Volunteer honored for her commitment to children and families in Minneapolis
Sandy Munson has been volunteering as an
Ambassador for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS of MN) for six years,
but her connection to the organization as a volunteer extends back to 1970. In her role as
Ambassador, Sandy learned about organizational impact and found innovative ways to connect her congregation, Lord of Life
Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, to LSS’ work in community.
is the 2016 recipient of the Heritage Quilt Award. This award, a handmade quilt
purchased by members of the Executive Leadership team, recognizes the
outstanding efforts of LSS of MN volunteers who share their time and unique
talents to deepen mission impact and build stronger community.
retiring from a beloved career in teaching, Sandy has found a new love in working
with LSS Housing Services. In partnership with her congregation, she started the annual Children's Clothing Store to help families find
access to winter coats, clothing, school uniforms and resources to assist them
in working toward stability. Under Sandy’s
leadership, the impact of the Children’s Clothing Store has grown tremendously.
Last year,150 families and 500 children were able to bring home new clothes and
humbled to be selected for this award. It is wonderful to be recognized, but I
know there are so many people who have participated in these projects,” Sandy
said. “Our church, Lord of Life Lutheran in Maple Grove, is very active
throughout the community, doing good works and reaching out to others. I gladly
share this honor with the many church members who have participated in our volunteer
projects on behalf of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.”
Sandy continued her efforts to build
safer, more stable neighborhoods by helping to secure a $15,000 grant from her
congregation. The award made it possible to build a wrought iron fence across
from LSS’ Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis. The fence has much more
than aesthetic value, as it creates a safe, welcoming play area for children of
families staying at the Center.
“Sandy works with unbelievable dedication
and compassion to make certain that families have what they need to stay safe
and healthy,” said Thomas Mueller,
community engagement specialist for LSS of MN. “She is a wonderful
volunteer who constantly keeps the needs and interests of people we serve in
mind. It is a privilege to recognize her many contributions with this award.”
Sandy received special recognition and her
award during a ceremony at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove on
September 11, 2016.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota began in 1865 when a
Lutheran pastor and his congregation opened an orphanage for children near Red
Wing. Today, with 2,300 employees and 8,000 volunteers, Lutheran Social Service
helps one in 65 Minnesotans each year live and work in a community with safety,
dignity, and hope. Through a wide range of services, the organization seeks to
provide safety and supportive homes for children, counseling to restore health
and wellness in families, community living for people with disabilities, and
options that help seniors experience independence and abundant aging. For
comprehensive information about the work of Lutheran Social Service of
Minnesota, please visit www.lssmn.org.