Governor's Volunteer Awards

Now accepting submissions for 2017 awards!

ALL information must be submitted through and approved by Volunteer Iowa using one of the following options: 

  1. Non-state government organizations submit information, and the handling fee, through Volunteer Iowa (the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service).  Instructions, including a link to the entry form, are online.

  2. State government agencies must submit nominations through their agency's coordinator.  A contact list is available on our website.


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.  Awards are presented during regional recognition events held in June.  

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).

Printed from the website on April 28, 2017 at 5:22am.