Through the “What’s Your 50?” campaign, we encourage Iowans to participate in volunteer and service activities at least 50 hours per year. Research has shown that an annual contribution of 50 hours tends to be a tipping point for maximizing impact; both to the individual who volunteers and the recipient of their service. Imagine the difference we can make by working together to meet some of our communities’ toughest challenges.
Challenge your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to get involved too. Use the links below to start your 50 today!
- Why 50 Hours?
- Ready to help? Find volunteer opportunities!
- Already volunteer? Register for an online account to help keep track of your hours and activities and share your stories!
- Need ideas first? Check out the FAQs to help find the best fit for your schedule, talents, and passion.
- Why Service is Critical
- Research on the Benefits of Volunteering
Do you know of a volunteer who serves at least 50 hours per year? We would love to recognize them as one of our "50 Faces of Volunteers." Volunteer Iowa selects one nomination to feature every other week.
Nominating is easy! You'll submit a short paragraph or two about the volunteer(s) and their experience. The who/what/where/when (or for how long) and, most importantly, the why of their volunteer cause. We have provided some questions to prompt responses. This is a great opportunity to help showcase a dedicated volunteer or volunteer group in your community. An accompanying photograph of the volunteer(s) in action or at their place of service is strongly suggested. We would prefer the photographs not include any person from a vulnerable population being served (children, elderly, etc.—unless permission is expressly provided in writing). You can download a photo release form online.
Tell us about a great volunteer
Recognition certificate: When your volunteers reach the benchmark of contributing 50 hours of service during one year, you may want to recognize them with a special certificate signed by Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg. Simply download the blank certificate, type in a name and date, and print it.
Have questions? Contact Volunteer Iowa at email@example.com with “50 Faces” in the subject line or by calling 1.800.308.5987.