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Winfield Resident Recognized for Community Volunteer Work

Posted: Friday, October 13th, 2017 at 6:20 am
Author: KCII News - Sam McIntosh

For one Winfield resident, volunteering has always been a part of her life.

A retired farmer’s wife, Ruth Van Auken has volunteered for the Winfield food pantry, acted as secretary for the American Legion Auxiliary, and has performed janitorial duties and executed events for her local church. All of her community involvement and work with the Milestones Area Agency on Aging is what earned her a nomination for a Volunteer Iowa award. Van Auken shares how she got her start with Milestones six years ago, “My husband and I started eating there one day a week and they needed volunteers, and I’ve been one that has volunteered all my life so it wasn’t a hard decision.”

Van Auken does meal deliveries for the Milestones nutrition program in Winfield. She also helps in the kitchen and handles the clerical duties for the meal center manager when sick or on vacation. Renee Quinn from Milestones Area Agency on Aging says Van Auken is a necessary cornerstone for the Winfield community, and that people aren’t aware of what Van Auken does behind the scenes to make the community thrive. Van Auken will be receiving a Governor’s Volunteer award on October 27.