City of Dubuque News Release

Dubuque Residents Receive Governor's Volunteer Award

Heather Satterly
AmeriCorps Partners in Learning, 563-584-8644

Jody Benz
Volunteer Iowa, 515-348-6226

June 22, 2018 -- For Immediate Release

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Alison Prada and Cathy Waddick, both of Dubuque, each received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg during a special recognition ceremony on June 21, 2018, in Cedar Falls.

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. Prada and Waddick were both selected for an individual award by the City of Dubuque’s AmeriCorps Partners in Learning for a cumulative total of eight years and 4,050 hours of service to the Dubuque community.

“Both Alison and Cathy have been pillars within our program and our schools. Together, they have helped our program achieve great success by their unwavering dedication to the Dubuque Community School District, the AmeriCorps Partners in Learning Program and the City of Dubuque,” said Heather Satterly, Program Director of AmeriCorps Partners in Learning. “We are so excited to see their impact highlighted by the great state of Iowa.”

More than 500 awards are being presented this year during ceremonies held at several locations around the state.  It is estimated that more than 20,000 hours of service, with an economic impact of nearly $500,000, were served by this year’s honorees during the past 12 months.

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A complete list of award recipients and an electronic copy of this news release are available at  Photographs will be available from the Volunteer Iowa website approximately one week following the ceremony.

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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