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Sven receiving an award from Great Western Bank

Local Hero: Sven Peterson

Sven, city manager in a town of 8,000, ensured his community was prepared for the pandemic and spearheaded collaboration between private and public sectors.

Michaela received an award from Great Western Bank

Local Hero: Michaela Gasca

Michaela helped a local homeless shelter experiencing staff shortages. She also helped design and coordinate a housing program for individuals under investigation for COVID-19 and COVID positive persons needing a safe and secure setting to follow social isolation and distancing guidelines.

Jesse received a reward from Great Western Bank

Local Hero: Jesse Rocha

Jesse runs the St. Mary’s Food Kitchen. It normally fed 300 per month. Since the beginning of the pandemic that number has increased to 700 and above.

Hannah received an award from Great Western Bank

Local Hero: Hannah Holguin

Hannah saw the need that her students were having and created a clothing closest out of her math classroom which evolved into food pantry for her students and their families.

Cassandra received an award from Great Western Bank

Local Hero: Cassandra Leow

Cassandra volunteered her time to give free therapy for anyone who is in need during these uncertain times.

Amner received an award from Great Western Bank

Local Hero: Amner Martinez

Amner was one of the leaders of a radiothon, fundraising initiative that raised tens of thousands of dollars to be distributed to immigrants and small businesses through non-profits in Des Moines, Iowa.

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