The Employer Volunteer Initiative (EVI) Advisory Council announced the winners of the Give Back Iowa Challenge, a campaign encouraging employees to volunteer and log their hours as part of a six-week challenge, April 14-May 31, across the state of Iowa.
Winners were selected in three categories based on the highest average number of volunteer hours per employee. The 2015 winners include:
Small: Worldly Goods in Ames with 252 volunteer hours reported
- Honorable Mention: Iowa Department for the Blind
Medium: West Music Company in Coralville with 659 volunteer hours reported
- Honorable Mention: Iowa Economic Development Authority
Large: Central College in Pella with 1,569 volunteer hours reported
- Honorable Mention: Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
The winners will receive a visit from the Governor or Lt. Governor in the coming months and a certificate of recognition.
In its inaugural year, the Give Back Iowa Challenge had 50 participating organizations representing 48,686 employees in Iowa that logged 41,702 volunteer hours impacting Iowa communities.
“The winners of the inaugural Give Back Iowa Challenge demonstrate the impact employers have on improving our communities through service,” stated Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, EVI Honorary Chair. “Employee volunteering is win-win for both business and the community, and with the support of employers, we can increase volunteerism across Iowa.”
For resources on employee volunteering and to find volunteer opportunities, visit www.volunteeriowa.org/employers
About the ICVS (or Volunteer Iowa)
The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service 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.