The SPIRIT 105.9 team would like to congratulate our next Difference Maker, Bonnie Watkins for her many efforts in demonstrating the Spirit of Austin. Bonnie has a huge heart for serving others both at work and in the community.
Bonnie has taught for over 30 years as an AP English teacher at Hyde Park and has gone on to teach English to predominately international students in the evenings at Austin Community College. She is even known to take her students shopping or and throw them graduation parties. She shows people from around the world what a loving place Austin is.
In the community she is a leader at her church, volunteering to inspire others to serve and make a difference in the world. Bonnie has also sponsored blind couples who needed a friend with eyes to see through life’s problems.
When Bonnie’s boys were young she was a surrogate sister to several Crisis Pregnancy mothers. She made sure they had a basics to welcome their newborns with everything from car seats to nursery essentials. One time she filled her car with an entire Garage Sale to deliver to her mom in crisis. But the most special moments were when she welcomed the new babies at the hospital. Everyone needs family at this time and Bonnie and her husband were these mom’s family.
Prison outreach is another passion of Bonnie’s and she has filled the mailboxes of many inmates, visited prisons to present uplifting writing workshops and sponsored a newly released young woman finding her a home, providing a new wardrobe and even employment.
Close to home she takes care of elderly or sick neighbors making sure they have a hot meal or a listening ear. Bonnie is such a gift to her family too. She is a regular at Belmont Village Assisted Living where she enriches her 96 year old aunt’s life and everyone around her. She volunteers to organize birthday or holiday parties and makes both staff and residents feel special and appreciated.
As you can see, Bonnie is a blessing to many and is quite an ambassador for our local community. Please join us in congratulating this wonderful woman!