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Afton man receives Governor’s Volunteer Award

Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 11:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014 11:16 a.m. CDT
Don Sheridan of Afton receives 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds during a special recognition ceremony held June 18.

AFTON — Don Sheridan received a 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds during a special recognition ceremony held June 18 in Pleasant Hill.

Sheridan was honored with a Length of Service Volunteer Award by South Central Iowa Community Foundation (SCICF) for the service, dedication and leadership he provides to SCICF.

Through SCICF, he is also a board member for Endow Union County.

“It’s always a great pleasure for me to honor and recognize the volunteers who accomplish extraordinary things through service to help their communities, fellow citizens, and the great state of Iowa,” said Gov. Branstad. “These dedicated volunteers lead by example—not only encouraging the people they help, but motivating others to serve as well. I sincerely thank them all for their dedication and efforts.”

Sheridan said he enjoys local volunteer projects that help build a sense of community.

"I get a kick out of it (volunteering)" Sheridan said. "But I want to volunteer for something that you get to see the fruits of your labor. You get to actually watch whatever you are doing grow and develop into something for your community."

The Governor’s Volunteer Awards (GVA) program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983. What began as a small program for state government agencies, has expanded over the years and now provides all Iowa nonprofit, charitable, and government organizations with an easy way to honor their volunteers with a prestigious state-level award.

Hundreds of volunteers are recognized each year with awards in one of four categories: Individual, Group, Length of Service or Disaster Volunteer.

“The Governor and I are strong believers that our community volunteers, charitable nonprofits, and faith-based institutions are often best equipped to provide long-term solutions to the challenges we face,” said Lt. Governor Reynolds. “Some of our most promising and cost-effective solutions to literacy, disaster response, drop-out prevention, and community development are fueled by tapping into our best assets—our people and our volunteer spirit.”

Sheridan said he is proud of the effort that is being put in at McKinely Lake to make it an attractive recreational area. He also said he is impressed with the work that has been put into the endowment fund at Mayflower Heritage School.

"Partnering is the key to a successful community foundation," Sheridan said. "By working together they can accomplish things a smaller group could never handle on their own."

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