Four Organizations Selected for Nationally Recognized Certification Training

Monday, April 9, 2018

April 9, 2018

Contact: Michelle Raymer
Volunteer Iowa

Iowa Organizations Selected for Service Enterprise Training
Volunteer Iowa announces four new participants in the nationwide movement

DES MOINES, Iowa – Volunteer Iowa announces the selection of four organizations as participants in the 2018 Service Enterprise Initiative cohort. Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa, EMBARC (Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center), Amanda the Panda, and The Des Moines Urban Experience/Iowa Juneteenth Observance will receive volunteer management resources, 16 hours of hands-on interactive training, and up to 10 hours of individualized consulting services related to the initiative to achieve the Service Enterprise standard of integrating volunteers at all levels of their operations.

“We are thrilled to be taking part in the spring cohort to continue to invest in the volunteers that truly carry out our mission of serving grieving families through innovative support programming,” stated Mollie Giller, Team Director with Amanda the Panda. “By investing in our volunteer base, we can reimagine how we structure our volunteer program.  We want to make sure we have the highest quality volunteer experience, and I believe firmly that being involved in Service Enterprise will allow us to do that.”

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 Service Enterprises in Iowa with over 20 organizations currently working to achieve their certification.

To learn more, 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 (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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