Youth and Shelter Services of Marshall County took some time to honor those who have helped the agency in the past at a holiday open house Wednesday.
Among those honored by the agency was Cyndi Barber and the Noon Optimist Club, receiving a volunteer and leadership award.
"Not only has the club provided significant support over the years to our annual Friend's campaign, Cindy has been a catalyst for funding specific projects here at YSS," said David Hicks, director of YSS. "There have been several needs that the club has filled on behalf of our clients and participants."
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Floyd Harthun, chair of the advisory board of Youth and Shelter Services of Marshall County, presents Cyndi Barber, of the Noon Optimists, with a YSS volunteer service award. The presentation was held during a holiday open house at the YSS office in Marshalltown Wednesday.
Barber said it's the worldwide goal of the Optimists to focus efforts on helping the youth.
"Everything we do is for the youth," Barber said.
Since YSS helps out with youth who are in need of help, the Optimists feel it's worthy of support, along with many other community efforts.
"We think what they are doing (at YSS) is important," Barber said.
Also honored Wednesday for philanthropy was Tama Mayor Dan Zimmerman and his wife Sherrie. Independent Insurance Services was recognized for being a 10-year sponsor of the annual Cycling for YSS fundraiser. YSS employees Pat Kremer and Shanda Peshel were honored with a five-year service award at the event and Chris Vaughn was honored for her retirement after working for 14 years at YSS.
The event also kicked off the Friend's of YSS fundraising campaign for the agency.