Give Back Iowa Challenge Winners Announced
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June 9, 2017
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Give Back Iowa Challenge Winners Announced
(Des Moines) Volunteer Iowa is delighted to announce the winners of the 3rd annual Give Back Iowa Challenge, a campaign in which businesses encourage their employees to volunteer and log their hours as part of an eight-week challenge, April 1-May 31, across the state of Iowa. The winners will receive a visit from the Governor or Lt. Governor in the coming months and a certificate of recognition.
From a business perspective, employer supported volunteering leads to improved employee engagement, organizational commitment, and job satisfaction and retention; all of which can impact the business’ bottom line. From an engagement perspective, places of employment are perfect environments to encourage and support volunteering efforts that contribute toward meeting significant community challenges.
The 2017 Give Back Iowa Challenge had 56 participating organizations—representing over 56,450 employees in Iowa—that logged over 57,000 volunteer hours. According to the current Iowa volunteer rate per hour from the Independent Sector, the value of these hours exceeds $1.3 million. Winners were selected in three categories based on employer size and the highest average number of volunteer hours per employee. The 2017 winners include:
- Small: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa, Waterloo
- Honorable Mention: Worldly Goods, Ames
- Medium: First Citizens Bank, Mason City
- Honorable Mention: West Music Company, Coralville
- Large: Bankers Trust, Des Moines
- Honorable Mention: Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, Riverside
Volunteer Iowa would also like to recognize the additional employers that rounded out the overall Top Ten in the Challenge with the highest average number of volunteer hours per employee:
- Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
- Lessing-Flynn Advertising
- Volunteer Center of Story County
- Make-A-Wish Iowa
- Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
- Green Valley Pest Control & Lawn Care
- Story County Conservation
“The winners of the Give Back Iowa Challenge demonstrate the impact employers have on improving our communities through service,” stated Adam Lounsbury, Volunteer Iowa Executive Director. “Employee volunteering is win-win for both business and the community, and with the support of employers, we can increase volunteerism across Iowa.”
For resources on employee volunteering and to find volunteer opportunities, visit 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 iowahealthieststate.com.