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Making a Difference: Pat Harper


It's not the easiest job, e-filing of taxes and mediation, but Pat Harper wants to do it for free.

"You have to be trained every year. You have to be very, very careful because you are of course advising people a bit of their income tax and everything that has to do with their finances," said Harper.

This retired math teacher has been volunteering since 1992. She volunteers with RSVP, Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Through the program she admits she stays busy not only helping people with their taxes, but also with mediation.

Although the task may sound daunting she knows how important volunteering her time is.

"You can have a lot of contact with people through your computer and television and phone, but its not the same going out face to face and helping people and meeting people everyday which I think everyone needs to do to be healthy."

Harpers volunteering isn't going unnoticed, influencing others to do the same in their everyday lives.

"She is just a wonderful role model. When she says she does it because it's a situation of life long learning I believe that," said Jean Seeland, youth volunteer coordinator.

This year Pat Harper was a recipient of a Mayors' Volunteer Award. This was the 33rd annual for this awards program which is presented by the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley.

There are a lot of opportunities to volunteer in the Cedar Valley.  Here are just a few from the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley:

  • Participate in the Panther Pick-up by interacting with students while they move out of the residence halls. Encourage them to contribute usable items to charitable organizations. Help them get their items loaded into the trucks. Volunteer May 4th: 1 - 4 p.m.; May 5th: 1 - 4 p.m.; May 6th: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Volunteers age 18 and over are welcome.


  • North Star Community Services needs individuals to assist with the Inclusive Community Theatrical Performance from May 4 – 11 between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Opportunities include assisting with make-up, costumes, serving as stage hands and tear down. Volunteers with enclosed trailers are also needed to haul sets, props and costumes to the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Volunteers age 18 and over are welcome.


  • The Grout Museum District needs volunteers to assist with activities to help Junior Girl Scouts earn their badges from 9:00 a.m. – noon on May 7. Volunteers age 18 and over are welcome.


  • The Family and Children's Council is holding a training for new Parent to Parent volunteers on Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Suite 409 at Family & Children's Council. Please pre-register by Monday, May 16. Volunteers age 18 and over are welcome.

For more information call 319-272-2087 or visit

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