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Branstad Presents Volunteer Awards

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - More than 140 Eastern Iowa individuals and groups were recognized with a 2014 Governor's Volunteer Award during a special recognition ceremony Tuesday at Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids.

"It's always a great pleasure for me to honor and recognize the volunteers who accomplish extraordinary things through service to help their communities, fellow citizens, and the great state of Iowa," said Governor Branstad.  "These dedicated volunteers lead by example-not only encouraging the people they help, but motivating others to serve as well.  I sincerely thank them all for their dedication and efforts."

"The Governor and I are strong believers that our community volunteers, charitable nonprofits, and faith-based institutions are often best equipped to provide long-term solutions to the challenges we face," said Lt. Governor Reynolds.  "Some of our most promising and cost-effective solutions to literacy, disaster response, drop-out prevention, and community development are fueled by tapping into our best assets-our people and our volunteer spirit."

The Governor's Volunteer Awards (GVA) program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983.  What began as a small program for state government agencies, has expanded over the years and now provides all Iowa nonprofit, charitable, and government organizations with an easy way to honor their volunteers with a prestigious state-level award.  

Hundreds of volunteers are recognized each year with awards in one of four categories: Individual, Group, Length of Service or Disaster Volunteer.
 
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