The Give Back Iowa Challenge is an eight week competition running from April 1- May 31, 2017 to engage Iowans in employer supported volunteering. Research of employer volunteer programs has shown a positive impact on business and organizations, including improved employee engagement, organizational commitment, job satisfaction, and retention.
Give Back Iowa is an opportunity for employees who volunteer to receive recognition by tracking and reporting their hours, as well as for first time volunteers to try something new that could help them develop additional skills or enthusiasm for their work. Employers with the highest average number of volunteer hours per employee will be recognized with a visit by the Governor or Lieutenant Governor to their workplace. Last year’s winners include Worldly Goods in Ames, West Music Company in Coralville, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa in Waterloo, First Citizens Bank in Mason City, Riverside Casino and Golf Resort in Riverside, and Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
In order to increase overall participation in the Challenge, we encourage you to register for the challenge and to show your leadership by sharing this information with your networks. Employers are encouraged to register by April 1, but may register any time through May 31st.
Complete information on how to participate in the Give Back Iowa Challenge can be found at volunteeriowa.org/givebackiowa