The Crisis Center offers both food bank services (i.e. free food and other necessities with no questions asked) as well as a crisis intervention hotline for those in emotional distress.
I completed my first volunteer shift with the food bank in fall 2017. Shortly after starting, I realized this place was unlike any organization I’ve been a part of in the past—a full-blown nonprofit run almost completely by volunteers!
The volunteers here are the heart of The Crisis Center and their efforts do not go unnoticed. With every donation I sort and every bag of groceries I hand to a client, I am helping improve people’s lives. Even while frantically stocking shelves without a second to stop and chat, I know I play an important role in putting groceries on the table of a local family in need.
In addition, the staff is compassionate, supportive, and truly motivating. They communicate with teams of volunteers to ensure that everyone has a task and everything runs smoothly from the time a client checks in until they check out. After volunteering week after week, you form bonds with clients, staff, and fellow volunteers and truly begin to look forward to your shift.
As a college student with much to be thankful for, it can be easy to take things for granted. Volunteering at the food bank introduced me to many people whose lives have benefited greatly from The Crisis Center. This is an a
mazing learning experience, one that just might change the way you look at life in our community.
Right now, The Crisis Center always needs more helping hands. Submit an application to volunteer in the food bank or crisis intervention program by Friday, Feb. 16. I hope you’ll join the team today!
—Adam Mankins, University of Iowa