A volunteer with Elderbridge Alliance was honored in ceremonies that took place in Cedar Falls, June 21st on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Steve Kruse received the Governor's Volunteer Award for the work he does as a board member with Elderbridge Alliance.  Elderbridge CEO Shelly Sindt talked about the many contributions made by Kruse, “Steve Kruse is a founding Board member for Elderbridge Alliance, an organization dedicated to providing needed services to senior citizens, such as care coordination, errand buddy and healthcare visit companion, with all proceeds flowing back to support Elderbridge Agency on Aging.  Mr. Kruse has provided invaluable expertise and service in the start-up process, assisting with incorporation documents, marketing and providing business acumen.  Mr. Kruse has presented on the services of Elderbridge Alliance and promoted the same through several Boards and organizations on which he serves.  Elderbridge Alliance is making a difference in the lives of seniors, largely through the efforts of Mr. Kruse.”

Steve Kruse of Elderbridge Alliance and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds

The volunteer work done by Kruse doesn’t stop with Elderbridge Alliance. Steve also helps out with the Mason City Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, the Chamber Agribusiness Committee, the Board of Directors at Good Shepard Health Center and the Mason City Noon Kiwanis Club.

Elderbridge Agency on Aging was also recognized by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds with a Governor’s Volunteer Award. Elderbridge was nominated by the State of Iowa Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) for sponsoring the SHIIP program in Mason City for the past 10 years.  Trained volunteer counselors help seniors make informed decisions about their Medicare coverage options and benefits.

More than 500 awards are being presented this year during ceremonies held at several locations around the state.  It is estimated that more than 20,000 hours of service, with an economic impact of nearly $500,000, were served by this year’s honorees during the past twelve months.