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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Two AmeriCorps volunteers in Dubuque were awarded Thursday with a 2015 Governor's Volunteer Award during a special recognition in Cedar Falls.

Matt Esser of Dubuque and Therese Stanton of Bernard were honored for their four years of service to the Dubuque community.  Esser has logged more than 2,700 hours and Stanton has racked up 3,600 volunteer hours.

“Iowa is recognized as a national leader in volunteerism and service because of the steadfast devotion of our volunteers,” stated Governor Terry E. Branstad. “I am pleased to have an opportunity to personally thank this year's Governor's Volunteer Award recipients for contributing their priceless time and talent in ways that make an enormous difference in our state.”

The Governor's Volunteer Awards (GVA) program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983. What began as a small program for 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 award. Hundreds of volunteers are recognized each year with awards in one of four categories: Individual, Group, Length of Service or Disaster Volunteer.

Recipients of the Governor's Volunteer Award do not necessarily need to live in Iowa, but their service must have benefited Iowans or an Iowa organization. Award criteria include an individual or group who has:

  • demonstrated exceptional commitment to volunteerism by helping with a special project or ongoing activities
  • demonstrated exemplary leadership, creativity, cooperation and hard work in their service to others
  • made an outstanding contribution to state or community through volunteer service
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