Volunteer Opportunities

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

    Phone: 319-338-3870
    Address: 1556 South First Ave. Suite B
    City: Iowa City, IA 52240
    Contact Person: Leah Donald


    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
    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.
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Varies
    Volunteer Hours: Varies
    Commitment required: One Semester
    Expectations of volunteer: Varies
    Volunteer Training: On the job
  • Alice's Rainbow Childcare Center

    Phone: 319-354-1466
    Address: 421 Melrose AVE
    City: Iowa City IA 52246
    Contact Person: Erin Nicholson


    Services Provided: childcare before, during, and after school
    Clientele: Anyone in the Iowa City community
    Types of volunteer opportunities: working with young children, help with meal services, and cleaning duties
    Volunteer Hours: anytime starting at 7am to 5:30pm 5 days a week; no weekends
    Commitment required: the schedule can be set up between volunteer and Erin
    Expectations of volunteer: to get along with young children and provide a professional atmosphere for parents and be a very responsible volunteer
    Volunteer Training:


  • ALS Association

    Phone: (515) 369-2572
    Address: 3636 Westown Pkwy, Ste 204
    City: West Des Moines
    Contact Person: Sarah Lettow


    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
    Clientele: Iowans living with ALS and their families
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Volunteers are needed to help in The ALS Association Iowa Chapter's equipment loan program on a regular basis. Our Chapter partners with National Seating & Mobility to facilitate and manage our Equipment Loan Program in Iowa City. Volunteers working in our Equipment Loan Program will assist National Seating & Mobility staff in the cleaning, organizing and possible repairing durable medical equipment.
    Volunteer Hours: 1-3 hours per week
    Commitment required: For our Equipment Loan Program, since we do provide training, we ask that volunteers commit to 4-6 months at a minimum
    Expectations of volunteer: Volunteers will assist in the cleaning, organizing and possible repairing durable medical equipment.
    Volunteer Training: Training will be provided by a member of our staff for this volunteer position.
  • Bickford Cottage

    Phone: 319-351-3200
    Address: 3500 Lower West Branch RD
    City: Iowa City IA 52245
    Contact Person: Leah Colbert


    Services Provided: Assisted living for independent adults
    Clientele: Independent Elderly Assisted Living
    Types of volunteer opportunities: 1 on 1 with clients, helping with craft projects and other activities. Assist with happy hour and outings
    Volunteer Hours: 7 days a week anytime
    Commitment required: flexible with class schedule
    Expectations of volunteer: help staff with various tasks, allow the experience to be an opportunity to learn 
    Volunteer Training: 1 hour orientation session


  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters

    Address: 3109 Old Hwy 218 S
    City: Iowa City IA 52246
    Contact Person: Dina Bishara


    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
    Clientele: 5-18 year old youths
    Types of volunteer opportunities: See website below.
    Volunteer Hours: hours vary for site-based and community-based programs
    Commitment required: 18 months
    Expectations of volunteer: Enjoy working with children, willing to collaborate with BBBS staff and child’s family to best identify and build on a child’s strengths and needs
    Volunteer Training: Initial orientation interview and ongoing communication with BBBS staff


  • Birthright of Iowa City

    Phone: 319-338-8665
    Address: 310 E Burlington ST Suite 1
    City: Iowa City IA 52240
    Contact Person: Christine Martin


    Services Provided: Provide information about alternatives to abortion, confidential pregnancy testing, consultation and referral for medical care. Referral to Johnson County resources for childcare, financial aid, and housing needs.
    Clientele: Those experiencing unplanned pregnancy.
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Consulting with Clients and providing information.
    Volunteer Hours:
    Commitment required: 1 semester or arranged.
    Expectations of volunteer: Support the mission of Birthright, volunteer minimum 2 shifts per month, participate in training, work 1 on 1 with clients.
    Volunteer Training: Orientation and job training.


  • Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa (BIAIA)

    Phone: 319-466-7455
    Address: 1556 S 1st Ave. Suite A
    City: Iowa City
    Contact Person: Kim Hastings


    Services Provided: Neuro Resource Facilitation for individuals with brain injury. To create a better future through brain injury prevention, advocacy, education, research , and support.
    Clientele: Individuals with brain injuries and their families
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Annual 5K & Support walk April 13, 2019. Need planning committee to start in November and will need day of volunteers as well.
    Volunteer Hours: Flexible
    Commitment required: Flexible
    Expectations of volunteer: Interested in creating a better future for individuals with brain injury and their families.
    Volunteer Training: On-the-job training



    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)

    Phone: 319-338-7912
    Address: 605 Greenwood Drive
    City: Iowa City, IA 52246
    Contact Person: Bill Tester, Activity Director


    Services Provided: Intermediate and Skilled Care
    Clientele: Frail elderly and handicapped requiring 24/7 care/assist, and short term rehab
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Assisting with activities, sharing talents, interviewing, visiting
    Volunteer Hours:
    Commitment required: Mutually decided time/day. Flexible. Perhaps some weekends.
    Expectations of volunteer: Arrive on time, positive personality, willingness to be challenged, non-judgemental
    Volunteer Training: 1:1 with Activity Director, supervised interaction with residents, initially. “Learn as you go.”


  • Broadway Neighborhood Center

    Phone: 319-358-0438
    Address: 2651 Roberts Rd (Main Location)
    City: Iowa City, IA 52246
    Contact Person: Chastity Dillard

    volunteer@ncjc.org or chastity-dillard@ncjc.org

    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.
    Clientele: Low-income residents in Johnson County
    Types of volunteer opportunities: early childhood education classrooms, K-6th grade after-school programs, tutoring programs, youth cycling programs, teenage girls program (G! WORLD), event planning, fundraising, social media, research, graphic and website design, and clerical work
    Volunteer Hours: Flexible between 7:30am and 6:30pm Monday to Friday
    Commitment required: Varies by program; minimum commitment of 2 hours weekly for 6 months or one semester
    Expectations of volunteer: Must be comfortable with multi-cultural and low income clientele. Must be non-judgmental, flexible, and able to deal with a variety of circumstances.
    Volunteer Training: Orientation and ongoing
  • Camp Courageous

    Phone: 319-465-5916 ext. 2340
    Address: PO Box 418
    City: Monticello IA 52310
    Contact Person: Tobi Luetkemeier


    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.
    Clientele: We serve adults and children with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs regardless of age.
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Camp Counselors for our week -long and our Respite care weekends, Volunteers in our maintenance/facilities department, Administration volunteer in our front office (weekdays and weekends), volunteer in our Kitchen department, volunteer at special event (open house, cruising for camp, pancake and omelet breakfast, Travel Department, travel with the group for one day, a weekend or a whole week (days vary from trip to trip).
    Volunteer Hours: Hours vary; more info below.
    Commitment required: Camp Counselors are required to work the whole week or the whole Respite care weekend,For Travel Department: travel with the group for one day, a weekend or a whole week (days vary from trip to trip)
    Expectations of volunteer: Follow guidelines, create a positive environment, be open-minded, ASK QUESTIONS.
    Volunteer Training: We will provide a training or orientation depending on the task

    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

    Phone: 319-390-4161
    Address: 3720 Queen Ct SW, Suite 9
    City: Cedar Rapids
    Contact Person: Cindi McKee


    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.
    Clientele: People who are at the end-of-life.
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Volunteers are a vital part of our care team and make a big difference in many lives. A volunteer could help by visiting with patients and listening to memories, reading a story, playing games, holding a hand, and touching a heart.
    Volunteer Hours: Volunteers make their own schedule and chose where to visit and how often.
    Commitment required: Based upon each volunteer’s schedule.
    Expectations of volunteer: Will complete agreed upon number of visits with patient through each month as schedule permits.
    Volunteer Training: Orientation is required for each volunteer prior to visits, so we can ensure your success and enjoyment of being a volunteer.
  • Chatham Oaks, Inc.

