Campus Compact AmeriCorps

Campus Compact AmeriCorps catalyzes transformation
in higher education, people, and communities through partnerships.

“After serving with AmeriCorps, I not only feel that I now know the community, but I really feel like a part of it.” – Summer 2019 Member

“Our full-time member and shared position has allowed us to leverage resources and develop stronger partnerships. Additionally, the programming and initiatives have been vital to ensuring we are utilizing best practice.” – Campus Site Supervisor

Iowa Campus Compact was recently awarded $966,808 in federal funding by Volunteer Iowa and the Corporation for National and Community Service to continue the Campus Compact AmeriCorps program in the 2019-2020 academic year. The Campus Compact AmeriCorps supports Iowa colleges and universities in their capacity to co-create solutions to community issues. College student AmeriCorps members serve by building campus-community partnerships and implementing institutional Civic Action Plans.

Nearly $600,000 has been allocated to support 4 staff positions, 13 full-time AmeriCorps positions, and 107 part-time AmeriCorps positions at 16 Iowa Campus Compact member institutions and strategic community partners. The program is expected to leverage over 4,000 student volunteers and improve the capacity of 35 nonprofit organizations. Remaining funds will be used to support administration and fund the Summer Reading Corps program.

2019-2020 Partners

Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa

Campus Compact AmeriCorps members serving at BVU will work toward completing 16 strategies in BVU’s Civic Action Plan. Through their capacity building within agencies, developing relationships, training other students and engaging their peers in service we know that their assistance is vital in moving us along as an institution.

Funding from the Campus Compact AmeriCorps program will support the Education for Service Scholars Coordinator position that is implementing a four-year developmental program for underserved populations in Storm Lake. After a successful first year, BVU is are in the recruitment phase for its second group. The long-term goal of the ESS program is the create access to higher education for vulnerable populations.

Central College, Pella, Iowa

Campus Compact AmeriCorps members at Central College will improve existing service-learning infrastructure to guarantee student access to community partners. This includes giving voice to the civic mission of Central College by sharing the story of community engagement efforts within the college and the broader community. AmeriCorps members will support the Marion County Emergency Management Agency to prepare volunteers for potential disasters. The service of Campus Compact AmeriCorps members will further establish Central College as an anchor institution that leverages its convening power to bring together other stakeholders for the good of the community.

Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Campus Compact AmeriCorps members will improve how community engagement is included and highlighted in professional development at Coe College. AmeriCorps members will develop new and sustain existing high-quality partnerships by serving as Coe College’s point of contact for community partners, engaging student peers in the mission of the organization, and identifying new areas of opportunity for the partnership.

Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa

Campus Compact AmeriCorps members will finalize Cornell College’s Civic Action Plan in 2019-20. AmeriCorps members will evaluate survey information and work on developing goals for the future. The AmeriCorps members will also connect with relevant constituents to develop buy-in for the plan and start conversations around implementation.

Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

Campus Compact AmeriCorps will support two of Drake’s Civic Action Plan objectives. The first objective is to deepen strategic engagement with local community partners, particularly those who support low-income children and their families, and the second objective is to build a more equitable and inclusive future for Central Iowa. Drake University believes that using an anchor institution framework will them deepen their strategic engagement with local community partners, particularly those who support low-income children and their families. Drake seeks to leverage a variety of resources (e.g., academic service-learning, faculty research, co-curricular community engagement projects, etc) for the purpose of creating a more equitable neighborhood and community around us.

Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa

Campus Compact AmeriCorps members will support Grand View University’s Civic Action Planning committee in 2019-20 by developing new Campus-Community programming areas. One initiative, the Views Forward Project, recognizes the impact the University has had on the neighborhood and aims to bring continued positive change through genuine and sustainable projects, programs and events that involve residents and businesses. The Project works with neighborhood leaders representing Highland Park, Union Park, Capitol Park, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Park to identify and develop initiatives that meet community needs and expand opportunities for Grand View students to serve, learn and build ties to the east side of Des Moines.

Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa

Campus Compact AmeriCorps members will support the research and development of volunteer training and processes to better support college student engagement with the community and promote important community service.

