Getting Involved and Making a Difference

ko3For this week’s “50 Faces of Volunteers” feature, Volunteer Iowa is excited to highlight the great work of Katie Orlando, the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa!

Katie moved to Iowa from New Hampshire after she accepted her current position as Executive Director. In order to get involved and meet new people in her community, she became a Big Sister with BBBS of Northwest Iowa, a member of the Waterloo Kiwanis Club, and a member of the Cedar Falls Lions Club. She took on leadership roles as a Board Member for Waterloo Kiwanis, Cedar Valley Jaycees, the Iowa Mentoring Partnership, and the Waterloo Historic Preservation Commission. On top of all of that, she still has quality time to spend with her Little, Kiana.

Since arriving in Waterloo, Katie has served over 1,137 hours in all of her roles. But she doesn’t stop there, she regularly gets others involved and volunteering. In March 2016, she registered BBBS of Northwest Iowa in the Give Back Iowa Challenge, an eight-week competition to engage Iowans in employer supported volunteering. To date, Katie and her employees have logged over 175 hours! Katie’s commitment to service and volunteerism is incredible. She is a true champion for organizations that improve the lives of Iowans.

Thank you for your service, Katie! whatsyour50-BUG-final-high-res

What’s your 50? Learn more about the Governor’s Call to Service, and to find volunteer opportunities statewide. 

Can you nominate someone to be one of our 50 Faces of Volunteers? Fill out this quick spotlight form and help us recognize outstanding volunteers in Iowa.






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