What's New: Five Honored at Governor’s Volunteer Award

Brucemore Volunteers Engage 45,000 People in 2017

Five volunteers for Brucemore received the Governor’s Volunteer Award during a special recognition ceremony held August 30, 2017 in Cedar Rapids.

Eileen Forbes, Cindy Gewecke, Hannah Tesar, Cherryl Moon Thomason, and Genny Yarne were honored for extraordinary volunteer service to Brucemore, including giving tours to 10,000 annual tourists and facilitating 37,000 special event patrons.

Coordinated by Volunteer Iowa, the Governor’s Volunteer Award program provides an easy way for Iowa nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities to honor their volunteers with a prestigious, state-level award. Hundreds of volunteers are recognized each spring during ceremonies held at several locations around the state. A complete list of award recipients, as well as more information is available online.

“Volunteerism is such an integral part of what it means to be an Iowan,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said. “I’m pleased to honor those who have given of themselves to meet the needs of others.  Their commitment helps improve the lives of those around them and consistently keep our state’s volunteerism rate in the top ten nationally.”

More than 600 awards are being presented this year during ceremonies held at several locations around the state.  It is estimated that more than 31,000 hours of service, with an economic impact of more than $727,000, were served by this year’s honorees during the past twelve months.

“Volunteering is win-win,” Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg said. “Not only does it have a positive impact on the individuals served, but also transforms the individuals giving.  The dedication of those selected for these awards often encourages others to get involved, and I’m happy to recognize them for their important contributions."

Coordinated by Volunteer Iowa, the Governor's Volunteer Award program—now in its 34th year—provides an easy way for Iowa nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities to honor their volunteers with a prestigious, state-level award.  2017-Volunteer-Governors-Award-Eileen-Forbes.jpg

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 About Volunteer Iowa (Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service)

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.