Communities Participate in National Day of Service

Posted at: 01/19/2013 8:54 PM
Updated at: 01/19/2013 10:40 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

Saturday marks The National Day of Service for President Obama's inauguration and people from all over the state took the time to give back to their communities.

There's always room for more dog walkers at the Freeborn County Humane Society.

"The animals aren't in a house where they get that every day you know constantly, so it means a lot when people can volunteer their time and they don't expect anything back," said Nikki Worman, volunteer from Albert Lea.

Many local pet lovers give back to their community at the animal shelter, and today these dogs got to meet a new face.

"Ready for a walk, want to go on a walk," said volunteer Ann Richardson.

Richardson traveled an hour from her hometown to participate in this day of service.

"It's a great opportunity to get outside and help the organization," said Richardson.

"Animal people are usually very passionate about their cause, so you’re going to get people like her who are like oh I'd love to work at an animal shelter," said Christa Stieler, manager of Freeborn County Humane Society.

It's days like today Richardson finds important, helping out where she can.

"They were going to have me walk a weiler first and I'm like, let’s start small," said Richardson.

Starting small by lending a hand for the greater good.

"It's nice she can come down. She's happy to take some dogs for a walk. Gets our dogs out of here, they meet somebody totally different today too. Yeah, I'm really appreciative of her coming," said Stieler.

Minnesotans served communities participating in more than 31 community service projects Saturday.