[INDEPENDENCE, IOWA] – Friends of Cedar Rock received the Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg during a special recognition ceremony held July 30, 2018 in Marion, Iowa.
The Friends of Cedar Rock was selected for a group award by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau for restoring the last remaining original Frank Lloyd Wright river pavilion. The friends group raised nearly $200,000 for the project.
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.
“We greatly appreciate the hours of hard work and dedication that the Friends of Cedar Rock provided to the care of state parks,” said Todd Coffelt, DNR parks bureau chief. “These organizations exemplify the importance of volunteerism and we thank them for their service.”
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.