Iowa Legal Aid
The project will focus on the CNCS focus area of Capacity Building, resulting in increased access to justice for low-income Iowans and the communities where they live. Ten AmeriCorps members will leverage 350 volunteers each year, to expand Iowa Legal Aid's ability to provide free civil legal help to eligible residents of all 99 Iowa counties, fundamentally improving low-income Iowans' abilities to meet basic needs. By the end of the 2012-15 project period, Iowa Legal Aid will have completed its review of volunteer management strategies that are most likely to expand its capacity -- formalized volunteer recruitment partnerships, volunteer recognition activities, supervision, communication, screening and matching volunteers to projects -- and will have fully implemented at least three effective volunteer management strategies, as part of its Strategic Plan. Further, members and volunteers will have contributed thousands of hours in support of providing critical legal help to Iowans who otherwise would have received less or no access to justice. The CNCS investment of $132,600 will be matched with $106,799.