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University of Minnesota, Crookston Student Awarded Daily Point of Light Award
January 18, 2008

Contact: Lisa Loegering, assistant director of service learning, 218-281-8526 (loege005@umn.edu) Stephanie Onken, communications assistant, 218-281-8446 (onken015@umn.edu)


CROOKSTON, Minn. (January 18, 2008) – University of Minnesota, Crookston student Josiah Loll, Campbell, MN., has been awarded the Daily Point of Light Award by the Points of Light Foundation and Hands On Network for his community service. He was recognized January 9, 2008, by the national organization.

The award celebrates the success of volunteers and spotlights the impact that the individuals have made on their communities.

“Josiah has completely immersed himself into his university and community.
When he
University of Minnesota, Crookston student and tutor Josiah Loll and his mentee Alex Mazzucco.
University of Minnesota, Crookston student and tutor Josiah Loll and his mentee Alex Mazzucco.
sees that there is a community need and that he can help, he steps in and offers assistance. He truly gives his time and his talents to make his community a better place for everyone,” said Assistant Director of Service Learning Lisa Loegering.

Loll, an agricultural business major, has been a mentor in the UMC Mentoring and Caring program for the past three years. He currently mentors two high school students from Crookston. Additionally, he has worked as an America Reads tutor at Washington Elementary School and Cathedral School. Even after Loll’s work study funds ran out, he continued to volunteer last year. His volunteerism spans several generations. He meets with residents at Villa St. Vincent/Summit Apartments weekly to help them with their newsletter, play cards or games, or simply to visit with them.

Based in Washington, D.C., The Points of Light Foundation and Hands On Networkproblems in thousands of communities. Through a variety of programs and services, the Foundation encourages people from all walks of life - businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, low-income communities, families, youth, and older adults - to volunteer. For more information, visit www.pointsoflight.org.


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