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Maybe it’s the strong Midwestern work ethic, the deep roots of service, or the fact that although we take our work seriously, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Iowa is an escape to the unexpected. Whether from Iowa or out of state, AmeriCorps members who serve here learn that Iowa is full of opportunity and is truly unique. You will find people who genuinely want to help you develop new skills, connect you with a network of nonprofit professionals, and ensure that you are best equipped to serve others. As an AmeriCorps member, you might be mentoring students, making homes more energy efficient, or recruiting volunteers. But it runs deeper than that. You’re investing in change. A change that will make a difference to you, to your community, and to Iowa.

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You have an incredible opportunity to become an AmeriCorps member and give a year of service. Don't miss out!

What is a service year?

A service year is a paid opportunity to develop real-world skills through hands-on service. Think of it like a paid gap year with a purpose. Whether you’re interested in education, health services, affordable housing, environmental restoration, veteran support, or all of the above — we have a service year for you in Iowa. Sign up to spend a year getting paid to experience Iowa’s natural beauty, affordable living, and welcoming communities. 

Why do a service year in Iowa?

Whether you’re from Iowa or out of state, when you serve here you learn that Iowa is truly unique and full of opportunity. People who genuinely want to help you develop new skills, connect you with a network of nonprofit professionals, and ensure that you are best equipped to serve others and make a lasting difference. During a service year, you can mentor students, make homes more energy efficient, or recruit volunteers. But more than anything you’ll be investing in change that will make a difference to you, to your community, and to Iowa. 

Volunteer Iowa is a part of a network of state service commissions. This network exists to promote service and volunteering as a solution to our country’s biggest problems. Think of us as the ultimate champion for service and volunteering in Iowa. We administer AmeriCorps funding through grants to local organizations, we work with agencies to develop mission-oriented programming, we promote opportunities to get more Iowans to volunteer, and we connect people with the type of volunteering that they want to do. Let us do what we do best and connect you with your ideal service opportunity in Iowa!

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