I Spy Great Work Has Landed in Clinton Main Street (Again!)

May 27, 2022 | Logan Breer

The strength and capacity of a Main Street organization to cultivate success in their downtown rests on its volunteers from the board of directors to committees to event volunteers. These volunteers are the lifeblood of Main Street. Having a strong and diverse volunteer base creates the perfect recipe for creative ideas to solve complex preservation problems. A variety of people with the skills, experience, character, and connections lends strength to the organization. Grant opportunities from Missouri Main Street Connection, other non- profits, and government entities often require demonstration of strong organization capacity to implement the project, amenity, service, or other idea. Spending time recruiting, investing, and appreciating volunteers is a major component to ensure that Main Streets can demonstrate their strength to receive funding to implement downtown revitalization. 

In appreciation for his volunteer work, Clinton Main Street has nominated Allen Huff for ‘I Spy…Great Work”. This nomination enters Allen into the running for Volunteer of the Year at the 2022 Missouri’s Premier Downtown Revitalization Conference in August. The nomination was submitted by Tina Williams, Executive Director from Clinton Main Street:

“Allen Huff has served on our board and as head of our design committee for several years. He is considered our downtown preservation expert, and is never afraid to jump in to help with any project. He led our Design committee through the improvements to JC Smith Park, and even climbed ladders and helped stretch the shades. We consider Allen a great asset to Clinton Main Street and the Downtown!”

Allen is not the only one volunteering in Clinton Main Street. Clinton Main Street reported 1,174 hours of volunteer time in 2021 equating to $31,944.54, a huge community investment in downtown!

Missouri Main Street Connection recognizes the time and sacrifices it takes to volunteer time at a nonprofit. Alongside our local Main Street programs, we thank everyone who has volunteered with Main Street. Although I Spy Great Work is currently closed, if you see individuals in your community that are completing great work, contact your local Main Street program and recommend them to be highlighted in the future by the local Main Street program or Missouri Main Street Connection.

If you want to find resources on how to recruit, train, and recognize your volunteers, look through our resource directory which is open to MMSC investors. Not an investor? Email Staci at to find out how.

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