Allen Stickfort of Reinbeck, Iowa, received a 2014 Governor's Volunteer Award from Governor Terry E. Brandstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds during a special recognition ceremony held June 17 in Cedar Falls at the Gallagher Bluedorn Center at the University of Northern Iowa.
Allen Stickfort was honored with a individual Volunteer Award by Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging for service to the Senior Community in Reinbeck.
"It's always a great pleasure for me to honor and recognize the volunteers who accomplish extraordinary things through service to help their communities, fellow citizens and the great state of Iowa," said Governor Brandstad. "These dedicated volunteers lead by example-not only encouraging the people they help, but motivating others to serve as well. I sincerely thank them all for their dedication and efforts."
"The Governor and I are strong believers that our community volunteers, charitable nonprofits, and faith-based institutions are often best equipped to provide long-term solutions to the challenges we face," said Lt. Governor Reynolds. "Some of our most promising and cost-effective solutions to literacy, disaster response, drop-out prevention, and community development are fueled by tapping into our best assets-our people and our volunteer spirit."
The Governor's Volunteer Awards (GVA) program was created in l982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983. What began as a small program for 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 award. Hundreds of volunteers are recognized each year with awards in one of four categories: Individual, Group, Length of Service or Disaster Volunteer.
Recipients of the Governor's Volunteer Award do not necessarily need to live in Iowa, but their service must have benefited Iowans or an Iowa organization. Award criteria include an individual or group who has
- demonstrated exceptional commitment to volunteerism by helping with a special project or ongoing activities.
- demonstrated exemplary leadership, creativity, cooperation and hard work in their service to others.
- made an outstanding contribution to state or community through volunteer service.
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/awards or call 515-725-3094.