The awards will be Friday, July 8 at 1:00pm in Looft Hall on the Iowa Western CampusUpon becoming governor, Terry Branstad made it his habit to travel to each of Iowa's 99 counties every year. One of his early observations was that there was something common all across Iowa-- countless numbers of volunteers quietly going about their business behind the scenes. Most of what they did wasn't particularly glamorous, but their tireless efforts kept a huge variety of endeavors, from preservation to health care, moving forward.
One of Governor Branstad's early projects in office was to create a mechanism to provide a means to recognize the superstars amongst this cadre of volunteers. What started as a small program for state employees over 30 years ago has now grown into a mechanism all nonprofit organizations can use to give a special thank you to their top performers. Now outstanding volunteers are recognized at one of six awards ceremonies held across the state each summer.
- Iowa ranks ahead of 48 states in volunteers per capita
- Average hours per volunteer is 41.9 - up from 34.3 in 2011
- More than 99 million hours volunteered
- Over 910,000 Iowans
What's Your 50?
Governor Branstad has asked every Iowan to donate fifty hours every year. This call to service is a public-private partnership working with the Governor's Office and the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service that challenges Iowans to go out and volunteer.