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AmeriCorps members in Iowa providing disaster response services will support those most impacted by the COVID-19 through their service work to organizations such as food pantries, homeless shelters, youth programs, child care, and other services needed in the communities across Iowa.

Service Activities

Package food boxes
Deliver meals
Homeless services
Employment services
Provide access to medical services
Support youth mentoring and tutoring

Community Need Addressed

Volunteer Iowa is searching for individuals to provide part-time to full-time intensive service work helping communities and families struggling with the impact of COVID-19. Throughout much of Iowa, families are largely restricted to their homes, schools are closed, and thousands are left unemployed. Many nonprofits rely on volunteers to further their mission whether that is helping tutor and mentor youth, assist the elderly with daily tasks, package and deliver food to those who are hungry, coordinate services for the homeless, and so much more. Due to the impacts of COVID-19 many nonprofits are struggling to provide these basic services.
Volunteer Iowa has created two AmeriCorps programs to meet the needs of Iowans:

Iowa COVID-19 Recovery Program members are here to deliver support to meet the basic needs of Iowans, lending a hand to organizations that are experiencing challenges due to COVID-19. Corps members are available to provide 450 hours of service to a host agency, offering full-time for twelve weeks or part-time service for longer, as needed. Emergency Response Corps Members can help address food insecurity, support independent living needs, manage volunteers, or provide other supports that help address the challenges facing our communities and citizens as we deal with the implications of COVID-19 in our state.

VISTA Summer Associates go where the need is greatest: to communities facing poverty, inequity, and unemployment, and especially those organizations that are experiencing challenges due to COVID-19. Summer Associates serve for intensive, short terms of service lasting eight, nine, or ten weeks. Unlike year-round VISTAs, Summer Associates can perform direct service activities without limitation. They may perform activities such efforts to secure additional funding, create a community volunteer program, develop new outreach materials or curricula, improve client intake and service systems, preparing, packaging, and distributing meals, tutoring children, building low-income housing, and much more! Summer Associates alleviate poverty--not simply make poverty more tolerable--and increase impact for the populations served.

Position Outcomes

By joining the ranks of thousands of AmeriCorps members across the country, those serving in Iowa will help provide meals to the hungry, a safe place to stay for the homeless, needed support for the elderly and home-bound, and so much more. AmeriCorps members will help communities and families with needed resources to support them during this crisis.


Childcare assistance if eligible, College Credit, Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Training

The positions available in the VISTA project are 8, 9, or 10 weeks and provide a living allowance of $240/week. The positions for the COVID-19 AmeriCorps Recovery Program are 450 hours over the course of 12 weeks - 6 months. The maximum weekly living allowance is $315. Members will be responsible for their own housing as the majority of these projects do not offer housing.

Education Benefits

GED/High School Diploma

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem
Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers
Accepts responsibility, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Effectively delegate tasks, Set goals
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Aging, Community & Nonprofit Development, Disability, Disaster, Economic Security, Education & Youth, Health & Nutrition, Homelessness & Housing, Legal Assistance, Veterans & Military Families
  • Length of Service 3 Months
  • Education Requirements High School Graduate
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, Early Childhood Program, Elementary School, Health Clinic/Other Health Organization, Higher Education Institution, High School, Homeless Shelter, Soup Kitchen, or Food Bank, Library, Local Government Agency, Middle School, Organization primarily serving older adults, Recreation or Youth Center, Religious Organization, School-based Nonprofit, State Agency other than State Service Commission, State Service Commission, Volunteer Placement Organization
  • Weekly Training Hours 2

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