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 gather information about homelessness, specifically about individual clients who have utilized Willis Dady services, and create and distribute content, including short stories and other written/ digital materials to engage the larger public in the work of ending homelessness. They will engage with the public through formal and informal events to strengthen our community’s understanding of local homelessness, our agency, and ways to assist in preventing and ending homelessness. Finally, they will strengthen donor and partner communication by researching and implementing best practices for engagement, which is a key goal of the agency’s strategic plan.

he Development and Marketing team is tasked with telling our agency’s story to the surrounding community, including to potential donors and volunteers. The Willis Dady Engagement Coordinator VISTA will be part of this team. They will further develop our organization’s connection to the larger community through gathering stories and creating outward-facing content and presentations. Ultimately this work will improve our service to individuals experiencing homelessness by expanding our ability to educate the public, apply for funding for our various needs, build programs, and advocate for affordable housing.


Some College


Approximately $12,500 per yeaar

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Program Benefits: Education award upon successful completion of service, Relocation Allowance, Training, Choice of Education Award, or End of Service Stipend, Childcare assistance if eligible, Living Allowance, 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: Community Outreach, Education, Community and Economic Development, Homelessness, Housing.

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

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