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Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Jennings


Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Jennings

Karen Jennings

Fort Bend Volunteer Awards

Congratulations to Karen Jennings who was recognized for Outstanding Board Service at the 2015 Fort Bend Volunteer Awards with County Judge Robert Hebert at Safari Texas Ranch. Here's more about why Karen was our nominee:

Karen Jennings lives a life of service to her community and has made immeasurable contributions as a Fort Bend Family Promise board member for more than a decade. She is a dedicated, enthusiastic, hard-working and effective contributor who has invested countless hours and boundless energy to improve the lives of homeless children and their families in Fort Bend County.  

Karen is a retired FBISD Title I Supervisor and Homeless Liaison who has a heart for the most marginalized members of society. In 2003, while seeking additional resources for homeless students, she learned that Duane McCullough was attempting to found an organization that uses an interfaith network to help temporarily house families while guiding them back to self-sufficiency. She joined the fledgling organization, and is one of two founding board members who remain active today.

Despite nearly 40 years of impressive accomplishments, Karen is modest and still working as hard as ever. Her extensive volunteer resume includes service with Casa de Esperanza in Houston's Third Ward, Project Row Houses, the Foto Fest Literacy through Photography program, the Texas Agricultural Extension Grandparents Raising Children's Conference and Fort Bend Literacy Council. She was instrumental in the founding of Parks Youth Ranch and currently serves with the Homeless Coordinating Council of Fort Bend and Fort Bend Connect. She became a member of the FBJSL Sustainers to work with women who understand the significance of community service.

Karen is a natural networker who bridges the gap between many local non-profits and is amazingly skilled at creating mutually beneficial connections and collaborations. Karen is probably best known as the "Bread Lady." For years, she has picked up bread from Panera Bread and delivered it to local non-profits serving low-income families. She attributes her desire to serve our neediest citizens to her 89-year-old mother, a retired educator, who led by example -- giving her heart and soul to help others.

It would be impossible to fully capture all of Karen's contributions to Fort Bend Family Promise and other organizations. She has a true servant"s heart, and the Fort Bend community is fortunate to benefit from her energy and wisdom. She is a shining example of a life of humble service, and her peers at Fort Bend Family Promise believe she is truly deserving of recognition.

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