Lois Kitsch: Changing lives in Afghanistan

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I had the privilege of sitting down with my co-worker Lois Kitsch, the National Program Director at the Foundation, to talk about her experiences in Afghanistan for International Credit Union (ICU) Day.  ICU Day was established to help people reflect upon the credit union movement’s history and to promote its achievements. It is a day to honor those who have dedicated their lives to the movement, recognize the hard work of those working in the credit union industry, and show members our appreciation.Lois Kitsch started out as a drive-up teller in North Dakota in 1980, and through her passion for credit unions has earned the nickname the “Mother Theresa” of the credit union movement.  She has won numerous awards including the Herb Wegner Award (twice), and most recently the Athena Leadership Award from the World Council’s Global Women’s Leadership Network.For those of you that know Lois, you know she has quite the extensive list of countries across the globe she has visited during her lifetime (about 40).  From the Philippines, to Kenya to Macedonia; Lois has done tremendous work to aid the development of credit unions and organizations worldwide.  Since this day is all about recognizing dedication and hard work for the movement, it’s the perfect time to reflect on her experiences.Between 2003 and 2004, Lois was in Afghanistan – in the midst of the war.  Here are some of thoughts and perspectives about this time in her life: continue reading »last_img read more

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United Way of North Central Iowa announces second round of pandemic funding to nonprofits

first_imgUnited Way of North Central Iowa CEO Jen Arends says as the pandemic continues to evolve, the second round of funding reflects the need to move towards rebuilding in our nonprofit networks. MASON CITY — The United Way of North Central Iowa has announced their second round of funding to help local nonprofit organizations struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. 12 organizations were chosen to be awarded money from the United Way’s COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund by a committee of United Way, public health, emergency management and nonprofit representatives. The recipients include:$3999 to One Vision for increased sanitation needs$3446 to Mosaic in Northern Iowa for increased sanitation needs$3000 to the Food Bank of Iowa for emergency food assistance$3000 to Charlie Brown Preschool & Child Care for summer activities for children$2500 to 43 North Iowa for increased sanitation needs$2000 to YSS Francis Lauer for increased sanitation needs$1500 to Crisis Intervention Service for client assistance and technology for remote work$1500 to Habitat for Humanity of North Central Iowa for increased sanitation needs$1000 to North Iowa Court Appointed Special Advocate Program for technology to provide remote visits with children in need of assistance$1000 to Lake Mills Community Preschool & Daycare for increased sanitation needs$750 to Kossuth County Child Assistance Resource Education Team for client assistance$500 to Greater Iowa Youth For Christ for increased sanitation needslast_img read more

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