Give Back Iowa Challenge
The Give Back Iowa Challenge is back for its 4th year!
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We are happy to announce the launch of the 4th annual Give Back Iowa Challenge, which runs from April 1st through May 31st, 2018 to engage Iowans in employer supported volunteering. Iowa employers are encouraged to pre-register by March 16th, but can elect to participate at any time during the Challenge.
The Give Back Iowa Challenge is an opportunity for employees who volunteer to receive recognition by tracking and reporting their hours. The Challenge was created in 2015 to promote employer volunteer initiatives for organizations of all sizes across the state. Volunteering not only has a significant impact on meeting community needs, but employer supported volunteering has a positive impact on business, including strengthened employee engagement, organizational commitment, job satisfaction, and retention.
Employers with the highest average number of volunteer hours per employee during the Challenge period will be recognized with a visit by Governor Kim Reynolds or Lt. Governor Adam Gregg to their workplace. Join our e-mail list to make sure you don't miss important announcements about the 2018 Challenge.
3rd annual Give Back Iowa Challenge Winners
The 2017 Give Back Iowa Challenge had 56 participating organizations—representing over 56,450 employees in Iowa—that logged over 59,000 volunteer hours. According to the current Iowa volunteer rate per hour from the Independent Sector, the value of these hours exceeds $1.3 million. Winners were selected in three categories based on employer size and the highest average number of volunteer hours per employee. The 2017 winners include:
- Small: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa, Waterloo
- Honorable Mention: Worldly Goods, Ames
- Medium: First Citizens Bank, Mason City
- Honorable Mention: West Music Company, Coralville
- Large: Bankers Trust, Des Moines
- Honorable Mention: Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, Riverside
Volunteer Iowa would also like to recognize the additional employers that rounded out the overall Top Ten in the Challenge with the highest average number of volunteer hours per employee:
- Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
- Lessing-Flynn Advertising
- Volunteer Center of Story County
- Make-A-Wish Iowa
- Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
- Green Valley Pest Control & Lawn Care
- Story County Conservation