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AGC student club named Outstanding Story County Youth Volunteer Group

Iowa State construction engineering students, part of AGC of America Iowa State chapter, install a handicap ramp for a Story County resident last fall. This effort was part of many as the Iowa State AGC group was recently named an Outstanding Story County Youth Volunteer Group.

The Iowa State student chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) was chosen as an outstanding Story County Youth Volunteer group through the Celebrating People in Action initiative, a partnership of the Volunteer Center of Story County, Iowa State University Student Activities Center, HandsOn Network and United Way of Story County.

AGC president Jordan Einck says that every year AGC sets goals to reach. “This year we decided 5,000 hours of community service would be the driving force behind our chapter’s mission,” he says.

AGC has put it in these hours in multiple locations, for example, visiting Joplin, Mo., twice in the past year. 22 students attended over Thanksgiving Break 2011 and 26 during Spring Break in March.

The student organization also serves the Ames community. The group has assisted Youth and Shelter Services by making the entrance ADA accessible and Boys and Girls Club by building them a dumpster enclosure, raised planting beds and more. In addition, AGC has worked with Heartland Services and poured a slab to install bike racks and create office space. Their volunteer efforts were honored at the national level last fall when the group earned AGC of America Outstanding Student Chapter.

Einck said they not only put in the hours, but also strive to accomplish the partners’ goals under budget and ahead of schedule.

The group will accept the award at a 7 p.m. ceremony Tuesday, April 24, in the Sun Room of the Iowa State University Memorial Union.

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CCEE Communications intern Brady Rebhuhn contributed to this story.