Governor Branstad created this program in 1982. The program allows nonprofit, charitable and government organizations with a noncompetitive way to honor their cherished volunteers with a prestigious state-level recognition award. Award recipient criteria include an individual or group who has:
* Demonstrated exceptional commitment to volunteerism by help 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.
Cherokee Mental Health Institute nominated Pastor Pinky; for four years, she has devoted every Saturday afternoon providing church services for patients at the MHI and Jackson Recovery Center's Cherokee center (the Synergy Center).
In the words of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, "Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place."