Volunteer Iowa is pleased to announce the winners of the 8th Annual Give Back Iowa Challenge, a campaign in which businesses encourage their employees to volunteer and log their hours as part of a statewide competition. This year, the challenge ran from April 1 – May 30 across the state of Iowa.
From a business perspective, employer supported volunteering impacts the bottom line. Studies show it leads to improved employee engagement, organizational commitment, job satisfaction, and retention. From an engagement perspective, places of employment are perfect environments to encourage and support volunteering efforts that contribute toward meeting significant community challenges.
The 2022 Give Back Iowa Challenge outcomes showed higher levels of volunteering and increased participation across the state. The total number of hours logged in 2022 nearly doubled last year’s totals.
Participating employers were divided into two categories based on the number of employees. Winners were selected by the highest average number of volunteer hours per employee. The 2022 winners are:
• Small: CENT Credit Union, Mason City
Honorable Mention: Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization, Des Moines
• Large: Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, Riverside
Honorable Mention: Spencer Municipal Hospital, Spencer
“Participants in this year’s challenge logged nearly 30,000 volunteer hours over the two-month period, demonstrating once again that Iowans continue to serve their communities in a myriad of ways,” said Adam Lounsbury, Executive Director of Volunteer Iowa. “Year after year, this challenge shows that giving back to communities is a high priority for employers and employees alike.”
For resources on employer-supported volunteering or to find volunteer opportunities, visit volunteeriowa.org.
About Volunteer Iowa (or Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service) 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.
About Alliant Energy
Alliant Energy Corporation’s Iowa utility subsidiary, Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), utilizes the trade name of Alliant Energy. The Iowa utility is based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and provides electric service to 490,000 customers and natural gas service to 225,000 customers. The employees of Alliant Energy focus on delivering the energy solutions and exceptional service their customers and communities expect – safely, efficiently and responsibly. Alliant Energy Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LNT and is a component of the S&P 500. For more information, visit alliantenergy.com.
About the Healthiest State Initiative
The Healthiest State Initiative is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization driven by the goal to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. By engaging worksites, communities, schools, retail food, organizations, institutions and individuals, we can inspire Iowans and their communities to improve their health and happiness, and ultimately achieve our goal. For more information, visit www.iowahealthieststate.com.