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From Teacher to Business Owner to Community Leader: Meet Sandra Hendred, Legacy Foundation Board Member

The Legacy Foundation board members are a passionate and dedicated group of individuals committed to making a positive impact in Wapello County. Today, we are thrilled to highlight the story of one such board member, Sandra Hendred, who brings a wealth of experience and a unique perspective to the organization. 

Sandra Hendred is a remarkable woman who wears many hats. She is a former English as a second language teacher, a business owner, and an active volunteer in her community. In addition to her numerous commitments, she was recently recognized by the Iowa Restaurant Association as one of the Top 40 Women to Watch in the hospitality industry. This prestigious award acknowledges her trailblazing efforts, leadership by example, and her ability to impress both her peers and customers daily. 

Sandra’s passion for improving the lives of those in her community is evident in her involvement with the Legacy Foundation. “I am passionate about providing quality education for all children and stamping out food insecurity,” says Sandra. “I’m excited to be part of an organization that is instrumental in sparking improvements and growth in our community.” 

In the past, Sandra divided her time between working as an elementary teacher of English as a second language and running her small business. However, after retiring from teaching at the end of the 2020 school year, she has been able to devote more time to her business, Polar Xpress. She also volunteers at Hickory Grove Community Church and has recently become a volunteer with the Food Bank of Iowa. 

As a board member, Sandra chairs the LCL Scholarship Committee, where she finds it encouraging to see the many applicants interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. “One of my favorite responsibilities as a Legacy board member is chairing the LCL Scholarship Committee. It is wonderfully encouraging to see the many applicants interested in healthcare careers,” she says. 

Despite her other commitments, her passion for improving the lives of those in her community remains at the forefront. “My first priority outside of the home is our business, Polar Xpress. Volunteering at Hickory Grove Community Church is second to that, and then I prayerfully consider other opportunities for commitments in the community,” she explains.  

As a minority female and business owner, Sandra brings a unique perspective to the table, which has proven invaluable to the Legacy Foundation. “Being a minority female and business owner are qualities that give me a unique lens through which I can view ideas and share perspectives for matters under board consideration,” she says. 

The Legacy Foundation is fortunate to have Sandra as a dedicated and passionate board member who is committed to making a difference in Wapello County. Sandra’s hard work and dedication to the Legacy Foundation’s mission, and to the broader community, are truly inspiring, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact she will continue to make in the community.