Current Community Service Needs

 **Items with asterisks qualify as diversity studies co-curricular experiences, with appropriate paperwork filed before service is completed. Contact Radie Roberts at or x6631 to schedule a meeting prior to completing service hours. Ordinarily, co-curricular diversity studies are arranged prior to mid-term of each semester. Students indicating an interest after such date will be directed toward the next semester.

In addition to the items listed below, another excellent resource for service opportunities in Dubuque can be found here:  

**Area Residential Care
Area Residential Care is a private, non-profit, organization whose purpose is to provide community-based services for persons with intellectual disabilities and other developmental disabilities. Many volunteer opportunities are available including: working directly with individuals, Corporate and Community Games Event Volunteer, board and committee positions, gardening or landscaping, work on community-based homes, clerical work including stuffing envelopes, Public Relations and Marketing Opportunities, and we are always looking for volunteers to help with special projects throughout the year. For more information, see the volunteer application at, or call 563.556.7560. (Posted 8-13)

American Red Cross
American Red Cross of the Tri-States volunteers are needed to help the organization provide service in the areas of Health & Safety and Response & Emergency Communication, provide administrative office support, participate in special events that help the Chapter raise funds, provide community awareness, and promote safety! Front desk staff are always needed, which is a great position for students because it typically allows time to complete your homework. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Mona Lindholm at (563)564-4565 or email: (Posted 8-13)

Big Brothers Big Sisters Program
Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for volunteers to be matched with a little brother or sister just 4-5 hours a month. Other volunteer activities include planning a small fundraiser, organizing an activity for matches to attend at the university campus such as a cook-out, games in the gym or board game night, or help at an organized activity such as Bowl for Kids Sake. If you are interested or have ideas to share, please contact Amanda at or (563) 845-0768. (Posted 8-13)

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dubuque
The purpose of the Boys & Girls Club is health, educational, vocational and character development of youth. We are concerned with all youth where there is need, but are primarily concerned with youth in disadvantaged circumstances. If you are interested in volunteering with youth, please call Molly Casey at 585-0599. (posted 2-14)

CAPABLE Volunteer Co.
CAPABLE provides volunteer opportunities to individuals with medical and physical challenges. We need students to help with revising documents, phone calls, driving volunteers, helping with crafts and online research. Hours can be negotiated, but would probably be 3-6 hours/week. Current needs include drivers in the local Dubuque area on Tuesdays from 9:30-12:30 or 1:30-4:30. Student could stay to attend workshop or just drive person to and from two hour workshop. Also needed is someone to make phone calls and revise forms. Upcoming special events have two hour shifts to help sell crafts. If interested, contact Julie Schulte, Executive Director, at 563-582-6211 ext. 106 Learn more about CAPABLE on Facebook at Capable Volunteer Co. (Posted 8-13)

Circles Initiative
This initiative seeks to address poverty on all levels, from uplifting the individuals living in poverty to addressing the systematic barriers and policies keeping people there. Weekly meetings are held on Tuesday evenings, engaging and expanding the community effort to end poverty. Volunteer opportunities include donating a meal, assisting with childcare, donating supplies, or various other positions listed here: Contact the volunteer coordinator at for additional information. (Posted 8-13) 

Dubuque Community YMCA Mentoring
Reach & Rise is a national YMCA mentoring program with a rich history in helping at-risk youth. Volunteers are needed to serve 1-on-1 as caring, guiding, and responsible mentors for children ages 6-17 in the Dubuque community. Mentors must be at least 23 years of age, submit to a background check, be willing to commit to a 15 hour training and spend 1-3 hours per week with their "mentee" for a 1 year time period. For more information &/or a mentor application, contact Jennie Weber, Program Director at or 563-556-3371 (posted 3-14).

Dubuque Community Y Domestic Violence Program
Contact us at 563-588-0048 ext. 11 or to find out how you can join the volunteer program. A staff member will contact you to discuss your interests and experience and to introduce you to the volunteer program. Some options require 40 hours of training, such as shelter, childcare, or 24-hotline volunteer. Other opportunities, such as fundraising, cleaning, painting and organizing, do not require training. (Posted 8-13)

Dubuque Food Pantry
Volunteers are needed to interact with clients, organize donations, pack boxes of food, and assist patrons with shopping. Client numbers continue to be very high, so if the group you belong to is looking for a project, please consider doing a food drive for us. We are in need of rice, pastas, soups, canned meats, juices, cake mixes, peanut butter & jelly, etc... Other items that we can always use are toilet paper, bar soap, laundry & dish soaps, and personal hygiene items, as these cannot be purchased with Food Stamps. The Food Pantry can be reached at (563) 583-4440. (Posted 8-13)

Dubuque/Jackson Counties Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged. In addition to the current build, volunteers are always needed for other ongoing Habitat building projects, especially on Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, please call our office at (563) 556-2195, Monday through Friday between 9 am and noon. (Posted 8-13)

