Award recipients have touched the lives of many South Dakotans through their partnership with LSS. Mike Nold of Sioux Falls was recognized as the 2013 LSS Distinguished Volunteer of the Year. His dedication and commitment to LSS began thirteen years ago as a volunteer mentor. Since that time, Nold has mentored three children and has mentored at elementary, middle school and high school levels. Nold also has recruited many individuals as volunteer mentors through presentations in his workplace and church communities.
He currently serves on the LSS Mentoring Services Advisory Committee and as an LSS Mentoring Business Ambassador. “We appreciate his dedication and hard work on behalf of LSS,” says LSS President Betty Oldenkamp, “but more importantly, Mike’s commitment and compassion has helped countless kids in the community. He is truly invested in making a difference.” Nold, and each person he has recruited as a volunteer mentor, have helped students get better grades, miss fewer days at school and stay out of trouble.
LSS Mentoring Services is able to serve the number of children it has because of Nold. He has been a significant and reliable source of financial support for LSS Mentoring Services. Each year, Mike nominates and advocates for LSS Mentoring Services within Wells Fargo for volunteerism awards that carry a cash prize. This has routinely resulted in a gift of $1,000 each year. This year, however, Mike was able to gift LSS an award of $5,000 for Mentoring Services through Wells Fargo.