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. We have many opportunities, and you don’t have to choose just one. Only one application is needed for consideration of multiple positions.
We are offering on-site training at the beginning of your volunteer shift. No application is required. No previous experience necessary. Masks are required and we are practicing social distancing. Hand washing stations, gloves, and masks are available for volunteers. Visit bit.ly/pepperwoodpantry to sign up for a shift.
Volunteer in the Food Bank
CommUnity’s food bank distributed over 2 million pounds of food to Johnson County residents last year. When you volunteer in the food bank, you’ll work on a team of compassionate and dedicated individuals and might perform a wide range of tasks, including stocking shelves, assisting clients, or helping with data entry. Must be 16 or older.
Volunteer at a Mobile Pantry
CommUnity’s Mobile Pantry is a “pop-up” pantry that travels to locations throughout Johnson County. Volunteers can sign up for a variety of duties. Duties may include unloading on-site, checking clients in, stocking, helping clients shop, and loading the van. A calendar listing the dates and locations for Mobile Pantry can be found on the website. Mobile Pantry volunteers must be 16+ to sign up and can accommodate groups up to 4. Shifts are available Tuesday through Friday from April through October.
Volunteer as a Grocery Delivery Driver
The role of this volunteer is to deliver food boxes to clients living in Iowa City and Hills, IA. Those who volunteer will drive alone. Each day a new delivery route is created by staff and given to volunteers.
Volunteer with Basic Needs
Our Basic Needs program is in need of volunteers Monday through Friday from 9:00-12:00 to help answer the phones and greet clients who come in for Basic Needs services. Job tasks include notifying staff when clients arrive, answering calls, transferring calls and/or taking messages. Staff will train volunteers and be available when there are questions. If you are interested in volunteering with Basic Needs, please contact Sara, Director of Individual and Family Support, or Katherine, Basic Needs Coordinator.
Volunteer on Phone, Chat or Text Line
Volunteers are trained in a wide variety of counseling techniques and will provide direct support to clients in need over the phone. The training and experience are excellent preparation for those pursuing careers in health care, social work, or related fields.
Other volunteer opportunities
School required service
Our one-time Food Bank opportunities are often the best fit for those who cannot commit to at least 6 months of service. Duties include stocking shelves, packing food bags and assisting clients. Minors 13-15 years of age may volunteer, but must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Minors 16+ may volunteer independently.
Our one-time Food Bank opportunities are often the best fit for those who cannot commit to at least 6 months of service. Duties include stocking shelves, packing food bags, and assisting clients. Please call Krystal Kabela at 319-351-2726 ext. 111 for more information.
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.