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Someone Special Volunteers: United Way nominates Terri Melhus and Sarah Karvakko

The Bemidji Pioneer, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, Ken K. Thompson and the United Way are recognizing “Someone Special Volunteers” who have made significant contributions to the community.

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The Bemidji Pioneer, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, Ken K. Thompson and the United Way are recognizing “Someone Special Volunteers” who have made significant contributions to the community.

Today's volunteers are Terri Melhus and Sarah Karvakko nominated by the United Way of Bemidji Area.

Terri Melhus, a community volunteer and Special Olympics athlete, has volunteered with United Way for over four years, a release said.

"She is always happy to help with last-minute office and clerical needs and has spent many, many hours prepping mailings, which has helped United Way meet its campaign goals over the years," the release said "Terri’s cheerful attitude, her commitment to hard work, and her willingness to help the community in any way she can inspires all of us at United Way."

Sarah Karvakko believes volunteering and giving back to her community is essential to a happy life, the release said.

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"Sarah has a busy life, from running a family farm to helping build and grow Karvakko, P.A. with her husband Mike, and raising their five kids, but she still finds time to incorporate volunteering into her daily activities," the release added.

"Sarah, along with her children, have volunteered for almost every United Way program, from Backpack Buddies food packing events to Thanksgiving meal prep. Which involved cutting vegetables for 800 meals, delivering Thanksgiving meals with her family, Holiday Gifts for Kids prep work and outdoor food distributions.

"Sarah’s quiet volunteering has blessed thousands of our Bemidji neighbors and we are grateful to her for living her values and giving back to Bemidji," the release said.

Related Topics: UNITED WAY OF BEMIDJI AREA
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