Hundreds of certified public accountants (CPAs), their co-workers and accounting students from across Iowa will join forces to volunteer in their communities this September for the 4th annual Iowa CPAs Month of Service.
Hosted by the Iowa Society of CPAs (ISCPA), the event represents the accounting profession's ongoing commitment to give back to the communities where they live and work.
“People typically think of CPAs at tax time, but our members are out there all year, giving time and expertise to a variety of boards, nonprofits and other organizations,” said Cindy Adams, CEO of the Iowa Society of CPAs. “This event is an opportunity to bring together all Iowa CPAs – individuals, those working in accounting and finance roles at local businesses or at a CPA firm — for an opportunity to work together and positively impact communities statewide.”
Last year’s event drew 700 volunteers, 37 companies that worked together on a team project to benefit their community, logged 2,173 volunteer hours, and impacted 84 organizations in Iowa that serve children, teens, elderly, families, veterans, business owners, domestic abuse victims and those with special needs.
“This event isn’t about what I can do as an individual,” said ISCPA 2018-19 President Dwayne Vande Krol, a shareholder at Nyemaster Goode PC in Des Moines. ”It’s about what we can accomplish together as a profession.”
ISCPA hopes this event will bring awareness of what the CPA profession is all about to younger Iowans considering a future career as a certified public accountant, as well as inspire all Iowans to give back to their community.
“For many CPAs, community service is already part of their everyday life,” said ISCPA board member Brian Newton, a CPA at McGowen Hurst Clark & Smith in West Des Moines. “I like this event because it gives people of all ages an opportunity to bring help and hope to others in the community — and that is what life is about.”
Members of the media interested in finding a project near you should contact Cheryl Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-659-6375/515-985-7102. To learn more about the Iowa CPAs Month of Service event, visit www.iacpa.org/MOS.
About the Iowa Society of CPAs
Founded in 1915, the Iowa Society of CPAs (ISCPA) is the largest professional organization dedicated to CPAs, accounting and finance professionals, and accounting students in the state of Iowa. We protect, enhance, guide and promote the accounting profession on behalf of our members working in public accounting, business, industry, government, nonprofit and education. To learn more, visit http://www.iacpa.org. To search for a CPA in your geographic region, visit www.iacpa.org/find-a-cpa.