Jennifer Brandt of Osceola received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg Sept. 25 during a special recognition ceremony in Pleasant Hill.
Brandt was honored with an individual award by Graceland University AmeriCorps Youth Launch for her service as an AmeriCorps member through Clarke County Extension office over the past four years.
“Volunteerism is such an integral part of what it means to be an Iowan,” 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 10 nationally.”
More than 600 awards are being presented this year during ceremonies held at several locations around the state. It is estimated 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 12 months.
“Volunteering is win-win,” 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 Iowa nonprofits, charitable organizations and government entities to honor their volunteers with a prestigious, state-level award.
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.