Making Iowa Better

Grace Zhenhuan Yang has donated more than 500 hours to local nonprofit organizations as way to say “thank you,” she says, for the help and friendship she received after leaving her native China in 2003 to attend graduate school at Drake University. Yang, a creative design specialist, was one of four Iowans to receive the Passport to Prosperity award last year.

The award highlights the significant contributions immigrants and refugees bring to our communities. Sponsored by the Iowa International Center, it celebrates individuals who have lived in the state at least five years and are making an impact in areas such as business, education, the arts, nonprofit work and cultural organizations. Know someone who deserves recognition? Download the nomination form here and submit it by the May 26 deadline. Winners will be honored at a Sept. 27 gala at Drake University’s Olmsted Center. —Kellye Crocker

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