By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian
---- — Jodie McCoy, of Exline, was one of four Cargill corn milling colleagues to be given a prestigious volunteer award for the September 2013 award cycle.
McCoy joins Tommy Smith, Yauching Jasinski and Aaron Snyder as the most recent recipients of the Cargill Cares Volunteer Award.
McCoy, an administrative assistant to the facility manager and 21 year employee at Cargill-Eddyville, serves the Appanoose County 4-H Foundation by volunteering to help with learning programs and serving as a mentor for older 4-H members that have social challenges in school or at home. The Appanoose County 4-H Foundation helps both children and adults achieve future life success by promoting citizenship and environmental stewardship for future generations.
McCoy has been the Exline Ramblers 4-H Club leader for seven years.
McCoy said John and Rhonda Hedgecock were instrumental in nominating, filling out and submitting the volunteer award application. She also gave credit to Shawn Tait, the leader of the Exline Ramblers 4-H Club, for providing information for the volunteer application.
“I would like to give credit to my teammate John Hedgecock for nominating me for this award,” McCoy said. “I would like to thank Cargill, Incorporated and the Cargill-Eddyville team for their support. And special thanks to Rhonda Hedgecock for putting together the application and Shawn Tait for submitting information. And last but not least the Ramblers, they rock!”
McCoy said she was just about as surprised to receive the Cargill Cares Award as she was to receive the Fair Mom award at the Appanoose County Fair.
McCoy said she is enthusiastic about 4-H and the future of our youth.
“ I am very passionate about helping kids reach their goals by developing citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills,” McCoy said. “As a leader I adhere to the 4-H motto: ‘To make the best better’ and ‘Learn to do by doing.’ I have a big heart when it comes to people of all ages, especially kids!”
Rhonda Hedgecock called McCoy an amazing sponsor for the youth of our community and a wonderful friend.
“She not only helps the youth with 4-H projects and community projects she is there for them with personal and social challenges,” Rhonda said. “Our children also take their school and social issues to her for guidance. The community is so lucky to have a mentor like Jodie.”
Smith, a corn receiving specialist at Cargill-Eddyville, volunteers for the Carl Craft Civic Center in Hedrick which provides area children a place to gather and play sports, serves as a social gathering place for local elderly and serves the entire community as a cooling center in the summer and an emergency center when the area is affected by storms.
Jasinski, a senior research scientist in Dayton, Ohio, volunteers for the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area by assisting disadvantaged households with income tax preparation and with local Dayton communities works to eliminate the causes and conditions of poverty and promote individual independence and self-sufficiency.
Snyder, a sweetener logistics manager in Minneapolis, Minn., serves the Mobile Loaves and Fishes program which provides food and clothing to promote dignity to homeless in need and empowers communities into a lifestyle of service to homeless in the community.
Cargill will donate $2,500 in the award winner’s name to each of the organizations served by McCoy, Smith, Jasinski and Snyder.