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