Organization

Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service

Focus Areas

  • Economic Security
  • Education & Youth

Contact Information

200 E Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309


(515) 725-3010

To improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

About Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service

Volunteer Iowa, (or also known as the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service), its Commissioners, staff, and partner agencies work with organizations and individuals by helping agencies develop quality programs that use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need; helping engage Iowans in their communities by promoting service and expanding the volunteer base; connecting individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure.

Our primary programs include:
AmeriCorps State, AmeriCorps VISTA, Senior Corps RSVP, Volunteer Generation Fund, Iowa Mentoring Partnership, Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame, Governor's Volunteer Awards, Volunteer Centers of Iowa, Disaster Volunteers, VolunteerIowa.org, Service Enterprise, and the Give Back Iowa Challenge.

Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service’s Impact

Volunteer Iowa provides support to organizations across Iowa through training, grant funding, partnerships, outreach, program development, disaster volunteer management, and technical assistance.

  • Year Founded 1978
  • Legal Form State Government Agency

Positions at Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service

  • 2017-18 Volunteer Iowa VISTA Leader

    Candidates for the Volunteer Iowa VISTA Leader must have completed a year of National Service prior to serving in this position. This program follows an intermediary model, placing members throughout the state with partner host sites (ranging from small nonprofits ...

    Des Moines, IA
    Focus: Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security, Education & Youth
  • CASA Volunteer Recruitment Specialist AmeriCorps VISTA

    The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is a unique volunteer experience that aligns concerned citizens with abused and neglected children in their community.  CASA Advocates are ordinary people who have decided to volunteer their time and talents to ensure ...

    Ottumwa, IA + 2 more
    Focus: Education & Youth
  • Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque Community Engagement VISTA

    The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque operates several initiatives that utilize community engagement, training, and coordination to decrease poverty, promote equity & inclusion, and improve quality of life. Through these initiatives, new community leaders will be identified and empowered to building ...

    Focus: Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security
  • Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque Community Legacy VISTA

    Strengthen Northeast Iowa communities to create lasting impact through effective storytelling, volunteer engagement, donor relations and nonprofit support. The VISTA will work with and empower local volunteers to address these challenges by sharing impact stories to aid in creating long-term ...

    Dubuque, IA
    Focus: Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security
  • Decatur County Development Corporation Workforce Enrichment VISTA

    The Decatur County Development Corporation (Leon, Iowa) is the economic development entity that serves Decatur County, Iowa. Our role is to inspire economic growth among the businesses and community members that thrive here. The DCDC VISTA member will create, organize ...

    Leon, IA
    Focus: Community & Nonprofit Development, Education & Youth
  • Employee and Family Resources Prevention Associate AmeriCorps VISTA

    The Employee and Family Resources (EFR) Prevention Department works to address and reduce the onset of substance abuse and problem gambling by providing prevention services in Central Iowa. EFR Prevention Specialists work with youth and adults throughout the community to ...

    Des Moines, IA
    Focus: Community & Nonprofit Development
  • Iowa Community Action Association Community Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA

    Iowa Community Action Association (ICAA) is the premier force ensuring those with less, achieve more. ICAA member agencies are the 17 Community Action Agencies (CAA) serving all 99 counties in Iowa. CAAs offer a wide variety of programs for individuals ...

    Des Moines, IA
    Focus: Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security
  • Iowa Mentoring Partnership AmeriCorps VISTA

    As the certifying body for 70 high quality local youth mentoring programs across the state of Iowa , the Iowa Mentoring Partnership focuses on the following priorities: Advance the quality of the local mentoring field by building relationships with new and ...

    Des Moines, IA
    Focus: Community & Nonprofit Development, Education & Youth
  • Iowa Public Television Rural Education Specialist VISTA

    Iowa Public Television’s (Johnston, Iowa) Ready for School project has focused on working with community partners in targeted communities that have opportunities to work with economically disadvantaged youth. The project is designed to provide a wealth of educational media ...

    Johnston, IA
    Focus: Education & Youth
  • Keokuk Chamber of Commerce SET Confluence VISTA

    The SET* Confluence Workforce Development VISTA member (Keokuk, Iowa) will work to increase awareness and utilization of workforce opportunities and trainings in the SET Confluence region (Lee County, Iowa, Clark County, Missouri and Hancock County, Illinois). This will be done ...

    Keokuk, IA
    Focus: Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security
  • Keokuk Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Engagement VISTA

    The Keokuk Volunteer Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA member will build the capacity of the Affiliates by increasing volunteer engagement. This will be done by working with the leadership of the affiliates organizations. The VISTA member will be guided by a steering ...

    Keokuk, IA
    Focus: Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security
  • United Way of Wapello County Literacy Project Coordinator

    United Way of Wapello County (Ottuma, Iowa) has joined with local nonprofits, businesses and the school districts to address high rates of poverty and low reading proficiency scores in our community. The VISTA member will work to complete the Community ...

    Focus: Community & Nonprofit Development, Education & Youth
  • United Ways of Iowa Community Engagement Literacy Leadership Initiative VISTA

    United Ways of Iowa (Johnston, Iowa) currently is home to 2 national service programs directed at improving literacy education of Iowa students: The Iowa Reading Corps AmeriCorps Program consisting of 90 members serving as K-3 literacy tutors in over 60 ...

    Focus: Community & Nonprofit Development, Education & Youth

Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service Programs

Volunteer Iowa Rural Development and Opioid AmeriCorps VISTA Project

Volunteer Iowa Rural Development and Opioid AmeriCorps VISTA Project, through service and volunteering, seeks to create a climate where low-income students and individuals, and those affected by the opioid epidemic, are provided the tools needed for success. We are able to do this by partnering with non-profit organizations, local governments, state agencies, schools, and faith based organizations in communities throughout Iowa. These different organizations act as “host sites” for our VISTAs and provide both connections to their communities and supervision for the AmeriCorps VISTA members.