RIVERSIDE — The Riverside Casino & Golf Resort was recognized for their volunteer work with a visit from Gov. Reynolds on Oct. 10.
The casino was the 2019 award recipient of the Large Employee Category. The statewide award, which was started five years ago, encourages businesses and their employees to compete during the months of April and May to log the most volunteer hours. This year, Riverside Casino & Golf Resort had 96 employees participate in the volunteering competition, logging 3,321 total hours in the two months. Since the award began, the casino has been recognized every year, winning first place in 2016 and 2018 as well as this year. In 2015 and 2017 the casino received honorable mentions.
Riverside Casino’s general manager Dan Franz, credits the company’s success to its already built-in volunteering program, Winning Hands, which goes year-round and was started in 2011.
“Part of our mission statement is community service and development and how do we bring that to the employees? We came up with this program … For us, we just feel like it engages our employees. It helps with the workplace. It helps them feel good about their involvement in their communities and kind of gives them a boost, which naturally helps with employee retention and just overall well-being and happiness of the employee base,” Franz said.
Franz also noted that he sees the volunteering from employees as a way for the casino to be involved beyond giving grant money.
“We have a lot of built-in community involvement through the Washington Riverboat Foundation and the grant they give … volunteering in the community helps to balance out the dollars we put into the community with sincere and real involvement,” Franz added.
During her speech Gov. Reynolds congratulated the casino as well as revealed she had plans in place for a similar volunteer program for state employees.
“It’s so important, not only for the employees but the company and the community, so it is a win-win-win across the board … that’s why we’re trying to do it on the state level because we’re one of the largest employers in the state and it’s silly that I’m not giving our state employees the opportunity to participate.”
Reynolds concluded her speech to Riverside Casino employees by noting that “the overall impact on Iowa is astonishing.” According to Reynolds, over 45,000 employees logged 74,000 hours.
“It has been and will continue to be an integral part of our culture. As Iowans, we show up, we work hard and we give back. It’s what we do and it’s who we are and today we celebrate the strength of our character,” Reynolds said.