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It's what makes Marshalltown special

March 21, 2014 - Brett Van Waus
Last Friday I witnessed people I talk to almost everyday, very important people, dancing in crazy costumes to outrageous music in front of hundreds of people.

Why? To support the 13th Street renovations.

The Impala Ballroom was filled with 600 people who also supported the cause. Nearly $40,000 was raised that night.

Dancing Feet for 13th Street was only one example of how donors and volunteers make Marshalltown the special place it is.

Monday I wrote about the Salvation Army layoffs. Even though the Salvation Army was $20,000 shy of reaching its Kettle goal last winter, Major Ben Stillwell, of the Salvation Army, told me that there was a record number of gifts and kind donations from the community that season.

Tuesday I was one of 37 people who spent three hours of their evening learning about the Marshalltown Police Department at the Citizen Police Academy. After a 10-week course, these people, and myself, are eligible to volunteer for the police department. Judging by their interest in the first class, they and myself, probably will.

Wednesday while most people were sitting at a desk, I rode in a decked-out Humvee with two Marshalltown Police Officers. They spent their early afternoon delivering meals to senior citizens so they can have proper nutrition and someone to visit with. Before that I saw Raji, a MPD K9, find hidden drugs to get his drug certification. Raji was funded but donors from the community who wanted to make Marshalltown a safe place.

Thursday I wrote about disc golfers. Terry Gray, Marshalltown Parks and Recreation director, told me the city did not fund the Riverview disc golf course at all. I visited with an avid disc golfer, who was my same age, that said he helps keeps the course’s maintenance up.

And Friday I wrote about Marshall County Emergency Management. Kim Elder, Marshall County Emergency Management director, said in times of disaster, she relies strongly on volunteers such as the CERT team, firefighters and office helpers.

These volunteer/donors are only from a week and March isn't designated volunteer/donor month. There are so many committees and boards that make Marshalltown more than just another town. I could write about more of them honestly.

Thank you to all the volunteers and donors. You make Marshalltown a special place.



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