Volunteer Iowa Announces Record Level of Public & Private Support For National Service Programs

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


For more information, contact:
Adam Lounsbury, Volunteer Iowa
Phone: 515.725.3099


Volunteer Iowa Announces Record Level of Public & Private Support For National Service Programs in Iowa

Commission approves over $15 Million in AmeriCorps and RSVP projects, supporting over 7,000 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps positions 


July 6, 2016 (DES MOINES, IA) – Volunteer Iowa (Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service) has approved $9 million in federal and state AmeriCorps funding that will leverage approximately $6 million in private and local funding to support 890 AmeriCorps members, and $279,000 in state funded RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) Grants, leveraging over $1.2 million in federal funds and supporting 5,498 RSVP Senior Corps Volunteers.  Together these programs will also help generate and support over 41,000 community volunteers working to improve hundreds of local nonprofits, schools and communities throughout Iowa. 

With these awards, Iowa will now have over 1,500 AmeriCorps members serving, a record total. This new total, combined with Senior Corps, brings Iowa to over 7,000 National Service positions; closer to Governor Branstad’s goal of 10,000 National Service participants as outlined in the report issued last year by the Governor’s National Service Council as part of Branstad’s efforts to engage more Iowans in service. 

AmeriCorps State grants provide funding to local organizations to support AmeriCorps members meeting critical community needs in the areas of education, disaster services, health, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity and service to veterans and military families.  The Commission announced the following AmeriCorps State grants today:

2016-2017 Iowa AmeriCorps State Awards

Total Award

Federal Grant

Private & Local

Education Award

Iowa Legal Aid- Iowa Legal Aid AmeriCorps





Iowa State University - AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children





Habitat for Humanity of Iowa- Habitat for Humanity of IA AmeriCorps





Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy & Resource Center (EMBARC)- Refugee RISE AmeriCorps





City of Bloomfield- Iowa Energy Independence AmeriCorps





City of Davenport- Davenport AmeriCorps/Youth Corps





City of Dubuque- Partners in Learning AmeriCorps





Community Youth Concepts- Youth Service Momentum AmeriCorps





Graceland University- AmeriCorps Youth Launch





Iowa State University- IA AmeriCorps 4H Outreach





Public Allies, Inc.- Public Allies Iowa AmeriCorps





United Way of East Central Iowa- Youth Achievement AmeriCorps Program





United Ways of Iowa- Iowa Reading Corps





University of Northern Iowa- Green Iowa AmeriCorps





Conservation Corps MN & IA- Conservation Corps Iowa AmeriCorps





Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV)- ICADV AmeriCorps





Iowa Campus Compact/Iowa Western Community College- IA College AmeriCorps Program





Trustees of Grinnell College- Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership





Department of Natural Resources- Keepers of the Land AmeriCorps





Des Moines Public Schools- DMPS AmeriCorps 





Iowa Association of Regional Councils- IARC & AmeriCorps: Building Capacity





 Iowa Department of Public Health- IDPH AmeriCorps Mentoring Program





University of Northern Iowa- Sustainable Schools AmeriCorps Planning Grant





Matter, Inc.-Matter AmeriCorps Planning Grant





College Student Aid Commission- IA Local College Access Network AmeriCorps Planning Grant




Metro Arts Alliance-Metro Arts AmeriCorps Planning Project




RSVP connects volunteers age 55 and over with service opportunities in their communities that match their skills and availability.  From building houses to immunizing children, from enhancing the capacity of nonprofit organizations to improving and protecting the environment, RSVP volunteers put their unique talents to work to make a difference.

A state appropriation of more than $279,000, which is used to leverage additional federal and local funding, is coordinated by Volunteer Iowa for RSVP projects.  Grants were approved today to the following entities:

  • Boone County Hospital, Boone, $16,049.80
  • Carroll County RSVP, Carroll, $7,467.97
  • United Way of East Central Iowa, Cedar Rapids, (3 counties), $7,467.97
  • Mobile Meals United, Clinton, $7,467.97
  • Connections Area Agency on Aging, Council Bluffs (2 counties), $14,450.68
  • West. IL Area Agency on Aging, Rock Island (Scott County), $7,467.97
  • Decorah Public Library, Decorah (3 counties), $19,607.32
  • United Way of Central Iowa, Des Moines (3 counties), $7,467.97
  • Finley Hospital, Dubuque, $7,467.97
  • City of Fort Madison, $7,467.97
  • Elder Services, Inc., Iowa City (5 counties), $44,501.04
  • North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), Mason City (3 counties), $7,467.97
  • The Fellowship Cup, Mt. Pleasant, $16,049.80
  • ISU Extension, Jasper County, $7,467.97
  • United Way of Wapello County, Ottumwa (3 counties), $14,935.94
  • Iowa Lakes Community College, Esterville (4 counties), $20,930.69
  • Central Iowa RSVP, Story City (5 counties), $38,906.21
  • Covenant Medical Center Waterloo, $7,467.97
  • Graceland University, Lamoni, $15,622.86

Volunteer Iowa is responsible for administering federal funding of AmeriCorps State programs and state funding of RSVP. Iowans interested in serving in AmeriCorps or RSVP can learn more at volunteeriowa.org.


About the Volunteer Iowa (or Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service)

Volunteer Iowa and its partner agencies work with organizations and individuals on three main fronts.  The first is to help agencies develop quality programs that use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need.  The second is to help engage Iowans in their communities by promoting service and expanding the volunteer base.  Finally, the third area of work is to connect individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure.  More information is available at volunteeriowa.org.

About the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov .

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