This year, the Irving Schools Foundation was proud to recognize Kay Branch as the 2020 Volunteer of the Year. Since its beginnings, Kay has been a huge contributor to the Food for Thought Program, serving thousands of students and their families throughout Irving ISD.
Kay served as an 8th Grade Counselor at Bowie Middle School and a variety of other roles throughout the District for 50 years before retiring. She was dedicated to setting her students on the path to success and was there for them during any time of need. She prepared her students for high school and made sure they were 100% ready for the new transition of their student lives.
Today, Kay serves on the Irving Schools Foundation Board of Directors as Chair of Golf and is an active volunteer of the Food for Thought Program.
“I volunteer because without volunteers most programs would not get done. Yes, we need monetary donations, but all of our programs require bodies to get them out to the community or schools. I am especially partial to the Food for Thought program because there is such a need in our community. Travis and Bowie Principals are to be commended for allowing the pantries on their campus.”
Yet, Kay’s volunteer experience began long before the Food for Thought initiative launched. She remembers her first volunteer day, dating back to 5 or 6 years ago. Kay’s journey began with helping build baskets for the Legacy Gala’s silent auction. “It was way out of my comfort zone and I knew no one, except Crystal. I loved it.”
Moving forward, Kay hopes to continue making an impact despite the pandemic’s circumstances. “I wish I could say I’d like to make larger monetary donations, but that just isn’t possible now. I will make my impact by volunteering as much as they let me and by spreading the word about the greatest non-profit in Texas.”
Kay, thank you for all you do. From the hearts of the ISF Board of Directors, staff, and the Irving ISD students and staff, we value and appreciate everything you’ve done to better the lives of the community.
Kay leaves you with a message: “We need volunteers, if you are reading this, volunteer please. It will make you feel great.”