Skip Navigation and Go Directly to Page ContentCNCS Website Home Page AmeriCorps AmeriCorps

FONT SIZE:  Default  |  Large


2019-20 Volunteer Iowa: UWWC Literacy Coordinator VISTA
United Way of Wapello County has joined with local nonprofits, businesses and the school districts to address high rates of poverty and low reading proficiency scores in our community. The Cradle-College-Career (C3) Initiative works to “increase the number of students and citizens who are ready for, have access to and persist in reaching their goals to obtain a college degree and/or credential.” UWWC is focused specifically on improving reading proficiency, school readiness and attendance and increase summer learning. These measures contribute to high school and college graduation rates and lifetime earning potential. The VISTA member will work to complete the Community Solutions Action Plan or CSAP, which is the Grade Level Reading Network application. Membership in the Grade Level Reading Network is a requirement to access several grants which support literacy programs, and it will give us access to plans and materials developed by similar communities around literacy promotion. They will also work with Volunteer Center staff to recruit, coordinate and train volunteers to work with students to improve early grade reading skills, which directly correlates to increases in degree attainment and lifetime earning potential. The VISTA member will identify current summer reading programs, help form partnerships and identify additional needs in organizations working to increase learning retention over summer break. The VISTA will serve as a part of Volunteer Iowa's Rural Development and Opioid AmeriCorps VISTA project. Volunteer Iowa is a state agency whose mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. VISTA members with our program have the benefit of a statewide support network of staff, Commissioners, National Service Programs, fellow AmeriCorps members and a VISTA Leader. Members receive ongoing training, support, networking and professional development opportunities.
Further help on this page can be found by clicking here.

Please note:
This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : • Recruit and train Reading Buddies volunteers o Identify potential partners and opportunities for volunteer recruitment o Develop recruitment materials and presentations o Coordinate volunteer training sessions and orientations • Evaluate Reading Buddies program o Develop evaluation tools to measure volunteer and school staff satisfaction. o Work with teachers to evaluate student progress. o Identify any needed changes to the program. • Work with UWWC to complete the Grade Level Reading Network application o Use asset map of the community to determine the areas of need around reading levels. o Use identified needs to develop the Community Solutions Action Plan. o Act as the point of contact for the Grade Level Reading Network • Evaluate and expand summer learning programs o Identify current summer reading programs. o Research effective summer programs in similar communities. o Make recommendations on potential programs in Wapello County.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit
Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Children/Youth ,  Education ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Youth Development ,  Communications ,  Education ,  Community Organization ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Writing/Editing ,  Recruitment . 
Refine Search
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

2019-20 Volunteer Iowa: UWWC Literacy Coordinator VISTA

Program Start/End Date
01/22/2019  -   01/21/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations IOWA  


Accepting Applications
From  12/18/2018  To  01/04/2019 

Contact Emma Simmons
200 E Grand Ave
Des Moines   IA   50309
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 71269