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Making a Difference: Missy Denning


WATERLOO (KWWL)-- Each day, volunteers commit their time to helping others. Each month KWWL is showing volunteers who make a difference. The Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley has lots of opportunities to help in the community.

Missy Denning is just one of those volunteers. She spends her time helping students and really is making a difference.

Through the Waterloo School District's Teammates program, Denning and Washington Irving Elementary student, Shelby, meet once a week to work on homework, but both say its just nice to hang out too.

"We work on math, we color, and we play games," said Shelby.

Denning says she has always volunteered. In college she was a big sister for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and that volunteerism has carried over to her marriage.

"My husband and I have done everything from coach soccer, to go on field trips, to working in the classrooms. Now that our kids are in high school and college we are still finding ways to get involved," said Denning.

Being involved has come full circle with her family as Denning has influenced her daughter to give back as well.

"My last student I mentored I had she is now a junior in high school and she mentored my daughter at band camp when my daughter entered in as a freshman. So its like full circle. It's really neat," Denning said.

"The Waterloo and Cedar Falls Community School District have numerous exceptional volunteers that go into the classrooms and provide assistance to teachers or as mentors for young adults that are here in our community," said Lauren Finke, Executive Director of the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley.

Through the Teammates program, Denning hopes to stay with Shelby to high school.

Here are just a few places that need volunteers...

-Strayer-Wood Theatre needs volunteers to usher one or more performances of "On the Verge." Performance dates include March 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30 p.m. & February 27 and March 6 at 2:00 p.m. in the Bertha Martin Theatre, located in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the UNI Campus. Volunteers age 16 and over are welcome.

-The Hawkeye Chapter of the American Red Cross will be holding CPR Sunday on March 6 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. CPR Sunday is a day for community members to take CPR, First Aid, and AED classes at reduced rates. Volunteer instructors are needed to make this event happen. Volunteers age 16 and over are welcome.

-The annual Maple Syrup Festival for Hartman Reserve Nature Center is March 5 and 6. Volunteers are needed in the kitchen, clearing tables, assisting with 'Chris Cakes', sap collection, ticket sales, parking and helping with the bake sale. Saturday and Sunday shifts include: 6:30 - 10:15 a.m. and 10:00 - 2:00 p.m. Volunteers age 16 and over are welcome.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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