Volunteers are the heart of CommUnity
Our clients depend on a diverse group of hundreds of volunteers who keep our programs running smoothly. Each year, volunteers donate more than 30,000 hours of their time to CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank.
Volunteer in the Food Bank
Applications for the next orientation are due March 6. Volunteers perform a wide range of tasks, including stocking shelves, assisting clients, and help with administrative tasks. Must be 16 or older, complete one 4-hour training session, and commit to a weekly 3-hour shift for at least 6 months.
Volunteer at a Mobile Pantry
Open to one-time and ongoing volunteers. Can accommodate groups of up to six people. Duties include loading the truck at the food bank warehouse, unloading on-site, helping clients shop, and returning items to the warehouse.
Volunteer on the Crisis Line (local only)
Minimum age: 18. Volunteers learn a wide variety of counseling techniques and offer direct support to clients in need. The training and experience are excellent preparation for those pursuing careers in health care, social work, or related fields.
Volunteer to Chat Remotely (online training)
Complete 30 hours of online training and an 2-day in-person training. Minimum age: 18. Volunteers learn a wide variety of counseling techniques and offer direct support to clients in need via IowaCrisisChat.org.
Other volunteer opportunities
School required/Court-mandated service
Our one-time mobile pantry opportunities are often the best fit for those who cannot commit to at least 6 months of service. Duties include loading the truck at the food bank warehouse, unloading on-site, helping clients shop, and returning items to the warehouse.
Volunteer in administration
Tasks include reception, answering the business line, filing, recording data, and other duties as needed.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC, 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.