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Community Roots: Volunteer Profiles

Community | June 26, 2019

Heather Muenkel, Jeanne Meyer, and Zach Kovash

Strengthening Communities through Volunteering and Giving

At Home Federal, we understand that the strength of a community – or its roots – is directly tied to the individuals, organizations, and businesses that make up that community. Built off the mantra of “Give Today to Help Grow Tomorrow,” Community Roots was created to help strengthen communities through volunteering, charitable giving, and supporting each and every client and community member within the local areas we serve.

In this article, we have highlighted three of our Home Federal team members. Discover the organizations they volunteer for and why they are passionate about these causes.

Community Roots Volunteer Profiles:
Heather Muenkel, Jeanne Meyer, and Zach Kovash

Heather Muenkel

Heather Muenkel • Assistant Branch Manager • La Crescent, MN

VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS: Houston County Care & Share, Semcac Senior Dining
WHAT YOU DO FOR THESE ORGANIZATIONS: Houston County Care & Share - I work with the Houston County Care & Share to provide extra assistance to families less fortunate during the Christmas season in the Houston County area. I do several jobs for them including shopping for gifts for the families, to carry items out to their car.
Semcac Senior Dining in La Crescent - Provides a well-balanced meal for anyone over the age of 60 and I help out by serving lunch for seniors and delivering meals on wheels.
WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT THESE ORGANIZATIONS: I'm passionate about Care & Share because I believe every child deserves to have a good Christmas. I donate my time for these families because when I was first starting out as a parent I didn't have much and this organization helped out and gave me a fantastic Christmas for my family. I volunteer because I want to give families what I received.  

Jeanne Meyer

Jeanne Meyer • Bank Teller • Albert Lea, MN

VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS: Humane Society of Freeborn County
WHAT YOU DO FOR THIS ORGANIZATION: I clean cat and dog cages, give them fresh water and food, clean their bedding, and walk the dogs. In an effort to ready them for adoption, I pet the animals and spend a little time with them to win their trust and eliminate fear. I will also give them medications if they are ill or hurt. In addition to caring for the animals, I work their fundraisers. The Humane Society of Freeborn County is run by donations and fundraisers.
WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT THESE ORGANIZATIONS: I love animals, always have. It is rewarding to save an animal and help them to find a new home and a second chance at life.  


Zach Kovash

Zach Kovash • Sr. Relationship Manager • Rochester - Downtown

I serve on the board for our local tri-county chapter. As a board member, I volunteer my time helping prepare and working our two main events each year. The first event is our annual banquet which is held in March. The second event is the "Get Youth Outdoors" golf tournament held at Somerby Golf Course. Combined, the banquet and golf tournament are attended each year by roughly 600 people and the money raised at these events is used for many different habitat projects and also land acquisitions. It should also be known that Home Federal has been a platinum sponsor for the past two years at both of these events!
WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT THESE ORGANIZATIONS: The biggest reason that I'm passionate about this organization is because of the initiative to get our youth back outdoors. There are so many great opportunities with our local chapter and if you are interested in checking some of them out please visit www.getyouthoutdoors.com!  




It Takes a Village

We strongly believe that “it takes a village.” That’s why we encourage each of our employees to get out and volunteer their time, as well as support each and every one of our clients and community members in their quests to give back – whether it’s with their time or their money. If we can all work together and give a little more back every year, our communities will continue to thrive.


Stay tuned for more featured employees in upcoming articles!


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