Community Champions

Lynda Knecht Certified Medical Assistant, REM Iowa
Grant Recipient, First Baptist Church, Carter Lake

First Baptist Church is a staple in the community of Carter Lake, Iowa where Lynda Knecht has been volunteering for over 35 years. Lynda assists with whatever activity she can including teaching Sunday School, baking cookies to bring to police officers and workers at City Hall, serving as a church Trustee, and lending her nursing skills to the children’s camp during the summers.

“Lynda is a hard worker and very caring, she enjoys assisting others and helping when and where she can,” said Amanda Adkins, Program Coordinator at REM Iowa. “She is always doing something for her church without asking anything in return.”

Lynda also manages the church’s emergency assistance closet which is available for local families who fall on hard times. Clothing items are donated from individuals and families in the area and Lynda sorts through each item to make sure it meets their quality standard before giving to those in need. Likewise, if she hears of someone in need of food or other household items, she will spread the word and make sure they get the essentials. During the holidays, Lynda distributes food baskets, toys and clothing in the community to make the season a little brighter.

“I enjoy giving back to the community,” says Lynda. “Our community depends on the church and we do all we can to help. If a family calls and says they need something, then I want to be there.”