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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer/Community Service Reporting Forms

Faculty, staff, and students should report their volunteer and community service online. This includes groups, organizations, teams, classes, or your own personal service hours. The forms to the right should be filled out by club secretaries.

The Volunteer and Community Service Reporting Forms allow us to keep track of the number of hours that faculty, staff, and students at Clarke University contribute to the local, national, and global community. This data is requested during our accreditation process and is helpful when applying for certain grants and recognitions. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the form and for encouraging others to do so.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are countless opportunities to volunteer in the Dubuque community. Below are some of the local non-profits where Clarke students have given their time, talent, and treasure. If you are interested in serving, Campus Ministry can help you find the best fit for your interests.

**Items with asterisks qualify as diversity studies co-curricular experiences, with appropriate paperwork filed before service is completed. Contact Campus Ministry to schedule a meeting.

American Red Cross

Contact: Mona Lindholm
Phone: (563)564-4565
Volunteers are needed to help provide service in the areas of Disaster Response & Emergency Communication, administrative office support, and Community Outreach.

Area Residential Care

Contact: Ellen Dettmer
Phone: (563)557-4743
Area Residential Care provides community-based services for persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dubuque

Contact: Molly Casey
Phone: (563)585-0599, ext. 11
The purpose of the club is health, educational, vocational, and character development of youth.

Circles Initiative

Contact: Andrea Helgager
Phone: (563)690-6101 or (563)589-4230
The 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.

Creative Adventure Lab

Phone: (563)607-5366
Creative Adventure Lab is always looking for fun art and creativity enthusiasts to help with various programs, projects, and events.

Dubuque Community YMCA

Contact: Jennie Weber
Phone: (563)556-3371
Reach & Rise is a national YMCA mentoring program with a rich history in helping at-risk youth. Volunteers are needed to serve as caring, guiding, and responsible mentors for children ages 6-17.

Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA Victim Services Shelter

Contact: Sandra Gonzales-Denham
Phone: (563)556-3371
The shelter assists victims of domestic violence. Volunteers work directly with victims as well as participate in fundraising, cleaning, painting, and gardening. They provide the necessary training.

Dubuque/Jackson Counties Habitat for Humanity

Phone: (563)556-2195
Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing.

Dubuque Regional Humane Society

Contact: Kelsey Schmidt
Phone: (563)583-3314
The Dubuque Regional Humane Society seeks volunteers to help care for the animals and assist in providing services to the community. Please register through the online system.

** Dubuque Rescue Mission

Phone: (583)583-1394
Dubuque Rescue Mission welcomes volunteers to help in the Mission Thrift Store, serve lunch and evening meals and help in the Mission Organic Garden.


Contact: Greg Orwoll
Phone: (563)451-4999
DuRide is seeking volunteers to drive seniors ages 65 and older to doctor appointments, grocery store trips, restaurants, etc. Most rides take under 20 minutes.

Four Oaks

Phone: (563)557-3100
Four Oaks is a non-profit child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health agency founded in 1973. Volunteers work with children (help with homework, play games, read books, etc.).

** Hills and Dales

Contact: Robin Gifford
Phone: (563)556-7878
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 participate in various one-on-one or group activities or assist with special events.

Hope House

Contact: Tom Johnson
Phone: (563)582-9079
Volunteers are needed to welcome guests, answer phones, perform maintenance tasks, and serve community meals.

Hospice of Dubuque

Phone: (563)582-1220
Hospice of Dubuque has many volunteers who work in both patient care and non-patient care roles.

Knights of Columbus

Phone: (563)588-2011
Knights of Columbus need volunteers for their Thursday bingo nights. Volunteers receive free soft drinks and food for their service.

Maria House/Teresa Shelter

Phone: (563)582-7480
Volunteers are needed to help with special events, fundraising, office tasks, cooking meals, daycare and general maintenance/housekeeping.

Mentor Dubuque

Contact: Kalyn Decker
Phone: (563)845-0768
Mentor Dubuque is looking for volunteers to be matched with youth in the community. Mentors are asked to spend four to five hours per month with their child.

Mines of Spain

Phone: (563)556-0620
Volunteers are needed for a variety of projects such as park greeters, seed collectors, interpreters for programs, trail maintenance, Adopt-a-Park Program, facility maintenance, and feeding the animals.

Mississippi River Project

Phone: (563)582-0881, ext. 6252
Volunteer opportunities are geared toward natural resources/conservation, tourism, biology and parks, and recreation management.

Multicultural Family Center

Phone: (563)582-3681
The Multicultural Family Center serves as an inviting and safe place for community members and builds unity out of diversity. Volunteers are needed to tutor and mentor students and to assist with cultural events and celebrations.

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Phone: (563)557-9545
The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium/Dubuque County Historical Society seeks friendly volunteers for greeters, special events, archives, touch tank, and office help. They provide the necessary training.

Oak Park Place Retirement Community
Phone: (563)585-4900, ext. 409
Volunteers are needed in the memory care unit, a specialized area for residents with dementia. Volunteers do simple activities with residents such as walking in the halls, playing games, or just visiting.

Prescott School

Phone: (563)552-4206
Prescott, an Expeditionary Learning Charter School for the Arts, is seeking mentors to visit students on a one-on-one basis for 30 minutes per week. The time may be spent playing games, reading, studying, or chatting.

** Presentation Lantern Center

Phone: (563)557-7134
The Presentation Lantern Center is a drop-in center that offers hospitality, educational opportunities, and advocacy to adult immigrants, especially women but also men, who are striving to better their lives. They seek volunteer tutors who work one-on-one with immigrant adults who speak English as a second language and need help improving their English; for some immigrants, this means also assisting them with preparation for the civics portion of the U.S. Citizenship test. Tutors pass on cultural skills as well. On occasion, the center can work with a Clarke student to develop service opportunities outside of the scope of tutoring, in areas such as advocacy, office support of non-profit management.”

Riverview Center, Inc.

Contact: Jessica Rupp
Phone: (563)380-3332
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.

St. Mark Youth Enrichment

Phone: (563)582-6211, ext. 105
St. Mark Youth Enrichment strives on improving the academic and social development of at-risk youth. Volunteers offer homework help, character development, literacy activities, and enrichment opportunities.

St. Stephen’s Food Bank

Phone: (563)557-7474
St. Stephen’s Food Bank needs volunteers to help within the food bank and to host and organize food drives.

Stonehill Care Center/Assisi Village

Phone: (563)583-8234
Stonehill is a faith-based, not-for-profit retirement community in Dubuque. Volunteers are needed to play games, make crafts, sing and/or play music and visit with residents.

UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital

Contact: Jolene Koopmann
Phone: (563)589-2643
Volunteers have the opportunity to work in various areas of the hospital doing tasks such as patient escorting, visiting with patients, assisting with clerical work, and much more to gain real-life experience in the healthcare field! Visit our website to apply to be a volunteer.