Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Commission AmeriCorps State Fixed Amount Grants FY 2012
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY During FY 2012 -- FY 2014 the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence's (ICADV) Skylark AmeriCorps Program will recruit and place ten formerly battered women each year to be AmeriCorps members, trained to serve as housing and economic justice specialists. As members they will improve their own lives by connecting with their community, building economic independence and gaining opportunities for marketable skill development and education. These ten AmeriCorps members will annually leverage an additional 100 volunteers to complete service projects for local domestic violence programs in the state of Iowa. At the end of the three year period, the ten host sites will have provided financial literacy training and advocacy to over 600 survivors of domestic violence, established relationships with area employers and landlords, and built a solid volunteer base. This project will focus on the CNCS focus area of creating economic opportunities. The CNCS investment of $115,050 will be matched with $ 94,520 from AmeriCorps host sites.