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SYSK: Governor's Volunteer Awards recipient Nancy Witt

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Governor Terry Branstad made a stop in Waterloo to hand out this year's Governor's Volunteer Awards. One of many recipients was Nancy Witt of Reinbeck.

"I'm very honored. I certainly didn't expect to get an award for volunteering. Lots of people volunteer for lots of different and good causes," said Nancy Witt.

Witt volunteered right after college to get work experience but stuck with it.

"Society couldn't function if you didn't have volunteers," she said.

She estimates she's volunteered for about ten different organizations or commissions, usually two or three at a time.

Right now, she volunteers for the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and the 1B Judicial Nominating Commission.

"I think it's a great way to learn about new stuff. I didn't know a lot about civil rights before I started serving on the civil rights commission. So it's an opportunity to meet new people and learn new things," said Witt.

She typically works from her home in Reinbeck, writing press releases and making phone calls.

Nancy Witt was nominated for the Governor's Volunteer Awards by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service.

Someone with the commission heard Nancy give a speech about volunteering with disabilities.

"People with disabilities are often overlooked as volunteers, but they often have time and there's a lot of need out there," said Witt.

Nancy said she may not be able to go in a ditch and pick up trash, but she can work on the computer. She encourages everyone to find a way to give back that works for them.

"I just want to encourage anybody who can volunteer to volunteer in anyway that you can because it's needed," she said.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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