The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service is made up of 21 voting commissioners, who are appointed by the governor and serve three-year terms.


This year and just recently, Traci Kirtley was reappointed by Gov. Kim Reynolds. The commission is responsible for administrating Iowa’s national service and volunteer programs.


“The commission is empowered by federal and state statutes to set priorities and determine what programs best meet the needs of Iowa,” Kirtley said. “Our purpose is to promote volunteerism and service in the state, and to help create opportunities for individuals to be engaged within their communities.”


Kirtley, who lives near Huxley and works as the chief program officer for College Possible, said serving others benefits both the community and individuals.


“I really believe in volunteering and service and the power of service to address local issues. Being involved in the commission gives a me a chance to help promote that at the state and federal level,” Kirtley said.


One of Kirtley’s favorite quotes regarding service to others is one by Martin Luther King, “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”


Volunteers looking for opportunities to serve in this area can check out the Volunteer Center in Ames, the United Way of Story County Iowa Reading Corps program and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).