Volunteer Opportunities

To add or edit information about your organization and volunteer opportunities, please contact social-work@uiowa.edu.

  • Access 2 Independence of the Eastern Iowa Corridor, Inc.

    Address: 1556 South First Ave. Suite B
    City: Iowa City, IA 52240
    Contact Person: Leah Donald
    Phone: 319-338-3870
    E-mail: ed@access2independence.org
    Clientele: Persons of all ages with disabilities and their families who live within the surrounding 8 counties. Also work with public officials, service providers and businesses responding to the needs of persons with disabilities.
    Services Provided:
    Daily living skills, peer counseling, ADA and civil rights advocacy, help to locate community resources, aide and attendant training, public education and outreach. Help people learn skills to live independently. Maintain personal attendant list
  • Alice's Rainbow Childcare Center

    Address: 421 Melrose AVE
    City: Iowa City IA 52246
    Contact Person: Erin Nicholson
    Phone: 319-354-1466
    E-mail: alicesrainbowchildcarecenters@gmail.com
    Website: https://www.arainbowcc.com/
    Clientele: Anyone in the Iowa City community
    Services Provided:
    childcare before, during, and after school
  • ALS Association

    Address: 3636 Westown Pkwy, Ste 204
    City: West Des Moines
    Contact Person: Sarah Lettow
    Phone: (515) 369-2572
    E-mail: sarah@alsaiowa.org
    Clientele: Iowans living with ALS and their families
    Services Provided:
    The ALS Association Iowa Chapter serves people with ALS, caregivers and their families. Our service area is the entire state of Iowa. Below is a list of the services we provide to those we serve: • Home Visits • Information/Referrals • Education/Outreach • Equipment Loan Program • Communication & Assistive Device Program • Multidisciplinary ALS Clinics • Quality of Life Grant Program • Support Groups • Volunteer Program • Online Resource Guide • Caregiver Learning Lab • Research • Advocacy • Newsletter • Library
  • Bickford Cottage

    Address: 3500 Lower West Branch RD
    City: Iowa City IA 52245
    Contact Person: Leah Colbert
    Phone: 319-351-3200
    E-mail: iowacitylec@enrichinghappiness.com
    Website: https://www.enrichinghappiness.com/
    Clientele: Independent Elderly Assisted Living
    Services Provided:
    Assisted living for independent adults
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters

    Address: 3109 Old Hwy 218 S
    City: Iowa City IA 52246
    Contact Person: Dina Bishara
    E-mail: info@bbbsjc.org
    Website: http://www.bbbsjc.org/#!volunteer/c21kz
    Clientele: 5-18 year old youths
    Services Provided:
    one-to-one mentoring for youth, provided through a variety of community- and site-based programs designed to facilitate strong, long-lasting relationships between youth and their volunteer mentors
  • Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa (BIAIA)

    Address: 1556 S 1st Ave. Suite A
    City: Iowa City
    Contact Person: Kim Hastings
    Phone: 319-466-7455
    E-mail: khastings@biaia.org
    Website: https://www.biaia.org
    Clientele: Individuals with brain injuries and their families
    Services Provided:
    Neuro Resource Facilitation for individuals with brain injury. To create a better future through brain injury prevention, advocacy, education, research , and support.

    To volunteer for our 5k & Support Walk planning committee, please fill out this form: https://biai.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mcform&view=ngforms&id=2005156#/


  • Briarwood Healthcare Center (Greenwood Manor)

    Address: 605 Greenwood Drive
    City: Iowa City, IA 52246
    Contact Person: Bill Tester, Activity Director
    Phone: 319-338-7912
    E-mail: billt@briarwoodhcc.com
    Website: http://www.briarwoodhcc.com/about.html
    Clientele: Frail elderly and handicapped requiring 24/7 care/assist, and short term rehab
    Services Provided:
    Intermediate and Skilled Care
  • Broadway Neighborhood Center

    Address: 2651 Roberts Rd (Main Location)
    City: Iowa City, IA 52246
    Contact Person: Chastity Dillard
    Phone: 319-358-0438
    E-mail: volunteer@ncjc.org
    Clientele: Low-income residents in Johnson County
    Services Provided:
    After-school activities for K-12th graders, birth-preschool classrooms, youth cycling competitive and leisure program, teen groups, teenage girls program (G! WORLD) food distribution and nutrition program, recreational and educational groups, information and referrals, outreach visitations, parenting education, and counseling, community events.


