Volunteer Iowa’s mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. Volunteer Iowa strives to meet our mission through 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, and connecting individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure. Volunteer Iowa is poised to provide support in preparedness, response, & recovery activities following man-made and natural disaster events throughout Iowa. Volunteer Iowa understands that disasters can have a catastrophic impact on individuals, families, and communities; and that to help individuals, families, and communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from these events it takes strong partnerships and established relationships to be successful. We are committed to working together with all partners, government and non-governmental, to achieve whole community engagement. The goal is to help develop effective disaster management systems at the local level to support volunteers and voluntary agencies active in disaster (VOAD) assist those that are most vulnerable to the impacts of disaster. Disasters disproportionately impact poor and marginalized communities making it harder for those who live in poverty and are low-income to recover. The VISTA will serve as a part of Volunteer Iowa's Rural Development and Opioid AmeriCorps VISTA project. VISTA members with our program have the benefit of a statewide support network of staff, Commissioners, National Service Programs, fellow AmeriCorps members and a VISTA Leader. Members receive ongoing training, support, networking and professional development opportunities.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Relocation allowance (if applicable), Student loan forbearance, Training
Less than High School Completed
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check