What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is an opportunity for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities and their country through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. AmeriCorps members address critical needs such as literacy, health, housing, technology, the environment, economic development, and many other fields. It is a chance to apply your skills and energy toward helping others and strengthening the organizations that make a positive difference in Americans’ lives.
What is Green Iowa AmeriCorps?
Green Iowa AmeriCorps is a state-wide community service program operating out of the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education. Our program was originally founded in 2009 to address sustainable usage of energy resources in several Iowan communities as they struggled to rebuild from a series of devastating floods in 2008. Since then, Green Iowa AmeriCorps has been an active community partner and has expanded to many communities across the state. Members serve in one of three branches of our program: Energy & Community, Sustainable Schools, and Land & Water Stewards.
Green Iowa AmeriCorps vision is to mobilize AmeriCorps members to engage communities in environmental stewardship, neighborhood revitalization, and boots-on-the-ground resources for energy efficiency services.
Members are placed with one of our partnered host sites in communities across Iowa to further the mission work of both Green Iowa AmeriCorps and the host organization. Members help to provide practical solutions to community needs focusing on things like energy efficiency education and home audits, volunteer engagement, environmental stewardship, community de/construction projects, and much more! Our members receive a wide variety of training based on coordinator positions and host site and each member has opportunities for individualized professional development through the completion of a Professional Development Project (PDP) during their service term.
Green Iowa AmeriCorps and all national service programs in the state of Iowa are overseen by
Volunteer Iowa. Volunteer Iowa is part of a network of state service commissions throughout the
United States that exist to foster a bi-partisan, state-level commitment to advancing service
initiatives as well as developing, communicating, and promoting a statewide vision and ethic of
AmeriCorps , formerly known as a division of the Corporation for National and Community
Service, is a federal program created by former President William J. Clinton in 1993. It is a
network of national service programs that engage more than 50,000 Americans each year in
intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.
Click on the links below to learn more about each of the three branches of our program!
What are some of the Benefits of serving in an AmeriCorps Program?
AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive a Living Stipend, Segal Education Award, Healthcare and Childcare Assistance, Federal Loan Deferment, Trainings and Certifications, Individualized Professional Development Opportunities, Leadership Experience, Public Service Loan Forgiveness Qualification and Interest Accrual Repayment.
How do I become an AmeriCorps Member?
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