About Volunteer Iowa
Mission: To improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.
Vision: To create an Iowa where all citizens are empowered through service to meet community challenges and make lives better.
Volunteer Iowa (The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service) is part of a network of state service commissions throughout the United States that exist to foster a bi-partisan state-level commitment to advancing service initiatives as well as developing, communicating, and promoting a statewide vision and ethic of service. This state agency is responsible for coordinating programs and activities formerly conducted by the Iowa Office on Volunteerism, which was launched in 1978 by Governor Robert D. Ray.
Volunteer Iowa, its commissioners, staff, and partner agencies work with organizations and individuals on three main fronts, 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
The commission is comprised of 15 to 25 governor-appointed individuals who work with the staff to carry out the mission and vision through the following standing committees.
|Executive||Acts on behalf of full commission for regular business between meetings. The Executive Committee is an official body with the full policy making power of the commission and is subject to all open meetings rules or other rules regarding official entities.|
|Programs||Guides program operations through budget and program development and funding allocation.|
|Policy & Development||Guides development and advocacy of public policy to increase opportunities to serve and remove barriers for volunteer engagement for organizations at both state and federal levels. Develops strategies that increase the range and scope of volunteer and service-based programs in Iowa.|
|Volunteer Engagement||Develops strategies that encourage and allow more Iowans to serve, and to promote service and help others to recognize the value of service in meeting Iowa’s most critical needs.|