  • Camp Courageous

    Address: PO Box 418
    City: Monticello IA 52310
    Contact Person: Tobi Luetkemeier
    Phone: 319-465-5916 ext. 2340
    E-mail: tobi@campcourageous.org
    Website: http://www.campcourageous.org/
    Clientele: We serve adults and children with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs regardless of age.
    Services Provided:
    Provide exceptional year-round recreational and respite care opportunities for individuals with special needs and their families. Camp provides opportunities for social and personal growth within a supportive environment.

    Volunteer Hours: The volunteer hours vary from each department:

    Camp Counselors Summer hours are Sunday 2pm - Friday 2pm

    Fall/Winter Monday 8am - Friday 2pm 

    Respite Care weekend hours are Friday 5.30pm - Sunday 2pm

    Administration hours are 8am - 4pm Monday - Saturday, Sunday noon to 4pm ( We will work with volunteers on the hours, volunteers can work a couple hours a day or all day.)

    Maintenance/Facilities and Kitchen department could be hourly up to weeks


  • Care Initiatives Hospice

    Address: 3720 Queen Ct SW, Suite 9
    City: Cedar Rapids
    Contact Person: Cindi McKee
    Phone: 319-390-4161
    E-mail: cmckee@careinitiatives.org
    Clientele: People who are at the end-of-life.
    Services Provided:
    Care Initiatives Hospice is a non- profit which provides a team of healthcare professionals dedicated to delivering high quality, coordinated care with compassion, respect, and dignity to Iowans and their families living through serious illness and loss.
  • Chatham Oaks, Inc.

    Address: 4515 Melrose AVE
    City: Iowa City IA 52246
    Contact Person: Sean Bucheit
    Phone: 319-887-2701
    E-mail: sbucheit@chathamoaks.org
    Website: http://www.chathamoaks.org/default.asp
    Clientele: Adults 18 and over with chronic mental illnesses.
    Services Provided:
    The mission of Chatham Oaks is to provide a continuum of care that includes safe, supportive, person driven residential treatment options to individuals with mental illness and/or disabilities improving quality of life and enhancing self-sufficiency to support the individual’s recovery process.
  • Clinical Services (WIC/Maternal Child Health)

    Address: 855 S. Dubuque St.
    City: Iowa City, IA 52240
    Contact Person: Kate Klefstad, Clinical Services Manager
    Phone: 319-356-6042
    Website: https://www.johnson-county.com/dept_health.aspx?id=4485
    Clientele: Low-income families, pregnant women, children and adolescents, refugees
    Services Provided:
    Immunizations for Medicaid/uninsured/underinsured children and adults, pregnant women, and refugees. WIC, including nutrition counseling and education, food support, and breast feeding support and educational courses. Maternal Health program supports healthy pregnancies and births. Child Health program provides screenings, oral health care, and care coordination services.

    Spanish or French speaking is a plus.

  • CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank

    Address: 1121 Gilbert CT
    City: Iowa City IA 52240
    Phone: 319-351-2726
    E-mail: admin@jbuiltbycommunity.org
    Website: https://builtbycommunity.org/volunteer/
    Clientele: Anyone in need may contact the Crisis Intervention program; Johnson County residents are eligible for the Food Bank and Basic Needs Program
    Services Provided:
    Crisis Intervention via phone, chat and text; Food assistance (both mobile and at our main location); Basic Needs Program: Anyone in need may contact the Crisis Intervention program; Johnson County residents are eligible for the Food Bank, Mobile Pantry, and Emergency Assistance programs

    Background check needed for ongoing volunteer oppotunities

    Beau Pinkham, Director of Crisis Services: beau.pinkham@builtbycommunity.org
    Sydney Hofferber, Food Bank Coordinator: sydney.hofferber@builtbycommunity.org
    Jennifer De La Cruz, Mobile Pantry Coordinator: jennifer.delacruz@builtbycommunity.org
    Danielle Winter, Basic Needs Program Coordinator: danielle.winter@builtbycommunity.org
    Levi Lappin, Communications Coordinator: levi.lappin@builtbycommunity.org

  • Compassus Hospice

    Address: 5005 Bowling St SW Ste B
    City: Cedar Rapids
    Contact Person: Jill Venden, Volunteer Coordinator
    Phone: 928-899-8546
    E-mail: Jill.Venden@compassus.com
    Website: https://www.compassus.com/
    Clientele: Individuals and their families requiring End of Life care
    Services Provided:
    Hospice offers peace and comfort to patients and their families by reducing the stress, pain and other symptoms of a serious illness. Our mission is to ensure that physical, emotional, family and spiritual needs are met. Many believe hospice is expensive, only for the final hours of life or a place to go when there's no hope. None of these are true. Hospice is not about dying. It's about helping patients and their families live as well as they can when life expectancy is limited.
  • Council for International Visitors Iowa Cities (CIVIC)

