Billy Lovett, Franklin native and BrightStone staff member, has been selected as a finalist for the Erie Chapman Foundation Servant’s Heart Award, one of several awards to be presented by Nashville’s Center for Nonprofit Management at its 2012 Salute to Excellence Awards dinner. The Erie Chapman Foundation Servant’s Heart Award was created to recognize individuals who provide care to the clients of a nonprofit agency on the “front lines” of the service profession. Individuals selected for this award demonstrate a passion for service, a willingness to take extra steps to ensure people’s needs are met, and a deep commitment to the organization’s values, mission, and vision. Mr. Lovett was nominated by BrightStone for his generous heart and his unwavering spirit of servanthood. As a BrightStone bus driver, Billy spends his mornings and afternoons safely transporting his “precious cargo,” BrightStone’s adult students with special needs, to and from the day program and on community outings. In addition to providing safe transportation, however, Billy has become the students’ friend and advocate, and he serves BrightStone in a myriad of ways, from maintenance worker to personal shopper to playing the role of Santa Claus. Outside of work, Billy spends time serving others in the community and staying active with his church congregation. “[Billy’s] care and concern for [our daughter] is obvious and we are so grateful to have him in charge of her on the bus,” shared one BrightStone parent. “[Our daughter] does not bond easily with others, but Billy always gets a smile and a pat on the shoulder from her every morning. She loves attention from him and feels loved and safe in his presence.” Numerous BrightStone parents have shared similar feelings, and BrightStone staff members are quick to praise Billy for his willingness to help them in any way he can. BrightStone is a resource in the community providing job training and employment opportunities for adults who are developmentally disabled. If you are interested in learning more, scheduling a tour, or scheduling a visit from the BrightStone Choir for your church or civic organization, please contact Elizebeth Tucker, Associate Director of Development/Volunteer Coordinator, by phone at 790-4888 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about BrightStone, visit www.brightstone.org.