MANKATO - Opal Dewanz of New Ulm received the Roger J. Wolfe Achievement Award for her lifetime of volunteer activities at Minnesota Valley Action Council's annual meeting Monday.
The award is presented annually in honor of the late Roger Wolfe, a 22-year member of MVAC's board of directors who was tireless in his commitment to improving the lives of others through volunteer activities.
Dewanz is an active volunteer for TRIAD, C.A.S.T., Meals on Wheels, the Food Shelf, the Clothing Depot, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the Chamber of Commerce, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, NUACT, the Brown County Historical Society, and the Brown County Adopt-A-Family Holiday Project.
"Opal Dewanz is a very special person with so much to give for the benefit of others. Her love and concern radiates wherever she goes," wrote Bob Apitz, support services/transit coordinator for Brown County Family Services, where Opal contributes more than 150 hours a year while coordinating the Adopt-A-Family project. "She has reached out in so many purposeful ways for the good of her community, asking for nothing in return. She's a wonderful, wonderful human being that has and continues to share so much."
Minnesota Valley Action Council is south central Minnesota's primary poverty-fighting organization, helping low-income families in nine counties work toward and achieve self-sufficiency.