Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids and East Central Iowa
Being a Big Brother or a Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do, not to mention one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.
Volunteer opportunities/time: Play sports together. Go on a hike. Read books. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy it even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.
Contact person: (319) 377-8993; www.beabigcr.org
Bridgehaven Pregnancy SupportCenter
701 Center Point Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids
Bridgehaven is a Christian non-profit ministry providing emotional, material, and spiritual support to families before, during, and after pregnancy. All services are free and confidential and include pregnancy testing, ultrasound and advocacy, life skills classes, relational and sexual health education, and post-abortion recovery support. Onsite at Bridgehaven is Treasures, which sells donated items at reasonable prices.
Volunteer opportunities/time: Administrative assistants, instructors, client/children's ministry support, client advocacy, special events and special projects. Mon/Thurs, 10 am-7 pm; Tues/Wed/Fri, 10 am-5 pm. Also cashiers and sorters for Treasures: Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri, 10 am-5 pm; Thurs, 10 am-7 pm
Contact person: Leanne Rezac (319) 364-8967
1006 2nd St. SW
Serving individuals and families with food and clothing bank
Volunteer opportunities/time: Work directly with people that have food/clothing needs and fill their list. Weekdays between 10 am and 4 pm. Wednesdays (receive and stock food)
Volunteers needed: 2 at a time
Contact person: Anthony Segars (319) 365-0707 or email@example.com
Families Helping Families
Programs and services to help and assist foster care children and youth and the families that care for them, with school supplies, shoe vouchers, haircuts, clothing, infant supplies, tutoring, and extracurricular activities.
Volunteer opportunities/time: Clothing Closet staff, grant writing, special events, fundraising, clerical support, grounds, and facilities
Training: Volunteer application
Contact person: (319) 294-9706 or familieshelpingfamiliesofiowa.com.
Family Promise of Linn County
Helps homeless families achieve stable housing and income through compassionate care, hospitality and professional support.
Volunteer opportunities/time: Volunteers provide a variety of services: cooking and serving meals, playing with children or helping them with homework, and staying overnight. Beyond providing lodging and meals, volunteers interact with the guests, treating them with respect and responding with compassion. Lodging is provided by local congregations throughout Cedar Rapids and the metro area.
Contact person: Becky Knudson, (319) 640-0339 or www.familypromiseoflinncounty.org. (If you or your small group are interested, please contact Joan DeHeus at (319) 551-3606 or firstname.lastname@example.org so we can set up the training session.)
FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth)
Feeding Lunches to Youth serves sack lunches Monday through Friday during the summer months to children in Marion who may otherwise not have a meal.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers prepare lunches at First United Methodist Church, Marion. St. Mark’s volunteers are responsible for making and packing sack lunches every Thursday. Volunteers may also drive to the sites and distribute lunches to the children. FLY aims to spread the love of Jesus Christ and the joy of giving to children. For more information visit www.flymarion.org or www.marionmethodist.org/serve/missions.
Volunteers needed: During summer months. Lunch preparation: 10:30-11:30 am (12 people needed daily). Lunch delivery: 11:45-12:45 (14 people needed daily).
Training: Will be given at First United Methodist
Contact person: Denise Harriman is a St. Mark’s partner and FLY board member — email@example.com
A 24-hour resource for youth, adults, and families, including a youth shelter.
Volunteer opportunities/time: Year-round opportunities to volunteer/donate needed items, especially Giving Tree, Easter baskets, and birthday parties.
Training: Age requirement to work with youth, application process, and background checks needed for regular basis volunteers.
Contact person: Stephanie Hamer (319) 366-8797 or Shamer@foundation2.org
House of Hope
1744 2nd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids
House of Hope serves motivated women from diverse backgrounds who know they are not living to their full potential. Each of them has the desire to grow and change the way they are living and/or heal from the past.
Volunteer opportunities: Office hours are 9:30 am to 4 pm. Opportunities may include home and grounds maintenance (painting, yard work, etc.), preparing bulk mailings, setting up for fundraising events, and more. Individual volunteers may download a volunteer application at www.houseofhopecr.org. Small groups of volunteers are also welcome!
Training: Instructions will be given as necessary
Contact person: Natalie Polzin, (319) 366-4673 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Linn Community Food Bank
310 5th St. SE, Cedar Rapids
The Linn Community Food Bank (LCFB) formed in 1972 as a cooperative venture of more than 20 local churches. The storage and distribution site is located at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Cedar Rapids. The LCFB is an all-volunteer organization and supported entirely by donations. Our mission is to provide food to those in need. We provide a three-day emergency supply of food to individuals and families in need, up to 12 times a year. Last year we served over 13,000 men, women, and children. We are incorporated with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, tax-deductible status.
We have a few volunteers from St. Mark's and are currently looking for more volunteers to help distribute food from 12:30 to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Food distribution involves assisting clients with selecting food and packing food in bags. We are looking for a minimum commitment of two days per month.
If you would like additional information or would like to volunteer, please contact Christy Rezin at 393-5151 or email email@example.com, or contact Sue Pearson at 393-8038 (home), 573-4541 (cell), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Serving youth and families with afterschool enrichment, summer programs, and basic needs.
Volunteer opportunities/time: Afterschool youth programs (weekdays 4:30-6 pm); summer youth programs (weekdays 11-1:30); programs to give school supplies (August), winter needs (October) and Christmas gifts (December). Prepare/serve meals (Sept.-May – 5:30-6 pm). Office work (weekdays 9 am–3 pm)
Volunteers needed: Many (background check)
Training: Every other month while serving during school year.
Contact person: Joe Polzin (319) 377-5344 or email@example.com
Mission of Hope
Provides a 24/7 Christ-centered ministry offering physical, emotional, and spiritual help to former offenders and others in need.
Volunteer opportunities: Work in food pantry, help hand out clothing, lead a noon Bible study, help provide or serve noon meal for around 150 people, or drive a van for weekend worship service.
Contact person: Julie (319) 362-5559 or www.missionofhopecr.org
Serving youth and families with afterschool enrichment, summer programs, and basic needs.
Volunteer opportunities/time: Clothing closet (8:30-11:30 am), afterschool youth programs (3-6 pm), summer youth programs (weekdays), block party (September), Thanksgiving/Christmas giving (November and December).
Contact person: Pat Glasier (319) 364-7946, ext. 6, or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Salvation Army
1000 C Ave. NW, Cedar Rapids
The Salvation Army is an evangelical Christian organization that provides opportunities for worship, Bible study, and Christian fellowship as part of its spiritual ministry. They offer many youth who might literally be left "out on the street" a variety of recreational, educational and character-building choices. Well known for the social services, care, and support they provide for the hungry and homeless, they also coordinate community Christmas giving.
Volunteer opportunities: An online registration service has volunteer opportunities ranging from serving dinners to ringing the bells for the Red Kettle Campaign. Register at www.tsacedarrapids.org.
Training: Most opportunities do not require training.
Contact person: Volunteer hotline is (319) 364-9131. Lia Pontarelli, Director of Development and Communication, ext. 101, or Linda Blazek, ext. 104; www.tsacedarrapids.org.
Willis Dady Emergency Shelter
Provide immediate shelter to homeless single men and their families.
Volunteer Opportunities/Time: Cook (weekdays at 4 pm); stay overnight (10 pm-6 am); assist staff on weekends (8:30 am-4:30 pm); clean/landscape/office support (weekdays 8:30 am—4:30 pm)
Contact Person: Paul Hoin (319) 362-7540 or email@example.com.