The IRSPA Story

The IRSPA Story


Standing up for Iowa's retired school personnel since 1947.


Supportive Services /Volunteer hours

Why do we collect volunteer hours for IRSPA?

Volunteer hours are used for determining grants that may come our way in Iowa. Our report is sent to AARP, the Senior National Service Program in Iowa, Volunteer Promotions Office of Iowa ‘Economic Development Authority and the Executive Director of Iowaeda. It goes to the Governor’s office and to the National and Community Service Director in Washington DC. Any time a member of IRSPA works for NO PAY or NO REIMBURSEMENT, those hours should be written down and reported in one of two categories: Youth and Education or Community Service.

Sandy and Jay Thede
Supportive Services - IRSPA

Volunteer Hours Annual Report Form

Value of reported hours

Working with public or private schools, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, caring for or babysitting grandchildren or other children counts as volunteer hours. You may also count your windshield time driving to or from these events.

  • Youth programs
  • Coaching
  • Working with speech and drama students
  • Being an aide during testing or any volunteering at the school
  • Chaperoning a field trip
  • Spelling bees
  • NHD judging or door watcher
  • Door watcher at speech and music contests
  • Kids Against Hunger Programs
  • Dollars for Scholars work
  • Volunteer work at a Boys or Girls Home, Child Development Centers, GED Programs
  • Serving on a scholarship committee 

Community volunteer work would include work done in and around your community that you are not paid for. 

  • Volunteering at libraries, churches (including prep and delivery time of food for funerals or church dinners), other church committee work, Senior Center, delivery of Meals on Wheels, Food Banks, Hospice facilities,Nature Centers, and Chamber of Congress
  • Working with health centers, local historical sites, fairs, theaters, cemeteries,Genealogical Society, Opera Houses, Soup Kitchens, Church Mission work, Legion work, Grant Writing, Assisting the Elderly, Humane Society, beautifying you city by working on flower beds in and around the town, cleaning up parks and railroad tracks that run through town.
  • Volunteering with local organizations such as the Elks, AARP, NRTA, NAACP, a sorority or fraternity, Lions, P.E.O. etc.
  • Providing rides to appointments for shut ins, helping at nursing homes, assisted living, and family caregiving.
  • SHIP, Elder Affairs, tax and legal work assistance, helping with rehabilitation of a family member or friend, Recovery Therapy, visiting shut-ins, American Legion, VFW Service Organizations, Auxiliary Units