    Phone: 319-887-2701
    Address: 4515 Melrose AVE
    City: Iowa City IA 52246
    Contact Person: Sean Bucheit


    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.
    Clientele: Adults 18 and over with chronic mental illnesses.
    Types of volunteer opportunities: We offer volunteer opportunities through the Chatham Oaks activities department.  Volunteers can work with our residents during scheduled activities or one on one interactions.
    Volunteer Hours: flexible
    Commitment required:
    Expectations of volunteer: to treat the residents of Chatham Oaks with respect and dignity while working with them.
    Volunteer Training: training is on the job


  • Clinical Services (WIC/Maternal Child Health)

    Phone: 319-356-6042
    Address: 855 S. Dubuque St.
    City: Iowa City, IA 52240
    Contact Person: Kate Klefstad, Clinical Services Manager

    Apply via website: https://www.johnson-county.com/dept_health.aspx?id=4485

    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.
    Clientele: Low-income families, pregnant women, children and adolescents, refugees
    Types of volunteer opportunities: office work, outreach, and education programs
    Volunteer Hours: Hours vary
    Commitment required: None
    Expectations of volunteer: Enjoy working with children
    Volunteer Training: Orientation and other job training

    Spanish or French speaking is a plus.

  • CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank

    Phone: 319-351-2726
    Address: 1121 Gilbert CT
    City: Iowa City IA 52240
    Contact Person:


    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
    Clientele: Anyone in need may contact the Crisis Intervention program; Johnson County residents are eligible for the Food Bank and Basic Needs Program
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Crisis counseling and suicide intervention via phone, chat or text; distributing food and other assistance in the Food Bank and Mobile Food Pantry; Basic Needs Program
    Volunteer Hours: Hours vary, can accommodate most students' schedules
    Commitment required: View at https://builtbycommunity.org/volunteer/
    Expectations of volunteer: Crisis Intervention/Food Bank: Commit to at least one 3-hour weekly volunteer shift
    Volunteer Training: Crisis Intervention: 60 Hour Training/ Food Bank: 12 Hour Training, Mobile Pantry: no training


    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

    Phone: 928-899-8546
    Address: 5005 Bowling St SW Ste B
    City: Cedar Rapids
    Contact Person: Jill Venden, Volunteer Coordinator


    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.
    Clientele: Individuals and their families requiring End of Life care
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Patient Support, Bereavement, Administrative, and Veteran to Veteran
    Volunteer Hours: Varies
    Commitment required: 6-12 months
    Expectations of volunteer: Volunteers provide companionship to the patient and respite for the caregiver. Must have good communication skills. Visits can be as few as once a month, to several times a month, depending on the individual.
    Volunteer Training: Individual training provided by the Volunteer Coordinator


  • Council for International Visitors Iowa Cities (CIVIC)

    Phone: 319-335-0351
    Address: 1120 University Capitol Center
    City: Iowa City, IA 52242
    Contact Person: Jo Butterfield


    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.
    Clientele: Professional development for international visitors
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Greet visitors upon their arrival to our community; guide visitors to appointments with their professional peers or on cultural excursions; host visitors in your home for dinner.
    Volunteer Hours: Hours vary; emails requesting volunteers sent to listserv. Sign up for the volunteer listserv by emailing civic@uiowa.edu
    Commitment required: None
    Expectations of volunteer: Interest in learning about other cultures
    Volunteer Training: Do not need to participate in Citizen Diplomacy training to start volunteering, we will work with new volunteers individually. Citizen Diplomacy training sessions are held bi-annually.


  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Iowa

    Phone: (563) 323-3616
    Address: 2942 Brady Street
    City: Davenport
    Contact Person: Nancy Manion


    Services Provided: Provide detailed perspective of abused and neglected children to assigned judge.
    Clientele: Abused and neglected children
    Types of volunteer opportunities: 1 on 1 with child, unique perspective of the court system. Assist judge by providing report of child and individuals in the child’s life such as social workers, teachers, doctors and other individuals that child interacts.
    Volunteer Hours: 5-15 per month depending on child's case.
    Commitment required: flexible with class schedule, commit to at least 1 year.
    Expectations of volunteer: Visit child(s), attend court dates provided months in advance with report of the child's life.
    Volunteer Training: 30 hour within 3 month


  • Crowded Closet Thrift Shop

    Phone: 319-337-5924
    Address: 1213 Gilbert Court
    City: Iowa City, IA 52240
    Contact Person: Christine Maust Beachy, MSW


    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.
    Clientele: Local customers, donors, and volunteers
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Receiving and processing donations; Assisting customers and cashiering
    Volunteer Hours: During business hours; Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:00 & Sat, 9:30-4:00
    Commitment required: Flexible
    Expectations of volunteer: Cooperative and reliable; attentive to detail
    Volunteer Training: Volunteers are provided with orientation and staff support.


  • Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP)

    Phone: 319-325-9223
    Address: 1105 S. Gilbert Court #300
    City: Iowa City IA 52240
    Contact Person: Rose Cooney


    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.
    Clientele: Victims of domestic violence and their children. Phone and one-on-one counseling are available for victims of battering and concerned other.
    Types of volunteer opportunities: House staff, child advocates, crisis line, group facilitators, on-call volunteers, and various projects.
    Volunteer Hours: 24 hours a day
    Commitment required: Generally 2 hours once a week
    Expectations of volunteer: Maintain confidentiality, provide support and advocacy if appropriate
    Volunteer Training: 2-hour orientation and 30 hours of scheduled training sessions


  • Elder Services Nutrition Program/Meals on Wheels

    Phone: 319-338-0515
    Address: 2210 9th St. #1
    City: Coralville
    Contact Person: Dorene Nott


    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.
    Clientele: Seniors
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Delivering meals to seniors in their homes, assisting the kitchen staff with food preparations, packing the delivery meals, serving the line, serving beverages
    Volunteer Hours: 2 to 3 hours, 10:30am to 1:30pm Monday to Friday
    Commitment required: Determined by volunteer and staff on initial interview
    Expectations of volunteer: Timely, reliable, pleasant, and enjoy seniors
    Volunteer Training: Provided
  • Faith Academy

    Phone: 319-351-4860
    Address: 1030 Cross Park Ave.
    City: Iowa City
    Contact Person: Doreen Schlabaugh


    Services Provided: Christian Elementary School affordable to all
    Clientele: K-6 students (majority coming from low income homes, African American)
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Teacher’s assistant, helping with lunch – serving & clean up, playing with kids at recess, reading with students, practice band instrument with 5th or 6th grade students
    Volunteer Hours: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm, M-F
    Commitment required:
    Expectations of volunteer: Show up on time when scheduled, pass background check, behave in a mature manner, be a good role model for children, take direction from adult in charge
    Volunteer Training: Meet with a part of admin team for orientation

    Website: www.faithacademyiowa.org

  • Four Oaks Youth Homes

    Phone: 319-337-4523
    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.


    Services Provided: Crisis intervention counseling, emergency residential services, assessment, education, recreation, behavior management, group and individual counseling.
    Clientele: children, youth and families requiring crisis intervention, placement outside of the home, independent living skills, supervision, parenting skills, or day treatment
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Various programs located in Iowa City: youth emergency shelter, behavior focused afterschool program and daycare, juvenile detention alternative programming and clerical work. A limited number of undergraduate and graduate internships are available at many of our sites. We are willing to customize your internship to fit college course requirements and the professional interests of the intern. Internships are available in many of our programs.
    Volunteer Hours: flexible
    Commitment required: varies
    Expectations of volunteer: Dependable and responsible individuals who are committed to helping others. •Must be at least 18 years old or supervised by an adult. •Must be able to pass background checks in accordance with the Code of Iowa (criminal and child abuse records; sex offenders registry). •Must agree to uphold the confidentiality of our clients. •Must commit to an established amount of time. •Must have a genuine interest in the mission of Four Oaks must work through contact person to work with various specific programs
    Volunteer Training: on-site training

    All volunteers and interns must apply online at www.fouroaks.org.

