Iowa Organizations Selected for Service Enterprise Training

Monday, October 2, 2017


October 2, 2017

Contact: Michelle Raymer
515.348.6235 / 800.308.5987


Iowa Organizations Selected for Service Enterprise Training

Volunteer Iowa announces five new participants in the nationwide movement

DES MOINES, Iowa – Volunteer Iowa announces the selection of five organizations as participants in the Service Enterprise Initiative certification training. Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Young Women’s Resource Center, Whiterock Conservancy, Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens, and Lutheran Services in Iowa will receive volunteer management resources and 16 hours of hands-on interactive training and individualized consulting services related to the initiative to achieve the Service Enterprise standard of integrating volunteers at all levels of their operations.

Managed nationally by Points of Light and statewide by Volunteer Iowa, the Service Enterprise Initiative is a proven, research-based model that equips organizations to leverage volunteers and their skills across all levels to successfully deliver on their social mission.  It also diagnoses strengths organizations can leverage and challenges that need to be addressed to achieve sustainability. There are currently 21 certified Services Enterprises in Iowa with many more organizations currently working to achieve their certification.

“Through the trainings we attended as part of the Service Enterprise Initiative, we could see how much volunteers can do to support our mission,” shared Sarah Lettow, Engagement Coordinator with The ALS Association of Iowa. “The information we received helped us create a culture of volunteerism in our Chapter. Additionally, we built relationships with the other organizations in our cohort that allowed for idea sharing not only during the trainings but also going forward.”

If your organization or agency was not accepted into the fall cohort, Volunteer Iowa is offering a cohort again in spring 2018. To learn more about the Service Enterprise visit Organizations and agencies that are interested in becoming a Service Enterprise can contact Michelle Raymer, Volunteer Iowa Program Officer, or 515.348.6235.

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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

About Points of Light

Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages more than 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year – we put people at the center of change. For more information, go to


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