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!
Attention Students-Mount Mercy University will be hosting its Volunteer Meet and Greet Fair on Monday, March 10, 2014 through Friday, March 14, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the University Center in front of the Hilltop and McAuley Dining Hall. Students who complete an incentive form will be entered into a drawing for prizes! Agencies coming to campus include HACAP Food Reservoir, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Catherine McAuley Center, Blue Zones Project, Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity, Arc of East Central Iowa, Camp Fire Camp Hitaga, and the Cedar Rapids Public Library. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities to do this spring semester, this is a good opportunity to get connected and find ways to volunteer. To complete the incentive form, pick one up and visit five agencies and write down one volunteer opportunity per agency and hand in to the Office of Service Learning and Volunteerism.
On-Campus Service Opportunities
- The Erskine Visit Day on Friday, March 14, 2014 need students to lead tours and to and from workshops. Tour leaders would be needed during 11:00 to 11:30 am and leaders to and from workshops would be needed at 11:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 12:25 pm. Other volunteers may be needed from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
- 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
- The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Society (SaPaDaPaSo) is looking for individuals to help be parade marshals on Monday, March 17th 2014 for our annual St. Patrick’s Day parade celebration. Volunteers are needed from approximately NOON CST – 2:30 PM CST. The parade starts at 1PM CST. Individuals will check in, wear long white SaPaDaPaSo marshal jackets and will stand along the parade route, asking spectator’s to stay at the curb. Contact Tammy Maneely at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- St. Wenceslaus Church is hosting this month's Catholic Evangelization Outreach (CEO) and is in need of 5-6 volunteers that would be willing to help with childcare during the event. Please contact Dave Martin at email@example.com to get more information.
- 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.
- The Cedar Rapids Blue Zones Project is hosting a Walking Moai event in downtown Cedar Rapids on March 11 from noon to 1. Volunteers will assist staff with set-up, greeting, collecting pledges and clean-up. To learn more and to sign up click here.
- PUSH-CR needs volunteers on Saturday, March 15, 2014 and 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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Chelsea White at email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- 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).