By Lauren Kollauf on Monday, February 24, 2020

NOTE: In response to COVID-19, Volunteer Iowa encourages Iowans to seek virtual volunteer opportunities. Get connected with a virtual volunteer opportunity here.

Top 3 reasons why you should participate 

Give Back Iowa is an eight-week challenge to encourage workplaces across the state to participate in community volunteering. 

Between April 1 and May 31, Iowans will engage in employer-supported volunteering, both during and outside of the workday. It doesn’t matter how many employees you have or if you already have an formal volunteer program in place.


Bankers Trust was the 2017 winner in the Large Workplace category.

At the end of the challenge, hours will be tallied and winners in various categories will be announced. The friendly competition is organized by Volunteer Iowa and presented in partnership with the Healthiest State Initiative and Alliant Energy.

Ready to register? Awesome — Register here!

Still not convinced? Here are the top 3 reasons why your workplace should participate:

#1 — It benefits your bottom line

Research shows the connection between employer-supported volunteering and improved employee engagement, employee wellness, organizational commitment, job satisfaction and retention. Engaged employees lead to increased profitability and productivity!

RELATED: Iowa companies see high return on investing in volunteerism

#2 — You can make a difference in your community

Last year, more than 50 participating organizations logged more than 83,000 hours of service during the Give Back Iowa challenge! That time is an invaluable resource to community organizations who rely on volunteers to continue providing much-needed goods and services.

SEE PHOTOS: Gov. Reynolds visits 2019 winning workplaces

#3 — The governor could visit your workplace

Employer winners in each size category (small, medium and large) are recognized with a visit to the workplace by Iowa's governor and/or lieutenant governor. This is a great opportunity to show off your organization to the state’s highest leaders.

Bankers Trust winner

Bankers Trust was the 2017 winner in the Large Workplace category and received a visit from Gov. Kim Reynolds.


Join the growing list of workplaces who have already committed to participating in the 2020 Give Back Iowa challenge. If you still have questions, visit Volunteer Iowa’s FAQ page.

Get your employer involved – it's simple:

  • Register your organization: volunteerchallenge.iowa.gov 
  • Track the hours of your employees
  • Record those hours on our system
  • Celebrate your employees!