Lisa Farley of Monticello received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Terry E. Branstad, during a special recognition ceremony held June 28 in Cedar Rapids.

Lisa was honored for her two decades of service with Helping Services’ Youth Mentoring Program. Lisa is the founder of the agency’s youth mentoring program. She has also served as the secretary/historian of the founding committee and became one of its first ten mentors. Lisa has served as a mentor in Winneshiek and Delaware Counties for 5 youth over her 20 years of service.

Her mentee of nearly five years shared, “Lisa is patient, creative, and easy to talk to. Our favorite things we enjoy doing together are painting and going to the library. She is deserving of this honor because she is a special person in my life.”

Coordinated by Volunteer Iowa, the Governor’s Volunteer Award program provides an easy way for Iowa nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities to honor their volunteers with a prestigious, state-level award. Hundreds of volunteers are recognized each spring during ceremonies held at several locations around the state. 

“I am pleased to honor those who have given the precious gift of their time to meet essential needs across Iowa,” stated Governor Terry E. Branstad. “The commitment of these volunteers—and all volunteers—helps Iowa consistently remain in the top 10 states in the nation for its volunteerism rate.”

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