Iowa's Top Volunteers to be Honored

Monday, August 30, 2021


August 30, 2021

CONTACT: Betsy Shelton, Volunteer Iowa


Mary Sheka, Iowa Mentor


DES MOINES, Iowa – Governor Kim Reynolds will induct the 2020 and 2021 Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame members and present the Excellence in Mentoring awards to two individuals for their dedication and service as mentors and mentor advocates in their communities in an in-person ceremony to be held at the Iowa State Capitol building on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at 2:30pm.

Being selected for the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame is the most prestigious state-level honor volunteers can receive as recognition of extraordinary donations of volunteer service to their communities. The 2020 and 2021 Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame inductees include:

  • Dr. Jeffrey Akey, Hiawatha (2020)
  • Jerry R. Armstrong, West Des Moines (2021)
  • Alan Clyde Becker, Fort Atkinson (2021)
  • Boone Hope Foundation, Boone (2020)
  • Gary L. Lawson, West Des Moines (2020)
  • Deb Pulver, West Des Moines (2020)
  • Bridget D. Reed, Waterloo (2021)
  • Kim Seligman, Muscatine (2021)
  • Mary Taylor, Cedar Falls (2021)
  • Warren Van Dyke, Greene (2020)

The recipients of the 2020-2021 Excellence in Mentoring Award are:

  • Chris Barnard, Davenport (Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley)
  • Margaret Burns, Shenandoah (M.A.Y. Mentoring)

For comprehensive profiles of the Volunteer Hall of Fame inductees, visit For profiles of the Excellence in Mentoring award recipients, visit


Electronic photographs will be available shortly after the ceremony at or by sending a request, including the name of the award recipient, to

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

About Iowa Mentor

Iowa Mentor serves as the certifying body for youth mentoring programs in Iowa, advancing the quality of the mentoring field by providing professional development; engaging stakeholders to increase the number of mentors; and creating awareness of the positive benefits of youth mentoring as a proven youth development strategy. Iowa Mentor is a collaborative program of Volunteer Iowa and works to build relationships between government, private, and public agencies in support of youth mentoring which is essential for strengthening families, communities and the state of Iowa. More information is available at

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