Iowa Wesleyan University, Mount Pleasant, Iowa

The Campus Compact AmeriCorps member will develop Iowa Wesleyan University’s comprehensive Service-Learning and Civic Engagement program. The AmeriCorps member will create new and expand existing relationships between community partners and the University (students, faculty, and staff) in both curricular and co-curricular environments to increase the capacity of student service participants. Partnerships will focus on K-12 educational programs in Henry County with the goal of improving student academic engagement.

Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Campus Compact AmeriCorps members will be placed in departments and divisions at IWCC in order to develop new service-learning opportunities. AmeriCorps members will also conduct outreach to community partners and faculty on IWCC’s service-learning program. Support from Iowa Campus Compact will contribute to IWCC’s ability to achieve the four strategies to develop community engagement: (1) Significantly integrating Community- based, Civic Engagement learning into their specific classroom and co-curricular programs, (2) Engaging student in meaningful community-based and civic engagement learning from curricular and co-curricular perspectives, (3) The college striving to have an on-campus culture that integrates community bases and civic engagement learning throughout all programs and co-curricular activities on and off the campus, and (4) Increase collaboration with government, non-profit organizations and other institutions of higher education. All contribute to improving the quality of life for individuals living in Council Bluffs and beyond.

Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa

Campus Compact AmeriCorps members will support Loras’s Civic Action Plan by building and strengthening strategic partnerships with the City of Dubuque – Human Rights Department, UnityPoint Health Systems, Habitat for Humanity of Dubuque and Jackson Counties, the Dubuque Rescue Mission and other community partner organizations.

Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa

Campus Compact AmeriCorps members will develop new relationships with the athletic department to leverage student-athlete volunteers. Other positions will partner directly with the community to improve the nonprofit’s capacity to leverage student volunteers.

Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa

Campus Compact AmeriCorps members will integrate engaged teaching, engaged scholarship, community partnerships, and institutional action into a coherent framework to advance the public purposes of higher education. By the end of the first year, AmeriCorps members will expand participation in Simpson’s annual Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium to include other high-impact learning experiences in volunteer service, study abroad, and internships. Additionally, Simpson College will use AmeriCorps members to increase the number of faculty members and academic departments that incorporate service-learning into syllabi. One final goal for Campus Compact AmeriCorps members is to nurture student relationships with partner organizations that may continue after graduation and lead to a range of volunteer service and professional opportunities for alumni.

The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Campus Compact AmeriCorps members will support the University of Iowa’s student government’s goal to create and implement a Civic Action Plan as well as create and maintain a vibrant centralized space in the Iowa Memorial Union that students will use to learn more about service, civic engagement, and social change. By the end of the program year, AmeriCorps members will develop volunteer outreach materials to aid undergraduate and graduate students in making connections to service with the local community, as well as establish a centralized space that students use to learn more about service, civic engagement, and social change.

The University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Campus Compact AmeriCorps members will support the University of Northern Iowa’s strategic plan and Civic Action Plan. AmeriCorps members will support student, faculty, and staff access to programs, specifically tied to the teaching, research and service mission of the University. The purpose of the AmeriCorps position is to focus on capacity building for student community engagement opportunities, as well as develop new programs and opportunities that enhance student civic awareness.

Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, Cedar Falls, Iowa (Partner agency to UNI)

A Campus Compact AmeriCorps member will support the partnership between the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley and the University of Northern Iowa. The AmeriCorps position recruits and places UNI student volunteers into positions at agencies in the Cedar Falls area. Through this partnership, the community is able to access a steady pipeline of UNI college student volunteers while allowing UNI staff to focus on developing strategic community partnerships.

Volunteer Center of Story County, Ames, Iowa (Partner agency to Iowa State University)

A Campus Compact AmeriCorps member will support the partnership between the Volunteer Center of Story County (VCSC) and Iowa State University. The VCSC currently connects university students to community partner opportunities through several academic programs, service days, mentorships, internships, awards, and online tools. They serve as the key bridge between students that want to serve their greater community and the agencies that are seeking volunteers.

The 2020-2021 Host Site application will open later this Fall. For more information, contact Justin Ellis at jellis {at} compact(.)org.

Interested students should contact their campus directly to apply for academic year, part-time positions.

Those interested in full-time positions can find them here.

Contact Ryan Rogers for more information at rrogers {at} compact(.)org.

More information on summer opportunities for community organizations and campuses will be posted later this Fall.

Resources for current members

Resources for current supervisors

For more information contact Carly Bahnsen at cbahnsen {at} compact(.)org.