"We didn't recruit Steven Stewart. He found us. He thought that our organization provided valuable programs throughout the state but that our small staff needed help in public relations and fund raising. He was right," said Cary Stevens Jones, director of Very Special Arts Utah, of a favorite volunteer.
Transportation and typing are challenging to Stewart, who has cerebral palsy. But he overcomes the challenges and is busy helping Very Special Arts Utah tell the story of its development and of presenting arts programs for people with disabilities in schools, hospitals and rehabilitation centers.Stewart has written news releases and provided articles for news and television media throughout Utah.
"He is working with a local television station to provide a documentary that will help us tell our story. He has provided sensitive and beautiful articles to the press concerning our exhibit, `A Test of Love: AIDS in Utah,' held at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts," Stevens Jones said.
"We forget his cerebral palsy as he acts as our cheerleader when plans move slowly. He encourages our patience and provides motivation. He does not give up. Stewart always has a sense of humor that brings out the best qualities of the staff. His service is vital to our success. With his help, we are able to promote the abilities of the disabled. We value him."
Stewart has, for the past two years, donated more than 20 hours a month to the organization.