Marshalltown High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) of Marshalltown, Iowa received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Chester J. Culver during a special recognition ceremony held Thursday, July 22, 2010 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
The Governor’s Volunteer Awards (GVA) program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards present in 1983. The program has grown from a small program only availalable to state agencies to its present function of providing all Iowa nonprofit, charitable , and government organizations with an easy and effective way to honor their volunteers with a prestigious state-level recognition award.
Volunteers may be nominated for an award in one of several categories: Individual, Group, Length of Service, or Disaster Volunteer. Nearly 800 volunteers were selected for awards in 2010.
Marshalltown High School’s National Honor Society was honored with a Group Volunteer Award by Department of Transportation for their work in the Adopt A Hwy program.
“The devotion of these volunteers has helped Iowa achieve the second highest state volunteer rate in the county,” said Governor Culver. “Lt. Governor Judge, the First Lady, and I are honored to have this opportunity to personally thank this year’s award recipients for donating their time, dedication, and talent to make a tremendous difference in our state.”
The most recent “Volunteering in America” study, released June 15, details the millions of hours that volunteers in Iowa collectively contribut. The estimated annual economic impact of that service is well over $1 billion. The entire report can be viewed at www.voluneeringinamerica.gov.
The Governor’s Volunteer Award program is coordinated by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and the Governor’s Office. For more information, visit www.volunteeriowa.org or call 515-725-3094.
Accepting the award for Marshalltown High School’s National Honor Society were Dr. Kenneth Hayes, administration, and members Ashton Baardseth, Zoe Harris, Ethan Lampman, and Jill Schoborg.