Faith in Action thanks volunteers

Faith in Action Board of Directors from L to R are Craig Wadzink of Hackensack, Ellen Leger of Outing, Caryl Allen of Pine River, Mike Bohanon of Backus, Dee Oliver of Walker, Dennis Abbott of Hackensack and Don Hoppe of Hackensack. Submitted photo
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Volunteers with Faith in Action for Cass County recently gathered for the annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner to highlight the importance of volunteers helping others in their communities.

The event, held at the Northern Lights Event Center in Walker, included a northern feast buffet, door prize drawings, thanks from the Faith in Action board of directors, a gasoline gift card and recognition of the many ways volunteers have helped others over the past year.

Faith in Action Executive Director Theresa Eclov described the achievements of many volunteers over the past year. This summer Faith in Action volunteer drivers surpassed the “one-million-mile” mark in getting their neighbors to places they need to go since 2001.

Faith in Action Volunteers in the past year provided almost 7,000 hours and drove more than 130,000 miles in service to people in need in Cass County. Volunteers responded to an average of 230 requests per month.

Hours, miles and requests are up more than 20% from the year before and the requests seem to increase every month. The people Faith in Action volunteers served ranged in age from newborn to 102, and 71% of the people served were age 60+, although service is provided to people of all ages and there are no income guidelines. Community volunteers provide service based on need.


Faith in Action for Cass County is a local charitable organization that connects community volunteers who provide transportation, visiting, respite, homemaking and chore services, deliver meals on wheels, and build accessibility ramps. Faith in Action volunteers choose when and how they are able to share their time and talents.

New volunteer trainings are held each month.

For more information on Faith in Action services and volunteer opportunities, call 218-675-5435 or visit

Faith in Action Volunteers enjoy an Appreciation Dinner at the Northern Lights. Pictures at the front table from L to R are Don Bruemmer and Mary Bruemmer (partially hidden) of Backus, Jim Allen and Caryl Allen of Pine River, Mary Jane Rippel of Backus, Carol Bennett of Backus, and Mary Krecklau (partially hidden) and Randy Krecklau of Pine River. Submitted photo

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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