Join the Give Back Iowa Challenge

Friday, March 4, 2016


March 4, 2016

Tiffany Jacob
Volunteer Iowa
515.868.2589 / 800.308.5987


Join the Give Back Iowa Challenge
Employers invited to encourage employee volunteering

Des Moines, IA—Iowa employers are invited to register for the second annual Give Back Iowa Challenge and encourage employees to participate in community volunteering. The eight-week challenge will run from April 1 through May 31, 2016; employers are encouraged to pre-register by March 18th but can elect to participate at any time during the challenge.  

Give Back Iowa is an opportunity for employees who volunteer to receive recognition by tracking and reporting their hours, as well as for employees that may be first time volunteers to try something new that could help them develop additional skills or enthusiasm for their work.

 “We are supported by volunteers, it is part of our core value system” said, Andrea Gronau, Worldly Good Store Manager and 2015 Give Back Iowa winning business, “This gives us a chance to really pay attention to the time we are giving, and recognize our staff for what they give back to the community as well.”

Employers with the highest average number of volunteer hours per employee will be recognized with a visit by Governor, Terry E. Branstad or Lt. Governor, Kim Reynolds to their workplace. Last year’s winners include Worldly Goods in Ames, West Music Company in Coralville, and Central College in Pella.

The Give Back Iowa Challenge was created in 2015 by Volunteer Iowa to promote employer volunteer initiatives. These programs are proven to have a positive impact on business, including improved employee engagement, organizational commitment, job satisfaction, and retention. Complete information and resources on how to participate and find volunteer opportunities are provided in the Give Back Iowa toolkit available at


About Volunteer Iowa (or Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service)

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

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