Service Opportunities

Almost every week there's an opportunity to volunteer 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. If you are from a local non-profit agency who has volunteer opportunities available, please fill out the following volunteer request form and we will post the information up on this website for faculty, staff, and students. Thank You!


On Sunday, September 17th, Mount Mercy University is teaming up with Coe College to help clean up the Mound View neighborhood.  Students, faculty and staff are invited to be active partners in the community as we pitch in to help pick up trash and debris.  By picking up litter, we make a huge impact on our community, including crime rate, property values, and keeping sewers clear.  Bags and gloves will be provided and plan to dress for the weather!  The event begins at 11:45 AM and goes to 3:00 PM.  We will meet in front of the Busse Center and go to Central Park as a group. 

To sign up, click on MOUND VIEW CLEANUP.

For more information, contact Jamarco Clark at

Track Your Volunteer Hours

Once you have finished a volunteer project, please fill out one of our volunteer tracking forms below so that we can keep track of all the service being done in the Cedar Rapids community by our faculty, staff, and students.

Highlighted Service Opportunities

The Foundation 2 Youth Shelter is looking for students and groups who would be interested in spending evenings with their youth mentoring, sharing hobbies, and playing games. The goal is to help kids see other ways, values, and vision about their future possibilities. For more information, please contact Leland Freie at

Gigis Playhouse is in need of literacy tutors and volunteers. They are looking for volunteers who are willing to spend a few hours a week with participants teaching them to read. Volunteers who are interested can register for orientation/training here. For more information, contact Dani Schrop-Hansen at

Upward Cheerleading is looking for 10-15 ladies who would like to encourage young girls to participate in cheerleading. The time commitment for the week is 3 hours which includes practice once a week for one hour and a game on Saturday for one hour. NO cheer experience is needed. Upward's season starts Jan 2nd and ends March 7th. Please contact Angela Morris at or by phone at (319) 540-9667.

The Heritage Agency on Aging and the Linn County EMA need help in updating their Special Needs Registry. They are looking for volunteers to make phone class to individuals on the special needs registry list and confirm EMA has the correct information. They are looking for volunteers to fill shifts (9-12 and 1-4) on February 6th and 7th. Volunteers will be trained and have a script. For more information, contact Sue Driscoll at

Community Outreach and Educational Opportunities

Amani Community Services (pdf)
Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa (pdf)
Care Initiatives Hospice (pdf)
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (pdf)
Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity (pdf)
Children of Promise (pdf)
DeMolay (pdf)
Families Helping Families (pdf)
Feed Iowa First (pdf)
Garfield Elementary (pdf)
Gigi's Playhouse Cedar Rapids (pdf)
Girls on the Run (pdf)
HACAP Food Reservoir (pdf)
HADSA (pdf)
Horizons (pdf)
House of Hope (pdf)
Iowa Department on Aging (pdf)
Iowa Legal Aid (pdf)
Kids on Course (pdf)
PUSH-CR (pdf)
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa (pdf)
St. Luke's Hospital (pdf)
Summit Pointe Senior Living (pdf)
Take Away Hunger (pdf)
Taylor Elementary School (pdf)
The Arc of East Central Iowa (pdf)
The Henry Davison Youth Center (pdf)
The League of Conservation Voters (pdf)
Theatre Cedar Rapids (pdf)
Waypoint Services (pdf)
Willis Dady Emergency Shelter (pdf)
Young Parents Network (pdf)

Additional Resources for Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in finding more volunteer opportunities that are availble, please visit the Volunteer Now database provided by the United Way of East Central Iowa. You can find opportunities based on your interests and can receive all the information required to sign-up and get involved. If you do not live in the area covered by the United Way of East Central Iowa, check out your hometown area United Way Agency for opportunities.