Written by Kyra Cooper with RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps In 1985, Garang Majouk began a long journey that started with fleeing present-day South Sudan and ended at the gates of the Des Moines International Airport. Accompanied by his wife and child, Garang had to quickly make a … Continue reading National Service Member Spotlight – Garang Majouk
Nominated by Carmen Finken with Sustainable Schools AmeriCorps at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls In which branch of National Service does/did the nominee serve? AmeriCorps State Include the name and a description of the National Service program where the nominee … Continue reading National Service Member Spotlight – Eve Dietrich
Written by Helen Bisioulis, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader with Volunteer Iowa Connor Milliken served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Iowa Community Action Association (ICAA) from early June 2017 to his last day: June 1, 2018. He had previously served a summer AmeriCorps Public Allies term … Continue reading National Service Member Spotlight – Connor Milliken
by Mariah Himes, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader at Volunteer Iowa Jesse Bolinger has spent the last 10 years living and working in Leon, so it was a perfect place for him to begin his service as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. During his pre-service orientation, Jesse … Continue reading A Day in the VISTA Life with Jesse Bolinger – National Service Member Spotlight
Brittany Freeman of St. Louis, Missouri studies Law, Politics and Society and Anthropology-Sociology (with a minor in Spanish) at Drake University, but she’s even busier outside academia. When she was applying for colleges just over a year ago, she received an email from Drake about … Continue reading AmeriCorps Spotlight: Drake First-Year Student Brittany Freeman
Photo Above: Jeremy Deemer, back left, at his AmeriCorps service site hosting a youth basketball camp. By Kay Wolfkill, AmeriCorps VISTA Jeremy Deemer is an AmeriCorps Alum. He is also a student at Graceland University in Lamoni, an Executive Board Member with the Student … Continue reading AmeriCorps Alum, National Champion Gives Back to Youth Program He Once Attended
This National Service Spotlight submitted by Helen Bisioulis, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader Melanie Bressler is an AmeriCorps VISTA working at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (CFGD) in Dubuque, Iowa. She is a graduate of University of Northern Iowa and received her degree in Leisure, Youth, … Continue reading Coming Home to Serve
Nominated and written by Helen Bisioulis, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader Benet Conlin is an AmeriCorps VISTA working at the Iowa Community Action Association (ICAA) in Des Moines, Iowa. She hails from Waterloo, Iowa and moved to Des Moines, Iowa to go to school at Drake and … Continue reading A Day in the Life of Benet Conlin – our National Service Member Spotlight for October!
Submission by Phoebe Trepp, Executive Director at Willis Dady Homeless Services in Cedar Rapids Holli Erkson’s service should be highlighted in the National Service Member Spotlight – she’s amazing! Holli has drastically altered our volunteer program at Willis Dady and improved community member engagement. When … Continue reading National Service Member Spotlight – Holli Erkson
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:http://ow.ly/X1uRp. Please share the link and help us recognize the AmeriCorps members who are getting things done for Iowa!