Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service
The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service plans to utilize a fourth year Volunteer Generation Fund grant to build on the success of our first three years and address some identified gaps in services and community needs. Beginning in March of 2014, ICVS will provide subgrants to 10-13 volunteer connector organizations to provide capacity building services, engage and retain skill-based and community volunteers, and to recruit, engage and retain volunteers in disaster services and weatherization. In addition, ICVS will take a stronger role in making information, training and resources available to community based organizations that are in unserved or underserved areas of the state, particularly rural areas, through development of a knowledge network. This aligns with our State Service Plan goal of ensuring coverage for strong volunteer management throughout the state. The volunteer connector organizations and ICVS (through the statewide knowledge network) will work to develop and support entities in recruiting, managing and supporting volunteers, with a focus on recruiting and retaining skill based volunteers. In addition, we will provide specialized training and support for recruiting volunteers to provide community based weatherization and disaster services. These goals are in alignment with our State Service Plan and with the CNCS focus areas of Capacity Building, Disaster Services and Environmental Stewardship.