Current Volunteer Opportunities

 **Items with asterisks qualify as diversity studies co-curricular experiences, with appropriate paperwork filed before service is completed. Contact Jacqui Rogers at or 588-8685 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:  

American Red Cross
American Red Cross volunteers are needed to help the organization provide service in the areas of Disaster Response & Emergency Communication, administrative office support, special events that help the Chapter raise funds, and Community Outreach to deliver preparedness presentations! Front desk staff are often needed, which is a great position for students because it typically allows time to complete homework. If you are interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer please contact Mona Lindholm at (563)564-4565 or email: or go online to and click ‘Volunteer’ on the left side menu.

**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.

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 ext. 11.

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.

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.

Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA Victim Services Shelter
Contact us at 563-588-0048x11 or  to find out how you can volunteer and make a difference.   We will respond and discuss your interests and experience and how these can assist victims of domestic violence.  Working directly with victims requires state mandated 50-hour training, which we provide.  But opportunities such as fundraising, cleaning, painting, gardening, etc. do not require training.

Dubuque Food Pantry
Volunteers are needed from 8:30-11:00a.m. on Mon, Tues, Wed, and Fridays.  Work will consist of restocking shelves, sorting canned goods, repacking items for use.  Other jobs might be cleaning, helping to grocery shop.  We welcome food drives at any time of the year.  Besides foods items we can always use any type of paper products, laundry, dish and bar soaps, shampoo, lotion, etc. The Food Pantry can be reached at (563) 583-4440.

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.  

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. To become a volunteer, please register through our online system then attend a volunteer orientation. Orientations are held at Kinsey’s Campus, 4242 Chavenelle Road, on the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. and on the third Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

**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.  

DuRide is 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. You can decide how often you can volunteer for DuRide, so it will fit your schedule, no matter how busy you may be. If interested, contact DuRide at (563) 451-4999. For more information, go to

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.

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

**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

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 to 6pm, Sunday mornings 9 to 10am, Sunday mornings 10:45 to 11:45am. If interested, email Ann Adkins at or contact Lori at 563-552-8451.

Hope House
Volunteers are needed to welcome guests and answer the phone on a regular, continuing basis, to do occasional maintenance tasks like painting, and 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 volunteer, schedule a date or want more information, please phone 563-582-9079.

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.

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, even if it’s just 2 hours. Volunteers will assist in the kitchen and walk around tables to pick up bingo papers for recycling. Volunteers will receive free pop and food for their service. If interested, contact Tom McCaffery at (563)588-2011.

Maria House/Teresa Shelter
Volunteers are utilized in the following areas: helping with special events, fundraising, office attendant, cooking a meal, daycare and general maintenance/housekeeping. Go to for more information, or call (563) 582-7480.

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.

Mentor Dubuque
Mentor Dubuque is looking for volunteers to be matched with youth in the community. Mentors are asked to spend just 4-5 hours a month with the child they are matched with. Other volunteer activities include planning a small fundraiser, organizing an activity for matches to attend such as a cook-out, games in the gym or board game night, or help at an organized activity such as Bowl Dubuque. If you are interested or have ideas to share, please contact Amberai at or (563) 845-0768.

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.

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 Brent Groesch at (563) 582-0881 x6252 or

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 needed during the school year to tutor and mentor students, and year-round to assist with cultural events and celebrations.  For a list of specific volunteer opportunities, go to or email

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium/Dubuque County Historical Society has the following volunteer opportunities available: greeters, special events, archives, touch tank, and office. 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.

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

Prescott School
Prescott is an Expeditionary Learning Charter School for the Arts, its mission is to empower each child to achieve his/her potential and to become a strong contributing member of society. Prescott is actively seeking out mentors to work with their students on a 1:1 basis. Mentoring involves spending about 30 minutes once a week with a student. The time together might be split between playing a board game, reading, shooting baskets or some other physical activity, encouraging academic success, chatting, etc. It really is about having another caring adult in the student's life. Further information regarding mentoring and the paperwork required is available from the Prescott counselor, Nicole O’Dell at 563-552-4206 or Training is also provided at Prescott before the mentoring begins.

**Presentation Lantern Center
We seek tutors who work, one-on-one with 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 ,especially to women who are striving to better their lives. The center is open M/W/F  10am-3pm and on T/TH 1pm-7 pm. Tutors volunteer for two-hour sessions once a week.   Knowledge of a second language is not necessary. For more information, e-mail or contact Sr. Corine Murray at (563) 557-7134.

Project Concern
Project Concern is a non-profit social service agency meeting the unmet needs of individuals. One of Project Concern’s main goals is to empower people to become strong, independent, and healthy members of the community. Project Concern accomplishes this by connecting people to services, promoting self-sufficiency, providing information, providing advocacy, and encouraging involvement. Volunteers simply need a compassion for people, no special skills are required. Project Concern orients and trains all volunteers before placing them in volunteer situations.

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.

St. Mark Youth Enrichment
St. Mark Youth Enrichment strives on improving the academic and social development of at-risk youth so they can reach their highest potential.  We offer homework help, character development, literacy activities, enrichment opportunities and much more! St. Mark provides a safe atmosphere with caring adults to help students in grades K-5th become well-rounded.  To make an impact, and for more information, visit or call 563-582-6211 ext.105.

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.

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.


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