Jo Stumo

Tell us a little about the volunteer:A lifelong resident of Northwood, Jo is a former rural mail carrier and tax preparer. When she is not busy with her CASA work, Jo enjoys quilting and sewing, reading a book every week,and watching live theater. What motivated them to become a volunteer? When Jo was 10 years old, the local sheriff made an unexpected visit to her home. He arrived with three small children and a hope that Jo’s mother could take them in for the weekend. Continue reading →

Shanna Northup

Shanna devotes countless hours volunteering for #masoncityrocks Facebook page.  When asked what motivated her to start  volunteering, Shanna replied she was looking for good old-fashioned fun!  Shanna began volunteering this summer. Shanna and her kids started painting rocks to hide around town in hopes of initiating a movement to spread happiness.  She encourages those who find the rocks to keep them or hide for others to find.  Shanna incorporated a way to get families out and active in our parks.  Finding/hiding painted rocks is fun Continue reading →

United Way of North Central Iowa to host their 2016 Campaign Kick-off

Please join United Way of North Central Iowa for their signature event: their 2016 Campaign Kick-off. The event will be held on the East Lawn of First Citizens Bank in Mason City from 5-7 PM. Come and enjoy some water or an adult beverage while you socialize with other members of the community interested in learning more about United Way of North Central Iowa and what they do! You’ll be able to chat with representatives from Partner Agencies, visit with businesses who have fun with Continue reading →

First Citizens Bank Recognized for Volunteer Efforts

Volunteer Iowa, also known as the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, recognized First Citizens Bank in Mason City for having the highest average number of volunteer hours per employee throughout the months of April and May out of the medium-sized worksites participating this year. This recognition was a result of First Citizens’ participation in Volunteer Iowa’s ‘Give Back Iowa Challenge’ that encourages employees across Iowa to volunteer and log their hours as part of an eight-week challenge. We are extremely proud to have such an engaged Continue reading →

Community-wide Volunteer Recognition Event Held

The first annual Mason City Community Volunteer Appreciation luncheon was held at the Music Man Square on April 14, 2016. Over 75 community volunteers were present on behalf of the City’s Volunteer Service Department, Blue Zones Project® – Mason City, Mason City Youth Task Force, the Mason City Family YMCA, the Music Man Square and other community organizations. This new event was hosted by the Mason City Volunteer Center as a part of their work to strengthen volunteerism in the community, and continues the City’s Continue reading →

Ozzie Ohl

Ozzie Ohl has a desire to give back and share his time, talents, and treasures to benefit others in the community and this area. After retiring from work at the Globe Gazette for many years, he started looking for projects in the community that needs his help and would ultimately benefit many of our community members. Ozzie became a true community volunteer – he became involved in many projects that have been beneficial to our community. He volunteered to help Mason City become a Blue Continue reading →

VFW Post 733 Honor Guard

An honor guard, or ceremonial guard, is a ceremonial unit, usually military in nature and composed of volunteers. A primary role for honor guards in the United States and some other countries is to provide funeral honors for fallen comrades and to guard national monuments. An honor guard may also serve as the “guardians of the colors” by displaying and escorting the national flag on ceremonial occasions at official state functions. Finally, honor guards usually provide detachments for review by visiting heads of state. Honor Continue reading →

Mary Lou Wyborny

Mary Lou Wyborny is a supervisor with the Mason City Recreation Dept. before and after school program. Her split shift work day leaves the middle of the day open for her to volunteer with the Mason City Youth Task Force. She has volunteered as a mentor for more than four years and has helped with other projects for more than three years. She has volunteered well over 100 hours in the past year. Mary Lou wants to make a difference for kids and families in our Continue reading →