REM Iowa’s Debbie Beall Named Community Champion By The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation
4 August 2015
Debbie Beall, Office Manager for REM Iowa, has been named as one of The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation’s Community Champions for the fourth quarter of FY15. Debbie and her fellow Champions were nominated by their colleagues and are being recognized for their work with local non-profit organizations, where they donate their time and energy to improve quality of life for their neighbors. The Champions’ chosen nonprofits will receive a $500 grant from The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation.
Debbie’s chosen nonprofit is the Anamosa Community School Foundation.
For the past seven years, Debbie Beall has dedicated an incredible amount of time and energy toward fundraising and supporting extracurricular activities – specifically in the music and athletic departments – at Anamosa High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As a small school in the area, Anamosa relies heavily on the support of parents and volunteers to ensure their students have successful programming.
Debbie is an avid sports fan, and a seasoned volunteer in the athletics department at Anamosa High. She enjoys all aspects of sports, pitching in wherever needed. Debbie has served as the scoreboard operator, worked the concession stands, baked goods for athletic fundraisers, assembled countless snack packs for athletes on the track, volleyball, baseball, football and basketball teams, and regularly keeps the statistics for men’s basketball. Debbie also serves as the treasurer of the Music Boosters, overseeing all aspects of financial responsibilities and fundraising activities of the school’s music program. She’s traveled across the country as a chaperone for band and choir trips, helping give students the opportunity to see cities they might not otherwise visit.
“I just like to help people,” said Debbie. “If I can make other people’s jobs easier, I like to jump in.”
“As the office manager for REM Iowa, Debbie is often the first point contact many people have with the state office whether they reach out to us by phone or in person, and I could not ask for a better representative of our team,” said Lisa Pakkebier, Executive Director at REM Iowa. “She is professional, kind, caring, considerate, positive and uplifting. She goes above and beyond for every person she comes in contact with. They will be her number one priority; they know and they feel it. This is called the ‘and then some’ mentality. She does what is expected … and then some.”
To learn more about these Community Champions or nominate someone, visit the Foundation’s Community Champions page on the Charitable Foundation website.