Lyn Stinson

"Lyn has a special ability to see the good in every person
and always brings out their best."
— Sharon Ford, 2007


Lyn Stinson has made her adoptive home of Burlington a better place. People in Burlington know that if there is a project that needs done, a problem that needs solved, a person who is in need, or an opportunity to be utilized, Stinson will be there to do it. There are few people in Burlington who have such a profound impact on the community; low-income people, African-Americans, job-seekers, women, children, and future generations all feel the impact of her innovation, tireless spirit, and leadership. During her tenure at Community Action of Southeast Iowa, she developed a Community Food Program, which helped families learn to plant gardens to supplement their food budget, and set up a summer meal program for low-income children. She also founded the Women in Waiting program, a support group for women whose loved one is confined to Fort Madison prison. Stinson has been a leader and member of several state and community boards, including Civil Service Commission, Iowa Workforce Development Commission, NAACP and the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa. Stinson was the only volunteer connecting with Job Corps graduates upon their return to the community. For this, she was named Volunteer of the Year in 2000 by the JACS Region VII, prompting Burlington’s mayor to declare June 14, 2000 as “Lyn Stinson Day.” Stinson was born in Opelika, Alabama. She was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 2009.