by Danielle Wagner
WATERLOO (KWWL) Geoffrey Grimes is driving a van full of donations to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. But he didn't know ahead of time he'd be making this stop.
It's Grimes' last day at Structure Architects in Waterloo. His co-workers surprised him by cramming his Chrysler.
Grimes is described as a champion for the food bank..
"He's worked through our building project up to date, he's a strong supporter of what we do, and we couldn't have grown into what we are today without his support," said food bank executive director Barb Prather.
Grimes used to serve on the food bank board.
"There was a lot of thought in the early years the need for the food bank would eventually go away, and we know that's not happened. I don't think it probably ever will. Always be people who need help," said Geof Grimes.
"It's really our face in the community when a community member is on our board because they're really the champions for what the food bank is all about and Geof has been a true champion of the food bank and helping people," said Barb Prather.
Grimes unloaded all the donations, and then he returned to the office for his last few hours of work.
He began at Structure Architects in 1969. Truthfully, he said he never planned to stay in this area but then got involved in the community.
"First thing I did when I moved to town was got involved with the Waterloo Community Playhouse. In fact, I met my wife through the playhouse. Also Silos and Smokestacks is important to me. The United Way has always been strong," he said.
Even though he's retired from Structure Architects, Grimes isn't giving up his community service.
"Everyone should get involved," said Grimes.
For more than 40 years, Geof Grimes has worked as a quiet leader making the Cedar Valley a better place to call home.
"I think it's a great community, so why not make it even better if you can," he said.
"He lifts people up. He lifts the community up, but he does it in a quiet way and he doesn't usually want a lot of recognition and we need people in the community like that," said Barb Prather.
Reporter: Danielle Wagner