Volunteer fair highlights contributions to those who give so much to our community each year

Published 9:20 am Friday, May 21, 2010

The CLOVE Volunteer Fair highlighted National Volunteer Week in Freeborn County on April 22 with a celebration of the thousands who contribute many thousands of hours each year to benefit our lives. The value of our volunteers is priceless and yet some estimates set it at $20.85 per hour. This volunteering is a win-win for everyone as it enriches our lives and keeps us all moving forward.

Thanks to the merchants and businesses who honored volunteers by offering discounts and special gifts: Classic Reflections, Herberger’s, Freeborn County Historical Museum, Doyle’s Hallmark, Addie’s Floral and Gifts, Nelson’s, K&K Bakery, Celebrations, Stadheim Jewelers, Fountain Lake Bookstore, Lakeside Café and Creamery, Ben’s Floral and Frame Design, Accents in Alden, Main Street Grill in Alden, Etcetera Tanning/Clothing, Fountain of Memories, South Central Veterinary, Hometown Snacks and Sweets in Alden, Godfather’s Pizza, Hy Vee, Cup of Faith Book Store, Trumble’s and door prizes donors: Alden Shoe and Clothing, KATE/KCPI, Home Depot, Studio 22 Salon, Freeborn County Historical Society, and Conger Catering.

Entertainment was volunteered by The Good Time Band and Goskeson & Company. Thanks for setting the tone for a fun afternoon. Special thanks to Northbridge Mall staff and Kari Fjeldberg. We greatly appreciate the photos and coverage by the Albert Lea Tribune and reporter Kelli Lageson.

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CLOVE, the Council of Local Organizations for Volunteer Effectiveness, organizations assisting with this event included Community Mentor Connection, Albert Lea Public Library, St. John’s Lutheran Home, Senior Resources Ride Services, RSVP and Family Caregivers, Freeborn County Historical Society, and SEMCAC Senior Nutrition.

Pat Stumme

on behalf of CLOVE