Volunteer Iowa serves the state by overseeing the coordination of volunteer programs and activities within communities as part of a network of state service commissions across the U.S.
The mission of Volunteer Iowa is “to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering,” the organization says on its website.
There are three areas of particular focus for Volunteer Iowa and its commissioners, staff, and partner agencies.
First, the organization helps agencies come up with programs that “use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need,” the organization said. The organization also helps get Iowans involved in their communities by boosting services and adding to the volunteer base, while also matching people with volunteer opportunities and adding to the volunteer infrastructure.
Volunteer Iowa’s commission is made up of 15 to 25 individuals who have been appointed by the governor to service on four committees: executive, programs, policy and development, and volunteer engagement.