The Piedmont Journal’s Citizen of the Year is Stephanie Curvin, executive director of the Piedmont Benevolence Center since 2012.
Curvin started working at the Center as a part-time office manager and was nervous about taking on the job as director. However, she discovered after working in that capacity that she was comfortable.
“I absolutely love this job,” said Curvin, “even though it’s a bit of a roller coaster. There are days when I go home and worry about a certain person all day and night. Then there are days when I go home and know I have done enough.”
Curvin is the mother of 17-year-old Cade and 11-year-old Tanner. She often works at the Center and stays in Piedmont until her sons are finished with their sports activities. Her husband Craig said he is proud of his wife because she gives everything she has to serving others.
“She loves helping others,” he said. “She is dedicated, loves her job, and loves helping the community.”
Brenda Headrick also works at the Center and is impressed with Curvin’s work ethic. She said Curvin keeps the Center’s Thrift Store not only running and stocked, but also decorated with her creative displays.
“She writes grants,” said Headrick, “and most of the ones she writes, we get.”
Curvin said she had a background in helping others even before she began working at the Center. Her mother worked for United Way when Curvin was in college, and she would often assist her when she was not in class.
Years later, after Curvin and her husband decided to place their sons in Piedmont schools, she drove by the Center every day. When a friend told her about the part-time job opening, she jumped at the chance.
“I knew I would love to work there,” she said.
Curvin said she appreciates the honor and is humbled.
“As you know, with the receipt of any honor or award, the recipient is acutely aware of the fact that few accomplishments are achieved alone,” she said. “This is certainly true for my work at the Piedmont Benevolence Center. I am but a sum of the parts, be it my family, my hardworking volunteers and staff, or my awesome community. I am thankful to God for His gracious mercy in my life. I am beyond blessed to serve with all of you. I again offer my heartfelt thank you for this dignified award.”
With the spotlight on the Center due to the recent honor, Curvin said she would like to encourage citizens to volunteer to help others through the Center. She has a dream of turning the food distribution days into a client-choice pantry where clients can come into a room set up like a grocery store.
“I would like for them to be able to choose what they want,” said Curvin.
Also, Curvin would like to see more male volunteers so that the female volunteers would have more help lifting food boxes.
“The food that is donated has to be weighed and recorded,” said Curvin. “That is a lot of lifting on the women who volunteer. We could use more men and even children. We sort food and clothing. We have something to do for all ages.”
The Center is open between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. It is a 501 c3 organization and is located at 20222 Alabama Highway 9. Call 256-447-2220 for more information.