The E-T is hosting an Everyday Hero contest for the next several weeks. Residents are asked to nominate their favorite local Everyday Hero, whether they’re a healthcare worker, community volunteer or a grocery store clerk. The winner will receive a $100 gift card.

Throughout the next few weeks, the E-T will be featuring an Everyday Hero in each edition who was nominated for the contest.

This week’s Everyday Hero is Sandra Espinosa.

Sandra, 37, was raised in Stephenville and Dublin. She graduated from Tarleton State University with a criminal justice degree.

She started working for Erath County Child Protective Services more than 10 years ago, starting in November 2009.

Sandra is a member of Kappa Delta Chi sorority, a nonprofit based sorority from Tarleton and is an alumni adviser.

“We emphasize on the Hispanic population so I try to do as much as I can for our Latino community,” she said.

She is also a member of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and was one of the co-chairs for Stop the Silence, an event that raises awareness for child abuse, sexual assault and crime victim rights.

“I grew up in Erath County so I have a passion for our community,” she said. “I like to just give back whenever I can and wherever I can. It’s been in my heart my whole life to give back. As I get older, I feel like it’s the best way to always fill your heart with love is to give back to what you love. There’s no real explanation of why I give back; I just love it. I have a passion for it to help and if I can help in any way or format, I'm there; it’s just in my heart.”

Sandra is a mom to an 18-month-old boy named Mario Isaiah and has been married to her husband, Arturo, for 15 years.

“I'm willing to do anything I can when I can to just represent our community and our leaderships and our Hispanic population,” she said. “I have random people that will call me just for advice and stuff like that, and so it’s always nice to know that people look at you as a positive person and somebody to say, ‘She’s someone that’s going to help you.’”