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Share your time and talents in service to others

When you volunteer at Shelter House, you

  • solve problems
  • strengthen communities
  • connect to others, and
  • improve lives

Interested in volunteering? Complete the inquiry form below and we’ll be in touch with you soon!

Front Desk 3-hour shifts are available every day of the week between 9am – 9pm, starting at the following times: 9am, 1pm, and 6pm. Duties include answering phones and directing calls, explaining programs and services to new clients and community members over the phone or in person, doing laundry, and sorting in-kind donations. This position works closely with our Shelter Coordinators.

Job Lab Coach 2-hour shifts are available 8am – 10am, Monday – Thursday to help individuals search for employment opportunities online, apply for jobs, create resumes, and practice interview skills. Job Lab volunteers must be comfortable working one-on-one and proficient in technology. Resume writing skills are helpful but not required. This position works closely with our Employment Case Manager and VISTA Employment Coach.

Kitchen Shifts are available 9am – 11am on Mondays and 11am – 1pm on Fridays to receive food donations from local nonprofits, restaurants, and grocery stores. Duties include unloading truck and organizing and putting items away. Volunteers must be reliable and able to lift heavy boxes. This position works closely with our Kitchen staff.

Clerical Flexible shifts are available between 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. Duties include data entry, sorting paperwork, and organizing files in a quiet space.

Temporary Volunteers We rely on temporary volunteers for seasonal initiatives (Winter Emergency Shelter) and one-time fundraising and outreach events. Duties vary by opportunity and require less time commitment than other volunteer positions.

Special Events We rely on volunteers to serve on event committees to plan, organize, and promote special event fundraisers including our annual Book Sale (Feb/Mar), Bike Ride (June), and BBQ Bash (Sep/Oct). We also need day of event volunteers to help with set-up, tear-down, and tasks during the event.

Group Projects Service organizations, student groups, Greek societies, and faith communities are welcome to organize one-time projects, activity nights, or donation drives.

Translators We are in need of on-call translators that are available to translate via phone and to occasionally assist with appointments in-person. Our primary need is for French, Spanish, Swahili, and Arabic translators.

Specialized Volunteers: We are in need of specialized volunteers that give their talent in service to our clients such as offering free haircuts, massage therapy, counseling, healthcare, and personal self-care workshops.

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Interested in volunteering?
Complete the online Volunteer Application Form here and we’ll be in touch with you soon!

For additional information, contact:
Irvin Rodriguez
Volunteer Coordinator
(319) 338-5416 ext. 241
volunteer@shelterhouseiowa.org

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