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Awards Announced for Iowa Volunteer Generation Fund Grants

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Adam Lounsbury, 515.725.3099 or 800.308.5987

 

Awards announced for Iowa Volunteer Generation Fund grants

500,000 more Iowans to be served

 

DES MOINES (February 16, 2011) – The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (ICVS) is pleased to announce funding to eleven organizations to support Volunteer Generation and Community-Based Service-Learning.  Volunteer Generation Fund grant funds are awarded to organizations to support development and strengthening of the volunteer infrastructure in Iowa by serving as a Volunteer Connector Organization (VCO). While Iowa reached the number two spot in the nation for volunteering in 2009, this funding will help even more Iowans find opportunities to provide meaningful service in their communities. 

 

The Volunteer Generation Fund is a new federal grant program to support development of volunteer organizations in local communities, authorized by the 2009 Serve America Act, which received broad bipartisan support.  The Volunteer Generation Fund was originally introduced as an amendment in the House of Representatives by Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack (D) and was championed by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch (R) in the Senate.  Iowa was one of 19 states to receive funding for the initial round of grants and is awarding $250,000 in grants to local communities for each of the next three years.

 

In addition to the Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) funding, ICVS is awarding $30,000 in funding to support Community-Based Service-Learning.  Service-Learning is a structured opportunity that engages young people in their communities through service.  Service-Learning engages students throughout the process, using their awareness of community issues to identify, plan and carry out service projects to solve real-life problems and then reflect on and celebrate the process.  Community-Based Service-Learning programs connect the service opportunities to other learning goals, such as team-building, and leadership.  The Service-Learning grants are made possible through funding provided by a partnership with State Farm Insurance.

 

Volunteer Generation Fund grants were offered in two categories – development funding for new Volunteer Connector Organizations and expansion funding to extend the service area or projects of current Volunteer Centers.  The following organizations (service areas) are awarded funding for development: Center For Siouxland (Woodbury County), City of Davenport (Scott County), Graceland University (Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Ringgold, Union, and Wayne counties), United Way of Wapello County (Wapello County), and Wartburg College (Bremer, Butler, Chickasaw, Fayette, and Floyd Counties). The following organizations (service areas) are awarded funding for expansion: United Way of East Central Iowa (Benton, Cedar, Linn, and Jones counties), United Way of Johnson County (Johnson, Iowa and Washington counties), Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley (Black Hawk County), and Volunteer Center of Fairfield (Jefferson County).  Service-Learning grantees include: Graceland University, Iowa Campus Compact, Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, Volunteer Center of Fairfield, and Volunteer Center of Story County.

 

These grantees represent an expansion from 10 to 30 counties covered by Volunteer Connector Organizations and an increase in population served from 1.1 million to 1.6 million Iowans.  The grantees have committed to engaging more than 40,000 volunteers and partners in year one.

 

The mission of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (ICVS) is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and learning.  For more information on the Volunteer Generation Fund or other ICVS programs, please visit www.volunteeriowa.org or call 515.725.3099.

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