Des Moines, IA – The Give Back Iowa Challenge begins on Thursday. It’s an eight-week effort that runs from April 1st through the end of May, aimed at engaging Iowans in employer-supported volunteering. Betsy Shelton, the communications and engagement officer for Volunteer Iowa, says the challenge is a chance for Iowans who volunteer to get a little recognition by tracking and reporting their hours.
This is the seventh year for the challenge. Participation in 2020 suffered due to the pandemic, but those who took part got creative with their volunteerism, making masks, delivering food and doing yard work for neighbors. She says things are picking up this year.
In recent years, Iowa has ranked as one of the best states for volunteerism. Whether through churches, schools, sports or our employers, volunteerism is a tremendous benefit for our communities and our economy, but she says it’s also good for our physical and mental health.
Employers are urged to register by March 31st but they can sign up at any point during the challenge. Top volunteer employers will be recognized with a visit by the governor or lieutenant governor to their workplace.
For more information or to sign up, go to VolunteerChallenge.Iowa.gov.