Galveston County Daily News, Dec. 5, 2006 Column by Ritchie Adoue, director of the retired and senior volunteer program at UTMB. Isn’t it ironic that so often, when we “give” we tend to “receive” much more in return? Most of us only see what occurs directly in our path, but as the director of a volunteer program, I’m fortunate to have a broader view. I hear one story after another, from the hundreds of volunteers I work with and those they serve. Their stories are filled with joy, tenderness, pride and at times sorrow. With each act of kindness, many lives are affected in ways we never see.