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. 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 is 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.
Through the “What’s Your 50?” campaign, we hope Iowan’s will increase their service
activities to 50 hours per year. 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. 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’
Challenge your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to get involved too.
Use the links below to start your 50 today!
Volunteer Iowa: 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.