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30th Annual Governor's Volunteer Awards Presented

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Allen College received a 2013 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds during a special recognition ceremony held June 25 in Cedar Falls.

Allen College was nominated for a Group Volunteer Award by the Waterloo Community School District for their participation in the Reading Buddies Program.

The Governor's Volunteer Awards (GVA) program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983. What began as a small program only available to state government agencies has expanded over the years and now provides all Iowa nonprofit, charitable and government organizations with an easy way to honor their volunteers with a prestigious state-level recognition award. Several hundred volunteers are recognized each year with awards in one of four categories: Individual, Group, Length of Service or Disaster Volunteer.

“Volunteerism is an important part of the state’s future and well-being,” said Governor Branstad. “I am honored to have the opportunity to recognize the people of our great state who continue the tradition of neighbor helping neighbor and work tirelessly to improve their communities. Collectively, Iowa’s volunteers contribute to our ranking among the top three states in the nation for our volunteer rate.”

“The Governor and I sincerely congratulate all of this year’s award recipients,” said Lt. Governor Reynolds. “All are very deserving of the honor, and we thank them for their tremendous and selfless efforts and devotion to make a difference.”

The Governor’s Volunteer Award program is coordinated by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and the Governor’s Office. For more information, visit www.volunteeriowa.org/Organizations/ICVSPrograms/GovernorsVolunteerAwards.aspx or call 515-725-3094.

Pictured l-r: Mary Brown, Allen College; Lt. Governor Reynolds; Anna Weepie, Allen College; Kristin Teig Torres, Allen College