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The Governor's Volunteer Award program was established in 1982 to honor and recognize the commitment, service and time that hundreds of volunteers contribute each year to meet community challenges; making our cities, towns, schools, and our state a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

The program recognizes individuals and organizations who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, creativity, cooperation, and hard work through their volunteer service—with a prestigious state-level recognition award.

Awards were presented at a special event in Cedar Rapids on June 28, 2016.  Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was on hand to personally recognize and thank each award winner.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley is very blessed and fortunate to have hundreds of volunteers make our organization a success.  A mentor, for example, volunteer on average, 4 to 10 hours a month with their littles in either one-on-one or in group activities.  Many have served as mentors for a number of years, with 25% serving more than 4 years with BBBSMV.  The organization is also very fortunate to count a number of service organizations as partners.  We rely on these organizations to help us with outreach, recruitment, program design and other needed resources and expertise.  All members of these organizations are also volunteers.  We come together because we both believe in giving back to our community and targeting our resources toward youth in need. 


BBBSMV proud to recognized the 2016 Iowa Governor's Volunteer Service Award winners:

               Connie Jones
               Monica Mesa
               Candy Hill
               Elizabeth Cook
               Melissa Pajunen
               Marlene Baltazor
               Londa Rodas
               Karen Orozco-Gutieruiz
               Rebecca Lynn
               Travis Guy
               Sherry Kaufman
               Lynn Toney
               John Hageman
               Megan Schoff
               Joseph Wonio
               Amy Barth
               Mu Chi Lambda Chapter- Alpha Phi Alpha  

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