How to stay involved in the community

DUBUQUE – In need of volunteer hours? Want to make a difference? Or just want to spend time off campus? Then volunteering is perfect for you! Not to mention, volunteering is a great way to make your mark in the community, positively impact the lives of local Dubuquers, and create connections that may last a lifetime! There are so many organizations in the Dubuque area that welcome volunteers. Here are just a few:

Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA Victims Services Shelter

The shelter provides services for and assists victims of domestic violence. Volunteers work directly with survivors and also help out with fundraising, cleaning, painting, gardening, and more. Along with the shelter, you can also volunteer to coach youth sports teams, serve as youth mentors, fundraise, maintain the centers, and much more! You can learn more about these opportunities at! 

Dubuque Regional Humane Society

Dubuque’s Humane Society is always looking for volunteers to help care for the animals and assist in community services and events. It’s a great way to help out in the community, and an easy way to play with a bunch of cute animals! If interested, fill out a volunteer application at!

Dubuque Rescue Mission

The Dubuque Rescue Mission offers food, shelter, clothing, spiritual hope, and more for those in need. As a volunteer, you would provide assistance in the Mission Thrift Store, Mission Organic Garden, and serve meals throughout the day. Through this organization, you have the ability to provide basic needs to those who may be not be as fortunate. Volunteer at!

Hills and Dales

Hills and Dales is an organization that provides services to people with mental and physical disabilities. Volunteers have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with individuals as well as participate in group activities! You would also help with special events throughout the year. This is a great way to meet new people that you may not usually have the opportunity to be around! Complete a volunteer application at!

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

The museum is always welcoming volunteers who are interested in animals, conservation, history, or education. Volunteers may spend their time helping with special events, archives, touch tank, office help, or as greeters. Not only is this a great way to learn from the various exhibits and participate in unique events, but as a volunteer, you also receive free admission! Go to to fill out an application!

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