Home Federal Bank donates $1,000 to four local volunteers

Rochester, Minn.-based Home Federal Bank has recently donated $1,000 each to four local volunteers. 

The donations are through the bank’s Seed Money Program, which is intended to recognize local residents who are making an impact. 

Recent recipients include: 

  • Andre Bailey of Winona, Minn. Bailey started the Little Warriors Drumline three years ago, which now includes 96 participants ranging in age from 6-17 years old. The group, which performs throughout the year, is working toward purchasing a team travel bus. 
  • Carol Jolly of Albert Lea, Minn. Jolly founded and currently operates Jack Frost’s Closet, a nonprofit that provides winter clothing to those in need. Jack Frost’s Closet has helped more than 7,000 families in its more than seven-year existence. 
  • Paul Heckman of Marshalltown, Minn. A Korean War veteran and lifelong community volunteer, Heckman started the Medical Equipment Loan Closet Program with a friend in 1961. The program helps people who are in need of medical equipment — walkers, wheelchairs, canes, and other devices — but can’t afford to purchase it. The program lends customers the devices for free for as long as they need it. Heckman, now 90, has been the membership chair and commander of the local American Legion and a Kiwanis Club member. 
  • Rochester-based social worker Sue Stanek. Stanek works with children with disabilities and their families. Stanek coordinated a pet care program to help individuals take care of their pets while they themselves receive needed medical help by helping them find temporary fosters, provide pet supplies, and raise money to pay for vet bills. Stanek also helps to raise funds and gather needed supplies to people who are experiencing homelessness.