June 20th, 2012

Great River Friends volunteer Fred Kelly received a 2012 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds Friday, June 1, during a recognition ceremony in Ottumwa.

Kelly was honored for five years of service to the Senior Health Information Insurance Program. SHIIP is a free, confidential service of the State of Iowa that provides unbiased information to help Iowans make decisions about Medicare and other health coverage. It is available at Great River Health Systems.

Besides completing an extensive six-day training program when he became a SHIIP volunteer, Kelly also is a trained presenter for SHIIP’s “Welcome to Medicare” seminars.

“I am very pleased to honor those who have given the precious gift of their time to make a difference and enrich lives in communities all across Iowa,” said Gov. Branstad. “I never tire of meeting volunteers and hearing about the wonderful accomplishments they contribute to making this state great.”

The Governor’s Volunteer Awards recognizes volunteers for Iowa nonprofit, charitable and government programs. It is coordinated by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and the Governor’s Office.

Great River Friends is a community of donors and volunteers that supports Great River Health Systems with their gifts of time, talent and treasure. For more information or to join, please call Volunteer Services at (319) 768-3340