The greater Yankton community is fortunate to have many individuals who demonstrate the true spirit of giving through their dedicated service to others. Boys & Girls Club of Yankton Advisory Council Members are great examples, working hard to ensure all children have a safe, positive place to go before and after school. Mike Marlow, Advisory Council President, was recently recognized for his passion and dedication to make life better for all youth through United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton’s Volunteer of the Month Award.
“Mike believes all youth should have hope and opportunity and he is willing to work and sacrifice for that to happen in his community,” states Tara Mills, with the Boys & Girls Club, who nominated Marlow for the award. “He has so many talents and has a passion that would inspire others.”
We asked Mike to share more about his volunteer efforts throughout the community:
I have lived in Yankton for 27 years.
I began volunteering in Yankton immediately after I started practicing here.
I continue to volunteer because there are many needs in the community and it is important to continue to give back. Yankton has been very good to me and my family and I enjoy giving back to this community.
Most of my volunteer work is with the Boys & Girls Club. I serve on the corporate board that directs the clubs in Brookings, Moody County, and Yankton. I am also the president of the local advisory board that runs the Yankton club. I also provide free legal services for the Boys & Girls Club and several other non-profit groups in Yankton. I also had the privilege of serving on the United Way board for 6 years, including serving as president.
I typically volunteer at least 100 hours per year.
Volunteer work is enjoyable because I get to see all of the results in my community.
My best volunteer experience was seeing all of the kids come streaming into the new Boys & Girls Club at the grand opening.
The best advice I could give to someone thinking about volunteering is to quit thinking about it and just do it! Everyone has unique abilities and there are many opportunities to make Yankton a better place.
For more information on local volunteer opportunities or to nominate a Volunteer of the Month, visit www.yanktonunitedway.org/volunteer or call United Way of Greater Yankton at (605) 665-6766.