2017 Iowa Volunteer Generation Fund Year in Review
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 Iowa’s volunteer base. Finally, the third area of focus is to connect individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure.
The Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) develops and strengthens the volunteer infrastructure in Iowa through implementation of the Service Enterprise Initiative, as well as capacity building grants to volunteer centers. With VGF support, volunteer centers: connect people with opportunities to serve, increase capacity for organizations to engage volunteers in meaningful service, promote volunteering, and form partnerships to develop local programs and projects that utilize volunteerism as a solution to community needs and challenges.
495 Organizations trained | 6,511 Volunteers managed | 19,786 Hours served by managed volunteers
Jones County Volunteer Center
United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States
Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley
United Way of the Great River Region
United Way of Wapello County
Service Enterprise Initiative
The Service Enterprise Initiative is an intensive assessment, training, and coaching process to help organizations fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills to achieve their social mission. Research shows that organizations operating at this level are better led, managed, and have the same results as their peers at half the median budget. In Iowa, over 20 organizations have become certified Service Enterprises, with many more in the process.
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