11 places to volunteer in Dubuque

11 places to volunteer in Dubuque

By Harriet Siegrist

As the holiday season begins, many people find time to give back to their community. With so much to be grateful for in our lives as students at Loras College, it is great for us to be able to open our hearts and minds up to helping others who aren’t always as fortunate. Dubuque is filled with organizations that offer volunteer opportunities. With plenty of unique places, there is surely one that can be a perfect match for you. Although it doesn’t begin to cover how many organizations there are, here are 11 great options for volunteering.

  • Dubuque Rescue Mission

The intentions of the Dubuque Rescue Mission is to offer those in need hospitality, spiritual hope, food, shelter, clothing, and job development.

For more information visit http://dbqrescue.org/?page_id=2162

  • St. Mark Youth Enrichment

St. Mark’s mission is to provide healthy and enriching before and after school and summer programs for the youth in the community.

To get more information on volunteering, visit https://stmarkyouthenrichment.org/volunteer-programs/

  • Dubuque Regional Humane Society

The Humane Society is an animal shelter and resource center that promotes protecting and supporting the well-being of animal companions by building life long bonds between pets and people.

To get involved call (563) 582-6766 or fill out a form at https://www.dbqhumane.org/volunteer/

  • Presentation Lantern Center

Presentation Lantern Center is a drop-in center that offers educational opportunities, hospitality and advocacy to immigrants and others in the community who want to improve their lives.

You may register to volunteer at https://thelanterncenter.org/volunteer/

  • Habitat for Humanity Dubuque and Jackson Counties

Habitat for Humanity works to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

To apply to volunteer visit https://habitatdjc.org/volunteer/

  • Riverview Center

Riverview Center is a nonprofit agency that works to provide client-centered care for those who have been affected by sexual assault in Iowa, along with sexual and domestic violence in Illinois. Volunteers assist in daily operations and provide staff support so that they can meet the needs of survivors. You will receive training through the Coalition Against Sexual Assault in Iowa or Illinois in order to have the education that’s needed to join the team.

To fill out an application visit https://riverviewcenter.org/volunteer/

  • Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities mission is to help anyone in need, regardless of their background. They hope to reduce poverty, strengthen families and empower communities.

Contact Stacy Sherman at 563-588-0558 or at s.sherman@dbqarch.org to inquire about opportunities.

  • St. Stephens Food Bank

St. Stephens is a food bank and distribution center that serves food pantries and agencies within the Dubuque and Jackson county areas. Their purpose is to obtain nutritious foods from many sources and make them available to those who are hungry in their communities. For more information contact Kathy Hutton at kathy@ststephensfoodbank.org or call 1-563-557-7474.

  • The Salvation Army Corps Community Center

The mission of The Salvation Army is to preach the gospel of Jesus and meet the human needs of others through his name with no discrimination. Volunteers can do an array of things including tutoring, teaching, mentoring, ringing the bells during the holidays, as well as many other things.

For more details, you may call (563) 556-1573.

  • Sunnycrest Manor

Sunnycrest Manor is a long term care facility that serves residents with financial need who need the assistance of either a Nursing Facility, Skilled, or Immediate Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled. Volunteers help enrich the lives of the residents and assist with group activities, but the organization is well flexible when it comes to accommodations.

To inquire about opportunities contact Beth Houselog at beth.houselog@dubuquecounty.us or call (563) 690-3547.

  • St. Vincent de Paul Society

St. Vincent de Paul Society is a religious affiliated, non-profit organization that serves as a secondhand store in town. Their goal is to help impoverished citizens by offering them many types of support through their charitable programs.

You may contact the organization at svdpvista@gmail.com or by phone at (563) 213-9517 for more information.

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