Announcing Summer VISTA Program 2019 Partners

June 4, 2019

Iowa Campus Compact is pleased to welcome 10 Iowa nonprofit organizations as partners in our mission to strengthen community-campus relationships through the Campus Compact VISTA Summer Associate program.  The organizations have hired 15 VISTA Summer Associates to work on projects including the development of new curricula for youth programming, building new partnerships with community agencies who serve youth, recruiting volunteers to serve youth over the summer, developing strategies to retain those volunteers, and providing direct tutoring and mentoring services to Iowa’s youth.

“These partnerships help us to strengthen communities while providing summer learning experiences for students,” said Iowa Campus Compact Executive Director Emily Shields.

The VISTA members will serve full time for the summer and receive orientation and training from Iowa Campus Compact staff.

Meet our 2019 partners:

Arthritis Foundation

Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. The VISTA Summer Associate will enhance existing volunteer management processes and recruit new volunteers.


Buena Vista University Office of Civic Engagement

Buena Vista University prepares students for lifelong success through transformational academic, professional, and co-curricular programs. The VISTA Summer Associate will serve with the Storm Lake School district to combat summer learning loss by developing curriculum materials for Pre K-12th grade for BVU’s annual day of service Buenafication Day.


Drake University

Drake University provides an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. The VISTA Summer Associate will recruit and manage volunteers to maintain the Sprout Community Garden on Drake’s campus and plan summer educational events in the garden for residence of the Drake Neighborhood.


Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA

To strengthen communities, the Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, eliminating racism, and empowering women. VISTA Summer Associates will support YMCA literacy programs with the goal of maintaining school-age reading levels for 6-12 year olds.


Dunkerton Public Library

The Dunkerton Public Library strives to provide patrons access to materials and services for information, continuing education, and leisure reading. The VISTA Summer Associate will outreach to community daycare centers during the summer reading program and take a rotating collection of new library books to the daycare centers, collect completed reading records, and distribute reading prizes.


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Cherokee County

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides unbiased, research-based information and education to help Iowans become their best in six program areas:  Agriculture and Natural Resources, Business and Industry, Communities, Families, 4-H Youth Development, and Continuing Education. The VISTA Summer Associate will provide leadership and assistance for ISU extension’s youth-focused programs which reach about 200 youth every summer.


Iowa Community Action Association

The Iowa Community Action Association advocates in support of policies and services that address the needs of individuals and families striving for economic security. The VISTA Summer Associate will serve ICAA and the 17 Iowa Community Action Agencies by expanding their Poverty Awareness Storybank and other outreach materials to help increase the public’s awareness of poverty and the impact of programs offered by CAAs.


Lutheran Services in Iowa

Lutheran Services in Iowa empowers families and communities by recognizing and honoring the strengths and gifts of every individual. VISTA Summer Associates will play an essential role in the growth and capacity development of both the Global Greens Farmers’ Market and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).


Red Rock Lake Association

The Red Rock Lake Association has been making an impact at Lake Red Rock in Iowa for decades. Lake Red Rock is a one-of-a-kind resource that provides a great lifestyle for area families, is a fun attraction for visitors and assists in growing local economies. The VISTA Summer Associate will support summer environmental learning programs and outdoor opportunities.


The Bridge of Storm Lake

The Bridge of Storm Lake strives to care and advocate for Storm Lake youth in vulnerable places of life by meeting them where they are, building a supportive community there, and providing training toward a more hope-filled future. VISTA Summer Associates will serve on a team to incorporate 17 summer service projects which connect, support, and empower youth through service activities and opportunities that enrich their lives. These projects will focus on educational, vocational, cultural awareness, and service in the Storm Lake community.