Volunteer named to Iowa Hall of Fame

Great River Health System volunteer Fred Kelly will be honored as a new member of the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame Wednesday, April 26, at the Iowa State Capitol. He is the first individual inductee from Des Moines County in the Volunteer Iowa award’s 28-year history.

The other 2017 members are Edward Hertko, M.D., West Des Moines, and William Laubengayer, Coralville.

The public can vote through Wednesday, April 19, for the People’s Choice Award, which gives extra recognition for an individual’s contributions as a volunteer. The winner will be announced during the April 26 ceremony. To learn about all three inductees and vote, click HERE.

In the last 10 years, Kelly has made the health system’s Senior Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) team one of the most successful in the state. The volunteer service has grown to have nine counselors and seven office assistants. Together, they have helped 5,754 clients save a total of $1.4 million.

SHIIP is a free confidential service of the State of Iowa.

“Fred serves with compassion, dedication, wisdom and humor,” said Michelle McGraw, coordinator, Great River Health System Volunteer Services. “He has developed the local SHIIP into a program health system administration values.”

Kelly helps train all new counselors in southeast Iowa. Although his main community is Southeast Iowa, he has served customers in 15 other Iowa counties and parts of Illinois. He has volunteered nearly 8,500 hours since 2007.

Volunteer Iowa (The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service) is part of a network of state service commissions throughout the U.S. that foster bipartisan commitment to advancing service initiatives and developing, communicating and promoting a statewide vision and ethic of service.

Volunteer Iowa, its commissioners, staff and partner agencies work with organizations and individuals to:

  1. Help agencies develop quality programs that use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need
  2. Help engage Iowans in their communities by promoting service and expanding the volunteer base
  3. Connect people with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure