RSVP Volunteers gather for celebration

289 Volunteers from 14 communities dedicated 7,085 hours

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of North Central Iowa celebrated 289 volunteers who served a grand total 7,085 hours for the 2021 – 2022 volunteer year during a luncheon and ceremony at North Iowa Area Community College last Thursday.

The focus of RSVP of North Central Iowa is childhood literacy.   The three primary volunteer programs are the Reading Buddy Program, the Reading Coach Program and the Pen Pal Program.  Additional volunteer opportunities were fulfilled through the following organizations or activities: Cerro Gordo County Public Health, Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Cerro Gordo County Emergency Management, Words of Thanks in partnership with KCMR radio station and the BASES fitness class.

The ceremony featured messages from both Alison Mason, RSVP Director, and Patti Hanson, Dean of Continuing Education, followed by a video thank you message from area school teachers, administrators and students for which RSVP volunteers left a positive impact.

North Iowa Area Community College sponsors RSVP of North Central Iowa, which is part of a national network of programs called AmeriCorps Seniors. Learn how you can get involved!

Bronze volunteer award recipients

RSVP of North Iowa Bronze volunteer award recipients present for the ceremony. 

During the ceremony, 27 volunteers were recognized to receive service awards based upon their number of volunteer hours.

Bronze Award recipients, who completed 100 – 249 hours were:

  • Linda Bottorff
  • Jeanne Burgart
  • David Curtis
  • Elaine Fratzke
  • Connie Graber
  • Kathy Hanson
  • Gayle Heimer
  • Robin Koob
  • Adriane McKinley
  • Marilyn Moore
  • Harlan Rodberg
  • Phyllis Rush
  • Pam Stemmerman
  • Karolyn Hornung

Silver Award recipients, who completed 250 – 499 hours were:

Silver volunteer recipients

Silver volunteer recipients present to receive their award.

  • Nickie Baker
  • Star Barnes
  • Don Gettner
  • Sue Hoeft
  • Nancy Huber
  • Kathy Johnson
  • Larry Kollman
  • Joyce Nuehring
  • Vicki Robertson
  • Alan Steckman

Bronze & Silver recipient was Linda Schulter.

Gold volunteer recipient

Gold RSVP recipient who was present to receive her award.

Gold recipients, who completed 500+ hours were:

  • Annette Bruns
  • Gwen Suntken

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North Iowa Area Community College, founded in 1918, is a nationally-recognized, two-year college located in central North Iowa.  With approximately 3,000 career and transfer students, the College has been recognized by the Aspen Institute as a leading community college in the nation.  NIACC welcomes students from across Iowa, Minnesota, the nation, and the world. The College has served as a leader in student-centered learning, community engagement, and collaborative leadership for more than 100 years.

289 Volunteers from 14 communities dedicated 7,085 hours
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