CEDAR RAPIDS – Those of us who lived through the 2008 flood remember what the city was like six years ago, and what it meant to have volunteers from all over the country help in the aftermath.
Lynn Stansbery, a native of Cedar Rapids, was just recognized by the governor’s office as one of the 50 “Faces of Volunteerism” in Iowa for her work with flood victims and more.
She also has become passionate about healthy living through the Blue Zones Project and has reached her own personal fitness goals.
Read on for more from Volunteer Iowa about this “homegrown” volunteer:
Lynn Stansbery was born and raised in Cedar Rapids and went to LaSalle high school. She was a bar and restaurant manager for 31 years and has been retired for 20 years. Lynn has two children and two grandchildren.
Lynn has volunteered with the Blue Zones Project since the beginning (1 year) and with the East Iowa Heirloom Quilt Guild for 20 years. Lynn volunteers, on average, 8 hours a week.
She believes passionately in the mission of the Blue Zones Project to help change the environment, making the healthy choice the easy choice. Lynn also is passionate about the mission of the Quilt Guild in providing for those who are less fortunate, including families affected by fires, floods, and other personal tragedies. Lynn loves to help people and the opportunities to meet new people through her volunteer activities. She is grateful for the opportunities that volunteering have opened up to her, such as meeting Dan Buetner of the Blue Zones Project.
Lynn enjoys the most meeting new people and loves to share the mission of the Blue Zones Project and Quilt Guild with those she meets and encourages others to get involved. Lynn is passionate about helping other individuals find purpose in their own lives through volunteer activities.
Lynn’s involvement with the Blue Zones Project particularly have allowed her to share with others the importance of making healthy choices. Lynn has been a testament to Cedar Rapids by losing 105 lbs through implementing the principles of the Blue Zones Project. Lynn is excited to share her story and, through doing so, have an impact on others who may also be wanting to live a longer, healthier life.
Lynn meets many new people each week through her volunteer efforts with the Blue Zones Project. One of the principles of the Blue Zone Project is “volunteering”, which Lynn encourages others to get involved with. She directs them to the website to review volunteer opportunities and to get involved.