Category: AmeriCorps Member of the Month

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.

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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:http://ow.ly/X1uRp. Please share the link and help us recognize the AmeriCorps members who are getting things done for Iowa!

 

AmeriCorps Members of the Month 2016

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This month, Sallie Myers, Alli Zuel, and Katie Kestel are being honored as the Volunteer Iowa AmeriCorps Members of the Month for June 2016.

Sallie, Alli, and Katie are AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in the Des Moines area with The Outreach Program as a part of the Outreach Hunger-Free Iowa Initiative (HFII). The Outreach Program is a Union, Iowa based nonprofit that organizes food packaging events to combat hunger around the world. They have packaged more than 360 million meals in order to support the mission of providing food, safe water, medical care, and education to those in need.

Together, Sallie, Alli, and Katie have worked on food insecurity issues throughout the state to eliminate hunger in all of Iowa’s 99 counties and improve the lives of Iowan’s effected by food insecurity. They planned and conducted Hunger Dialogues in targeted counties to discuss community needs and implement projects in areas that have high rates of food insecurity. Because of their work, HFII has developed relationships with key stakeholders in Dallas, Des Moines, Henry, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Clarke, Warren, Dubuque, Boone, Guthrie, Sac, and Buena Vista counties and packaged a total of 44,400 meals with the help of volunteers.

All three Outreach VISTA’s are sure to have bright futures in the public health and anti-hunger fields, and Volunteer Iowa is excited to recognize the work they have been able to accomplish during their year of service in the state. To recognize their service, Sallie, Alli, and Katie will each receive a certificate signed by Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds honoring their dedication and efforts towards bettering the State of Iowa.

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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:http://ow.ly/X1uRp. Please share the link and help us recognize the AmeriCorps members who are getting things done for Iowa!

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

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:http://ow.ly/X1uRp. Please share the link and help us recognize the AmeriCorps members who are getting things done for Iowa!

AmeriCorps Member of the Month April 2016

AllredAmeriCorps.jpgAngela Allred is being honored by Volunteer Iowa as the AmeriCorps Member of the Month for April 2016.

Angela is an AmeriCorps State member who serves with AmeriCorps Partners in Learning at Lincoln Elementary School, a Title 1 school located in Dubuque, Iowa. As an Academic Reading Tutor, Angela works with low-scoring readers to improve their confidence and uses different strategies to encourage improved academic achievement in her students.

Her work as an AmeriCorps service member combats low K-3 grade reading proficiency. She has tutored 97 students this year and 88 students in her previous term of service with Lincoln Elementary. Last year, Lincoln Elementary saw 76% of students who participated in the AmeriCorps Reading Program improve their DIBELS score from the fall to the spring. Angela is a dedicated advocate for service and encourages others in her community to volunteer at various events. She cultivates strong relationship with the families of children she serves and increases the overall level of family engagement, a strong indicator of future academic success for children.

Angela has a Bachelor’s in Anthropology and a Master’s in Forest and Wildlife Ecology, and is particularly interested in issues surrounding food justice. She has previously volunteered with the Troy Kids’ Garden in Madison, WI where she helped youth maintain a garden and prepare simple recipes.

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 State of Iowa.

Thank you for your service, Angela!americorps_iowa_4in

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:http://ow.ly/X1uRp. Please share the link and help us recognize the AmeriCorps members who are getting things done for Iowa!

AmeriCorps Member of the Month March 2016

CBurt_AMOM.pngVolunteer Iowa is very proud to honor Charlotte Burt as the Iowa AmeriCorps Member of the Month for March 2016.

Charlotte is an AmeriCorps State member who serves with Des Moines Public Schools as an Elementary Literacy and Math Tutor at Downtown School and Phillips Elementary. She has accrued approximately 2,300 service hours over the past year and has supported hundreds of students.

While at DMPS, Charlotte has coordinated other AmeriCorps members in the community to help support several National Day of Service projects while encouraging staff at her site to volunteer with other organizations in the community. Now retired, Charlotte was a School Nurse Consultant for the Iowa Department of Education, and has a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Iowa, a Master of Arts from Mary Crest College, and a Master’s of Science and Nursing from Clarkson University. She regularly volunteers at the World Food Prize Hall, The Des Moines Preforming Arts Center, the American School Health Association and the national Association of School Nurse Consultants. Charlotte is completing her fourth and final term of service with AmeriCorps.

In recognition of her service, Charlotte will receive a certificate signed by Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds honoring her dedication and efforts towards bettering the State of Iowa.

Thank you for your service, Charlotte!

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:http://ow.ly/X1uRp. Please share the link and help us recognize the AmeriCorps members who are getting things done for Iowa!

AmeriCorps Member of the Month February 2016

Suzie Stroud 2016.jpgVolunteer Iowa is very proud to honor Suzanne Stroud as the Iowa AmeriCorps Member of the Month for February 2016.

Suzie is an AmeriCorps VISTA member with Project Concern, which provides housing and homelessness prevention services to communities throughout Dubuque, Delaware and Jackson counties. During her time as a VISTA, she has developed and implemented systems for data collection, spread awareness about homelessness and poverty in Iowa, and built vital relationships within the communities she serves. Suzie has also recruited 46 volunteers to the agency who have collectively volunteered a total of 1,451 hours for Project Concern.

As a native of Dubuque, Suzie is devoted to giving back to her community and actively working to make it a better place in everything that she does. After her service, Suzie intends to pursue a master’s degree in Social Work.

In recognition for her service, Suzie will receive a certificate signed by Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds commemorating her dedication to service and efforts towards bettering the state of Iowa.

Thank you for your service, Suzie!

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:http://ow.ly/X1uRp. Please share the link and help us recognize the AmeriCorps members who are getting things done for Iowa!

AmeriCorps Member of the Month December 2015

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Hannah Smith has been selected as the Volunteer Iowa AmeriCorps Member of the Month for December 2015.

Hannah completed her term of service with AmeriCorps State/National in July with Crisis Intervention Service, an organization that supports victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes throughout a 15 county area in rural north central Iowa. She focused on economic justice issues, providing financial literacy training and housing assistance for survivors of domestic abuse, as well as advocating for victims within the legal and medical systems. She also worked with victims to provide counseling and safety planning.

Hannah has been a great advocate for national service, and has presented information about AmeriCorps as well as Crisis Intervention Service at events throughout her community and educated people on ways to help CIS clients as well as presenting community members with opportunities to volunteer.

In addition to all of her great work with CIS, Hannah also served as a mentor for youths in her community, acted as a leader and mentor for a middle school church youth group, and participated in additional charitable activities with her roller derby team.

Thank you for your service, Hannah!

Nomination forms for the Iowa AmeriCorps Member of the Month recognition can be requested by e-mailing icvs@iowa.gov.