MINNEAPOLIS - 2013 marks the 29th year of recognizing outstanding local volunteers through the Eleven Who Care program. KARE 11 will share the unique and inspiring stories of eleven outstanding volunteers, recognizing a different honoree each month.
Since its inception in 1983, Eleven Who Care has introduced the community to 300+ individuals making a difference in their community. This year's group of honorees serves a wide range of organizations, each one helping to make their community a better place to live. In addition to sharing inspiring stories, this year Eleven Who Care will incorporate specific opportunities for community members to get involved in volunteer opportunities.
The individuals being recognized in 2013 are:
Andy Anderson (Plymouth, Minn.) - Volunteer tutor at Sunset Hill Elementary School. Andy makes a difference in the lives of second graders by giving them personalized tutoring in math.
Dorothy Ferrian (Minneapolis) - Sews "comfort quilts" for patients in the Intensive Care Unit at Fairview Southdale Hospital. She has made over 1,700 quilts that families treasure as a memory of their loved one.
Alec Fischer (Edina, Minn.) - Created and directed "Minnesota Nice?" a documentary about bullying in Minnesota schools. He is working to raise awareness about bullying and to help children who are bullied realize that they are not alone.
Perry Hendricks (Minneapolis) - Volunteer with the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's golf program for individuals with physical disabilities. Perry teaches golfers how to play the game using specially designed adaptive equipment.
Taryn Krumwiede (Richfield, Minn.) - Founder of Ella's Halo, a program that donates welcome bags, blankets and books to families in the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Taryn also volunteers with Faith's Lodge Family Outreach Committee to support other families who have lost a child.
Hannah Lieder (Minneapolis) - Founder of Minneapolis Swims, an organization that advocates for swimming programs to be available to children and families living in the inner city. Hannah has played a critical role in preserving the only public indoor pool in Minneapolis.
Ava McCarver (Forest Lake, Minn.) - Volunteer at the Forest Lake Birchwood Senior Facility. Ava is 8 years old and was named Birchwood's 2012 Volunteer of the Year.
Stacy & Tony Moran (Oakdale, Minn.) - Volunteers at Our Lady of Guadalupe church. The Moran's host a free weekly dinner at their church to build community interaction in the West Side neighborhood.
Erv Schmidt (Buffalo, Minn.) - Volunteer with the Buffalo Toy Shop and Let's Go Fishing with Seniors programs. Erv inspires seniors to get involved in these programs in any way that they can.
Dr. Rebecca Thomley (Golden Valley, Minn.) - Founder of Headwaters Relief Organization, a non-profit that provides disaster relief around the world. Dr. Thomley has organized groups of volunteers and has motivated her employees to volunteer with her.
Babs & Laverne Wheeler (Chaska, Minn.) - Inspire their community to support local food shelves by hosting three monthly dinners in return for food shelf donations. Dinner guests often stick around to sort donations and volunteer with the Wheelers' other efforts to support Minnesota food shelves.
Nominations for the Eleven Who Care award are submitted by community members throughout the year. The nomination form can be found online.
Eleven Who Care is presented in partnership with 3M.
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