Nomination Deadline is Nov. 15, 2013
The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service is looking for nominations for the 2014 Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame. Nominations are accepted in several categories: individual; national service member; family; group; organization/nonprofit; or business/corporation.
Submissions must be postmarked or e-mailed by Nov. 15; details and nomination materials are online at here.(PDF)
“Some of our most promising and cost-effective approaches to literacy, disaster response, drop-out prevention and community development are fueled by the service of volunteers,” stated Governor Terry E. Branstad. “We urge the citizens of Iowa to nominate people who deserve to receive the most prestigious state-level honor volunteers can receive.”
“The Governor and I strongly believe that our community volunteers, charitable nonprofits, and faith-based institutions are often best equipped to provide long-term solutions to the challenges we face,” said Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. “The people and groups selected for this honor have accomplished extraordinary things through service to help their communities, fellow citizens, and the Great State of Iowa.”
Online voting for the 2014 recipient of the “People’s Choice Award” will begin on January 20, 2014. This special award was created to give the public an opportunity to select the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame inductee they feel is most deserving of this extra honor. Votes will be collected through www.facebook.com/volunteeriowa.
Since the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame was established in 1989, 147 names have been added to plaques on permanent display in the State Historical Museum. Following are just a few examples of the types of activities past honorees have been involved with:
- Establishing and coordinating an annual, free two-day dental clinic that has provided 7,000 patients with more than $4.4 million in free dental care over the past five years.
- Starting a school foundation and professional development program for teachers to support education beyond the usual outlets of sports, music and PTA as well as helping uninsured and underserved children receive free eye care in order to improve classroom performance.
- Helping develop, design, and implement a Human Services Campus (HSC), which houses 13 nonprofits and 130 staff.
- Providing long-term leadership for numerous civic, government, cultural and educational organizations and co-founding a private nonprofit rehabilitation agency that provides job skills and independence for citizens with disabilities.
- Designing, building and modifying devices to aid persons with disabilities in addition to helping schools teach K-12 students about science with everything from rocketry programs to robotics and building equipment.
- Beginning a project at age 11 with a simple desire to collect and distribute personal items to children in peril in Central Iowa. The project went on to become a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that provides services to thousands of children worldwide.
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.
Information provided by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service.