    Address: 1120 University Capitol Center
    City: Iowa City, IA 52242
    Contact Person: Jo Butterfield
    Phone: 319-335-0351
    E-mail: civic@uiowa.edu
    Website: http://www.iowacivic.org
    Clientele: Professional development for international visitors
    Services Provided:
    CIVIC coordinates people-to-people exchanges between international visitors and residents of eastern Iowa’s Creative Corridor. As a member of Global Ties U.S., CIVIC collaborates with the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program to host current & emerging international leaders who work in both public and private sectors. By programming meetings between visitors and their professional peers, hosting home hospitality dinners, and sharing the rich culture of our community, CIVIC builds global ties locally.
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Iowa

    Address: 2942 Brady Street
    City: Davenport
    Contact Person: Nancy Manion
    Phone: (563) 323-3616
    E-mail: nancy.manion@dia.iowa.gov
    Website: https://www.iamforthechildiowa.com
    Clientele: Abused and neglected children
    Services Provided:
    Provide detailed perspective of abused and neglected children to assigned judge.
  • Crowded Closet Thrift Shop

    Address: 1213 Gilbert Court
    City: Iowa City, IA 52240
    Contact Person: Christine Maust Beachy, MSW
    Phone: 319-337-5924
    E-mail: crowdedcloset.volunteer@gmail.com
    Website: http://www.crowdedcloset.org/
    Clientele: Local customers, donors, and volunteers
    Services Provided:
    Crowded Closet Thrift Shop processes and sells quality donated items to support Mennonite Central Committee, an organization responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice around the world.
  • Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP)

    Address: 1105 S. Gilbert Court #300
    City: Iowa City IA 52240
    Contact Person: Rose Cooney
    Phone: 319-325-9223
    E-mail: rose@dvipiowa.org
    Website: https://dvipiowa.org/
    Clientele: Victims of domestic violence and their children. Phone and one-on-one counseling are available for victims of battering and concerned other.
    Services Provided:
    Safe shelter, phone crisis counseling and information and referral (24 hours a day); short-term counseling/advocacy; information groups (8-week series); support group; community education. The DVIP is also involved in a coordinated effort to respond to victims and batterers involved with the courts because of mandatory arrest.
  • Elder Services Nutrition Program/Meals on Wheels

    Address: 2210 9th St. #1
    City: Coralville
    Contact Person: Dorene Nott
    Phone: 319-338-0515
    E-mail: dnott@elderserviceins.org
    Clientele: Seniors
    Services Provided:
    We provide hot meals to senior citizens in Iowa City, North Liberty, and Coralville, in a social setting or delivered to homebound seniors.
  • Exhale Project

    City: Cedar Rapids and Iowa City
    Contact Person: Julie Jack
    Phone: 319-560-5264
    E-mail: juliej@stopdvsa.org
    Clientele: Survivors of trauma, individuals with Mental Illness
    Services Provided:
    Trauma Informed Yoga for survivors of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and other related traumas Clientele – Survivors of trauma, individuals with Mental Illness
  • Faith Academy

    Address: 1030 Cross Park Ave.
    City: Iowa City
    Contact Person: Doreen Schlabaugh
    Phone: 319-351-4860
    E-mail: dschlabaugh@faithacademyiowa.org
    Website: https://www.faithacademyiowa.org
    Clientele: K-6 students (majority coming from low income homes, African American)
    Services Provided:
    Christian Elementary School affordable to all
  • Four Oaks Youth Homes

    Address: 1916 Waterfront Drive
    City: Iowa City
    Contact Person: Human Resources (humanresources@fouroaks.org) and for Iowa City site volunteering/internships contact Nikki Hines (nhines@fouroaks.org). All volunteers and interns must apply online first at www.fouroaks.org.
    Phone: 319-337-4523
    E-mail: info@fouroaks.org
    Website: https://www.fouroaks.org
    Clientele: children, youth and families requiring crisis intervention, placement outside of the home, independent living skills, supervision, parenting skills, or day treatment
    Services Provided:
    Crisis intervention counseling, emergency residential services, assessment, education, recreation, behavior management, group and individual counseling.
  • Free Medical Clinic

