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FMCH, Pinnacle Foods employees are giving back

March 29, 2017 GMT

Fort Madison is one of the many places across the state where, when people retire, they lose their timecards and replace them with work gloves and day planners. Even people still earning a living have no problem stopping what they are doing and giving their neighbors a helping hand. That’s why it is no surprise that already, two groups in Fort Madison have taken part in the Give Back Iowa Challenge being put on annually by Volunteer Iowa.

Give Back Iowa Challenge is an eight week program running from April 1 to May 31. The idea is to engage Iowans in employer supported volunteering. How well does it work? Currently, there are 45 employers already registered, representing almost 40,000 employee volunteers. And it’s not too late to register.

Employers can register at any time during the challenge. Some of the employers who have already registered include Fort Madison Community Hospital and Pinnacle Foods Inc., Fort Madison.

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Angie Budnik, FMCH Community Relations Director, said the employees understand the importance of volunteerism.

“Fort Madison Community Hospital believes that giving back through volunteerism is vital to the success of our community. The FMCH Mission statement encourages our employees to advance the health and well-being of all people through community service,” she said. “Our employees do give back throughout the year, but during the Give Back Challenge time period we are putting forth a department challenge to step up that involvement. The department with the most recorded volunteer hours per person will be rewarded. We also know volunteering is good for your health, reducing your stress level and giving you a sense of accomplishment and connection, so we promote volunteerism to everyone as part of your good health.”

Pinnacle’s plant manager was also contacted for a comment, but did not return phone calls in time for this article.

Employer volunteerism is an area of potential growth for Iowa, and the business case for employer volunteer programs is strong. Volunteering has not only a significant impact on meeting community needs, but employer supported volunteering leads to improved employee engagement, organizational commitment, job satisfaction and retention, which can improve business outcomes.

Give Back Iowa is an opportunity for employees who volunteer to receive recognition by tracking and reporting their hours.