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Iowa Organizations Selected for Service Enterprise Training



February 5, 2020

Contact: Michelle Raymer

Volunteer Iowa Program Officer


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 2020 Service Enterprise Initiative cohort. Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines Parks and Recreations, EveryStep, and Meals from the Heartland 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.

“Volunteers are a major part of EveryStep and there are countless ways individuals from a community can and do engage in our mission,” stated Tammy Stapp, Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer with EveryStep. “Participating in SEI cohort will help EveryStep promote access for community members to reach out and participate across the entire organization. This is about making the experience for them great!”

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 over 40 organizations across Iowa that have received the Service Enterprise certification.

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 (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