Awards announced for Iowa Volunteer Generation Fund grants

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


January 3, 2018

Contact: Michelle Raymer
​Volunteer Iowa
515-348-6235 / 800-308-5987

Awards announced for Iowa Volunteer Generation Fund grants

Federal grants help to increase volunteer efforts that meet community needs

DES MOINES, Iowa – Volunteer Iowa is pleased to announce funding to seven organizations from the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Volunteer Generation Fund.  Volunteer Iowa will distribute more than $107,000 in funding to organizations selected in a state-wide competitive process, to be matched by $172,899 in local dollars.  

The Volunteer Generation Fund is a program authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act to support voluntary organizations and state service commissions in boosting the impact of volunteers in addressing critical community needs. Grant recipients will work in their community to connect people with opportunities to volunteer and serve, increase capacity for organizations to engage volunteers in meaningful service, promote volunteering, and develop internally and/or support partners in developing local programming designed to utilize volunteerism as a solution to community problems.  

The following organizations were each awarded a Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) Grant:

  • Iowa Campus Compact
  • Marion County Health Department
  • United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States 
  • United Way of East Central Iowa – Jones County Volunteer Center
  • United Way of Great River Region
  • United Way of Wapello County
  • Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley

“Volunteering not only strengthens our communities, but it can be an answer to solving some of our state’s critical community needs,” said Volunteer Iowa Executive Director Adam Lounsbury. “Iowans of all ages are looking for opportunities to give back, and we are ready to partner with these recipients and boost the impact of volunteers to meet address Iowa’s toughest challenges.”  

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities, as well as resources available to communities and nonprofits to develop volunteer programs that meet community needs, visit

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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 is available at

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

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