Glenda Manis

Glenda Manis, 74, has been volunteering for nearly 50 years. She has helped people and animals, both in Kokomo and in other communities.

On Friday, she received the Distinguished Hoosier Award, a recognition for individuals in Indiana who demonstrate good character and have served their communities in significant ways. Her daughter, Lesa Manis, nominated her.

“She does so many things for the community,” Lesa Manis said. “She’s helped so many people and I just wanted to recognize my mother for the good things she’s done.”

State Representative Mike Karickhoff, R-District 30, presented the award to Glenda at the library Friday with much of her family watching.

“Clearly you’ve got a matriarch of your family that’s got a servants’ heart and has given a lot to our community,” Karickhoff said.

Glenda Manis created Project Hope, a program that distributes clothing, furniture and other items to people in need. She also collects blankets and supplies for the humane society and gives Christmas gifts to Special Olympics athletes. Her daughters and many other volunteers help her collect and distribute donations.

One of her largest projects has been bringing donated clothing to a community in the Appalachian Mountains. She said it took three hours to load up the trucks the first time and many people were involved in the process.

“This award doesn’t just belong to me, it belongs to all the caring people in Kokomo that have helped because without you, this wouldn’t be possible,” Glenda Manis said.

Glenda has also won the Golden Hoosier Award, the Key to the City award and the President’s Call to Service Award for her volunteer work among others.

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