50 Faces of Volunteers – Craig Clark

Nominated by Kelli Gerdes, Cerro Gordo County Public Health in Mason City


Tell us a little about the volunteer: Craig Clark has been involved in the community in multiple ways over the years, and has a real passion for bicycling. He recently told me that the moment you stop “doing” you stop growing, and that is his motivation for volunteering. He also loves the opportunity to introduce the younger generations to healthy lifestyles (running, swimming, biking) so he volunteers for many community events supporting healthy behaviors.

What is the primary (one or two) organization(s) they serve? Mason City Blue Zones Project; Mason City Youth Bike Safety Partnership

How long have they volunteered with this/these organization(s)? 3 years+

Why does this volunteer deserve to be recognized with a 50 Faces of Volunteers spotlight? Craig has been a constant help to the community when it comes to lending a helping hand a minute’s notice. While I had noticed Craig at several community events over the years, it wasn’t until local partners initiated a local Youth Bike Safety Rodeo, that I had the opportunity to meet him and see truly how generous he is with his time and talents in volunteering. Over the last three years, Craig can be counted on to take charge and lead the mapping of our Bike Rodeo skills course. This year, Craig was also provided his expertise in bicycle maintenance as he graciously spent an afternoon helping assemble bicycles for Mason City youth, fine-tuning the tires, brakes, and chains. While working with him that afternoon, he was truly an inspiration to myself and the other volunteers. While many residents view retirement as a time to wind down and reduce their work loads, Craig exemplifies that keeping busy, giving back and passing on knowledge to the younger generations keeps the body and brain healthy and growing. May all who come in contact with Craig through his many volunteer efforts come away with the same fortitude to give back to their communities and stay active as I did from my time with him.

Tell us about a great volunteer! We would love to recognize them as one of our “50 Faces of Volunteers.” Volunteer Iowa selects one nomination to feature every other Wednesday. 

Nominating is easy! You’ll submit a short paragraph or two about the volunteer(s) and their experience. The who/what/where/when (or for how long) and, most importantly, the why of their volunteer cause. We have provided some questions to prompt responses. It’s also strong requested that you submit a photo with your nomination. This is a great opportunity to help showcase a dedicated volunteer or volunteer group in your community! 

Ready to submit a spotlight? Access the online form here

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