Volunteer

Today is the fifth annual Giving Tuesday. This day, which always follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday, promotes charitable donations with a heavy emphasis on social media. 

Brianne Fitzgerald of Volunteer Iowa says nonprofits can leverage the impact of Giving Tuesday by encouraging people to post the reason they donated to the organization on social media.     

Heroes of the Heartland are recognized for acts of heroism  or community service by the American Red Cross of Greater Iowa.  This year’s recipients include fourth-grader Josh Little who saved a classmate from choking, and Baxter Police Officer Joe Bartello, who rescued a semi-truck driver by swimming through the vehicle’s broken windshield after it crashed and submerged in flood water.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with these impressive individuals.

Rescue Ready

Oct 2, 2013
IPR's Pat Blank

A study by Purdue University shows the overall death rate from accidents on American farms is declining, but the number of fatalities from grain bin entrapments has been stubbornly steady. The peak was 2010 in which 51 people, mostly teenagers died. Iowa's volunteer firefighters are getting updated training and new equipment in case a rescue is needed.

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Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowans who have participated in voluntourism, which is when volunteers travel to distant or exotic places like the beaches of Tanzania to volunteer at schools and hospitals.

Voluntourism

Aug 27, 2012
Iowa Resource for International Service / Facebook

Traveling abroad to Tanzania or Nigeria may sound exotic and exciting.  What if you got to travel to one of those far off places, got to really know some of the local people, and got to do work that will make a lasting difference… that sounds life changing.  On today's "Talk of Iowa"… Voluntourism, Iowans traveling the world to do good. 

There are more than 18,000 volunteer firefighters in the state of Iowa. Men and women who would risk their lives to save yours. On today’s Talk of Iowa, we speak with several volunteers from across the state, including service members from Pella, Evansdale, and Coralville. But first, we talk with members of the Butler family, who are featured in the documentary “Iowa’s Firefighting Family”. The documentary premieres on Iowa Public Television tonight at 7 p.m.