How We Give BackSubmitted by MidWestOne Investment Services on April 20th, 2020
It is National Volunteer Week this week, and to help spread a little happiness during this time, we thought we, as a team, would talk about all the ways that we give back to the community, and how you can get involved too. We can’t wait to get back out there and help out our community again. Read more to learn more about the organizations that our team volunteers with.
John Evans – I am currently volunteering on the Iowa City Schools Boosters Club Board.
Jane Krutzfeldt – I am a member of the Optimist Club. We promote youth in the community, with our tagline being “Friend of Youth”. We put on a “Live Healthy Iowa” track meet, recognize the middle school students of the trimester, sponsor scholarships to youth theater camp, and recognize the middle school cross country team, among other events.
Annually, we hold two primary fundraisers; the Flag Project and a concessions stand the middle school football games. The Flag Project is an annual subscription, and Optimist members will place a 3’x5’ flag in each yard during the flag-flying holidays.
At the concessions stand, we serve hot dogs, nachos popcorn, soda, Gatorade, water and Monster Cookies (about the size of a softball), which are by far our most popular item.
I also volunteer with my church, serve on a Gala committee and at Chamber events.
Allan Walz - I volunteer as a coach for the Central College track and field program, working with the throwers helping them learn and improve their throwing technique.
I also volunteer as a board member for the Pella Dog Park Association where I serve as the finance chairperson. The organization is responsible for working with local government to locate and build a dog park in Pella, as well as fundraising to financially support the dog park.
I have served in many different capacities at Liberty Evangelical Free Church. I am currently a life group leader at the church and have also recently filled roles as a deacon and a children’s church leader.
Joshua Vondran - I volunteer as a youth sports coach for the Little Bobcat flag football league, the Little Bobcat Wrestling Club in Epworth, Iowa, and Epworth youth baseball (if it ever starts). The Little Bobcat program are youth sports for area kids that provide low cost or free instruction to sports, with a structured program, coaching and games. I had plans on coaching power lifting athletes for the Iowa Special Olympics, but the Iowa games were cancelled due to COVID-19 so unfortunately, I never got the opportunity to meet with the athletes and train with them.
Jason Strandberg – I have volunteered with the Salvation Army, since 2007. I also volunteer with Brent Hartley (MWO Business Banker) at the annual Burlington Kiwanis Shamrock Shuffle 5k color run. This year marks my 7th year helping out.
Mary Beth Hines – I volunteer as the President of the Conrad Chamber-Main Street. One of our most popular events is the town’s annual festival, were we serve a 20 foot ice cream sundae!