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Volunteerism at its core, has an enormous impact on the health and well-being of communities in our state. Last year, over 59,000 volunteer hours were completed by 56 employers across the state of Iowa to make a difference. 

The Give Back Iowa Challenge is an eight-week statewide employer-supported volunteer initiative, to serve as a competitive way to encourage organizations and businesses alike to participate in community volunteering. The Challenge runs from April 1st through May 31st. It’s simple; register your organization, track the hours of your employees, record those hours on our system, and celebrate your employees!

The Give Back Iowa Challenge was created in 2015 by Volunteer Iowa to promote employer volunteer initiatives. These programs are proven to have a positive impact on business, including improved employee engagement, organizational commitment, job satisfaction, and retention. Last year alone, this initiative recorded over 59,000 hours of volunteer service in Iowa.

Past winners of the Challenge include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa in Waterloo, First Citizens Bank in Mason City and Bankers Trust in Des Moines. Any business or organization of any size can help make Iowa a better, stronger place; one hour at a time.

Complete information and resources on how to participate and find volunteer opportunities are provided in the Give Back Iowa Challenge toolkit available at

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In partnership with: 

Volunteer Iowa Alliant Energy