  • Free Medical Clinic

    Phone: 319-337-4459
    Address: 2440 Towncrest Drive
    City: Iowa City, IA
    Contact Person: Barbara Vinograde


    Services Provided:
    Clientele: Medical Clinic Patients
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Medical Assistants, Receptionists, Interpreters and Phlebotomy
    Volunteer Hours:
    Commitment required: At least a year
    Expectations of volunteer: Experience required for taking vitals and drawing blood
    Volunteer Training: Trained by staff
  • Girls on the Run

    Address: 26 E. Market St
    City: Iowa City IA
    Contact Person: Kelly Teeselink

    info@girlsontherun.org or kelly.teeselink@girldontherun.org

    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.
    Clientele: 3rd-8th grade girls
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Coaches, 5k volunteers, running bussies
    Volunteer Hours:
    Commitment required: 1.5-4 hours per week depending on the role
    Expectations of volunteer: Serve as a role model for program participants Prepare, organize and supervise weekly lessons Collaborate with other coaches for successful lesson delivery Facilitate communication with parents/guardians of program participants Participate in the Girls on the Run 5K Plan and coordinate your team’s end of season party
    Volunteer Training: Coach training


  • Handicare

    Phone: 319-354-7641
    Address: 2220 9th ST
    City: Coralville IA 52241
    Contact Person: Laura Lage


    Services Provided: Child care with a wide population including children with special needs
    Clientele: Children ages birth through third grade
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Assist with daily activities in classroom, including lunch, nap, etc. There are also project opportunities (special events, yard work, painting, deep cleaning).
    Volunteer Hours: Arranged as desired
    Commitment required: 20 hours minimum
    Expectations of volunteer: Enjoy working with children
    Volunteer Training: On the job as needed


  • Iowa Children's Museum

    Phone: 319-625-6255
    Address: 1451 Coral Ridge AVE
    City: Coralville IA 52241
    Contact Person:


    Services Provided: interactive informal learning environment
    Clientele: children and families
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Help with special events and fundraisers, facilitate in exhibits and some office/clerical.
    Volunteer Hours: 10-6pm T-Th, 10am-8pm F, 10am-6pm Sat,  11am-6pm Sun, may vary for special events 
    Commitment required: please contact early in the semester
    Expectations of volunteer: good customer service skills, friendly, outgoing, enjoy working with families
    Volunteer Training: orientation and training provided


  • Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center

    Phone: 319-356-5295
    Address: 3910 Napoleon Lane
    City: Iowa City
    Contact Person: Lisa Bragg


    Services Provided: We give homeless animals a second chance.
    Clientele: Adoptable animals
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Interact with adoptable animals and clients. Also cleaning the shelter.
    Volunteer Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30-5 and Saturday 10:30-3
    Commitment required: 2 hours a month
    Expectations of volunteer: Be able to work independently.
    Volunteer Training: 2 hour classes


  • Iowa City Hospice

    Phone: 319-351-5665
    Address: 1025 Wade St
    City: Iowa City, IA 52240
    Contact Person: Nora Heaton and Sarah Valiga


    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
    Clientele: Terminally ill patients and their families
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Please call
    Volunteer Hours: Weekdays, weekends, and evenings
    Commitment required: Flexible
    Expectations of volunteer: Confidentiality
    Volunteer Training: 2-day training, usually Friday evening and all-day Saturday


  • Lantern Park Nursing and Rehab Center

    Phone: 319-351-8440
    Address: 2200 Oakdale Road
    City: Coralville IA 52241
    Contact Person: DeEtte McCaw


    Services Provided: Nursing home and rehabilitation
    Clientele: Nursing home residents
    Types of volunteer opportunities: helping with activities, working 1 on 1 with clients
    Volunteer Hours: varies throughout the day and evenings including weekends
    Commitment required: varies as needed
    Expectations of volunteer: contact early in the semester, consistency and dependability, enjoy working with elderly
    Volunteer Training: No formal training--on the job as needed.


