Service Opportunities

Almost every week there's a different volunteer opportunity on or off campus.

From working with Kids Against Hunger to packaging boxes of food to creating blankets for babies at local hospitals or performing service at the House of Hope, there's no shortage of ways to get involved and make a positive impact on the community. In fact, each student club or organization performs two service projects each year. Campus Ministry also offers a wide variety of service opportunities throughout the year. Once you have finished a volunteer project, please help out the Office of Volunteerism and Service Learning by filling out our volunteer tracking form at https://mtmercy.wufoo.com/forms/service-or-volunteer-activity-20132014/so that we can keep track of all the service being done in the Cedar Rapids community by our faculty, staff, and students. If you are from a local non-profit agency who has volunteer opportunities available, please fill out the following volunteer request form https://mtmercy.wufoo.com/forms/nonprofit-volunteer-request/ and we will post the information up on this website for faculty, staff, and students. Thank You!

Elderly Assistance  

  1. Aging Service is in need of volunteers to drive seniors to appointments. These seniors can continue to live independently in their homes with the help of volunteers to drive them to necessary appointments. Flexible schedules and mileage reimbursements are available. If you want more information, please go to the following link. For more information go here. 

Community Outreach and Educational Opportunities

  1. Fun Event and Volunteer Opportunity! Contact Sonya Masse at sonya.masse@waypointservices.org or call (319) 365-1458 ext. 6118 to get more infromation about participating or volunteering at the Waypoint Services Color Dash on April 26th, 2014! Join us for the world's brightest non-competitive 5k run/walk. At the beginning of the course you begin fresh and clean like the first snow and at each kilometer you get showered with a colorful powder until you look like a bag of skittles exploded into colorful mayhem! This event is for all ages, you can walk or run (family friendly)! Color Dash gives 50% of your registration fee (more than most other charity runs) to Waypoint Services Programs: Madge Phillips Center Shelter for homeless women and children, Daytime Resource Program, Domestic Violence Victim Services, and our Child Care Services! Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1445006589046253/?notif_t=plan_edited to see the Facebook Event or visit http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0014Z88AJt-lQds9871zUFw-Y9fOWuWqn3HWM3MSB-D5... to register to participate. Volunteers at this event will be need to throw color, work at the registration table, distribute water, serve as crowd control, etc.
  2. Be a part of a Guinness World Record official attempt and celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:00 am to noon by signing up to do highway clean-up along the Avenue of Saints in collaboration with Keep Iowa Beautiful, the City of Cedar Rapids, and the Iowa Department of Transportation. Visit http://www.cedar-rapids.org/resident-resources/utilities/solidwaste/Clea... to learn more information and to get signed up to volunteer. Reflective vests, bags, and gloves will be provided to volunteers. There are still many openings availble.
  3. The Willis Dady Emergency Shelter- Homeless Shelter is in desperate need of Overnight Volunteers! This involves staying overnight at the shelter and is the largest volunteer need. The shift starts at 10 p.m. and ends at 6 a.m. During these hours the volunteer can watch tv, work, sleep, etc. Overnight volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, though a child may volunteer with a parent. Contact the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter at 1-319-362-7555 to get more information and to volunteer.
  4. Families Helping Families is looking for a volunteer to manage bookkeeping processes for their organization.  The commitment is 6-8 hours per month. Bookkeeping experience is required. To learn more and sign up click here.
  5. PUSH-CR needs volunteers on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for donation drop-off. Volunteering can be done in two hour shifts and lunch is provided for volunteers. 
  6. PUSH-CR is also in need of crews of two to three people, once or twice per month, to pick up items from peoples' homes and/or hotels and them to our PUSH storage location on 2nd Avenue SE, close to downtown. This would be a four hour shift, once or twice per month and a Four Oaks, AHNI, or Jane Boyd employee would drive the box truck. 
  7. The Office of Service Learning and Volunteerism is looking for students to volunteer at a Volunteer Appreciation Tea on April 22, 2014 with set-up, clean-up, and serving during the tea. For more information, contact Brooke Oehme at boehme@mtmercy.edu or Chelsea White at cwhite@mtmercy.edu.
  8. For those interested in volunteer with Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity, please visit http://cvhabitat.volunteerhub.com to get signed up to volunteer and learn about volunteer opportunities. If groups are looking for larger group opportunities, please email Nate Kakazu at volunteer@cvhabitat.org.
  9. HACAP Food Reservoir is looking for volunteers who would be willing to come in and help with the sorting and packaging of food. Volunteers are  welcome to contact the HACAP Food Reservoir to set up a time to come volunteer based on their schedule. Please contact the HACAP Food  Reservoir through Claudia Geary, the AmeriCorps VISTA in the HACAP Food Reservoir at CGeary@hacap.org.
  10. The Arc of East Central Iowa is always looking for volunteers for their upcoming events. Contact Allison Roehrich at ARoehrich@arceci.org  if you want to find out more information. The Arc has a lot of short term and long term volunteer opportunities.
  • Mentorship Connection has a minimum of 1 year commitment and requires at least four hours of one on one time per month with additional contacts by phone, email, etc. on a weekly basis. No limit on amount of volunteers needed for this opportunity. The mission of The Arc's Mentorship Connection program is to provide opportunities for community members to be matched in one-to-one friendships with individuals who have an intellectual and/or developmental disability. This gives people with disabilities the opportunity to form relationships and spend time out in the community that they would likely not get in any other way. It is an invaluable experience for both the mentor (community member) and the mentee (person with I/DD).