July 1, 2021


Betsy Shelton, Volunteer Iowa


DES MOINES, Iowa – The 2021 Governor’s Volunteer Awards will be announced during a virtual special recognition ceremony on Wednesday, July 14 at 10:30am. The ceremony will feature remarks from Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg.

“Reaching out and lending a helping hand is at the core of who we are as Iowans,” said Governor Kim Reynolds. “For 37 years, the Governor's Volunteer Award program has recognized those with a deep commitment to serving their communities in unique and meaningful ways. It’s truly an honor to recognize their work and convey the gratitude of our state.”

More than 790 awards are being presented this year during ceremonies held virtually on July 14. It is estimated that more than 265 communities in Iowa were served by this year’s honorees. Visit for information on how to view the ceremony.

Coordinated by Volunteer Iowa, the Governor's Volunteer Award program—now in its 37 th year—provides an easy way for Iowa nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities to honor their volunteers with a prestigious, state-level award. More information is available at


About Volunteer Iowa 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