AmeriCorps VISTA

Marion Public Library

About the organization

The Marion Public Library VISTA project will serve low-income youth and adults living in Linn County by providing them an opportunity to gain professional skills through the library’s volunteer program.

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: 1) Create goals and metrics for the growth and capacity of the program 2) Coordinate open house and orientations several times a year. 3) Develop a marketing strategy for the volunteer program in the community. Marketing plan should be developed and in place 4) Expand and strengthen community partnerships. Targeted list will be identified and contacted 5) Create performance evaluation and process for volunteer awards, etc.

The VISTA member will develop goals for the volunteer program, create an outreach strategy to community partners and low-income youth and adults, track volunteer efforts, and recognize volunteers for their work. The volunteer program will help participants build skills and capacity, which may help them become more employable, marketable, and offer the ability to put skills, work experience, and references on resumes. As a result of the VISTA project, the library will be better able to support low-income patrons and provide much-needed support for library staff to devote time and resources to other programs.


College Graduate


Approximately $12,500 per year

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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

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

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

Skills: Teaching/Tutoring, General Skills, Fundraising/Grant Writing, Public Speaking, Social Services, Non-Profit Management, Recruitment, Communications, Community Organization, Writing/Editing, Team Work, Computers/Technology, Youth Development, Public Health.

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