Volunteer Iowa State Priorities and Impact 2022

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Volunteer Iowa Day at the Capitol

2022 State Priorities & Impact

Volunteer Iowa’s 2022 State Legislative Goals

We advocate for policies that:

  • Build the culture and climate for service in Iowa
  • Support the infrastructure needed for quality service opportunities and programs
  • Develop new service opportunities to meet critical community needs
  • Improve and streamline existing service opportunities and programs
  • Expand Iowa's existing volunteer base

For every $1 appropriated by the state, we leverage over $48 in funding ($16.55 in private/local and $32.11 in federal), not including the additional value of volunteer hours.

National Service

  • Over 6400 national service opportunities are leveraged annually by the state's investment.
  • $4.9 million in education awards was awarded to Iowa AmeriCorps members last year.
  • Since 1994, more than 13,000 Iowa residents have served approximately 17 million AmeriCorps hours and earned education awards totaling more than $43.9 million.

Community Volunteerism

  • Nearly 73,000 volunteers are leveraged annually by Volunteer Iowa.
  • Volunteer Iowa's statewide database supports nearly 1700 organizations in finding volunteers.
  • In 2020, 47.1% of Iowans volunteered regularly despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Volunteers provided service worth $1.3 billion in labor to Iowa charities and communities keeping them afloat while meeting a bigger demand.
  • Iowa's volunteer rate ranks 4th highest in the country.


  • Nearly 8000 youth served annually by a mentor in 77 local program partners of Iowa MENTOR.
  • Since 2019, 13377 students have been served by Future Ready Iowa mentoring programs.
  • 36 youth-serving programs engaged in National Quality Mentoring System through the National Mentoring Resource Center.

AmeriCorps Seniors Priorities, including RSVP

Legislative Priority: Provide sufficient state funding to maintain support for all federally-awarded Iowa programs ($418,698). Annual RSVP state funding is awarded in the Health and Human Services (HHS) appropriations subcommittee (transfer from Dept. on Aging Appropriation). For FY21, 19 new federal grants were awarded meaning an increase of $139,698 is needed to keep existing programs whole.

Impact: In 2019-2020, over 5200 RSVP volunteers served Iowa communities, including over 100,000 hours served during the pandemic, providing critical support to our food delivery system.

AmeriCorps Priorities

AmeriCorps Tax Burden

Legislative Priority: Exempt the AmeriCorps living allowance from state income tax.

Impact: AmeriCorps members have a tremendous impact, both directly and by leveraging additional volunteers (19,061 in 2019-2020), yet their compensation is little over the poverty level. Removing the income tax burden would help recruit and retain high-quality members. Tax proposals will be considered by the Ways and Means committees.

Iowa Reading Corps

Legislative Priority: Dedicate funding towards expanding the Iowa Reading Corps. 

Impact: The Iowa Reading Corps program has been shown to help struggling students’ progress at 1.5 to 2 times the target rate. Funding would help expand the Reading Corps to rural areas.

Refugee RISE AmeriCorps

Legislative Priority: Restore appropriation of $300,000 to support Refugee RISE AmeriCorps.

Impact: Current programming leverages over $650,000 in federal funding and serves as a national model for effective community refugee transitional programming. With influx of new refugees and on-going waves of secondary migration refugees, RISE provides needed workforce navigation and other support services to help integrate these new Iowans into our communities with members helping bridge cultural and language barriers. (HHS appropriations subcommittee)

Iowa Mentoring Partnership (Iowa MENTOR) Priorities

Legislative Priority: Legislative Priority: Maintain annual funding awarded for program grants in the Health and Human Services appropriations subcommittee (with Iowa Department of Public Health appropriation).

Impact: State funding supports grants to certified mentoring programs to connect young people with supportive adult relationships and provide specific substance abuse prevention training. Mentoring is an effective evidence-based prevention and intervention strategy with positive effects on school attendance and achievement, mental health support, violence prevention, and workforce development.

Legislative Priority: Support the Governor’s funding recommendations for a Volunteer Mentoring Program in the Future Ready Iowa Bill to boost student success. (Economic Development appropriations subcommittee)

Impact: Mentoring is a proven strategy for increasing student success and will help protect our investment in Last Dollar Scholars.

General Volunteer Program Priorities

Legislative Priority: Fully fund the $265,000 Volunteer Iowa operating budget as needed for federal match. Volunteer Iowa received $168,201 last year from administration of grant programs and the Iowa Mentoring Partnership. (Economic Development appropriations subcommittee)

Impact: Underfunding operating expenses means more charges passed on to local programs, draining available local resources.

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