Mike Boyle of Tipton, Iowa, has been recognized with the 2013 National Service Day Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Boyle, who works as an appraiser for USDA Rural Development’s office in Tipton, was recognized for the hundreds of volunteer hours he spends each year helping make his community better and assisting people in need.

This past year, Boyle volunteered more than 1,600 hours of personal time for a variety of causes. The service projects in which he participated helped about 2,500 people and raised almost $20,000 through charitable donations.

Boyle volunteered at the Tipton/Hardacre Community Garden, where almost 15,000 pounds of produce was grown and donated to area food pantries, senior centers and others in need. He also helped at many events organized by the Lions Club, such as collection drives and food stands, and worked with the Cedar County Historical Society, Cedar County Extension Council, community soup supper and the Tipton Tour of Lights event.

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