30th Annual Governor's Volunteer Awards Presented

July 1, 2013

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Waterloo, IA - Allen College received a 2013 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds during a special recognition ceremony held June 25 in Cedar Falls.

Allen College was nominated for a Group Volunteer Award by the Waterloo Community School District for their participation in the Reading Buddies Program.

The Governor’s Volunteer Awards (GVA) program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983.  What began as a small program only available to state government agencies has expanded over the years and now provides all Iowa nonprofit, charitable and government organizations with an easy way to honor their volunteers with a prestigious state-level recognition award.  Several hundred volunteers are recognized each year with awards in one of four categories: Individual, Group, Length of Service or Disaster Volunteer.

“Volunteerism is an important part of the state’s future and well-being,” said Governor Branstad.  “I am honored to have the opportunity to recognize the people of our great state who continue the tradition of neighbor helping neighbor and work tirelessly to improve their communities.  Collectively, Iowa’s volunteers contribute to our ranking among the top three states in the nation for our volunteer rate.”

“The Governor and I sincerely congratulate all of this year’s award recipients,” said Lt. Governor Reynolds.  “All are very deserving of the honor, and we thank them for their tremendous and selfless efforts and devotion to make a difference.”

The Governor’s Volunteer Award program is coordinated by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and the Governor’s Office.  For more information, visit volunteeriowa.org/awards or call 515.725.3094.

The annual “Volunteering and Civic Life in America” study, released last December, details the 99.3 million hours that volunteers in Iowa collectively contribute.  Iowa’s state volunteerism rate has been among the top three states in the nation for several years.  With more than 38 percent of residents volunteering, the estimated annual economic impact of that service is well over $2 billion.  The entire report can be viewed at volunteeringinamerica.gov.

A complete list of 2013 award recipients and an electronic copy of this news release are available at www.volunteeriowa.org/awards.  Electronic photographs will be available approximately one week following each ceremony and may be requested by sending the individual’s or group’s name and which ceremony they attended to micvs@iowa.gov.

About the ICVS (or Volunteer Iowa)

The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (ICVS or Volunteer Iowa) and its partner agencies work with organizations and individuals on three main fronts.  The first is to help agencies develop quality programs that use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need.  The second is to help engage Iowans in their communities by promoting service and expanding the volunteer base.  Finally, the third area of work is to connect individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure.  More information is available at www.volunteeriowa.org.

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