Senator Harkin to receive award and present Harkin Excellence in AmeriCorps Award

Friday, October 27, 2017


Brianne Fitzgerald
Volunteer Iowa; 515.868.2589 (cell)

Rachel Bruns
​America’s Service Commissions (ASC); 515.720.5892 (cell)

Justin Ellis
Iowa Campus Compact; 515.235.4681

Media Advisory for October 30th at 2:30PM

Senator Harkin to receive award from America’s Service Commissions and present Harkin Excellence in AmeriCorps Award to Iowa AmeriCorps alum

Des Moines, IA — On October 30, 2017, Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa will receive the “ASC 20” Award from America’s Service Commissions (ASC), the national association of the 52 state service commissions across the country. The award will be presented by ASC’s deputy director, Rachel Bruns, in recognition of his decades-long support of AmeriCorps, national service, and state service commissions during his time in the United States Senate. The organization is recognizing Senator Harkin along with 19 other key leaders as members of “The ASC 20” in honor of the group’s 20th anniversary, which they celebrated last month with a reception on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Senator Harkin will also present AmeriCorps alum Kristina Kofoot with the Tom Harkin Excellence in AmeriCorps award, an award Kristina was recognized for at the Corporation for National and Community Service 2017 AmeriCorps Symposium in September. Created in 2014, the Tom Harkin Excellence in AmeriCorps Awards pays tribute to Senator Tom Harkin’s lifelong support for national service, while recognizing the outstanding and innovative AmeriCorps programs and members that are tackling the nation’s most pressing challenges.

Who:  Senator Tom Harkin, Rachel Bruns with America’s Service Commissions, Joseph Jones with the Harkin Institute, Justin Ellis with Iowa Campus Compact, the staff at Volunteer Iowa, and current AmeriCorps members.

When: Monday October 30th at 2:30PM

Where: The Reading Room in Cowles Library, Drake University, 2507 University Ave, Des Moines, Iowa

Information on award winner Kristina Kofoot below:

2017 Tom Harkin Excellence in AmeriCorps Award Winner

Kristina Kofoot, University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls)

While pursuing her master’s degree in Leisure Youth and Human Services, Kristina Kofoot served through the Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA program at University of Northern Iowa. Her service was vital to the creation of service-learning courses, student service projects, and development of new partnerships. Among her many accomplishments, Kristina was instrumental in developing the University’s Service-Learning Institute (SLI). Through partnerships made possible by Kristina, community partners and faculty developed new service learning courses to help students gain experience and learn about civic responsibility. UNI faculty describe the SLI as transformational and credit Kristina’s dedication for making it possible. In addition, she has played a critical role in implementing a community engagement plan, which is now included in UNI’s 2017-2022 Strategic Plan.


About 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:

About America’s Service Commissions (ASC)

America’s Service Commissions (ASC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing and promoting the 52 state service commissions across the United States and territories with the mission to lead and elevate the state service network. State service commissions are governor-appointed public agencies or nonprofit organizations made up of more than 1,000 commissioners, private citizens leading the nation’s service movement and administering 80 percent of the federal AmeriCorps funds to address pressing community needs. Learn more at

About Iowa Campus Compact (IACC)

Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) is a statewide association of college and university presidents providing leadership for the civic mission of higher education. Iowa Campus Compact strengthens the capacity of our member colleges and universities to prepare all students to become engaged citizens. Learn more at

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