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Jesse Bolinger featured in state volunteerism campaign

Published: Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT

LAMONI — Jesse Bolinger of Creston was recently selected as one of the 50 Faces of Volunteering, a social media campaign being sponsored by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. The campaign is designed to draw attention to great volunteers in the state, as well as encourage people to give back to their communities by volunteering at least 50 hours per year.

Bolinger splits his time volunteering between Graceland University and TechiePaws Inc., where he estimates he volunteers five to 10 hours per week at each organization.

He has contributed three years of service to TechiePaws because he believes in the mission. This organization provides emergency funding to service animal users to help pay for veterinary bills and people with disabilities to purchase assistive and adaptive technologies. His service has aided individuals in three states to access adaptive technology they may not otherwise have received.

Additionally, Bolinger has volunteered at Graceland since 2002. Through service to Graceland University, he has offered his input regarding campus upgrades for individuals with disabilities, strategic advancements and fundraising.

“My work with Graceland comes from a love of the university and a desire to give something back to an organization that has changed my life forever,” he said.

For more information on the 50 Faces of Volunteering Campaign, to nominate a volunteer or to find ways to get involved, visit the Volunteer Center of Southern Iowa’s website at or like VCSI on their Facebook page. Individuals may also contact director Julie Neas at or call 641-784-5401

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