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Iowa AmeriCorps State of Promise seeks volunteers


The Iowa AmeriCorps State of Promise Program needs you — to volunteer, says Judy McCarthy, ISU Extension’s director for the program. McCarthy is seeking volunteers to become Promise Fellows and serve their community through local schools and nonprofit organizations.

“The program encourages people to be involved and helps them accomplish things for their communities,” McCarthy said. “Promise Fellows help solve problems, bring communities together and set an example of caring and community spirit that America needs.”

The Iowa AmeriCorps State of Promise Program is hosted by ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development in collaboration with Iowa’s Promise and the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. Promise Fellows serve with youth development programs in communities across the state. Membership is open to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents age 17 and older.

McCarthy is looking for volunteers to serve in school- and community-based sites and work with youth development programs for elementary, middle and high school students. “Our volunteers have been tutors and mentors. They’ve organized service-learning projects and developed enrichment activities such as career shadowing, environmental awareness and drug prevention.”

Promise Fellows can serve on a full or part time basis. Full time members receive a modest living allowance, and all members receive an education award of up to $4,725, which can be used for higher education tuition or loan repayment after completing a full term of service.

In May the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service voted to award an additional $343,389 grant to the Iowa AmeriCorps State of Promise Program. The 2008-2009 program runs from Sept. 1, 2008, through Aug. 31, 2009. To learn more, contact Judy McCarthy at (515) 294-1611 or

This article appeared in July 2008 -- From Jack Payne Newsletter