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Local citizen receives Governor’s Volunteer Award

Published: Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 8:17 a.m. CDT

Osceola, Iowa – Melissa Snell of Osceola received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg during a special recognition ceremony held September 25 in Pleasant Hill.

Melissa Snell, an employee of Clarke County State Bank, was honored with a 10 year individual length of service award by South Central Iowa Community Foundation (SCICF). Snell is one of five board members who represent Clarke County on the five-county community foundation board. SCICF was established in 1993 and serves Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Ringgold & Union Counties in Iowa.

“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 ten nationally.”

More than 600 awards are being 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 twelve 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 volunteeriowa.org.

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