[Osceola, IA]- Derek Lumsden of Osceola received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg during a special recognition ceremony held September 25th in Pleasant Hill.
Lumsden was honored with an Individual award by Main Street Iowa for his nearly ten years of volunteer work in Main Street Iowa communities.
Michael Wagler, Main Street Iowa State Coordinator noted, “At its core, Main Street is a program that is driven by passion for a place, dedication to the cause, and investing energy in the movement to develop the downtown as the heart of the community. Derek has demonstrated this through his investment of nearly 10 years in the Main Street Iowa network.”
“Volunteerism is such an integral part of what it means to be an Iowan,” Governor Kim Reynolds said. “I’m pleased to honor those who have given of themselves to meet the needs of others. Their commitment helps improve the lives of those around them and consistently keep our state’s volunteerism rate in the top ten nationally.”
More than 600 awards are being presented this year during ceremonies held at several locations around the state. It is estimated that more than 31,000 hours of service, with an economic impact of more than $727,000, were served by this year’s honorees during the past twelve months.
“Volunteering is win-win,” Lt. Governor Adam Gregg said. “Not only does it have a positive impact on the individuals served, but also transforms the individuals giving. The dedication of those selected for these awards often encourages others to get involved, and I’m happy to recognize them for their important contributions.”
Coordinated by Volunteer Iowa, the Governor’s Volunteer Award program—now in its 34th year— provides an easy way for nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities to honor their volunteers with a prestigious, state-level award.
More information is available at volunteeriowa.org.