Iowa COVID-19 Recovery AmeriCorps and VISTA Recruitment

AmeriCorps Iowa and AmeriCorps VISTA are filling COVID-19 recovery related positions


Volunteer Iowa is working with dozens of community organizations across the state to leverage VISTA and AmeriCorps State members for intensive, full- and part-time positions to support ongoing needs as a result of the impact of COVID-19. Short term and year-long positions are being filled now.

Iowa COVID-19 Recovery AmeriCorps

As a member of the Iowa COVID-19 Recovery AmeriCorps, you will deliver support to meet the basic needs of Iowans, lending a hand to organizations that are experiencing challenges due to COVID-19. Iowa COVID-19 Recovery AmeriCorps members can help address food insecurity, support independent living needs, manage volunteers, or provide other supports that help address the challenges facing communities and citizens with the implications of COVID-19 in our state.

More About the Iowa COVID-19 Recovery AmeriCorps Positions:

Living Allowance:

Members will receive the living allowance associated with their term of service. The living allowance is paid in equal increments across the term of service. Members will receive payment every other week via direct deposit.  

End of Service Benefit:

AmeriCorps members will receive a Segal Education Award when a term has been successfully completed. AmeriCorps members age 55 or older can transfer the education award to a child or grandchild. 

Other Benefits:

Student loan deferment, forbearance or forgiveness opportunities are available depending on the type of student loan. It is the member’s responsibility to obtain information about whether their loan(s) qualify for this benefit. This is not an automatic benefit of the program. Health insurance and childcare assistance are available for members meeting eligibility requirements.  


  • Must be 17 years of age or older by start date 
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or be in process of completion 
  • Must be either a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States 
  • Must pass mandatory pre-service background checks 

Iowa COVID-19 Recovery AmeriCorps Terms of Service Details: 

Term of Service 

Service Hours 

Service Weeks 

Weekly Hours 

Living Allowance 

Education Award 

Full Time 






Three Quarter Time 






Quarter Time 






Quarter Time 






Minimum Time 







What It Takes

  • Willingness and ability to work as a team member, provide support, communicate clearly, ask for guidance when needed, and admit mistakes
  • Ability to handle responsibility, make decisions and problem-solve in the moment
  • Emotional maturity, situational awareness, and comfort taking broad direction
  • Flexibility and capacity to take initiative
  • Willingness and ability to assist in maintaining a clean, healthy environment
  • Ability to set healthy boundaries with others
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Experience with diverse populations with complex needs


We are currently recruiting members to fill Iowa COVID-19 Recovery AmeriCorps positions at the following locations:

Organization City Term

Community Action Eastern Iowa


6 months, 10-15 hours/week

Caring Hands Outreach


9 months, 35-40 hours/week

Mahaska County YMCA Oskaloosa

9 months, 35-40 hours/week

New Opportunities Carroll County Carroll

9 months, 35-40 hours/week

New Opportunities Dallas County Perry

9 months, 35-40 hours/week

New Opportunities Guthrie County Guthrie Center

9 months, 35-40 hours/week

Northeast Iowa Food Bank


9 months, 35-40 hours/week

Salvation Army Dubuque Dubuque

6 months, 10-15 hours/week

Seed Savers Decorah

6 months, 20-25 hours/week

Dubuque Dream Center


6 months, 20-25 hours/week

CommonBond Communities

Remote - Des Moines, Waterloo

4 months, 30-35 hours/week

Iowa Community Action Association

Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Dubuque

9 months, 35-40 hours/week; 4 months, 30-35 hours/week

Food Bank of Iowa Des Moines

9 months, 35-40 hours/week

Mid-Iowa Community Action/Head Start/After School Marshalltown

9 months, 35-40 hours/week


AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA is recruiting members to fill year-long COVID-19 recovery related positions.

More About the AmeriCorps VISTA Positions:

Year-long VISTA Member Living Stipend and Benefits

  • A living allowance of $13,399.15 for completing 12 months of service, to be paid every other week. The living allowance will be divided evenly across the term of service.
  • Choice of End of Term benefit
  • Eligible for a Segal Education Award worth $6,345 from the National Trust, to be awarded upon successful completion of the term of service
  • A cash stipend in the amount of $1,800
  • Health benefits
  • Childcare assistance
  • Federal student loan deferment, forbearance or forgiveness opportunities are available
  • Non-competitive eligibility for federal employment
  • Training and professional development

Currently recruiting VISTA members for the following locations:

(Click on the organization name for the position description and to apply)

Organization Position City Length of Service
Dress for Success VISTA Quad Cities


Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging Program Developer Location Flexible (Waterloo, Marshalltown, Decorah, Dubuque)


Starts Right Here Coordinator Des Moines


Volunteer Iowa Communications VISTA Des Moines


Youth Emergency Services and Shelter (YESS) Donation Management Des Moines


EMBARC Social Media Marketing Assistant Des Moines


United We March Forward Outreach VISTA Cedar Rapids


Opportunity Living Community Liason VISTA Lake City


Tanager Place Community Engagement Coordinator Cedar Rapids Year-long


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