The Civic Engagement Office can connect with a community partner that has various volunteer opportunities. The current issues the Civic Engagement Office addresses include:

  • Animals
  • Social Justice
  • Homelessness and Poverty
  • Women and Women’s Rights
  • Health-Related Service
  • Children and Youth
  • Environmental Causes and Sustainability
  • Community Development

More information on some of the Civic Engagement Office community partners can be found below:

Community Partner Information by Issue
Animals
Community Partner Program Description Services Provided How to Get Involved

Cedar Valley Human Society

Adoption counselor, kennel worker, foster care provider, groundskeeper, handyman, humane educator, cleaner helper, pet therapy provider, special events assistant, & photography assistant.

Adoption counselor, kennel worker, foster care provider, groundskeeper, handyman, humane educator, cleaner helper, pet therapy provider, special events assistant, & photography assistant.

Complete volunteer application and orientation.

Social Justice
Community Partner Program Description Services Provided How to Get Involved

Justice for Our Neighbors

A United Methodist Immigration Ministry.

Legal services, education, & advocacy.

Volunteer with Childcare Monthly Clinic, document translating, or legal assistant at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church at 2442 42nd St., Cedar Rapids, IA 52402. Call 515-255-9809 to request more information.

United Way of Eastern Iowa

United Way invests in comprehensive strategies that help children and their families are successful from birth. 

Child Development, building hope, improving literacy, affordable housing, and work to improve health.

View information for volunteering. Contact Kayla Paulson at Kayla.Paulson@uweci.org for more information.

Homelessness and Poverty
Community Partner Program Description Services Provided How to get involved

Willis Dady Emergency Shelter

Provides services to both prevent homelessness for those at risk of becoming homeless and rehouse those who currently find themselves homeless.

Overnight volunteer, professional development, advocacy, & staff support.

Contact Jade Riley at volunteer@willisdady.org or call 319-362-7540 for more information.

Salvation Army

An international movement that’s a part of the universal Christian Church by meeting human needs in Jesus Christ’s name with discrimination.

Community events, kitchen assistant, office assistant, Women’s Ministries, & Youth Church Services.

Sign-up to complete the volunteer application. Visit http://tsacedarrapids.org/ for more information. Contact Jenna Salzbrenner the Volunteer Manager & Special Events Assistant at Jenna_Salzbrenner@usc.salvationarmy.org or 319-364-9131.

HACAP

Help people develop the skills necessary to become successful and build strong communities.

Food Reservoir Warehouse, Mobile Food Pantry, classrooms, health alliance administration services, & housing and facilities.

Complete the volunteer application. Email cackman@hacap.org for more information about volunteer opportunities.

Habitat ReStore

Makes home ownership possible for deserving families around the world.

Donation processing, retail organizing and merchandising, & medical equipment processing.

Fill out the volunteer form. If interested in any one of these opportunities, contact Gail at 563-391-4949 or gail@restoreqc.org.

Feed Iowa First

Work to combat food insecurity today and tomorrow by growing food.

Assist with planting and upkeep of grounds. Learn about local farming in Iowa.

Fill out contact us information to learn more and inquire about volunteering.

Goodwill Industries of the Heartland

Help people dealing with specific barriers have access to jobs and resources to retain a job.

Employment assistance, training on living independently; and ways to cultivate socialization, integration, leisure, & life skills and support.

Contact Mindy Kayser (mkayser@goodwillheartland.org) for volunteer info.

Southeast Linn County Food Bank/Community Center

Help Southeast Linn County from low income families and elderly community members has resources for a healthy well-being.

Food pantry, senior transportation, meals on wheels, clothing closet, & after school program.

Contact Jeff Kaparos (selccia@netzero.com) for more information.

Women & Women’s Rights
Community Partner Program Description Services Provided How to get involved

Riverview Center

A non-profit agency committed to providing compassionate client-centered care for individuals affected by sexual violence.

Hotline/advocacy, fundraising, internships, office assistance, & staff support.

Complete volunteer application, also you can contact Jessica, Regional Volunteer Coordinator at 563-380-3332 or at Jessica@riverviewcenter.org for more information.

Emma Goldman Clinic for Women

The Emma Goldman Clinic is a not-for-profit independent organization founded in 1973 by a group of women driven by feminist ideals.  The Emma Goldman Clinic exists to empower women and men in all life stages through the provision of quality reproductive health care that includes abortion services, gynecology services, safer sex promotion, and active education.

Health care with abortion, gynecology, birth control, STI testing, walk-in services, teen clinic, massage therapy, services for men, trans health initiative, and speakers’ bureau.

Serve every 2nd Wednesday of each month on Volunteer Night. There is a community volunteer application and student practicum/internship application that can be found on the Emma Goldman Clinic website. For more information call 319-337-2111 or email info@emmagoldman.com.

