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July 19, 2006

Theresa Legg Wins Award

From: CSD - Jul 19, 2006

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Release Date: July 19, 2006
Contact: Rick Norris
CSD Communications Office

Theresa Legg Recognized for Outstanding Volunteerism

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Theresa Legg, CSD of Iowa community living and employment specialist, was among more than 200 eastern Iowans selected to receive one of Iowa’s 2006 Governor Volunteer Awards. She was honored for her volunteer work with the Iowa Nonprofit Resources Center and accepted the award from First Lady Christie Vilsack on June 14 at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa.

“(Legg is) a shining example of how CSD staff place a premium on giving back to the community,” said Benjamin Soukup, CSD chief executive officer. “We are fortunate to have (her) as a representative of our organization and a role model to the community.”

The award program was established in 1982 by the Governor’s Office for Volunteerism to honor and recognize the commitment, service and time that hundreds of volunteers contribute each year to Iowa’s state agencies and partnering organizations.

Historically, only state government agencies and their affiliates were eligible to nominate their volunteers, and honorees could receive a Governor’s Volunteer Award only once in a lifetime. In recent years, the program has been expanded so that city government agencies and Iowa nonprofit organizations may also honor their exceptional volunteers in one of three categories: individual, group or length of service.

Award recipient criteria include an individual or group who has:
- demonstrated exceptional commitment to volunteerism by helping a state or city agency or nonprofit organization with a special project or ongoing activities;
- demonstrated exemplary leadership, creativity, cooperation and hard work in their service to others; and/or
- made an outstanding contribution to state or community through volunteer service, recognizing that volunteer commitment enhances financial commitment and creates better communities.

“Iowans who commit to service contribute significantly to our quality of life,” said Gov. Thomas J. Vilsack. “They provide countless opportunities for those wanting good-paying jobs, they provide health security for our most vulnerable, and they help uphold Iowa’s responsibility of making sure that children grow up with a solid educational background. I want to thank each and every recipient of this year’s Governor’s Volunteer Awards for the selfless work they have contributed to the state. Truly, volunteers help provide a sense of community that makes Iowa the best place to live, work and raise a family.”

About the Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award – The Governor’s Volunteer Award Program is coordinated by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and the Governor’s Office. For more information, visit or call (515) 242-4764.

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