AmeriCorps VISTA

Willis Dady Homeless Services

About the organization

For over 30 years Willis Dady Homeless Services has been empowering clients to break the cycle of homelessness and become self-sufficient. Our programs range from homelessness prevention to street outreach, rapid re-housing, emergency shelter, and supported employment.

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 Opportunity Corps which supports sites in long-term approaches to issues related to personal economic success including housing and employment support.


Member Duties :This VISTA will recruit, train, and support volunteers to better serve all Willis Dady programs. They will develop a volunteer-led client follow-up initiative to assess client outcomes across all programs. They will create long-term research and internship partnerships with local colleges and universities including brainstorming, planning and evaluating projects that deepen our understanding of homeless prevention, low-barrier shelters, and other fields related to homeless services. They will also generate and share data related to volunteerism at Willis Dady to help increase the level of support and recognition for volunteers and our volunteer program as we expand into new services in the community. Finally, they will pursue professional development to learn about and implement best practices in volunteer management.

The Willis Dady Volunteer Development VISTA will launch new volunteer-led initiatives to better meet our goals of helping clients escape homelessness. As a result, this VISTA will connect volunteers to all areas of our work, serving over 1,500 people with a goal of helping more than 60% of them attain housing stability. This VISTA will help our organization build a team of volunteers to connect with previous clients to assess client outcomes across all programs. They will engage local colleges and universities in research and internship partnerships to help develop best practices in the long-term prevention of homelessness.


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Approximately $12,500 per year

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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

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

Service Areas: Community and Economic Development, Education, Housing, Technology, Community Outreach, Homelessness.

Skills: Community Organization, Team Work, Public Speaking, Non-Profit Management, Social Services, General Skills, Leadership, Recruitment, Writing/Editing, Teaching/Tutoring, Communications, Computers/Technology, Education.

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