Oakdale Electric Cooperative [OEC] believes in the power of individuals stepping forward and using their talents for the benefit of others. In an effort to thank these outstanding individuals for their selfless service to their community, the co-op is recognizing one nominated individual quarterly for his or her volunteer work with a Selfless Service Award.
Sara Moseley is a staple in the Warrens area. She loves the community where she was born and raised, and still lives and works there today. Nine to five, Sara is employed by Ocean Spray, but it’s not uncommon to find her working after hours at her brother’s family farm stand, Moseley’s Roadside Market, or selling their famous sweet corn at the Tomah Farmer’s Market.
To most, these jobs alone would be enough to keep them plenty busy. But Sara Moseley is not most people.
Sara has a philanthropic approach to life, and finds great joy in giving back to her beloved community and beyond. Close friend, Maribeth O’Dell, stated, “Sara’s parents instilled the value of community kindness in her. For as long as I have known Sara, that passion to give back has never lessened.”
The list of Sara’s community service endeavors is extensive, as well as inspirational. She is proof that one person, can make a positive difference.
For over 30 years, Sara has led Warrens Cranberry Bus Tours, during the annual CranFest festivities. She now co-chairs the program, and volunteers over 100 hours during the year to teach individuals about the cranberry growing process, as well as the rich history of the Warrens area.
Sara is the current contact for the free Warrens Community Meals. Coordinated by Cranberry Country Lioness, of which Sara is a member, and Warrens Lions Lion, the groups serve over 200 meals monthly to community members. Most recently, an Easter Breakfast, complete with a visit from the Easter bunny, was offered.
The Warrens Yak Club, a group of outdoors loving individuals, was founded by Sara and her friends. Upcoming kayaking and canoeing events around Warrens are shared on their Facebook page, along with Sara’s “The Commodore” stunning nature photography, to encourage the love of the outdoors. You’ll find this fun-loving group participating in activities on land, too, including local parades and community fundraisers.
The annual Warrens Memorial Day service at the Warrens Mills Cemetery is yet another event Sara has taken under her wing to organize for the community.
Sara helps keep the love of reading alive by “stuffing and hauling books” for the Warrens Little Free libraries.
Maribeth stated, “Sara is always thinking of new ways to improve our community, and recruit others to help with her endeavors.” Last May, she recruited a group of community members to help deliver 515 hand potted flower arrangements to 13 elderly care facilities. Local elementary students assisted by creating handmade cards to accompany each plant. “Another clever idea included the Warrens Red Neck Christmas Tree Contest to encourage family and outdoor activities in the midst of COVID this year,” explained her lifelong friend. She continued, “Sara has the ability to bring together people from all different walks of life to give back for the greater good. She is truly a special person.”
Actively participating and showing support for community non-profits and organizations is another essential in Sara’s life. This includes, but not limited to, Wine into Water, to benefit clean water and food in Uganda; Team Tomah, an organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer; The Boys and Girls Club; Future Farmers of America [FFA]; The Tomah Tractor Pull; and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
General Manager & CEO, Chris Tackmann stated, “Sara Moseley embodies the spirit of community service. You can’t help but be inspired by her generosity, warmth, and her can-do positive attitude. Oakdale Electric Cooperative is honored to recognize Sara Moseley as our very first Selfless Service Award recipient.”