Executive Director Teresa Jackson founded Sharing Life after experiencing uncaring treatment at a faith-based food pantry. Today, the agency’s 200 volunteers serve more than 60 families in need each day with dignity and compassion, providing food and clothing, school supplies, Christmas toys, and other assistance.
“The 15 people we are honoring have made the biggest impact in fulfilling our mission of helping individuals and families obtain the basic necessities of life,” Jackson says. “Kim and Robert are two of our most loyal volunteers and are extraordinarily dedicated to advocating for our clients.”