Volunteer Iowa announced recently that its annual process of accepting recommendations for Governor’s Volunteer Awards has begun, and the submission deadline is April 13.

The Governor’s Volunteer Award program provides an easy way to honor the dedicated people who volunteer their time and talent to help an agency or organization deliver on its mission.

Nonprofits, charitable organizations and government entities (city, county, state and federal) may recommend an individual volunteer or group of volunteers who directly assisted the organization with a project, event or activity for an award.

A $15 handling fee per award helps cover the cost of printing certificates, invitations and ceremony materials, as well as memento photos, pins and postage. Awards are presented during regional recognition events held each summer.

Guidelines and detailed instructions are available at www.volunteeriowa.org.