Volunteer Iowa approves over $14.2 million in AmeriCorps projects

Date: 
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

For Immediate Release
June 27, 2017

Contact: Adam Lounsbury, Volunteer Iowa
515.725.3099
adam.lounsbury@iowaeda.com

Volunteer Iowa Announces Monumental Level of Public & Private Support for National Service Programs in Iowa

Commission approves over $14.2 Million in AmeriCorps projects

June 27, 2017 (DES MOINES, IA) – Volunteer Iowa (Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service) has approved $14.2 million in federal and state AmeriCorps funding that will leverage private and local funding to support over 860 AmeriCorps members.

With these awards, Iowa will now have nearly 1,600 AmeriCorps members serving, a record total. This new total brings Iowa to over 7,000 National Service positions. AmeriCorps State grants provide funding to local organizations to support AmeriCorps members meeting critical community needs in the areas of education, disaster services, health, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, and opioid prevention.

Governor Kim Reynolds, who is a champion in engaging more Iowans in service, has played a vital role in helping increase opportunities to serve since the creation of the Governor’s Council on National Service in 2014. “This funding is a big win for Iowa in the war against opioid addiction,” Gov. Reynolds said. “The money helps meet the critical needs of AmeriCorps members serving on the front lines in substance abuse prevention programs across the state.”

Volunteer Iowa announced the following AmeriCorps State grants today:

Program Name

Total

College Student Aid Commission- Iowa College Completion AmeriCorps

$331,259

Iowa Campus Compact/IWCC- IA College AmeriCorps Program

$444,815

Iowa Department of Public Health - Opioid Competition

$389,273

University of Northern Iowa- Sustainable Schools and Land & Water Steward AmeriCorps

$553,655

Trustees of Grinnell College- Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership

$132,527

City of Dubuque- Partners in Learning AmeriCorps

$64,613

Iowa State University Extension- IA AmeriCorps Water Quality Planning Project

$72,062

IA Dept. of Education- Adult Education & Literacy Mentoring/Tutoring

$78,423

Conservation Corps of IA - AmeriCorps

$271,200

Des Moines Public Schools- AmeriCorps

$578,702

Trustees of Grinnell College- Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership

$211,090

City of Davenport- Davenport AmeriCorps/Youth Corps

$1,002,429

City of Dubuque- Partners in Learning AmeriCorps

$516,154

Public Allies, Inc.- Public Allies Iowa AmeriCorps

$325,000

United Way of East Central Iowa- Youth Achievement AmeriCorps Program

$366,253

Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy & Resource Center- Refugee RISE AmeriCorps

$798,503

Graceland University- AmeriCorps Youth Launch

$357,332

Habitat for Humanity of Iowa- AmeriCorps

$717,701

Iowa Legal Aid- AmeriCorps

$308,359

Iowa State University - AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children

$383,150

Iowa State University- AmeriCorps 4H Outreach

$825,623

United Ways of Iowa- Iowa Reading Corps

$1,798,203

University of Northern Iowa- Green Iowa AmeriCorps

$921,878

Organizations will be recruiting AmeriCorps members to begin service this fall, and join the more than 80,000 AmeriCorps members serving across the country in 21,600 locations. AmeriCorps members receive a modest living stipend and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, or scholarship, upon completion of their service.

Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than 1 million men and women have served in AmeriCorps, providing more than 1.4 billion hours of service and have earned more than $3.3 billion in education scholarships to pay for college or pay back student loans.

Volunteer Iowa is responsible for administering federal funding of AmeriCorps State programs. Iowans interested in serving in AmeriCorps can learn more at volunteeriowa.org.

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About the 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 volunteeriowa.org.

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. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.

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