MASON CITY, IOWA, (April 18, 2017) – The second annual Mason City Community Volunteer Appreciation luncheon was held at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum on April 18, 2017. Over 65 community volunteers were present on behalf of the City’s Volunteer Service Department, Crisis Intervention, Cerro Gordo County Public Health Department and other community organizations. The event was hosted by the Mason City Volunteer Center as a part of their work to strengthen volunteerism in the community.
Volunteers were recognized for sharing their time and talents at organizations in the community. The City’s Volunteer Services Department presented their Shining Star volunteer award to Sandy Funk for her dedication to the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum and Elmwood St. Joseph Cemetery. The Shining Star Team award was presented to Newman Catholic Schools for their community service project, Newman in Action: Service in the City last August. The Shining Star Award is awarded to individuals and teams that dedicate themselves to serve the needs of City programs. City council members were present to help celebrate the contributions volunteers make to the City. The event continues the City’s Volunteer Services Department’s fourteen year tradition of holding a volunteer recognition event in Mason City.
Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health recognized Walking School Bus Volunteers who have at least 5 years of service to the program, including Karen Johnson, Marta and Al Eenhuis, Carol Brown, Penny Finneman, and Sally Gard. The Mason City Volunteer Center awarded the Advocate of the Year award to Louise Patterson for her commitment to living and advocating for the mission of the Volunteer Center.
“2016 was another good year for volunteerism in the City of Mason City” said Mayor Eric Bookmeyer. “With the estimated value of a volunteer’s time in State of Iowa at $22.25 per hour, the time our community members volunteered at these organizations last year easily surpasses one million dollars- a critical asset for many programs throughout the City.”
Bookmeyer gave his appreciation and thanks to the volunteers and presented the Shining Star Team award to Newman Catholic Schools who had over 195 volunteers provide nearly 600 hours of community volunteer service.
“Volunteers make Mason City a great place to live, work, and play” said Marie Boyd, Outreach Coordinator for Blue Zones Project® -Mason City and the Mason City Volunteer Center. “Whether it’s through the City’s Beautification project, Crisis Intervention’s crisis hotline, or the Walking School Bus program, each and every volunteer makes a meaningful impact on the organizations where they serve and the greater world around them. We cannot thank our volunteers enough for their service.”
For more information on volunteering in Mason City, visit the Mason City Volunteer Center website at www.masoncityvolunteercenter.com.
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Mason City Volunteer Center
The Mason City Volunteer Center (MCVC), an outcome of Blue Zones Project, is a collaborative effort between Blue Zones Project® – Mason City, the City of Mason City Youth Task Force and Volunteer Service departments. Our goal is to inspire more youth, families, seniors, businesses, to volunteer and to improve the volunteer opportunities and placement in our community. For more information, contact Marie Boyd, Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 641-424-7181.
Mason City Volunteer Services Department
The Volunteer Service Department is a department of the City of Mason City, Iowa. The City Volunteer program promotes and coordinates volunteer opportunities within City departments to citizens seeking to enhance the community by donating their time and skills to various municipal projects. For more information on volunteerism, contact Drew Verstegen at email@example.com or call 641-421-3372.