AmeriCorps Member of the Month November 2016 ~ Kristina Kofoot

Kristina – “I am excited and honored to be recognized as an AmeriCorps member of the month. AmeriCorps has allowed me to gain valuable experience while giving back to the community that I live in. In my work at the University of Northern Iowa, I am able to help students become involved and engaged across Cedar Valley while working to strengthen and enhance community engagement efforts across campus. I look forward to continuing this work throughout my second year of service and beyond.”

Thank you Katie Zellmer, of Iowa Campus Compact for Nominating Katie.  Katie has this to say about Kristina:

“The partnership between UNI and the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley (VCCV) provides a foundation of programming that supports agencies whose mission addresses issues of poverty in  Cedar Valley. The partnership between UNI and the VCCV provides programming for UNI students to be engaged in Cedar Valley, often addressing issues of poverty. The VISTA member will expand UNI’s capacity to support agencies in their work to eliminate poverty and food insecure families in Cedar Valley, and support campus programs to catalyze effective collaboration to benefit it.

Kristina has really been working to address a variety of issues that all lead back to the partnership between Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley and UNI. Through her work Kristina is beginning to lay the foundations of community engagement throughout the university. She has been working with faculty and help to bring a service-learning institute to campus to help faculty create community engaged classes. Kristina has also been working with the residence hall departments to require service components to live on campus. She has created panels and hosted members from NCCC, VISTA, State and National, ICAP (panel participants) on national service to generate interest in a year of service which allowed UNI students to ask questions and learn about AmeriCorps programs. She has also been key to developing days of service on campus to reach a wide variety of students across campus. Her efforts have allowed her to manage over 800 separate volunteers at her events. For her MLK Day event her program packaged over 25,000 bags of food, which were donated to local food banks in the Cedar Valley area.

Kristina will be going into her second year of service with the University of Iowa under Julianne Gassman. During her first year she finished up her master’s degree at UNI and plans to use that degree to pursue a position in higher education focusing on community engagement.”

Volunteer Iowa is excited to recognize the work Kristina has been able to accomplish during her year of service. To recognize her service, Kristina 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.

 americorps_iowa_4inHelp 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!

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