Habitat for Humanity of Iowa (Faith-Based)

Habitat for Humanity of Iowa header image featuring volunteers in hard hats at a construction site

Website: http://www.iowahabitat.org/

Related: Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

Mission: This state office does not accept individual volunteers (please contact the local affiliates for that – https://www.iowahabitat.org/local-habitats).  This office has needs for more administrative/behind-the-scenes work.  Habitat for Humanity of Iowa is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

Location: Altoona (Des Moines) (39 miles from Grinnell College)

Needs: The needs of this administrative office lie more in the field of communications projects.  Two past projects: a class worked on a recruitment/communications strategy for summer recruitment for Americorps projects, and a class helped design outreach to promote membership of YNPN, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (ynpn.org).

More specific needs:  We operate an AmeriCorps disaster team and we could use an intern / service learner to help get that program more organized.

  • compiling all our training into nice readable formats. It’s all in random places.
  • creating a webpage on our website for our Disaster Crew Leaders. Basically like an FAQ or instruction manual.
  • Helping us come up with an organizational system for our disaster warehouse full of equipment.



  • Groups possible? Yes, group for a specific project (please see needs above)

When is service needed:    year-round



  • In-person: Yes
  • Hybrid in-person/virtual possible: Yes
  • Fully virtual possible: Yes


How to apply: Contact info@iowahabitat.org for the Des Moines administrative office.  For working directly with the groups that build, contact the local Iowa affiliates, Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, Mahaska County Habitat for Humanity, and Iowa Valley Habitat

Contact: Katie Sylvis, AmeriCorps Program Director of Habitat for Humanity of Iowa  info@iowahabitat.org  515-266-6886


Operation information: This is the administrational office for the state of Iowa.  Their purpose is to support the Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the state, and these affiliates are the ones that actually coordinate building projects, etc.  This office actively recruits for Americorps as well, particularly for summer programs.

Address: 809 8th Street SW Suite F  Altoona, IA 50009, Altoona (Des Moines)

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