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What’s Your 50?

Through the “What’s Your 50?” campaign, we encourage Iowans to participate in volunteer and service activities at least 50 hours per year.  Research has shown that an annual contribution of 50 hours tends to be a tipping point for maximizing impact; both to the individual who volunteers and the benefactor of their service.  Imagine the difference we can make by working together to meet some of our communities’ toughest challenges.

Challenge your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to get involved too.  Use the links below to start your 50 today!

A Call to Service...

is a public private partnership consisting of Iowa businesses, volunteer centers, nonprofits, and national service programs working in partnership with the Governor’s Office and the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service.

Currently, Iowa is ranked second in the nation for its state volunteer rate (percentage of Iowans who volunteer), however the average number of hours volunteered is near the middle of the pack with Iowans on average volunteering 34.2 hours per year. In other words, Iowans are more likely to volunteer but on average volunteer fewer hours than the national average. Contributing an extra 16 hours annually per resident would provide an additional $1 billion worth of services and improve the well being of the Iowans who volunteer.  As made evident in the Floods of 2008 and the spike in average volunteer hours following the flooding, when Iowans are presented a need and asked to help, Iowans step forward.

Volunteer Iowa: A Call to Service and the What's Your 50? campaign are making that ask.  Not just because we want Iowa to be # 1 in volunteering; but, because we know that service is the secret ingredient to meeting all of Iowa goals for education, job creation, and health.