Gloria Sietmann hasn't earned a dime from the thousands of hours she has volunteered through the years at the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA.
But she has earned a great deal of respect.
Sietmann volunteers two days a week at the Y welcome desk greeting members heading into the facility. Her positive attitude and people skills have been noticed by guests and staff for the past 13 years, dating back to the former Y facility.
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Gloria Sietmann has volunteered at the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA for the past 13 years. Her smile and positive attitude has been noticed by staff and guests.
"Gloria is extremely kindhearted and welcomes everyone that walks through our doors," said Nicki Reynolds, member service director at the Y. "She calls people by name, makes great conversation and makes all of our members feel at home. She has been an absolute joy to have as part of the Y team."
Sietmann started volunteering after retiring from Fisher Controls in 1999, since she was looking for something to do with her free time. Her duties include swiping cards of members, folding towels and helping with other projects, such as folding brochures or preparing mailings.
She said interacting with the staff and guests at the Y is the best part of the volunteer work.
"I really enjoy it because I get to see a lot of people and meet people that I wouldn't meet otherwise," she said.
She also believes in what the Y does for the community in helping people stay active and healthy.
"I think they perform a wonderful service for the community," Sietmann said. "There are so many nice programs for all ages. It's a great facility run by really great people."
Mike Peschong, of Marshalltown, has been a regular Y member for years and has always appreciated the greeting he receives from Sietmann.
"She always has a smile and is very helpful," Peschong said.