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Governor’s Volunteer Awards Presented

Judy Schmit

Nominated by Dubuque County Early Childhood (DCEC), Judy Schmit of Cascade, IA received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Kim Reynolds during a special recognition ceremony held on September 1 in Cedar Falls.

Judy was honored with an Individual Award for distinguished volunteer service. Judy’s volunteer hours for DCEC total well over 1,000. She has served on the board, as a committee member, and as an office volunteer.

Dubuque County Early Childhood, a nonprofit organization, promotes healthy and successful children. For more information, contact Dubuque County Early Childhood at (563) 588-1620, www.DCEarlychild.org.

Anthony Allen, of Dubuque, and the Dubuque Black Men Coalition also received Governor’s Volunteer Awards from Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg during a special recognition ceremony held in Cedar Falls.

Anthony Allen was nominated by the City of Dubuque Human Rights Department and honored with an individual award for serving in various volunteer capacities with the department. Anthony began serving as a volunteer mediator in 1996, completing 32 hours of mediation training and mediating neighborhood disputes and, later, school truancy disputes. He continues to mediate today. From 2006-2008, he volunteered to be a part of the human rights department’s intercultural facilitators team, completing 90 hours of training and assisting with workshops. From 2005 to the present, he has served on the Human Rights Commission, and continues as its current chairperson. Finally, he has served on the Dubuque Community Police Relations Committee, a panel of City staff and community volunteers who review complaints of police misconduct related to a person’s civil rights.

The Dubuque Black Men Coalition, a network of black professionals, was nominated by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and honored with a group award for their work to ensure local youth are thriving. Local statistics suggest that youth from low-income families and youth of color continue to fall behind in many areas; the Dubuque Black Men Coalition offers support and leadership for programs and services that help our area youth grow and succeed. This group offers positive alternatives in educational, vocational, and recreational activities for African-American boys and young adult men. For the past seven years, they have continued to be a positive resource in our community.

Coordinated by Volunteer Iowa, the Governor’s Volunteer Award program – now in its 34th year – provides an easy way for Iowa nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities to honor their volunteers with a prestigious, state-level award.


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