SFM supervisor named ‘Volunteer of the Year’
January 2023 · Foster & Kinship Care, Kansas, Ministry News, Organization News
The Emporia Chamber of Commerce honored Saint Francis’ own Missy Floyd last Friday with its “Volunteer of the Year” award during the organization’s 125th annual meeting. Nominated and selected by the Chamber Ambassadors, Missy was recognized for her extensive volunteer work with numerous Emporia organizations and causes, including Kansas Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Healthier Lyon County, and the Family Resource Council. She’s also contributed her time and efforts to Business After Hours events and the city’s annual Christmas Parade. She’s also served on the Christmas for Kids committee for Saint Francis.
“I guess they found out that I’m a doer and that I’m passionate about my community and about the families and kids that live here,” reflected Missy.
A foster care homes supervisor, Missy has worked for SFM for more than 10 years after earning her degree in social work from Pittsburg State University.
She credits her volunteer spirit to her parents.
“My sister and I grew with up with great examples in our parents,” she said. “My dad was a little league coach and my mom baked for every event, so I have it in my blood. I just do it. So to get the recognition … I mean, it feels good … But I’m also very humbled by it.”
Missy accepted her award at the Chamber annual meeting on the Emporia State University campus in front of 250 attendees. Despite the honor, she felt nervous giving her acceptance speech.
“You don’t realize how many people are in a room until you’re standing in front of them,” she said. “I train foster parents, and I can talk forever about foster care, but talking about myself is a whole other level. So, yes, I’m proud of the work I do, but I also know it’s not about me. Whether volunteering or working at Saint Francis, it takes a team and the partners I work with to make things successful. I enjoy being part of an amazing community with great collaborative partners.”