May 26, 2022

Betsy Shelton, Volunteer Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa – The 2022 Governor’s Volunteer Awards will be announced during special recognition ceremonies across the state. The ceremonies will feature remarks from Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg.

“Iowans take great pride in their deep and rich commitment for serving others—it’s in our DNA,” Governor Kim Reynolds said. “Iowa nice is the foundation of our state--you see it everywhere you turn-- Iowans volunteering their time to help others and improve their communities and our state. It truly is an honor to be able to recognize these individuals for their meaningful acts of generosity through the Governor’s Volunteer Awards and inspire others to do the same.”

More than 500 awards are being presented this year during five ceremonies across Iowa. It is estimated that more than 150 communities in Iowa were served by this year’s honorees.

Coordinated by Volunteer Iowa, the Governor's Volunteer Award program—now in its 38th year—provides an easy way for Iowa nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities to honor their volunteers with a prestigious, state-level award.

The awards ceremonies will take place at the below dates and cities:

  • Tuesday, May 31, University of Northern Iowa, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Cedar Falls
  • Wednesday, June 8, Indian Hills Community College Dining Hall, Ottumwa
  • Wednesday, June 15, Prairie High School Concert Hall, Cedar Rapids
  • Tuesday, June 21, Southeast Polk High School Auditorium, Pleasant Hill
  • Date TBD, Buena Vista University, Schaller Memorial Chapel, Storm Lake

More information is available at


A complete list of award recipients 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