Community Impact

The public purpose of higher education includes working together to harness the power of colleges and universities to address challenges and inequity on and off campus. Campus Compact has several specific priorities for meeting community challenges. This includes ensuring equitable educational opportunity by engaging first-generation and low-income students, particularly students of color. The public purpose also requires collaboration with nonprofit organizations to tackle key issues. We support the capacity of these organizations through our affiliates program.

Specific priorities:

  • Support and develop programming that engages first-generation students in community engagement in ways that support their success
  • Support and develop programming that increases student retention by meeting nonacademic needs
  • Leverage VISTA and other resources to build community organization capacity for higher education partnerships, especially in education and health areas
  • Create student opportunities to make an impact in the targeted community need areas, including summer literacy
  • Develop affiliate membership to provide targeted support to organizations interested in developing in their role as partners and co-educators

Campus Compact AmeriCorps

Campus Compact AmeriCorps is the catalyst for building higher education and community partnerships in Iowa’s communities. We leverage federal national service funding to build capacity and create student opportunities. See below for specific programs.

Campus-based programs offer opportunities for member colleges and universities and Volunteer Centers to recruit full-time and part-time members who implement Civic Action Plans and build community-campus connections. Contact Justin Ellis for more information.

VISTA Community and Health Corps

The Iowa Campus Compact VISTA Community Corps strives to eliminate poverty through campus-community partnerships by placing full-time capacity building support in nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. Full-time members serve for a year or a summer to build capacity, specifically for education, economic opportunity, and health. Contact Monique Ellefson for more information.

Summer Reading Corps

The Summer Reading Corps offers opportunities for nonprofits to expand their reach to deliver reading programs to children, teens, and adults in their community and unique summer work and learning experience for college students. The program provides the agency with a nine-week paid full-time AmeriCorps volunteer to deliver local summer reading programming. Contact Justin Ellis for more information.

Tyson Community Internship Program

The Tyson Foods Summer Community Internship Program is a partnership between Campus Compact and Tyson Foods to provide an invaluable opportunity for select college students to gain professional experience while making a positive impact in our community.

The program provides full-time college students an eight-week paid summer job to assist community organizations and gain experience with diverse social issues. The program is open to nonprofit organizations in Sioux City, Storm Lake, and Council Bluffs, Iowa with a grant to hire a qualified college student for the summer. Contact Justin Ellis for more information.

We also offer Consulting and Facilitation.