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Patti O’Keefe Receives Governor’s Volunteer Award

July 31, 2018

Patti O’Keefe with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg

Patti O’Keefe, staff member with Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg during a special recognition ceremony held Monday, July 30, 2018, at Linn-Mar High School, in Marion, Iowa.Patti was selected for the Individual Governor’s Volunteer Award for her work with the Arthritis Foundation. She has volunteered with the Arthritis Foundation since 2004 and helps organize the annual Walk to Cure Arthritis in Cedar Rapids.Upon receiving the letter informing of the award, Patti says she was “honored and surprised.”When asked why she volunteers, Patti says, “Volunteering is a great way to raise awareness for a cause you care about.” For Patti, that cause is the Arthritis Foundation. “I’ve met so many wonderful people that are truly inspiring. These are people I may not have known if it weren’t for the time I spend volunteering. “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. Congratulations, Patti! About Volunteer Iowa (Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service)Volunteer Iowa and its partner agencies work with organizations and individuals on three main fronts. The first is to help agencies develop quality programs that use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need. The second is to help engage Iowans in their communities by promoting service and expanding the volunteer base. Finally, the third area of work is to connect individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure. More information is available at

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