    Address: 2440 Towncrest Drive
    City: Iowa City, IA
    Contact Person: Barbara Vinograde
    Phone: 319-337-4459
    E-mail: volunteer@freemedicalclinic.org
    Clientele: Medical Clinic Patients
  • Girls on the Run

    Address: 26 E. Market St
    City: Iowa City IA
    Contact Person: Kelly Teeselink
    E-mail: info@girlsontherun.org
    Website: https://www.girlsontheruniowa.org/coach
    Clientele: 3rd-8th grade girls
    Services Provided:
    Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Over a 10-week period girls explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age and develop strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. Through it, they also make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique. Physical activity is woven into the program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. At the end of each 10-week session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5k event. This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.


  • Handicare

    Address: 2220 9th ST
    City: Coralville IA 52241
    Contact Person: Laura Lage
    Phone: 319-354-7641
    E-mail: contactus@handicateinc.com
    Website: http://handicareinc.com/
    Clientele: Children ages birth through third grade
    Services Provided:
    Child care with a wide population including children with special needs
  • Iowa Children's Museum

    Address: 1451 Coral Ridge AVE
    City: Coralville IA 52241
    Phone: 319-625-6255
    E-mail: volunteer@theicm.org
    Website: https://www.theicm.org
    Clientele: children and families
    Services Provided:
    interactive informal learning environment
  • Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center

    Address: 3910 Napoleon Lane
    City: Iowa City
    Contact Person: Lisa Bragg
    Phone: 319-356-5295
    E-mail: lisa-bragg@iowa-city.org
    Website: https://www.icanimalcenter.org
    Clientele: Adoptable animals
    Services Provided:
    We give homeless animals a second chance.
  • Iowa City Hospice

    Address: 1025 Wade St
    City: Iowa City, IA 52240
    Contact Person: Nora Heaton and Sarah Valiga
    Phone: 319-351-5665
    E-mail: volunteer@iowacityhospice.org
    Website: http://iowacityhospice.org/volunteer/
    Clientele: Terminally ill patients and their families
    Services Provided:
    The care of the patient is directed by the personal physician who works in consultation with the Hospice team. The Hospice staff evaluates the special needs of each patient and family and establishes a plan of care. A Hospice nurse works closely with the physician in the delivery of physical care, monitoring pain and symptoms control and making intermittent skilled nursing visits. A Hospice social worker provides supportive counseling. Referral to other agencies is arranged when specialized resources are needed. Pastoral care staff serve as liaison with the family’s own clergy and are available, when requested, to provide direct pastoral care. The support of the trained volunteers is a service offered to each patient and family to assist with a wide range of practical needs. Bereavement care is available to each family through a yearlong program managed by professional staff and supplemented with trained volunteers
  • Lantern Park Nursing and Rehab Center

    Address: 2200 Oakdale Road
    City: Coralville IA 52241
    Contact Person: DeEtte McCaw
    Phone: 319-351-8440
    E-mail: sdowd@careinitiatives.org
    Website: http://www.careinitiatives.org/lantern-park-specialty-care
    Clientele: Nursing home residents
    Services Provided:
    Nursing home and rehabilitation
  • Lone Tree Health Care Center

    Address: 501 East Pioneer Rd
    City: Lone Tree, IA 52755
    Contact Person: Emily Bryant
    Phone: 319-629-4255
    E-mail: ebryant@lthcc.com
    Clientele: Elderly
    Services Provided:
    24 hour nursing care, assisted living, and assisted living for memory care
  • Miracles in Motion Therapeutic Equestrian Center

    Address: 2049 120th St NW
    City: Swisher, IA 52338
    Contact Person: Maddie DeVore
    Phone: (319) 851-4141
    E-mail: b.wilhelm1234@gmail.com
    Website: https://www.miraclescanmoveyou.com/volunteer-now
    Clientele: Children and adults with special needs; military veterans
    Services Provided:
    Therapeutic riding classes for kids with special needs; hippotherapy
  • Oaknoll Retirement Residence

    Address: 735 George Street
    City: Iowa City IA
    Contact Person: Brianna Becker
    Phone: 319-466-3026
    E-mail: bbecker@oaknoll.com
    Website: https://www.oaknoll.com/volunteer
    Clientele: Elderly
    Services Provided:
    Retirement Living and Health Service through LifeCare

