As part of the recognition I was asked to share the top couple organizations I volunteer with and explain why I share my time with them. It was hard to choose the top couple because I volunteer with many groups. In the end I decided to share my experiences of volunteering with 4-H, Make-A-Wish and Farm Bureau.
|Chaperoning State 4-H Conference (I'm on the far right)
|Working with one of my Wish Kids
|Doing a radio interview before my local county Farm Bureau's
"Breakfast Battle" National Food Check-Out Week event
So... What's your 50? I enjoy volunteering because it allows me to make new personal connections and make a big difference in my community, especially in the lives of young people. I am proud of where I am from and by volunteering I can only make it better and strive longer. Volunteering is a great way to become a leader in your community. No matter the amount of time you have to give, there is a volunteering opportunity for you. I personally average five hours of service each week. For you, it might be helping with one program's project or event. Whatever it is, you are making a difference. Through the "What's Your 50?" campaign, the Governor's Call to Action is to encourage Iowan's to increase their service activities to 50 hours per year. Currently, Iowa is ranked second in the nation for its state volunteer rate.