  • Lone Tree Health Care Center

    Phone: 319-629-4255
    Address: 501 East Pioneer Rd
    City: Lone Tree, IA 52755
    Contact Person: Emily Bryant


    Services Provided: 24 hour nursing care, assisted living, and assisted living for memory care
    Clientele: Elderly
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Activities
    Volunteer Hours:
    Commitment required: Various
    Expectations of volunteer: Must be comfortable with the aging process. Warm and loving and patient, aware of residents rights
    Volunteer Training: Background check
  • Miracles in Motion Therapeutic Equestrian Center

    Phone: (319) 851-4141
    Address: 2049 120th St NW
    City: Swisher, IA 52338
    Contact Person: Maddie DeVore


    Services Provided: Therapeutic riding classes for kids with special needs; hippotherapy
    Clientele: Children and adults with special needs; military veterans
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Assist in classes as sidewalker, horse leader (if horse experience) or barn assistant; assist at special events like Boo at the Barn; Spring Fling, Holiday open house
    Volunteer Hours: Classes meet 4 nights a week as well as during the day on Tuesday and Thursday for Fall, 2018; classes begin again early Spring, 2019
    Commitment required: Class sessions are 3 hour commitments; once a week for 6 weeks
    Expectations of volunteer: Show up on time & in proper attire
    Volunteer Training: Training is scheduled after on-line application submitted – click “volunteer” on website (link below)


  • Oaknoll Retirement Residence

    Phone: 319-466-3026
    Address: 735 George Street
    City: Iowa City IA
    Contact Person: Brianna Becker


    Services Provided: Retirement Living and Health Service through LifeCare
    Clientele: Elderly
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Special Events, Therapy Pet, Activity Assistant, Wellness Assistant, etc.
    Volunteer Hours: Flexible
    Commitment required: One time or weekly for one semester options are available
    Expectations of volunteer: To be patient, kind, and understanding. Volunteers should always be professional, dressing conservatively, and communicating upcoming absences as needed.
    Volunteer Training: An orientation, tour, and online courses are required to be a weekly, regular volunteer. Online courses include HIPAA the basics, Mandatory Reporting for Older Adults, and Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer’s

    Checkout our website or join our monthly Volunteer Newsletter.

  • Salvation Army

    Phone: 319-337-3725
    Address: 1116 Gilbert CT
    City: Iowa City IA 52240
    Contact Person: Deirdre Scanlon, Volunteer Coordinator


    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
    Clientele: Anyone in need
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Help serve evening meals & clean afterwards (4:30-6:30pm), food pantry maintenance, cleaning/light maintenance, youth character building programming, Food Shelf giveaway (Mon-Fri, 1-2pm).
    Volunteer Hours: 10:00am to 6:30pm Monday to Friday
    Commitment required: Flexible
    Expectations of volunteer: Dependable, responsible, patient, compassionate, and able to work well with others
    Volunteer Training: Background check and on-the-job training for those volunteering with social services


  • Shelter House

    Phone: 319-351-0326
    Address: 429 Southgate Ave
    City: Iowa City
    Contact Person: Alex Linden


    Services Provided: Emergency Shelter, Case Management, Job Lab, Drop-In Services
    Clientele: People experiencing homelessness
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Front Desk, Job Lab
    Volunteer Hours: 9 am -9 pm Mon-Fri, 8-11 am, 5-9 pm weekends
    Commitment required: Weekly
    Expectations of volunteer: Comfortable with interacting with clients, answering phones, computer proficiency
    Volunteer Training: A thirty minute orientation and tour prior to starting



  • Table to Table

    Phone: 319-337-3400
    Address: 840 S Capitol Street
    City: Iowa City
    Contact Person: Katie Steingrabe


    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.
    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.
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Every person involved with food rescue is considered a volunteer. This means donors and recipient agencies are volunteers as well. Most Table to Table volunteers participate in the food rescue process. Food rescue routes are designated routes that send two volunteers out to donor sites with Table to Table vans that pick up donor specified foods and deliver to recipient organizations. Other roles include data entry, cleaning vans, special events, and serving on the board of directors. In the last 12 months Table to Table rescued 2.2 million pounds of food from going into the Iowa City landfill.
    Volunteer Hours: Usually in the morning in 2.5 hour shifts
    Commitment required: None
    Expectations of volunteer:
    Volunteer Training: Attend half hour orientation


  • The Arc of Southeast Iowa

    Phone: 319-351-5017
    Address: 2620 Muscatine Ave
    City: Iowa City, IA 52240
    Contact Person: Mariah Simmons


