AmeriCorps Member of the Month May 2016

VolunteerIowaPicBrad James is being honored by Volunteer Iowa as the AmeriCorps Member of the Month for May 2016.

Brad is a Green Iowa AmeriCorps member serving in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Green Iowa AmeriCorps team provides residential energy efficiency services, environmental education, and outreach to Iowans. They also provide weatherization services to low-income, disabled, elderly, and Veteran families in order to lower the cost of their monthly utility bills. Brad initially served as an Audit Coordinator where he was able to assist over 100 households with audit and weatherization services, providing consultation and education to residents. In his current position as an Outreach Coordinator, he is responsible for planning first time homeowner weatherization workshops, and he was also able to engage 85 volunteers for “Make a Difference Day” to assist with an Adopt-a-Highway clean up event.

According to Ashley Craft, the Program Director with Green Iowa, “Brad is an incredible example of someone who embraces the notion of being an engaged community member. He not only promotes service within the community by his work through Green Iowa AmeriCorps but regularly volunteers his time outside of work to raise awareness about needs facing our world with climate change and the environment.”

During his service, Brad personally took the initiative to raise the money necessary to make costly repairs to an elderly woman’s house which would have been outside the skills and abilities of Green Iowa to complete on their own. With the help of local community organizations and businesses, he was able to secure almost all of the funds necessary to complete the repairs. Brad also volunteers to help with events like Project AWARE and other local environmentally based projects.

To recognize his service, Brad will receive a certificate signed by Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds honoring his dedication and efforts towards bettering the State of Iowa.

Thank you for your service, Brad!americorps_iowa_4in

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