FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2021
Kali Morrison, Meals from the Heartland
Betsy Shelton, Volunteer Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa – Meals from the Heartland was recently recognized as a certified Service Enterprise Initiative organization. A Service Enterprise organization fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills across all levels of the organization to successfully deliver on its social mission. Less than 15 percent of organizations nationwide can be characterized as Service Enterprises.
“The Service Enterprise experience has been extremely beneficial to our organization. We have reviewed our operations and processes to determine how we can better utilize volunteers working alongside us to make us more efficient and provide a better experience. We are beyond grateful to have received the Service Enterprise certification,” stated Meals from the Heartland Executive Director, Greg DeHaai.
To be designated as a Service Enterprise, organization staff, board members and volunteers must participate in the research-based assessment, training and consulting. This process allows the organization to leverage the skills and expertise of volunteers at all levels. The designation, awarded by Points of Light, strengthens the capacity of nonprofits to better address community needs with the skill sets and talents of volunteers.
The initiative is currently delivered through Volunteer Iowa, part of a national network of Service Enterprise Hubs, which has certified more than 400 organizations across the country since 2012. Meals from the Heartland joins over 40 organizations across Iowa that have received the Service Enterprise certification.
To learn more about Service Enterprise visit volunteeriowa.org/SEI. Organizations and agencies that are interested in becoming a Service Enterprise can contact Michelle Raymer, Volunteer Iowa Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-348-6235.
About Meals from the Heartland
Established in 2008, Meals from the Heartland empowers people to save starving children, focused on both feeding people and giving people a heart for volunteering and giving back to their communities. Meals from the Heartland has a goal to package 25 million meals in 2020, distributing food in Iowa, across the United States, and internationally. The non-profit organization’s food products are not donated, relying entirely on charitable donations to buy the food packaged for meals. For more information, please visit www.mealsfromtheheartland.org.
About Volunteer Iowa
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 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 pointsoflight.org.