Fifty hours a year.
A small investment for an individual, but one that could pay dividends if devoted to service.
Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have announced a new initiative titled "Volunteer Iowa: A Call to Service."
The goal of the Call to Service initiative is to make Iowa the national leader in service and volunteerism by 2015 by focusing on volunteer expansion in Iowa's most pressing areas throughout the state while focusing on the administration's goals of becoming the healthiest state in the nation, having the best schools and growing Iowa's economy.
The Call to Service initiative is driven by the private sector, working with nonprofits and other organizations to increase the number of volunteers as well as expanding an overall culture of volunteerism in the state.
As part of the initiative, Branstad encourages all Iowans to spend at least 50 hours a year - less than one hour per week - giving back to their community by helping out with worthy projects.
That's a call The Messenger is happy to echo.
We encourage all Iowans to heed the governor's request and invest their time in making the state a better place.