Give Back Iowa Challenge

We are excited to announce the return of the Give Back Iowa Challenge, an eight week competition running from April 1- May 31 to engage Iowans in employer supported volunteering! Employers with the highest average number of volunteer hours per employee will be recognized with a visit by the Governor or Lieutenant Governor to their workplace. 2017 winners included First Citizens Bank from Mason City! Let’s keep Mason City in the spotlight. 

Give Back Iowa is an opportunity for employees who volunteer to receive recognition by tracking and reporting their hours, as well as for employees that may be first time volunteers to try something new that could help them develop additional skills or enthusiasm for their work.

How it works:
– Employers register for the challenge any time through May 31st.
– Employees log their volunteer hours between April 1st and May 31st. An easy way to log hours is by creating a volunteer profile on the Mason City Volunteer Center website (be sure to check off ‘Participating in Give Back Iowa’ on the application!), and then using the time sheet on our volunteer portal to track hours. If your employees haven’t tracked hours through our website before, take a read through our Tracking Hours on the MCVC Website Instructions Booklet. Alternatively, employees to track their volunteer time on the Give Back Iowa website.
– The Mason City Volunteer Center will then provide the logged hours to Volunteer Iowa.
– Winning employers will be selected based on average hours per employees.

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Why do the challenge?
Research of employer volunteer programs has shown a positive impact on business and organizations, including improved employee engagement, organizational commitment, job satisfaction, and retention. It’s time to help make Iowa (and Mason City!) a leader in employer-organized volunteering. Sign up today and see the benefits employee volunteers can bring to your company.

Further research and complete information on how to participate in the Give Back Iowa Challenge can be found at

If you have questions please contact or call 641-424-7181.

Thank you for your support in making Iowa and Mason City such a great place to work!

This challenge is run by:
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