The Dubuque Community School District is pleased to announce that Lori Anderson, transition facilitator for the district, will receive a 2012 Governor’s Volunteer Award during a special recognition ceremony held on June 29 in Cedar Falls.

Anderson will be honored with an individual award for her work in planning a mini-conference entitled “Serve Iowa: Empower Your Future Through Volunteerism.” The conference was designed to help individuals with disabilities and their providers explore opportunities to volunteer that match their skills and abilities. In addition to serving as a co-planner for the conference, Anderson also presented a breakout session called “Volunteer to Get Connected” with Mary Bridget Corken of Dubuque, who is also being honored with a volunteer award. Both were nominated by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. Anderson has been with the Dubuque Community Schools since 1997 and works with helping youth, in partnership with their family, to become prepared for adult life.

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.

“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.”

For more information, contact the DCSD School and Community Relations Office at (563)552-3020.