Month of Service
2022 Iowa CPAs Month of Service
Unite with CPAs, co-workers and accounting students for the annual Iowa CPAs Month of Service to make a positive impact in your local community this September. Since its launch in 2015, the profession-wide community service event has logged well over 10,000 volunteer hours on projects impacting over 100 organizations in Iowa. The event helps raise awareness of the CPA profession’s influence in communities across the state each September. Hopefully, this inspires younger Iowans considering a future career as a certified public accountant.
IMPORTANT! Report your volunteer activities by Oct. 6
Once your volunteer activity is done, complete the Month of Service report to help us tabulate and share results from this year's event. We also use this information to select Month of Service Award recipients.
Reporting links will be available on September 1.
INDIVIDUAL reporting here. TEAM reporting (team leader completes for the team) here.
Share your projects and service!
Take pictures and videos of your volunteer projects or activities while wearing your event t-shirt and share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #IowaCPAsGiveBack22. Be sure to tag us! Find all of our social media links in the footer of this web page.
Who can participate
ISCPA members, co-workers and student members are encouraged to participate individually or as a team. Volunteer for a community or charitable cause of your choice for a day or a few hours — any activity that benefits your community counts!
Sign up to participate
Individuals: register here. Teams: Use the team registration form and refer to these steps for organizing a team.
Deadline for registrations for those wanting volunteer t-shirts is Aug. 10. Registration remains open through Sept. 15 without t-shirt.
Supporting youth health and wellbeing
Help support ISCPA's 2022 Month of Service spotlight on youth health and wellbeing by joining us in championing the BackPack Program through Food Bank of Iowa. Kids need nutritious food to grow, develop and learn. The BackPack Program bridges the gap between the weekend and school week. Elementary students in need receive a sack of nutritious, kid-friendly food each Friday during the school year.
How you can get involved with the BackPack Program:
- Use the DONATE option on the Food Bank of Iowa website.
- Volunteer your time or host a food drive
- Des Moines and Ottumwa sites
- Siouxland location
- Northeast Iowa resources
Other ways to support youth across Iowa:
- Contact your local community schools! Pick up the phone and see how you can help.
- Inquire about supply wish lists
- Volunteer time in classroom or after school groups
- Look into mentor opportunities
Sponsor the event
For only $500 you or your business can be a Champion level sponsor with your name or logo on the event t-shirts and other benefits. Two other sponsorship levels are available. Hurry! Month of Service sponsorship submission deadline is Aug. 5.
Contact Kim Ripley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lindsey Haley at email@example.com or call 800-659-6375.
Looking for ideas on how you or your team can participate? Host a charity drive at your business or visit VolunteerMatch to find something in your part of the state. Looking for remote options? Here are some websites with virtual or remote volunteering ideas and options:
- Points of Light
- MENTOR and iCouldBe.org have partnered to create a Virtual Mentoring Portal. This online tool is one way to connect with young people while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
Here are some great resources for volunteer opportunities:
- Food Bank of Iowa
- Eat Greater Des Moines
- Northeast Iowa BackPack Program
- Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition
- Table to Table
- Iowa Gardening for Good
September is also Hunger Action Month and you can support the Iowa Food Bank Association, which serves children, adults and seniors in all of Iowa’s 99 counties. Simply locate the food bank in your part of the state and find a volunteer opportunity that’s right for you or your team. Questions? Contact your local food bank.
Looking for ideas to volunteer outdoors? Here are some organizations that offer opportunities or links. Anything from helping harvest food (see links above) to restoring benches, planting trees or improving prairies at state parks:
- State park volunteers
- Iowa National Heritage Foundation - individual based activities
- Polk County Conservation - contact for individual or small group projects
- Hartman Reserve Nature Center (Cedar Valley area)