ST. PAUL - 3M recently announced that Jerry Kettunen, Saint Paul resident, is a recipient of the 3M Community Volunteer Award for his work supporting the Saint Paul Public Library. This award is given to 25 individuals nationwide - fifteen 3M employees and ten retirees - who are devoted to improving their local communities. The 3M Foundation recognized Kettunen by donating $1,000 to an organization of his choice, and he selected the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library on behalf of the Saint Paul & Public Library.
"Many thousands of hours are donated by 3M employees and retirees each year. We value the opportunity to salute those among us who give their time to make a difference in our communities," said Robin Torgerson, Vice President, 3M Community Affairs. "The 3M Community Volunteer Award allows us to thank those outstanding volunteers who go above and beyond for others."
Kettunen has volunteered as a homework tutor at the Rondo Library for nearly five years and was the Saint Paul Public Library's 2011 Volunteer of the Year. A sense of civic responsibility led him to tutoring. He felt that he had benefited from good public schools on the Iron Range and that tutoring was a chance to give back. As a volunteer tutor, Kettunen refers to traditional methods of teaching by helping students learn the skills they need to be self-sufficient and to confront future homework assignments on their own.
Kettunen graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and spent 10 years working for computer hardware companies before joining 3M, where he worked for 28 years before he retired.
"We're so fortunate to have dedicated volunteers like Jerry because they make a great impact in our communities," said Kit Lyon, Library Director. "Volunteers who share their interests and experiences enrich the services offered in our libraries."
Saint Paul Public Library volunteers assist with special events, paw pals programs, summer reading, neighborhood beautification, literacy help, computer classes, special interest classes, homework centers, and other support services within the library.