Iowa AmeriCorps VISTA


Founded in 1965, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is a public program designed to provide men and women who act as the resources for non-profit organizations and public offices to increase their ability to assist in lifting communities out of poverty.

AmeriCorps VISTA provides opportunities for Americans eighteen years of age and older from diverse backgrounds to dedicate a year of service with non-profit organizations or public entities (as a host organization) to create or to expand efforts designed to empower low-income individuals and communities. VISTA members serve for one year in full time position with a host organization.

The power of AmeriCorps VISTA is extraordinary. VISTA attracts talented, passionate people to research, create, and expand the capacity of your organization. At the same time, they mobilize volunteers who can strengthen the organization or office after the VISTA has ended their term.

Volunteer Iowa is working with dozens of community organizations across the state to leverage AmeriCorps VISTA members for full-time positions to support ongoing needs of organizations working to alleviate poverty. Year-long positions are being filled now.

Benefits of AmeriCorps VISTA infographic including living allowance, relocation allowance, end of service award, non-competitive eligibility, professional development training, healthcare benefit, and many more

For more information about serving as a VISTA member with the Volunteer Iowa VISTA Program, please contact and someone from our VISTA team will be in touch.

Current VISTA openings. For more information click the link(s) to read more about the position and the organization you will serve!

Organization Position Description Contact
Central Iowa Center for Independent Living Connect Center Program Development VISTA The VISTA would be serving individuals with disabilities and mental health diagnoses. The VISTA will be responsible for developing programming for the Connection Center and building a volunteer system. This would include the creation of a monthly activity calendar, a list of topics/groups/activities, and a volunteer database for hosting/presenting/teaching as it relates to the topics/groups/activities.

Laura Gibson
100 E Euclid Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50313

Dental Connections Community Connections VISTA The Community Connections VISTA at Dental Connections will build impactful connections with the community through targeted marketing, outreach and volunteer engagement.

Carly Ross
1111 9th St
Des Moines, IA 50314

Genesis Youth Foundation Operations Assistant VISTA The position encourages leadership development and problem solving skills. The VISTA will work with the community, volunteers, and GYF staff to coordinate and provide academic, enrichment, and athletic opportunities to youth who would otherwise be denied the opportunities due to the inability (economically and culturally) to obtain resources that would empower them to be successful.

Sam Gabriel
42500 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311

Grand Avenue Community Outreach (GACO) Volunteer Coordinator VISTA GACO, located near the Iowa Great Lakes in Spencer, IA, is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator to organize, develop, and implement a comprehensive volunteer network to support the services we provide to the community.

Kim Wilson
605 Grand Avenue
Spencer, IA 51301

Iowa Community Action Association Special Impacts Project VISTA As the Iowa Community Action Agency VISTA Special Projects Coordinator you will be working on the following projects: Develop 40 Stories of Impact; Expand the Embrace Iowa program; and Develop marketing strategies to support the Iowa Community Action network. Tiffany Keimig
PO Box 41068
Des Moines, IA 50311
NAMI Southwest Iowa Marketing Director VISTA NAMI Southwest Iowa seeks a Marketing Director VISTA to assist with  creating content, developing campaign strategies, identifying target markets in need of our mental health support groups and education, and expanding reach and building exposure through social media and traditional media.

Anna Killpack
403 Front Street
PO Box 143
Neola, IA 51559

Volunteer Iowa Youth Service Learning VISTA Help break down barriers to service and increase youth volunteering rates in Iowa. The VISTA member will have the opportunity to participate in training and professional development, explore career interests by participating in agency activities like grant reviewing, and network with leaders from across the state.

Kamryn Ryan
1963 Bell Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50315







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