Loring Hospital

Olhausen Receives Governor's Volunteer Award

LeAnn Olhausen received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg during a special recognition ceremony held on Sept. 12 in Storm Lake.  

Olhausen was honored for her volunteer work over the past five years with the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). SHIIP is a confidential service of the State of Iowa that helps Iowans make informed decisions about Medicare and other health coverage. Olhausen is one of three SHIIP counselors at Loring Hospital who volunteer their time by helping Loring Hospital patients and community members navigate senior health insurance options.  

“Volunteerism is who we are as Iowans,” said Governor Kim Reynolds.  “I’m honored to recognize those who continue to give back and help their fellow Iowans.”

More than 540 awards are being presented this year during ceremonies held at several locations around the state. It is estimated that more than 27,000 hours of service, with an economic impact of more than $693,000, were contributed by this year’s honorees during the past twelve months.  

“Volunteering of your time and talents has a positive impact on our communities and the people being helped,” said Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg. “The dedication of volunteers often encourages others to get involved, which is why Iowa continues to be a top state in volunteerism.”  

Coordinated by Volunteer Iowa, the Governor's Volunteer Award program—now in its 36th year—provides an easy way for Iowa nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities to honor their volunteers with a prestigious, state-level award.