The majority of the local volunteers deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors in Cherokee, Ida, Monona, Plymouth, and Woodbury counties. Others assisted with meals and activities at congregate meal sites, represented the seniors in their communities and counties on the Board of Directors or Advisory Council, or assisted with the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program educating their peers about Medicare fraud, scams and identity theft.
The Governor's Volunteer Awards program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983. The program has grown from a small program only available to state agencies to its present function of providing all Iowa nonprofit, charitable, and government organizations with an easy and effective way to honor their volunteers with a prestigious state-level recognition award.
Volunteers may be nominated for an award in one of several categories; Individual, Group, Length of Service, or Disaster Volunteer. More than 700 volunteers were selected for awards in 2011.