Seeking Summer VISTA host sites

December 2, 2019

Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact (IAMNCC) is seeking partners to host a summer VISTA member in Iowa or Minnesota in the summer of 2020. The deadline for organizations to apply is February 10, 2020. Learn more!

Summer VISTA members…

  • Serve from May 29, 2020 to August 7, 2020
  • Receive a living allowance of about $2,400
  • Receive a $1,311 education award
  • Complete service projects that alleviate poverty, build campus-community partnerships, expand program reach

Summer VISTA host sites…

  • Use Summer VISTA positions to serve their local community
  • Recruit and select their summer VISTA member(s)
  • Pay $600 cost share for each enrolled Summer VISTA position
  • Directly supervise their summer VISTA member(s)

 

Previously funded projects include…

Buena Vista University Office of Civic Engagement (Storm Lake, IA): The Summer VISTA member served with the Storm Lake School district to combat summer learning loss by developing curriculum materials for Pre K-12th grade for BVU’s annual day of service Buenafication Day. The member will develop a standard curriculum to accompany service projects conducted in the community.

Drake University (Des Moines, IA): The Summer VISTA member recruited and managed volunteers to maintain the Sprout Community Garden on Drake’s campus. Produce was donated to local food pantries, the Free Little Pantry, and to community volunteers and groups that came to the garden. The AmeriCorps member also planned summer educational events in the garden for residence of the Drake Neighborhood.

Lutheran Services in Iowa (Des Moines, IA): Summer VISTA members played an essential role in the growth and capacity development of both the Global Greens Farmers’ Market and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Members worked closely with staff to improve the quality and attendance of the farmers’ market as well as developing new procedural systems for the growing Global Greens CSA. Members also assisted in connecting farmers to new training opportunities through out the summer by visiting farms, connecting to outside trainings and helping to provide on-site technical assistance. Members are also involved in developing new partnerships to increase sales outlets for farmers.

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