The Tama County Career Development Center, Tama, received a 2012 Governor's Volunteer Award from Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds during a special recognition ceremony held June 29 in Cedar Rapids.
The Governor's Volunteer Awards (GVA) program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983. What began as a small program only available to 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 recognition award.
Several hundred volunteers are recognized each year with awards in one of several categories: Individual, Group, Length of Service or Disaster Volunteer.
The Tama County Career Development Center received a Governor’s Volunteer Award at a Cedar Rapids ceremony on June 29. From left are Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Berlene Wobeter, Career Development Center vocational trainer, consumers Kyle Groen, Vince Boyer, Mandy Emke and Tim Hauser and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds.
"I am very pleased to honor those who have given the precious gift of their time to make a difference and enrich lives in communities all across Iowa," said Governor Branstad. "I never tire of meeting volunteers and hearing about the wonderful accomplishments they contribute to making this state great."
"An unknown author wrote ""Volunteers are seldom paid; not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless?," said Lt. Governor Reynolds. "I couldn't agree more. The Governor and I are privileged to thank and recognize all of this years award recipients for their dedication."
The Tama County Career Development Center was honored with a group Volunteer Award and was nominated by the Hawkeye Area Agency on Aging.
The Governor's Volunteer Award program is coordinated by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and the Governor's Office.