Dorothy N.


Dorothy Nemecek

2014 Winner

Cedar Rapids, IA
Nominated by Sherry Peterson

Volunteered for:

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 788

Length of Service:

50 hours per month for 25 years

Volunteered for:

Saint Ludmila's Church

Length of Service:

20 hours per month for 15 years

February 13, 2014

Dorothy Nemecek epitomizes the word volunteer. She has been working tirelessly for decades to support the needs of Veterans, members of her church and those citizens in need.
She has been a proud member of the VFW for over 50 years. Dorothy shows up to work for Sunday Brunches at 7am leaving at 2pm. First one in the door last one out. Repeating this same selfless service at nearly every function at the VFW. This list of events is rather lengthy! It includes hamburger dinners, soup suppers, fish fries, bingo events, and the associated planning meetings that makes it all happen. She is making the food, washing the dishes, and cleaning the tables. There is no job that Dorothy will not tackle in order to be sure things are taken care of!
Dorothy also is a regular volunteer for her church. She has been a steadfast baker for their Kolache Festival for years. Showing up at 4am, working into the afternoon to be sure all orders are fulfilled.
At both the VFW & St Ludmil's Dorothy provides dishes for funeral dinners and, of course, is working the kitchen. Dorothy believes that is the least she can do to take one burden off a grieving family.
Dorothy's indomitable faith and spirit was tested during 'The Great Flood of 2008'. Her home and all belongs were lost. Her home had flood water just inches from the ceiling on the first floor. Despite what was emotionally crippling to many, Dorothy kept her head up, continued to volunteer because as she told me, she may have lost her home, but she didn't lose her heart.
We should all aspire to have her stamina, determination to help others and carry it off with the quiet humility typical of those who represent what true charity means. One act of determination that few can match occurred two years ago, Dorothy fell down two outdoor steps, landing face first on the concrete. Dorothy picked herself up and went on to meet her commitment to sell Buddy Poppies, as a fundraiser for the VFW at the neighborhood grocery with a broken jaw because she 'told people (she) would be there'. Later she went to the hospital to have surgery on her jaw.
This quiet, unassuming lady represents a standard of charity and dedication that only a select few have ever achieved. These traits are what we seen in those we call heroes throughout history. Dorothy is the type of person who will never seek recognition but deserves it nonetheless.

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Prize Description

The National Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $5,000 donation, courtesy of Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise network. Each Local Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $500 donation. All Winners will receive a certificate and a spot in the Contest’s “Wall of Fame” here on in recognition of their outstanding service.

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