ICAP & Americorps

AmericorpsWhat is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is a program of the National Corporation for Community Service, an independent federal agency with a mission to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. 

AmeriCorps Pledge:
I will get things done for America to make our people safer, smarter and healthier.
I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities.
Faced with apathy, I will take action.
Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground.
Faced with adversity, I will persevere.
I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond.
I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done."

What is ICAP?
ICAPThe Iowa College AmeriCorps Program (ICAP) was created to increase levels of volunteerism among college students in Iowa as part of their academic experience, while engaging them in their local campus community. Members help meet the greatest needs in their local campus community by volunteering 300 hours of service during an academic year. Upon successful completion of service ICAP members receive a $1,132 Education Award.

Who can participate?

Any student who is at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen, national or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. 

When do you serve?
The AmeriCorps term will run from October 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014.  All 300 hours of service must be completed by May 31st. At minimum service members will serve approximately 8-10hrs a week at their service site.

What is the service plan for 2013-2014?
To further grow the awareness and participation in sustainability on the Wartburg campus, all 2013 ICAP members will be serving directly with the sustainability department to assist with capacity building. Four students will serve as eco-reps; leading monthly activities to engage the student body, which you can chose and design, providing educational resources at weekly eco-rep booths, and serving as a campus leader for sustainability. Two additional positions will be geared towards production of a natural resource management plan for the college. Students in these positions can serve an internship simultaneously and need to have an understanding of natural resource management and techniques.

What Counts?

The majority of your hours (at least 240) MUST be with your primary service organization. However, up to 20% of a member’s hours can come in the form of training and fundraising. Additional Campus Engagement projects will also count. The following is a list of items that will count towards the service plan

  • Minimum 240 hours within the Sustainability Office Up to 30 hours can be counted as Training
  • Up to 30 hours can be counted as Fundraising
  • MLK Day of Service
  • Planning Days of Service
  • Planning Dance Marathon
  • Planning a service trip (service trip leaders only)
  • Some Service-Learning Courses
  • Some one-time volunteer project 

What else is required?
The ICAP team will meet once a month (currently scheduled as the first Thursday of the month at 11:30am, if you have a conflict with this time let the ICAP coordinator know) for training and team building. Additionally, all ICAP members are required to recruit 10 volunteers to do service sometime throughout the year, a midterm and end of service evaluation and participate in a national day of service. Review the pre-orientation power point for a full list of requirements.

How do you apply?

  • Come to the informational meeting on Sept. 10 at 11:15am. in McCoy East or schedule to meet with Anne Duncan individually.
  • Review the Pre-Orientation Power Point (see below)
  • Work with the ICAP coordinator on developing your Service Plan
  • Submit an application (see below) by Sept. 17. 
    • Enrollment will begin Sept. 24-28 with a start date of Oct. 1.
Additional Questions?
For additional information please consult the Iowa Campus Compact ICAP website or contact Wartburg's ICAP Coordinator Anne Duncan, sustainability@wartburg.edu