For the second time in her career, Jo Ellen Whitney has received the Governor's Volunteer Award for "outstanding contributions of volunteer service to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission." Awards are granted to people or groups who volunteer their time with a city or state government agency, or an Iowa non-profit organization. Award criteria requires that the recipient has:
- Demonstrated exceptional commitment to volunteerism by helping with a special project or ongoing activities.
- Demonstrated exemplary leadership, creativity, cooperation and hard work in their service to others.
- Made an outstanding contribution to state or community through volunteer service.