The Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. Dads Make a Difference program received a Governor's Volunteer Award from Lt. Governor Patty Judge during the 25th annual ceremony in Storm Lake recently.
UDMO's Nurturing Fathers program (formerly Dads Make a Difference) is based out of the Masonic Lodge building in Storm Lake. It was created as part of a five-year grant program through Head Start.
Nurturing Fathers was nominated for the award by the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility.
The program has found success in efforts to provide outreach and parenting skills to fathers who are incarcerated. Director of the program for the prison, Nicole Jones, said, "We look forward to seeing the growth and progress of young inmates as they develop effective parenting skills and strengthen their relationships with their children."
Nurturing Fathers has also grown to expand partnerships with Prevent Child Abuse Iowa.
"All volunteers are helping to build One Iowa by freely giving their time and talents to serve the public good," said Governor Culver. "Lt. Governor Judge and I are honored to have this opportunity to personally thank this year's award recipients for donating their time in countless ways to improve communities across the state. And together, we are building an unlimited future for all."
For more information on Dads Make a Difference, call 213-2577.