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Local citizens receive Governor's Volunteer Award
by Report submitted · August 31st, 2017

Three volunteers in the Linn-Mar Community School District received the Governor's Volunteer Award from Governor Kim Reynolds during a special ceremony held Wednesday, August 30, in Cedar Rapids.

Nicole Stoddard, Jenny Hemmes and Nicole Glau were recognized for their tireless dedication to the Linn-Mar Community.

Stoddard has given more than a thousand hours of time to support America Reads Day as an Event Coordinator, and by serving in another leadership role, as the school volunteer coordinator for the past two years at Novak Elementary. Her humor, kindness and ease with people have always been apparent in working with staff, students and other school volunteer coordinators. She willingly accepts responsibility for special activities with the Parent/Teacher Organization and continues to support her oldest child at Linn-Mar High School helping with the Marching Band. She has served five different schools in her service to Linn-Mar and continues to make it a better place.

Hemmes is a volunteer at Indian Creek Elementary. Hemmes spends most of her time in the classroom, directly working with students, often on literacy activities. She has been involved with two reading programs at Indian Creek: the Encourage A Reader and Read Naturally programs; both have direct student contact. Hemmes has, in the past two school years, served thes school district in a leadership role as a School Volunteer Coordinator. She manages more than 200 volunteers, providing communication, direction and support to the volunteers, while meeting the needs of the teachers and staff. Hemmes is a great representative of how one person that is passionate about education can make a difference.

Glau became an active volunteer at Linn-Mar as soon as her children started school. She has served in a leadership role, logging more than 400 hours in the last two school years while a working mom. As the School Volunteer Coordinator for Westfield Elementary School, she has provided her leadership, time and support. Glau always demonstrated her organization, communication and support for the staff. She is a hardworking volunteer that won't back away from a large or hard project. She has built a strong volunteer team that works together to achieve the school goals. As a school volunteer coordinator, she has served the volunteer program, as well as playing a key role as an officer for the Parent/Teacher Organization.

"Volunteerism is such an integral part of what it means to be an Iowan," Gov. Kim Reynolds said. "I'm pleased to honor those who have given of themselves to meet the needs of others. Their commitment helps improve the lives of those around them and consistently keep our state's volunteerism rate in the top 10 nationally."

More than 600 awards were presented this year during ceremonies held at several locations around the state. It is estimated that more than 31,000 hours of service, with an economic impact of more than $727,000, were served by this year's honorees during the past 12 months.

"Volunteering is win-win," Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg said. "Not only does it have a positive impact on the individuals served, but also transforms the individuals giving. The dedication of those selected for these awards often encourages others to get involved, and I'm happy to recognize them for their important contributions."

Coordinated by Volunteer Iowa, the Governor's Volunteer Award program-now in its 34th year-provides an easy way for Iowa nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities to honor their volunteers with a prestigious, state-level award. More information is available at
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