Volunteer Iowa Kicks Off 4th Annual Give Back Iowa Challenge

Date: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 1, 2018

Contact: Brianne Fitzgerald, Volunteer Iowa
brianne.fitzgerald@iowaeda.com
515.868.2589 / 515.348.6228

NEWS RELEASE

Volunteer Iowa Kicks Off 4th Annual Give Back Iowa Challenge

8 Week Challenge encourages employer supported volunteering

Des Moines, IA—Volunteer Iowa announced the launch of the 4th annual Give Back Iowa Challenge, which runs from April 1st through May 31st, 2018 to engage Iowans in employer supported volunteering. Iowa employers are encouraged to pre-register by March 16th 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. The Challenge was created in 2015 to promote employer volunteer initiatives for organizations of all sizes across the state. Volunteering not only has a significant impact on meeting community needs, but employer supported volunteering has a positive impact on business, including improved employee engagement, organizational commitment, job satisfaction, and retention.

Employers with the highest average number of volunteer hours per employee during the Challenge period will be recognized with a visit by Governor Kim Reynolds or Lt. Governor Adam Gregg to their workplace. Last year’s winners include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa in Waterloo, First Citizens Bank in Mason City, and Bankers Trust in Des Moines.

Alliant Energy and the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative have returned this year as partners to support the Challenge. “We are excited to partner with Volunteer Iowa for the Give Back Challenge as volunteering supports our mission to improve the physical, social and emotional well-being of Iowans,” said Jami Haberl, executive director of Iowa Healthiest State Initiative. “Our communities are only as strong as the people who share their talents and gifts.”

The 2017 Give Back Iowa Challenge had 56 participating organizations, representing over 56,000 employees in Iowa, logging over 59,000 volunteer hours. According to the current Iowa volunteer rate per hour from the Independent Sector, the value of these hours exceeds $1.3 million. 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.

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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 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.

Printed from the website on February 19, 2018 at 12:08pm.