Governor's Volunteer Awards
The nomination cycle for 2017 awards is now closed; award recipients will begin receiving notification letters in late June, and regional recognition ceremonies are being planned for August and September. This webpage will be updated as soon as dates for regional ceremonies are confirmed.
The Governor's Volunteer Award program provides an easy, non-competitive* way to honor the dedicated people who volunteer their time and talent to help an agency or organization deliver on its mission. Nominations are accepted in March and April each year. Awards are presented during regional recognition events held each summer.
State agencies, nonprofits, charitable organizations, and non-state government entities (city, county, and federal offices operating in Iowa) may recommend an individual volunteer or group of volunteers who directly assisted the organization with a project, event, or activity for a Governor’s Volunteer Award.
A $15 handling fee per award helps cover the cost of printing certificates, invitations, and ceremony materials, as well as memento photos, pins, and postage.
* Non-competitive means the person completing the form verifies that the individual or group listed is deserving of this honor; there is no review process at the state level to decide who does or does not get an award. However, Volunteer Iowa reserves the right to refuse to bestow an award if it is deemed inappropriate.
Recommendations for awards may be submitted in one of three categories:
- Individual (one person providing outstanding volunteer service to benefit the agency)
- Group (two or more individuals who volunteer together as a team
- Length of Service (volunteers who serve the same agency or organization for multiple years; awards available only in increments of five years, e.g., 5, 10, 15, etc.)
People previously honored with an Individual Award should not receive another, but may be selected once every five years for a Length of Service Award
Recipients are not required to live in Iowa, but their service must have benefited an Iowa organization and/or the people it serves
Have questions? Contact the Governor's Volunteer Award program coordinator at Volunteer Iowa via e-mail or by phone: 515.725.3094 (1.800.308.5987).