Summer Volunteer Guide

Looking for ways to give back? See the below opportunities!

All Ages

Childcare Volunteer

YPN

These lessons take place every Thursday night from 5:30 to 7:30. The summer session will begin on July 11th and will end August 15th.

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Veggie Gardeners Welcome

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spiritually Center

You can choose to volunteer as an individual or family at a time that is convenient for you. Tasks include planting, caring for and harvesting a variety of vegetables, as well as basics like mowing, weeding, and watering. Laughter, singing, and lots of fresh air and sunshine are included!

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Cooking Lessons

Boys and Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids

This program will start the last week of June and will run every other week for the summer program.

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Grow Food for the Hungry at our Community Garden

Metro Catholic Outreach

Regular volunteer shifts are Tuesday & Friday mornings as well as Wednesday evenings. Group service opportunities are set up by appointment during the week & on occasional weekend days.

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Tutor for French, Japanese, Spanish, and Sign Language

Boys and Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids is looking for people who can speak French, Japanese, Spanish or Sign to come once a week for 6 weeks to teach a small group of kids. The programs will start the last week of June from 10:00 -11:00am. The day is flexible to your schedule.

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Downtown Farmers’ Market

Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance

We depend on volunteers to make this event happen, and appreciate your donation of time. First and third Saturdays in June, July, and August.

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Litter Clean up at Central Park

Jones County Conservation Department

Volunteers can arrange to check in at the Central Park Nature Center to receive materials before heading out to clean up the trails and public spaces of Central Park. During the summer the Nature Center is open to the general public from 1 – 5 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Age Limited

USDA Food Count Assistance

The Salvation Amry – Cedar Rapids

Each summer we have the opportunity to help the children of our community by serving to them USDA approved breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday.

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Cedar Rapids Hunger Fight

Meals from the Heartland

The 2nd Annual Meals from the Heartland Cedar Rapids Hunger Fight will be held at the DoubleTree Convention Complex on June 14-15, 2019! Individuals (ages 5 and up), small teams and large groups are all welcome! Bring your friends, coworkers, and family.  During your 1 3/4 hour shift, you will scoop dry ingredients, pour them into meal bags, then weigh, seal and box up the bags.

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Summer Meals Program Volunteers

Horizons – A Family Service Alliance

Summer Meals Program volunteers will pick up meals from Horizons, deliver to a site, and will assist by distributing the meals to the children, and make sure the site operates according to requirements.

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Summer Reading Program

Cedar Rapids Public Library

The Library’s Dare Desk volunteers will champion the Summer Dare program by registering readers of all ages in the program at the Library. You’ll greet patrons, use a simple online form to register them in the program, help them track their completion progress, and give out the beginning and ending prizes to participants.

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Summer 10

United Way of East Central Iowa

Summer 10 is an initiative to make sure kids have books in their hand to read 10 minutes a day! Summer is a critical time for learning so United Way, as part of Reading into Success is getting books into the hands of kids.  Volunteers are needed to help distribute books throughout the community on a weekly basis.

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Meals on Wheels Drivers

Horizons – A Family Service Alliance

Delivery drivers pick up meals around 10:45am at various pick-up sites and then each delivery route takes approximately one hour.

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Refugee Childcare

Catherine McAuley Center

Do you love working with children? Are you looking for a way to support refugees in the community this summer? The Catherine McAuley Center (CMC) has the right volunteer opportunity for you! CMC is looking for friendly, reliable volunteers to watch the children of refugee families as their parents complete certification classes as they work towards opening daycare businesses.

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United Way Day at the Fair

United Way of East Central Iowa

Bring the family, volunteer positions available for individuals 10-100 years old.  Support United Way and enjoy a day at the fair. Various positions and time slots are available. Free t-shirt for volunteers.

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Make a New Friend

Aging Services

Friendly visitor volunteers are matched with an older adult whose social network has decreased due to reduced mobility, the relocation of family and friends, or shrinking peer group. You will be matched with an older adult with similar interests, to meet one hour a week (or more) on a day and time mutually agreed upon.

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Summer Children Outreach

Living Room Ministries Women’s Center

Do you enjoy children and making an impact on their lives? Then we have a summer volunteer opportunity for you. Every 1st and 3rd Wed. starting June 19th we will be putting on an activity for the children that frequent Redmond Park in SE Cedar Rapids.

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Volunteer Shelvers

Hiawatha Public Library

Come and help us put away books, movies, magazines, or other library materials. If you enjoy working in a library, organizing, reading, or helping others-this is a job for you.

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Driving Volunteer

Aging Services

Aging Services provides volunteer-based transportation services free of charge to older adults in our community so they are able to get to and from medical appointments and essential errands such as food banks and the pharmacy. Volunteers give their time, but are reimbursed mileage! The transportation program runs Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Transform a Neighborhood

Matthew 25

Transform Week brings together community volunteers to complete neighborhood revitalization projects and home repairs that homeowners aren’t able to do on their own due to age, disability, finances, or other inhibiting circumstances.

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Lawn Mowing

Catherine McAuley Center

Catherine McAuley Center is looking for a dependable volunteer who enjoys being outdoors and more specifically, mowing the lawn. Keeping our properties looking nice is so very important to us, and it would be a huge weight off staff shoulders to have volunteer help!

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Taste of the Corridor

Families Helping Families

Families Helping Families is hosting our first ever Taste of the Corridor event on Saturday, June 8th from 6-9pm.  We are looking for volunteers to come help serve food as part of our event or help watch our silent auction tables.

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