Join the Give Back Iowa Challenge
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February 6, 2017
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Join the Give Back Iowa Challenge
Employers invited to encourage employee volunteering
Des Moines, IA—Iowa employers are invited to register for the third 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, 2017. Employers are encouraged to pre-register by March 15th but can elect to participate at any time during the challenge.
The Give Back Iowa Challenge is an opportunity for employees who volunteer to receive recognition by tracking and reporting their hours. Employees that may be first time volunteers can also try something new that could help them develop additional skills or enthusiasm for their work.
“Our store is supported by volunteers, so we appreciate how important volunteers are.” said Andrea Gronau, Worldly Good Store Manager and 2016 Give Back Iowa winning business. “The registration process is easy - any business should be able to complete it in minutes. We made sure employees kept track of their own hours and periodically reporting back to our point person to keep track.”
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, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa in Waterloo, First Citizens Bank in Mason City, Riverside Casino and Golf Resort in Riverside, and Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.
This year, Volunteer Iowa is proud to have Alliant Energy and the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative as partners to support the Challenge. “Engaging employers from across the state is critical to growing volunteerism in our communities,” said Leah Rodenberg, Senior Community Affairs Program Manager at Alliant Energy and a Commissioner on the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. “This Challenge is a great way for employers to showcase the good their employees are doing and have a friendly competition at the same time.”
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 Challenge toolkit available at volunteeriowa.org.
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 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 www.iowahealthieststate.com.