The 2013 Cumberland County Senior Volunteer of the Year Awards, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance, were recently held to recognize some of the county's most caring and dedicated volunteers. Eight organizations nominated their favorite helpers for the awards, and each received a plaque for their service to the community during a special ceremony at Fair Park Senior Center.
From this group of volunteers, one was named the Senior Volunteer of the Year. That title went to Sue Breeding.
Breeding was nominated by Cumberland Medical Center for giving much of her time in several ways to the hospital, E-911 and Emergency Management over the years.
“Sue has been with CMC since 2011," said Tina Treadway, manager of volunteer services for Cumberland Medical Center. "Sue Breeding is what a volunteer is! She gives freely of her time and never questions when she is called in."
She added, "She works in many different areas of the hospital, several days of the week. She always volunteers for registering when the bloodmobile comes, in addition to her other three days, and has accumulated more than 1,300 hours. Sue is our shining star this year for contributing 480 hours this year alone! Cumberland Medical Center is very proud and lucky to have a dedicated volunteer like Miss Sue."
Breeding retired from Volunteer Electric Cooperative as the area office supervisor with 40 years of service, participating in many community projects. She has volunteered for numerous organizations, including serving on the board for Good Samaritans, the E-911 board, working closely with the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce and the Disaster and Emergency Management teams. Sue is currently serving on her church's transition team and the children’s ministry as the financial data entry clerk.
Breeding has been married to her high school sweetheart, Robert, for 53 years. Their children are Bob and Mary Breeding and Shane and Suzanne Turner. Their four granddaughters are Emalee Sue and Kaylee Breeding and Sophie and Stephanie Turner.
According to Breeding, volunteering has given her and her husband many lasting friendships with wonderful people and has added purpose and accomplishment to their retirement years.
“While being employed for years, I looked forward to retirement, and yet retirement can be different from our expectations," she said. "It can bring years of anxiety, boredom and depression. Volunteering can be our place of continuing to be helpful. It doesn’t cost money and there is a place for everyone, doing something you will enjoy and helping others."
Others nominated this year for the Senior Volunteer of the Year Awards were Loreda Davis, Art Circle Library; Patti Qualls, Avalon Center; Fann Burrus, Stephens Center; Marlen Sterud, Hospice of Cumberland County; Bob and Arlene Fawcett, Good Samaritans; Joann Fraser, Cumberland County Playhouse; and Ernie Wilson, Fair Park Senior Center.