    Services Provided: Respite, Consumer Directed Assisted Care, Job Coaching, Weekend Programming, Holiday Parties, Supported Community Living.
    Clientele: Adults and children with disabilities
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Sibship: Sibling Support group for kids who have siblings with disabilities. Events: Annual parties and fundraiser assistance. Kinnick Concessions: Running a concession Stand at Kinnick during home football games. pArc Clean up: Maintenance with our inclusive pArc located here at The Arc.
    Volunteer Hours:
    Commitment required: one volunteer event a month
    Expectations of volunteer: You must complete hours you are committed to--If unable to complete hours you must contact the Volunteer Coordinator (Mariah Simmons) 3 days in advance or ASAP.
    Volunteer Training: 30-45 minutes. Dates/times vary.



  • The Exhale Project

    Phone: 319-560-5264
    City: Cedar Rapids/Iowa City
    Contact Person: Julie Jack


    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
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Teaching yoga (or other movement modalities), special event assistance, marketing and outreach, video production development, research, special projects
    Volunteer Hours: Varies
    Commitment required: Depends upon the assignment
    Expectations of volunteer: Professional, confidential, compassionate, interested in working with survivors of SA, DV
    Volunteer Training: If volunteer does direct service with the client, they will have to complete an online training regarding the legalities involved with working with crime victims.
  • United Action for Youth

    Phone: 319-338-7518
    Address: 355 Iowa Ave. (Youth Center) 1700 S 1st Ave (Main Office)
    City: Iowa City
    Contact Person: Meg Quigley


    Services Provided: Youth counseling, arts, support groups, health education, crisis intervention, runaway intervention, substance abuse prevention
    Clientele: 12-18 year old youth and their families primarily in Johnson County
    Types of volunteer opportunities: Childcare for babies and young children of teen parents, music lessons, special event support (Festival of Flowers annual fundraiser, Teen Clothing Drives, Ride4Youth bike ride, etc.) and project help as needed.
    Volunteer Hours:
    Commitment required: Negotiable depending on type of volunteer position
    Expectations of volunteer: Reliable, responsible, patient, able to work well with young adults and/or children; must have key interest in area of human rights.
    Volunteer Training: 90-minute volunteer orientation; on-the job training and skill-building

    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

    Phone: 319-339-0804
    Address: 730 South Dubuque St.
    City: Iowa City
    Contact Person:


    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.
    Clientele: all persons, especially those with different abilities
    Types of volunteer opportunities: supervisory and assistance in any of the small businesses, assistance in coffee shop and book store, events management
    Volunteer Hours: 11 am-7 pm M/F, 11 am - 8 pm Tu/W/Th, Sat. 9 am-9 pm
    Commitment required: varies
    Expectations of volunteer: appreciate and support clients, visitors, business owners
    Volunteer Training: Training in fall and spring at beginning of semester


  • Wild Bill's Coffee Shop

    Phone: 319-335-1281
    Address: 321 N Hall University of Iowa
    City: Iowa City, IA 52242
    Contact Person: Jen Knights


    Services Provided: Coffee shop, employs individuals with a disability, provides amenity for the School of Social Work, provides education around abilities awareness.
    Clientele: Students, staff, and members of the community
    Types of volunteer opportunities: volunteer for shifts during the week working with staff members, special project opportunities
    Volunteer Hours: 8am-8pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
    Commitment required: 3 hours a week for a semester
    Expectations of volunteer: Help staff with various tasks, allow the experience to be an opportunity to learn
    Volunteer Training: 1 hour orientation session held at beginning of semester
  • Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC)

    Phone: 319-335-1486
    Address: 230 N. Clinton St.
    City: Iowa City, IA 52245
    Contact Person:


    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.
    Clientele: All women and men
    Types of volunteer opportunities: WRACtivists, Men's Anti-Violence Council, LEAP (Lead, Empower, Advocate, Prevent), Volunteers in Programming
    Volunteer Hours: Varies
    Commitment required: One semester
    Expectations of volunteer: To be discussed depending on area of interest
    Volunteer Training: Training offered at beginning of each fall and spring semester