AmeriCorps VISTA

Cedar Rapids Public Library

About the organization

The Cedar Rapids Public Library is a beacon of literacy to all who seek knowledge and understanding. We are compassionate navigators to the information, resources, and entertainment you seek. We are your library. The mission of CRPL is to connect people to information, experiences, and services that enhance their quality of life so our community can learn, enjoy and thrive.

This project is part of the Community Corps VISTA Program, operated by Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact. The program strives to eliminate poverty through campus-community partnerships by placing full-time capacity building support in nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. There are three focus areas, this project being in the Education Corps, which supports sites in long-term approaches to issues related to K-12 educational success and college access including literacy programs.


Member Duties : The VISTA will: 1) Develop an outreach strategy to connect underserved students with access to library services. This includes assessing educational needs in the community, researching and creating a system to evaluate and respond to requests for outreach, and piloting outreach coordination efforts. 2) Create sustainable operating procedures for the library’s new Mobile Outreach to bring unique and engaging technology directly to students. This includes developing standard operating procedures for all applicable aspects of Mobile Outreach, creating a template to standardize created programs, and collaborating with partners to bring the library’s Mobile Outreach into areas that serve students in the summer. 3) Pilot new end-of-school-year outreach program to ensure students can pursue literacy throughout the summer. This includes researching existing summer reading school outreach, coordinating with multiple schools, and piloting the event.

This position will build the capacity of the library’s school- and community-based outreach initiatives in order to reach low-income youth and those facing significant economic and transportation barriers. The position will work with multiple departments within the library to research current needs, develop sustainable operating procedures for a brand new technology-based outreach program, and create and pilot a unique school-based outreach initiative. This position serves on multiple committees throughout the community.


College Graduate


Approximately $12,500 per year

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Program Benefits: Relocation Allowance, Training, Education award upon successful completion of service, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Living Allowance, parking pass, Childcare assistance if eligible, Health Coverage*.

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Terms: Car recommended, Permits attendance at school during off hours, Permits working at another job during off-hours.

Service Areas: Education, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Technology.

Skills: Writing/Editing, General Skills, Team Work, Community Organization, Education, Computers/Technology, Leadership, Communications.

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