Dubuque Regional Humane Society
The Dubuque Regional Humane Society is always recruiting new volunteers to help with the care of the animals in our shelter, as well as to assist in providing our many services to the community. The volunteers also assist in our fundraising activities. Orientations are held on the first Saturday of each month from 9:30 to 10:30 am, and on the third Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. For more information about volunteer opportunities, or to fill out a volunteer application online, go to: The DRHS can also be reached at 563.582.6766. (Posted 8-13)

**Dubuque Rescue Mission
Dubuque Rescue Mission welcomes volunteers to help in the Mission Thrift Store, serve lunch and evening meals, and help in the Mission Organic Garden. Call the Mission at (583) 583-1394 and ask for Rick. If your organization finds itself with leftovers (cooked or uncooked) after a group meal, please consider bringing them to the mission. They will be sealed, dated, and refrigerated. The mission will even pick up your donations if needed. The need is great. (Posted 8-13)

DuRide is urgently seeking volunteer drivers to drive seniors ages 65 and up. Volunteers use their own cars for transportation to doctor appointments, grocery store trips, symphonies, restaurants, beauty shops, etc. Most rides only take 20 minutes. Only 1 ride is all that is asked per week. If interested, contact DuRide at (563) 451-4999. For more information, go to (Posted 8-13)

Four Oaks
Four Oaks is a non-profit child welfare, juvenile justice, and behavioral health agency founded in 1973. Volunteer needs: individuals interested in working with children (help with homework, play games, read books, etc.). For consistency, the volunteer will be asked to commit to a regular schedule. For more information, go to or call 563-557-3100. (Posted 8-13)

Grand Opera House
There are many ways you can participate that match your interests! Opportunities are available acting, singing, set building, props, costumes, ushers, concessions, backstage crew, office aid, fund raising, and publicity, just to name a few! Contact the business office at 588-4356 for more information or go to (Posted 8-13)

**Hills and Dales
Hills and Dales is a not-for-profit human services organization that provides services to children and young adults with severe and profound mental and physical disabilities. Volunteers are needed to participate in various 1-on-1 or group activities, or assisting with special events such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Golf Outing, Halloween Harvest in October, and many more. For more information regarding volunteer opportunities, go to, call (563) 556-7878, or e-mail (Posted 8-13)

Hope Evangelical Church
Hope Evangelical Church is looking for volunteers to do child-care for age birth to 5 years old during their services. Volunteers are needed during the following times: Saturday evenings 5:15 to 6:45pm, Sunday mornings 9:15 to 10:45am, Sunday mornings 10:45 to 12:30pm. If interested, email Ann Adkins at or contact Lori at 563-552-8451. (posted 9-13)  

Hope House
Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve Community Meals on Sunday and Monday evenings at 6:00pm. 25-35 people on average share in the meal. If you want to schedule a date or want more information, please phone 563-582-9079. (Posted 8-13)

Hospice of Dubuque
Hospice of Dubuque has many volunteers who work in both patient care and non-patient care roles. For more information on the type of work available, go to If you are interested in volunteering in either capacity, please contact Deb at 563.582.1220. (Posted 8-13)

Knights of Columbus
Knights of Columbus need volunteers for Thursday night Bingo from 5-9:30pm. Help is needed for the entire shift, but the Knights will also welcome those who can only work part of the shift. Volunteers will assist in the kitchen and walk around tables to pick up bingo papers for recycling. If interested, contact Tom McCaffery at (563)588-2011. (Posted 8-13)

Maria House/Teresa Shelter
Volunteers are always needed to help cook the evening meal for Maria House residents, provide daytime support at Teresa Shelter, help with fundraising activities and special events, engage children in fun activities, and assist with clerical and administrative needs. Go to for more information, or call (563) 582-7480. (Posted 8-13)

Matter Creative Center
Matter Creative Center is always looking for fun art and creativity enthusiasts to help with our various programs, projects, and events! Matter staff can be reached at or (563) 556-0117. (Posted 8-13)

Mines of Spain
The 1380-acre recreation area is located along the southern edge of Dubuque. The park is open year-round from 4 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed for a variety of projects such as greeters, seed collectors, interpreters for programs, trail maintenance, Adopt-a-Park Program, facility maintenance, and feeding the animals at the interpretive center. See or call 563-556-0620 for more information. (Posted 8-13)

Mississippi River Project
Volunteer opportunities are geared towards natural resources/conservation, tourism, biology, and parks and recreation management. Volunteers could expect to do small projects in our campgrounds that would identifying and eradicating invasive species, improving habitat or constructing nest boxes for a variety of avian, helping to get the campgrounds ready for the camping season, etc. Students can check our website out at and contact Brian Blakeway at (563) 582-0881 x6252 or (posted 9-13)   

