Area volunteers, including District honorees, have been recognized with a 2015 Governor’s Volunteer Award. Statewide some 600 individuals and groups received the award this year, presented by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. Recipients included Scott Brown (pictured), 2015 Outstanding District Volunteer, and the Cedar Rapids Public Library staff, also nominated by the school district.
The Governor’s Volunteer Awards program was created in 1982. What began as a small program for state government agencies, has expanded over the years and now provides all Iowa nonprofit, charitable, and government organizations with an easy way to honor their volunteers with a prestigious state-level award. Volunteers are recognized in one of four categories: Individual, Group, Length of Service or Disaster Volunteer. Award criteria include an individual or group who has:
- Demonstrated exceptional commitment to volunteerism by helping with a special project or ongoing activities
- Demonstrated exemplary leadership, creativity, cooperation and hard work in their service to others
- Made an outstanding contribution to state or community through volunteer service.
The Governor’s Volunteer Award program is coordinated by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and the Governor’s Office with ceremonies across the state. The Cedar Rapids event is organized by members of the Leaders In Volunteerism organization; District Community Relations Supervisor Marcia Hughes serves as emcee.