April 16 – DES MOINES – Nine honorees, including one from Clinton, will be inducted into the 2022 Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame next week, state officials announced.
Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg will induct Greg Fier, of Clinton, seven others and a team of people focused on increasing immunization rates, during a ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol building on April 21. Proud joins a list of honorees that includes Tabinda Cheema, Davenport; Herbert Hazewinkel Jr., Peosta; Dr. Steven Meyer, Sioux City; Pam Schoffner, City of Polk; Edna Schrandt, Decorah; Tom Townsend, Dubuque; VaxDSM Project, Des Moines; and Kathy Waychoff, Fairfax.
According to Volunteer Iowa, a commission made up of 15 to 25 people appointed by the governor determines who will be inducted.
According to Volunteer Iowa, Fier was selected for his volunteerism and advocacy for people with multiple sclerosis.
His profile on the Volunteer Iowa website says Fier overcame the adversity of full quadriplegia due to multiple sclerosis to become an incredibly productive department manager as well as an advocate and inspiration to others with multiple sclerosis. MS and other disabilities.
“While his physical abilities steadily declined due to MS, his determination to serve his community grew. He focuses his creative talents, communication skills and technical learning ability to contribute to the community in many ways,” indicates the profile. Proud began his advocacy work when he joined the Clinton MS Support group. Soon politicians and state and local leaders became acquainted with Fier, who told them about the many issues faced by people with MS and various disabilities.
Volunteer Iowa noted that Fier has become one of the main organizers of the MS’issippi Walk-n-Roll, which has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the National MS Society since 2013.
He is also recognized for his personal mission to provide hands-free technology and technical assistance to a local musician who had been diagnosed with MS. Volunteer Iowa noted that he spearheaded a fundraising project to cover that person’s costs, then enlisted friends, family, and the local MS support group to start a nonprofit organization to mission to provide people living with MS with support and resources to remain independent. in their own homes. The Bob Finch Memorial Fund has donated more than $40,000 to help cover the cost of projects ranging from installing stair lifts and hardwood floors to completely renovating bathrooms and purchasing vans.
Fier remains a dedicated advocate for people with disabilities, participating in local, state and national advocacy groups and much of his advocacy has focused on supporting caregivers, focusing on ensuring that residential caregivers are fairly compensated. and treated with respect and flexibility. Volunteer Iowa says Proud dedicates its award to its caregivers and to all home and community caregivers who give so much of themselves.
“As he states, ‘I hope my ability to volunteer is a testament to how much better it is for all of us to keep people with disabilities and the elderly in their homes and communities rather than in institutions,'” said Volunteer Iowa in his profile.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will also include the presentation of two Excellence in Mentoring Awards, which give Iowa MENTOR-certified programs the opportunity to recognize outstanding, long-time young mentors. The 2022 Mentoring Excellence Award recipients are Matt Guess of West Des Moines and Mike Leerar of Garner.