‘Leading by Example from the Heart’ – Twila Rosenow
Twila Rosenow was honored by Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation as a Spirit of Giving awardee. Twila retired from the Grinnell-Newburg School District 17-years-ago after many years serving English language learners. Her dedication to providing students a welcoming environment and needed support inspired many of her students to earn college degrees, and she committed her time and resources to helping refugee families make Grinnell their home. She was nominated for “leading by example from the heart.”
Living Out their Values – Liz and Dan Rodrigues
Liz and Dan Rodrigues of Grinnell were honored by Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation in October for their Spirit of Giving. Liz and Dan generously give of their time and expertise to numerous boards, organizations, and their faith community. They balance a busy life with three young children with their commitment to living out their values through leadership and service to their community, and they accomplish all this with patience, humility, and humor.
Magical Wonderland – Jennifer and Kevin Alexander
GPCF recognized Jennifer and Kevin Alexander for their generous Spirit of Giving that benefits the entire community. For several years, Jennifer and Kevin have spearheaded the effort to decorate Central Park in Grinnell for the holidays. Their creative planning, attention to detail, and scrupulous shopping turn a limited budget into a magical wonderland for all visitors to the park. GPCF understands projects of this scope are not possible without the efforts of volunteers like Jennifer, Kevin, and their busy team of generous elves.
Community-Minded Service – Anika Jane Beamer
GPCF also honored 4th year Grinnell College student, Anika Jane Beamer, who has for served the Community Foundation in a service-learning capacity since 2018. She joined the Foundation as an already accomplished nonprofit leader having established a nonprofit, Blessed Birthdays, in her hometown, and has continued to build connections between her experience and advocacy on the campus, in the community, and at the Foundation. Anika Jane for being insightful, kind, caring, charismatic, and optimistic in her efforts and has enhanced much of the work accomplished at the Community Foundation in lasting ways.
Growing Community through Giving Every Day – Total Choice Printing and Shipping
GPCF honored business partner, Total Choice Printing and Shipping in Grinnell, for their generous Spirit of Giving. Through volunteer leadership on local boards such as SHE Counts, Dollars for Scholars, or Poweshiek County Alliance and by generously contributing printed materials to causes such as the effort to find Xavior Harrelson, Alicia, Cory and their entire staff grow community through giving every day. Pictured are, from left: Lori Versendaal, Cory Blankenfeld, Alicia Blankenfeld, Keegan Matt and Maggie Marrs.