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From the time Mark Behncke was a child growing up in Oak Lawn, Ill., he was encouraged by his parents to help others any way he could. He was quick to help his teachers and willing to donate his time for small and large causes. Volunteering became a natural part of his life.
While attending Brother Rice High School in Chicago, Mark was influenced by a mentor to become involved in creating a summer camp for underprivileged children in the area.
He recalls, “We organized games and activities for the kids, prepared meals, and opened the pool at our school for one week during the summer. The first year we had more than 200 children attend. It was overwhelming for a 17-year old kid, but I’m happy to say the program still continues today.”
He recognized the feeling of accomplishment and contribution that comes with serving others and volunteering became a permanent part of his routine. He became active in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in high school and he continues to support the program today.
Mark’s passion for community service continued to thrive on the University of Iowa campus as well. While a student, he was involved in Relay for Life and Tippie Build, he served as Beta Alpha Psi’s vice president of VITA, and he volunteered regularly at the university’s Newman Center.
“I realize I’ve been given great opportunities my whole life, and I like to look for ways where I can share those opportunities with others.”