Mobile Meals
Mobile Meals Drivers needed to deliver hot, nutritious meals to area homebound seniors who live in the city of Dubuque. Background check required, small stipend available. Meals are prepared by 4:15pm Monday-Friday at Luther Manor Retirement Community. Individual delivery routes include approximately 6-8 deliveries and are 45 minutes-1 hour in length. All inquiries please call Chris Kirsch at (563) 588-1145 or email (Posted 8-13)

Multicultural Family Center
The Multicultural Family Center serves as an inviting and safe place for community members and builds unity out of diversity. Volunteers are always needed to engage children in fun activities. For a list of specific volunteer opportunities, go to or email (Posted 8-13)

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has the following volunteer opportunities available: greeters, docent/educators, special events, archives, and mailings. No experience required! We will provide any necessary training — just bring your smile and a helpful attitude! Fill out the volunteer application by clicking here or calling (563) 557-9545. (Posted 8-13)

Oak Park Place Retirement Community
Students, faculty or staff are needed to volunteer in our memory care unit, a specialized area for residents with dementia. Volunteers would be doing simple activities with our residents such as taking them for a walk in the halls, playing a game with them, sorting buttons/playing cards, or just visiting with them. If interested, contact Kati Averkamp, Activity Director at (563) 585-4900 ext. 409 or (Posted 8-13)

Prescott School
Prescott is a downtown elementary school serving a very diverse student population. Many students need and would love to have a mentor! Mentoring involves spending about 30-40 minutes a week with a student. The time together might be split between playing a board game, reading, shooting baskets or some other physical activity, chatting, etc. It really is about having another caring adult in the student's life. Further information re mentoring and the paperwork required is available from the Prescott counselor, Nicole O’Dell at 563-552-4206 or (Posted 8-13)

**Presentation Lantern Center
One-on-one tutors needed for adults who are learning English and/or preparing for the citizenship test. The Presentation Lantern Center is a drop-in center which offers hospitality, educational opportunities and advocacy to women and their children who are striving to better their lives. For more information, e-mail or contact Sr. Corine Murray at (563) 557-7134. (Posted 8-13)

Project Concern
Project Concern is a non-profit social service agency meeting the unmet needs of individuals in Dubuque, Jackson, and Delaware Counties. Volunteers are needed to assist with the Telephone Reassurance Program. TRP volunteers call people, such as seniors and those with disabilities who are looking for conversation, companionship, and someone to check with them on their general well-being. Volunteers are also provided to the Department of Human Services to fulfill their clerical needs. We are continuously looking for new volunteers. If you would like to help your community, please contact Project Concern at (Posted 8-13)

Riverview Center, Inc.
The mission of the Riverview Center is to serve the needs of survivors of sexual assault and abuse and to educate the community on how to eliminate crimes of sexual violence. In the aftermath of a sexual assault, the role of an advocate is to attend to the critical emotional needs of the survivor: To empower him or her, to be a source of information and support, to be a bridge between the survivor and the medical and criminal justice systems, minimizing revictimization. Requirements: must complete Riverview's 40+ hour training and an additional six-hour training, must attend a minimum of six hours of continuing education sessions each year, must work two 12-hour shifts each month. Call our volunteer coordinator for specific dates and times of upcoming training courses at (563) 557-0310 or see for additional information. (Posted 8-13)

**St. Mark Youth Enrichment
St. Mark’s works to improve the academic and social development of at-risk youth so that they can reach their highest potential and become productive members of the community. We are offer structured academic remediation, mentoring and youth development programs aimed at assisting at-risk youth at little or no charge to families. There are three ways to make an impact; be a tutor, mentor, or special activity volunteer. For more information, go to or call (563) 582-6211 Ext. 105. (Posted 8-13)

St. Stephen’s Food Bank
St. Stephen’s Food Bank is always looking for volunteers to help within the food bank and to host and organize food drives. Volunteers will interact with clients, organize donations, pack boxes of food, and assist patrons with shopping. To get involved, contact the Food Bank at (563) 557-7474. (Posted 8-13)

Stonehill Care Center/Assisi Village
Stonehill is a faith-based, not-for-profit retirement community in Dubuque. Volunteers are needed to play games, make arts and crafts, sing and/or play music, and visit with residents. Afternoon, evening and weekend opportunities are available. Contact Deb Rooney at or call (563) 583-8234 for more information. (Posted 8-13)

Two by Two
Two by Two believes many of the issues we struggle with as a society could be prevented by including character focused lessons about compassion, responsibility and empathy in a child’s education. Whether it’s one day a month, one day a week, 2-4 hours a day, or just for special events, we want you to be part of our mission. Contact our volunteer coordinator at or call (563) 513-0059. (Posted 8-13) 
Updated 5-19-14

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