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  • Salvation Army

    Address: 1116 Gilbert CT
    City: Iowa City IA 52240
    Contact Person: Deirdre Scanlon, Volunteer Coordinator
    Phone: 319-337-3725
    E-mail: deirdre_ccanlon@usc.salvationarmy.org
    Website: https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/iowacity/volunteer
    Clientele: Anyone in need
    Services Provided:
    Disaster & emergency services, crisis intervention, soup kitchen, Pathway of Hope (strengths-based case management for families), family supportive services, referrals, Christmas toys, and Thanksgiving Meals
  • Shelter House

    Address: 429 Southgate Ave
    City: Iowa City
    Contact Person: Alex Linden
    Phone: 319-351-0326
    E-mail: volunteer@shelterhouseiowa.org
    Website: https://shelterhouseiowa.org/volunteer/
    Clientele: People experiencing homelessness
    Services Provided:
    Emergency Shelter, Case Management, Job Lab, Drop-In Services
  • Table to Table

    Address: 840 S Capitol Street
    City: Iowa City
    Contact Person: Katie Steingrabe
    Phone: 319-337-3400
    E-mail: katie@table2table.org
    Website: https://table2table.org/volunteers/
    Clientele: As Table to Table volunteers, we are the face of food rescue, the face of food security, and the hands and hearts that collect wholesome, edible food from donor organizations which would have gone to waste. We strive to get that saved food to our clients who help those in need throughout Johnson County and to be an example for food rescue growth.
    Services Provided:
    The mission of Table to Table is to keep wholesome, edible food from going to waste by collecting it from donors and distributing to those in need through agencies that serve the hungry, homeless, and at-risk populations.
  • The Arc of Southeast Iowa

    Address: 2620 Muscatine Ave
    City: Iowa City, IA 52240
    Contact Person: Mariah Simmons
    Phone: 319-351-5017
    E-mail: mariahsimmons@arcsei.org
    Website: http://www.arcsei.org
    Clientele: Adults and children with disabilities
    Services Provided:
    Respite, Consumer Directed Assisted Care, Job Coaching, Weekend Programming, Holiday Parties, Supported Community Living.



  • The Exhale Project

    City: Cedar Rapids/Iowa City
    Contact Person: Julie Jack
    Phone: 319-560-5264
    E-mail: juliej@stopdvsa.org
    Clientele: Survivors of trauma, individuals with Mental Illness
    Services Provided:
    Trauma-Informed Yoga for survivors of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and other related traumas
  • United Action for Youth

    Address: 355 Iowa Ave. (Youth Center) 1700 S 1st Ave (Main Office)
    City: Iowa City
    Contact Person: Meg Quigley
    Phone: 319-338-7518
    E-mail: meg.quigley@unitedactionforyouth.org
    Website: https://bit.ly/uayvol
    Clientele: 12-18 year old youth and their families primarily in Johnson County
    Services Provided:
    Youth counseling, arts, support groups, health education, crisis intervention, runaway intervention, substance abuse prevention

    All potential volunteers must fill out an application: bit.ly/uayvol; following application submission, an interview may be scheduled, followed by mandatory orientation.

  • Uptown Bill's & Extend the Dream

    Address: 730 South Dubuque St.
    City: Iowa City
    Phone: 319-339-0804
    E-mail: uptownbills2@gmail.com
    Clientele: all persons, especially those with different abilities
    Services Provided:
    coffee shop, soda fountain, Bill's Book Mart, community events center, music, theatre performances, open mic nights, meeting room for non-profit organizations, small businesses owned and operated by persons with disabilities, (Vintage Shoppe, Matt's Music, E-Commerce Center) community forum on abilities awareness.


  • Wild Bill's Coffee Shop

    Address: 321 N Hall University of Iowa
    City: Iowa City, IA 52242
    Contact Person: Jen Knights
    Phone: 319-335-1281
    E-mail: jen-knights@uiowa.edu
    Clientele: Students, staff, and members of the community
    Services Provided:
    Coffee shop, employs individuals with a disability, provides amenity for the School of Social Work, provides education around abilities awareness.
  • Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC)

    Address: 230 N. Clinton St.
    City: Iowa City, IA 52245
    Phone: 319-335-1486
    E-mail: wrac@uiowa.edu
    Website: https://wrac.uiowa.edu/get-involved/volunteer-programs/
    Clientele: All women and men
    Services Provided:
    Serve as a resource, action and education center to women throughout the community, counseling, youth mentor, bystander intervention training, leadership programs and more, while recognizing, accepting, and celebrating the importance of difference on race, class, age, sexual preference, physical ability, religion, or any other significant identity.