STORM LAKE - Twenty-seven Buena Vista University (BVU) students and the BVU football team were honored at the 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Awards ceremony held July 16 on the BVU campus.


Taylor Wieland, a recent BVU graduate with a degree in art and Spanish from Perry, was among the students recognized.


Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg attended the event, and more than 65 individuals and organizations from northwest Iowa received awards at the ceremony in Storm Lake, which was one of five awards programs being held across Iowa this summer.


The individual BVU students were nominated by Dr. Ashley Farmer-Hanson, interim vice president of student affairs and dean of students at BVU, who also serves as a member of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service’s Program Development Committee. BVU’s award recipients have been involved in a variety of volunteer organizations and activities, including BV Buddies, an organization in which students serve as mentors to local middle school students; Student MOVE, which coordinates service programs and events that focus on direct service, education, and reflection; and Iowa College AmeriCorps, a federal program that students apply to be a part of that meets local community needs by volunteering 300 or 450 hours of service during an academic year.


“The Governor’s Volunteer Awards ceremony is a major recognition event for Iowa,” said Sarah Callihan, AmeriCorps civic engagement coordinator at BVU. “Over 5,000 people were nominated and 27 BVU students, as well as the BVU football team, were chosen to receive an award. To be recognized for volunteerism at this level is a major accomplishment and a matter of pride both for yourself and for the community in which you served.”


The BVU football team also received a group award for 20 years of continuous service with the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway Program.


Coordinated by Volunteer Iowa, the Governor’s Volunteer Award program - now in its 35th year - recognizes the dedicated people who volunteer their time and talent to help fulfill the missions of Iowa nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities. The program provides an easy way for these organizations to honor their volunteers with a prestigious, state-level award.


The Governor’s Volunteer Award program, which is coordinated by Volunteer Iowa and is in its 35th year, recognizes the dedicated people who volunteer their time and talent to help fulfill the missions of Iowa nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities. The program provides an easy way for these organizations to honor their volunteers with a prestigious, state-level award.


More than 500 awards are being presented this year during ceremonies held at several locations around the state. It is estimated that more than 20,000 hours of service, with an economic impact of nearly $500,000, were served by this year’s honorees during the past twelve months.