On a snowy Monday morning Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a new Executive Order recognizing the importance of volunteerism to the state of Iowa. The press conference highlighted COSC and Green Iowa AmeriCorps with their work in the Save Some Green Neighborhood Initiative spreading energy efficiency education in Des Moines neighborhoods.
Branstad’s order establishes a council to promote and spread national service in Iowa, a first of its kind in any state. The council will work with the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Services and the Corporation for National and Community Service to meet support and expand AmeriCorps and volunteer opportunities in the state.
The story was even picked up in the White House’s press blog saluting the initiative and singling out Green Iowa AmeriCorps amongst the many AmeriCorps groups working in Des Moines and throughout Iowa.
AmeriCorps celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. In those 20 years, AmeriCorps has distinguished itself as one of the best ways for people of all ages to get involved in non-profit and volunteer work throughout America. It’s exactly this tradition of service that Governor Branstad’s order recognized in COSC and Green Iowa AmeriCorps’ partnership.