Month: July 2016

AmeriCorps Member of the Month July 2016

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Angela Mendoza is being honored as the Volunteer Iowa AmeriCorps Member of the Month for July 2016.

Currently, Angela is serving as the Elementary Program Specialist AmeriCorps member with the City of Davenport AmeriCorps Program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley. BBBSMV facilitates meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers “Bigs” and children ages 6 through 18 “Littles” in order to positively impact the lives of young people with multiple risk factors in the Davenport area. The City of Davenport AmeriCorps program is a multi-level interdisciplinary program that focuses on improving the graduation rates in Davenport.

Angela has been an exemplary service member, going above and beyond to make sure the “Littles” in her caseload had winter items like coats and boots after she discovered some children had none. Additionally, she worked with one of her “Littles” to provide a care package for the child’s mentor who was undergoing cancer treatment. Angela has gone out of her way to meet the needs of the matches in her care and to show them that she truly cares about them.

Volunteer Iowa is excited to recognize the work Angela has been able to accomplish during their year of service in the state. To recognize her service, Angela will receive a certificate signed by Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds honoring her dedication and efforts towards bettering the lives of youth in the State of Iowa.


Help us tell the story of AmeriCorps in Iowa! You can nominate someone for AmeriCorps Member of the Month by filling out this short survey: Please share the link and help us recognize the AmeriCorps members who are getting things done for Iowa!


Eastern Iowa Dealership Supports Young Families

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For this week’s “50 Faces of Volunteerism” spotlight, Volunteer Iowa would like to highlight the great work of employees from Lynch Ford Chevrolet in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.

Lynch Ford Chevrolet has been a consistent supporter of the Young Parents Network for over four years. They recently received the United Way of East Central Iowa Outstanding Business Volunteer Award for their support of the YPN “Stuff the Truck” event collecting toys for children in the Eastern Iowa area, as well as supplying meals for YPN families during the Thanksgiving season. Employees also teach basic car maintenance to YPN participants and provide financial education when families purchase a car.

Thank you all for your great service!

What’s your 50? Learn more about the Governor’s Call to Service, and to find whatsyour50-BUG-final-high-resvolunteer opportunities statewide. 

Can you nominate someone to be one of our 50 Faces of Volunteers? Fill out this quick spotlight form and help us recognize outstanding volunteers in Iowa.