4th Annual Give Back Iowa Challenge Winners Announced

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

June 13, 2018

Brianne Fitzgerald
Volunteer Iowa
515.868.2589 (cell)

4th Annual Give Back Iowa Challenge Winners Announced
Total hours reported sets new record

(Des Moines, IA) - Volunteer Iowa is delighted to announce the winners of the 4th annual Give Back Iowa Challenge, a campaign in which businesses encourage their employees to volunteer and log their hours as part of an eight-week challenge, April 1-May 31, across the state of Iowa. The winners will receive a visit from the Governor or Lt. Governor in the coming months and a certificate of recognition. 

From a business perspective, employer supported volunteering impacts the bottom line. Studies show it leads to improved employee engagement, organizational commitment, job satisfaction, and retention. From an engagement perspective, places of employment are perfect environments to encourage and support volunteering efforts that contribute toward meeting significant community challenges.

The 2018 Give Back Iowa Challenge had 56 participating organizations—representing just shy of 54,000 employees in Iowa—that logged over 83,000 volunteer hours. This outstanding amount of volunteer time increased 39% over the final hours reported in 2017. According to the current Iowa volunteer rate per hour from the Independent Sector, the value of these hours exceeds $1.9 million.  

Participating employers were divided into four categories based on the number of employees. Winners were selected by the highest average number of volunteer hours per employee. The 2018 winners include:

Micro: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa, Waterloo
  Honorable Mention: Lessing-Flynn, Des Moines

Small: First Citizens Bank, Mason City
  Honorable Mention: Clear Lake Bank & Trust Company, Clear Lake

Medium: Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, Riverside
  Honorable Mention: Spencer Hospital, Spencer

Large: Wells Fargo, Des Moines
  Honorable Mention: John Deere Des Moines Area, Des Moines

“The winners of this year’s record-breaking Give Back Iowa Challenge truly understand what it means to be an Iowan,” expressed Governor Kim Reynolds. “Through service, Iowans are making the lives of others better and meeting community challenges, while also transforming their own lives.”

Volunteer Iowa would also like to recognize the additional employers that rounded out the overall Top Twenty in the Challenge with the highest average number of volunteer hours per employee (in alphabetical order):
• Buena Vista University
• Community Youth Concepts
• Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
• Green Valley Pest Control & Lawn Care
• Iowa Council of Foundations
• Iowa Health Care Collaborative
• Iowa Healthiest State Initiative
• M2K Marketing Group
• Reiman Gardens
• United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States
• Volunteer Center of Story County
• West Music Company

“Even though the Give Back Iowa Challenge is only a short snapshot in time, it demonstrates the impact employers have on improving our communities through service,” stated Adam Lounsbury, Volunteer Iowa Executive Director. “Employee volunteering is win-win for both employers and the community, and with the continued support of employers every day of the year, we can scale the impact across Iowa.”

For resources on employer-supported volunteering or to find volunteer opportunities, visit volunteeriowa.org


About Volunteer Iowa 
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 volunteeriowa.org.

About Alliant Energy
Alliant Energy Corporation’s Iowa utility subsidiary, Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), utilizes the trade name of Alliant Energy. The Iowa utility is based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and provides electric service to 490,000 customers and natural gas service to 225,000 customers. The employees of Alliant Energy focus on delivering the energy solutions and exceptional service their customers and communities expect – safely, efficiently and responsibly. Alliant Energy Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LNT and is a component of the S&P 500. For more information, visit alliantenergy.com.

About the Healthiest State Initiative
The Healthiest State Initiative is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization driven by the goal to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. By engaging worksites, communities, schools, retail food, organizations, institutions and individuals, we can inspire Iowans and their communities to improve their health and happiness, and ultimately achieve our goal. For more information, visit iowahealthieststate.com

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