Resources for Members and Alums
Volunteer Iowa supports AmeriCorps members in Iowa with training opportunities, recognition events, and networking contacts. We can also help with questions related to your AmeriCorps benefits.
AmeriCorps State and National members are required to receive training in certain subject matters such as Civic Engagement, Disaster Response, Communication, and Life-After AmeriCorps. In addition to trainings provided by their program, members are also invited to attend ICVS-supported trainings (for example, the annual Iowa Nonprofit Summit, held each fall). Contact your program director to find out about upcoming training events, or visit the Training section of our website.
We're proud of the service that all of our AmeriCorps members provide! Your contributions make our state a better place for all Iowans. See below for more information about how we work to make sure you are recognized for your service.
AmeriCorps Week: The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service helps organize AmeriCorps Week activities each spring. AmeriCorps Week is a time to recognize your service and let other people know about the great things you are doing as an AmeriCorps member. Check out the AmeriCorps Week page for more information about events in Iowa and nationwide.
National Service Impact Awards: The Corporation for National and Community Service has a program to recognize outstanding AmeriCorps members and alumni. The recipients exemplify the best in national and community service in the key issue areas of the Serve America Act and disaster services. Visit the CNCS website to find out how to nominate one of your fellow AmeriCorps members, or other national service representatives, for the National Service Impact Awards.www.nationalservice.gov/about/spiritofservice
State Volunteer Recognition Programs: The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service coordinates the state of Iowa’s two most prestigious volunteer recognition programs: The Governor's Volunteer Awards, and the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame. Both programs allow organizations to nominate their national service members for special recognition.
Some AmeriCorps members serve in a large program or side by side in a team. Others of you might be the only AmeriCorps member in your organization or your community. Either way, we want you be connected to the world of national service and to others who can relate to your AmeriCorps experience. Keep reading below for ideas about how to connect with other members.
Facebook groups are a great way to find out about current activities across Iowa's various AmeriCorps programs. Contact us via Facebook to get connected locally:
- Volunteer Iowa- www.facebook.com/VolunteerIowa
Another way to connect with both current members and alums is to take place in activities organized by AmeriCorps Alums chapters. AmeriCorps Alums is an organization of former national service members from all three branches of AmeriCorps. Register to find members with whom you served, to meet other alums in your area, or to stay engaged in service issues- www.americorpsalums.org Currently, there are AmeriCorps Alums chapters registered in Des Moines, the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor, and the Quad Cities-www.americorpsalums.org/members/group_select.asp?type=166.