Des Moines, Iowa, Jan 24, 2013 -- Bill Menner, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director in Iowa, announced that Mike Boyle has been recognized with the 2013 National Service Day Award from the USDA. Boyle received the award in a special ceremony in Washington D.C. on January 15, a day when the country celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Boyle, who works as an appraiser for USDA Rural Development’s office in Tipton, was recognized for the hundreds of volunteer hours he spends each year helping make his community better and assisting people in need.
“Mike is a tremendous example of someone who provides helping hands and performs extraordinary everyday acts of volunteerism with reliability and commitment,” Menner said.
This past year Boyle volunteered more than 1,600 hours of personal time for a variety of causes in his local community. The service projects in which he participated helped about 2,500 people and raised almost $20,000 through charitable donations.
Boyle volunteered at the Tipton/Hardacre Community Garden, where almost 15,000 pounds of produce was grown and donated to area food pantries, senior centers and others in need. He also helped at many events organized by the Lions Club, such as collection drives and food stands, and worked with the Cedar County Historical Society, Cedar County Extension Council, community soup supper and the Tipton Tour of Lights event.
“Congratulations Mike for this well-deserved recognition,” Menner added. “You are a true pillar in your community.”
This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,600 jobs, aided 2,400 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 60 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities and areas. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.
Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by calling (515) 284-4663 or by visiting the agency’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender with a variety of grant and direct and guaranteed loan programs for single and multi-family housing, community facilities, water and sewer development and business and industry programs.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $176 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
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