What's New: Volunteers Receive Governor's Award
Six recognized at Ceremony on June 28
Six volunteers for Brucemore received the Governor’s Volunteer Award during a special recognition ceremony held June 28 in Cedar Rapids. Kayt Conrad, Ginny Davis, Barbara Goings (not pictured), Sharon Martensen, Melanie Moseley, and Hannah Spina were honored for extraordinary volunteer service to Brucemore, including giving tours to 10,000 annual tourists, facilitating 33,000 special event patrons, assisting staff in the gardens, and welcoming guests in the visitor center.
“Volunteers are a vital component of the exceptional experience of every guest. Each volunteer has a plethora of stories, an insightful opinion, and a love of our local community so when they are brought together at Brucemore, it is truly an incredible atmosphere,” said Brucemore’s Constituent Manager, Katie Benedix.
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.
“I am pleased to honor those who have given the precious gift of their time to meet essential needs across Iowa,” states Governor Terry E. Branstad. “The commitment of these volunteers—and all volunteers—helps Iowa consistently remain in the top 10 states in the nation for its volunteerism rate.”
“Volunteering not only has a positive impact on the individuals receiving the service, but serving others transforms the volunteer themselves,” said Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. “The dedication of the people selected for these awards often encourages others to become involved in service, and I am delighted to recognize them for their amazing contributions.”
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. More information is available at volunteeriowa.org.
Photos by Linda R. Norton