Iowa Campus Compact Awarded Record $1 Million AmeriCorps Grant

Volunteer Iowa has approved a nearly $1 million in funding to Iowa Campus Compact representing the largest award ever for the organization. This support  means the Iowa College AmeriCorps Program, created in 2007, will now include 85 part-time college students and 9 full-time members building capacity for campus-community partnerships and another 85 members supporting summer reading programs statewide.

Many members serve at least 300 hours building events and programs and recruiting volunteers to serve in local nonprofit organizations. Others serve more directly in the nonprofit setting building capacity by creating web sites, developing policies and procedures, and other activities. Full-time members support campuses in implementing their Civic Action Plans. Examples include developing on-campus infrastructure that allows thousands of students, staff, and faculty to devote their time and gain new learning experiences with these organizations.

This expansion of funding will also allow Iowa Campus Compact to pursue two new strategies with member campuses. Funds will support the new Education for Service Scholars Program at Buena Vista University, which provides service experiences and scholarships to first-generation students. In addition, funds will support the creation of a new summer reading program being piloted this summer with the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

AmeriCorps positions are available to all Iowa Campus Compact member institutions and their community partner organizations statewide. Current sites include Buena Vista University, Central College, Clarke University, Coe College, Cornell College, Drake University, Grand View University, Iowa Wesleyan University, Iowa Western Community College, Loras College, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Morningside College, Mount Mercy University, University of Northern Iowa, and Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley.

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About Volunteer Iowa
Volunteer Iowa and its partner agencies work with organizations and individuals on three main fronts. The first is to help agencies develop quality programs that use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need. The second is to help engage Iowans in their communities by promoting service and expanding the volunteer base. Finally, the third area of work is to connect individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure. More information is available at volunteeriowa.org.

About the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. The agency engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation’s volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.