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Volunteer Generating Projects

As a requirement of an AmeriCorps term of service with the Department of Natural Resources, members will organize and participate in Volunteer Generating Projects (VGP for short).  A VGP is an event where the community is invited to come and donate their time and effort for a common cause.

VGPs tie members and citizens together supporting the AmeriCorps mission:
  • Strengthening Communities:  is one of the goals of AmeriCorps and as a member you have the opportunity to spread the ethic of service to others in your community.
  • Encouraging Responsibility:  in our members and helping them learn to solve community problems and become leaders is a major goal of AmeriCorps and our program.
  • Getting Things Done:  is another AmeriCorps goal.  You will become an agent for positive change in your community!
Members will organize and participate in VGPs.  An organizational VGP is one where the member creates, and organizes the event as well as recruit and manages the volunteers.  This event must be something natural resources related.

A participatory VGP is an event the member volunteers for.  This can be anything in the community where the member is volunteering to serve. Refer to page 36 of the Iowa DNR Keepers of the Land AmeriCorps Handbook for more information.

You can also download the "Organizing a Successful AmeriCorps Service Project" presentation for a step-by-step guide, tips, strategies, and checklists to make the process as simple as possible.


Number of
Organizational VGPs 

Number of
Participatory VGPs

Full Time (1700 hours)



Half Time (900 hours)



Quarter Time (450 hours)



Minimum Time (300 hours)



Life After AmeriCorps

Your AmeriCorps term will go faster than you think. Start planning ahead for life after AmeriCorps.

After sucessfully completing a term of service, AmeriCorps members who are enrolled in the National Service Trust are eligible to recieve a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. You can use your education award to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified student loans.

If you have questions about the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, contact the National Trust AmeriCorps Information Hotline at 1-800-942-2677. You can learn how to effectivley utilize your Education Award by visiting