Evelyn Ward cares about children and shows it in a number of ways.

For one thing, she's a volunteer at Emerson School. But her gift of time goes further than the hours she spends in the classroom.Ward also studies children's issues and tries to be a lobbying force for the benefit of the young.

She's a co-founder of Utah Parents for Children's Rights, a group that believes children have a right to the love and support of both parents when a divorce occurs. The group tries to protect the interests of the child while assuring that he can maintain a quality relationship with both the custodial and non-custodial parents.

And she's a familiar sight at the Legislature, attending committee meetings and tracking legislation that is significant to children.

This fall, Ward received two national honors. She was a finalist in the National School Volunteers Contest, and she won a coveted Chief Justice Warren E. Burger Award for Healers Among Judges and Family Attorneys. That award was presented by the National Council for Children's Rights, in Washington.

If you'd like to inquire about, or volunteer for, any of the following requests, call the Voluntary Action Center of the Community Services Council, 212 W. 13th South, 486-2136.