Waypoint Services

Works to empowering local women to improve their lives.

Food pantry, Daytime Resource Program, & Domestic Violence Victim Advocacy and Support.

For additional information or inquiries about volunteer/support programs at Waypoint, contact Brittany Appleton at bappleton@waypointservices.org or 319-365-1458, ext. 6118.

Catherine McAuley Center

Offers hope and opportunity through basic education for adults and transitional housing for women. 

Childcare, yard work and maintenance, tutors for adult learners, food pantry, & committees to plan projects.

Explore volunteer opportunities then reach out to the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@cmc-cr.org or (319) 731-0446.

Health-Related Service
Community Partner Program Description Services Provided How to get involved

Lisbon-Mount Vernon Ambulance Service (LMVAS)

The Lisbon-Mount Vernon Ambulance service provides emergency medical services to over a 150 square mile area. This is a volunteer response service.

Serve as an EMT, paramedic, or nurse and respond to medical emergencies. No training or experience required, all will be provided!

Apply via online application. Contact jscadden@lmvas.org for questions and to submit your application.

Care Initiatives Hospice

 A full service, not-for-profit community- based hospice ready at any time to serve patients and their families wherever they may reside; a personal residence, a nursing facility or a retirement community.

Read to patients, sit with a patient to give the caregiver a break, listen to a memory or story, provide office help, and run errands.

Interested in learning more or becoming a volunteer? Please reach out to Myranda Hadley, Volunteer Coordinator at 319-640-9050 or by emailing at mhadley@careinitiatives.org. You can also visit the Care Initiatives Hospice website.

Hallmark Care Center

Nursing home in Mt. Vernon.

Specializes in long-term care, rehabilitation services, independent and assisted living, and home care solutions.

Volunteers assist with socialization, which includes Bingo, board games, music, reading, and more. For more information about becoming a volunteer contact Ali Roberts at aroberts@abcmcorp.com

Red Cross

Relieves human suffering by preventing, preparing for, and responding to emergencies.

Blood drive donations, programs, projects, and community events.

Contact Judi Faas (judi.faas@redcross.org) for more information.

Mississippi Valley Blood Drive

Exclusive provider of blood products and services to 86 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

Blood drive donations.

Contact Peter Delaney (pdelaney@mvrbc.org) to learn more.

Children & Youth
Community Partner Program Description Services Provided How to get involved

United Action for Youth

A private, non-profit organization in Iowa City provides a range of services to young people and their families.

Support for teen parents, advocacy and housing for homeless youth, free mental health services, & a health education program and a drop-in youth center that provides free art/music programming.

Assist with after school programs to providing free music lessons to helping with special events throughout the year. Here is the link for the Youth Volunteer

Application and the Adult Volunteer Application. Call 319-338-7518 for the Main Office.

Youth Parents Network

Non-profit in Cedar Rapids that assists families with parents ages 13-27 and children ages 0-5.

Services focus on having a healthy pregnancy, raising a healthy baby, & focus on early childhood growth and development.

Volunteer on Thursday nights with prenatal and parenting group or enrichment classes for children. Contact Young Parents Network‘s Program Manager Crystal Hall at chall@youngparentsnetwork.org or 319-364-8909.

Foundation 2 Youth Center

Emergency shelter for youth between the ages 11-17 experiencing personal and family crisis.

Planning programs and events for shelter.

Contact Marketing and Development Director at 319-362-1170 or ekissling@foundation2.org. Also, you can complete the volunteer application.

Four Oaks

Offer a variety of services to help children and families be successful through an all-encompassing approach.

Developmental programming and activities.

Contact Kristin Roberts at kroberts@fouroaks.org or 319-784-202.

Jane Boyd Community House

Work to enhance the academic, emotional, and social well-being of children and families in the local community.

Programs focused on developing successful and productive children and adults.

Contact Megan Isenberg at misenberg@janeboyd.org or 319-366-0431.

Environmental Causes and Sustainability
Community Partner Program Description Services Provided How to get involved

Abbe Hills

A local farm by Laura Krouse.

Guidance on farming with biological practices, promoting the welfare of all kinds of animals, and managing water quality.

Interested in learning more or volunteering contact Laura Krouse at 319-895-6924 or laura@abbehills.com.

Matthew 25

An independent, local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, to help strengthen and elevate neighborhoods on the west side of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Neighborhood building, cultivating hope, and youth empowerment.

Complete this form to volunteer.

Community Development
Community Partner Program Description Services Provided How to get involved

Mt. Vernon/Lisbon Community Development Group

Serves as the visiting center for Mt. Vernon, IA.

Information on Mt. Vernon’s history, town events, and traditions.

For information about volunteer opportunities contact Joe Jennison at director@visitmvl.com or complete (Sign Up to Volunteer!).

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