Iowa Department on Aging Recruiting AmeriCorps VISTA Members

Written by Theresa Rose on May 15, 2015

Des Moines, Iowa (May 14, 2015) – The Iowa Department on Aging is seeking candidates to serve as AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members for its new Expanding Senior Resources project to assist with a variety of activities impacting older Iowans, adults with disabilities and their caregivers.

Members will be selected in the month of June and will begin serving in August. To qualify, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident, be 18 or older and have at least a high school diploma (bachelor’s degree preferred). Competitive applicants will also possess skills in writing, public speaking, communications/marketing/advertising, community organization/grassroots outreach, project management and have a familiarity with current office technology.

Positions available include:

· Community Outreach Specialist, placed at Milestones Area Agency on Aging (Davenport)

· Communications and Event Specialist, placed at the Iowa Department on Aging (Des Moines)

· Volunteer Coordinator, placed at the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman (Des Moines)

For more information about these positions, please visit www.iowaaging.gov/volunteerism.

A term in AmeriCorps VISTA is considered a commitment to country through national and community service; it is not considered paid employment. The term of service for an AmeriCorps VISTA position is a minimum of one year, with the potential of renewal. Members will serve in a full-time capacity with their service site. Benefits of serving include:

· Modest living allowance ($11,676 during the year of service, dispersed bi-weekly)

· Education scholarship of $5,730 OR a $1,500 end-of-service cash stipend upon completion of service

· Optional benefits, such as health allowance, child care or life insurance

These positions are open until filled. To apply, visit www.AmeriCorps.gov and search for Elder Care positions in Iowa under “Join AmeriCorps.” Questions may be directed to Sarah Hinzman at the Iowa Department on Aging at (866) 236-1430.