Volunteer Opportunities:

Front Desk Volunteers: Shifts are available 9am-12pm, 1-4pm, and 6-9pm each day of the week. Primary duties include answering phones, explaining Shelter House services to new clients and community members, helping with laundry, sorting through donations, etc. This position involves working with a full time staff member, so the position is heavily supported.

Job Lab Coach: On Monday through Friday from 8-10am our clients can access laptop computers to apply for jobs online, get help with resumes, meet employers, search for housing, and more. Our volunteers in the Job Lab must be patient and have sufficient computer skills to help clients fill out applications and search for jobs, however no resume creation skills are required. Like the front desk, this positions is heavily supported by experienced personnel.

Clerical: Shifts are mostly flexible between 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Duties will mostly include sorting paperwork in a quiet room at the volunteer’s own pace and data entry. There is minimal interaction with other people.

Kitchen: The kitchen needs help receiving food donations on Mondays from 9-11am and on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am-1pm. Duties will include helping unload the truck and putting items away. Volunteers must be reliable and able to move boxes.

Translators: We are searching for a few on-call translators that can translate over the phone for us when there is language barrier with a client seeking services or to occasionally help with in-take appointments at Shelter House in the evenings. We are look for French, Spanish, Swahili, and Arabic translators.

Nurse Practitioner: We are looking for a licensed Nurse Practitioner to oversee the functions of the clinic once a week in the evening. Duties may include seeing underserved patients, prescribing medicine, and overseeing volunteers with RN certifications.

Specialized Volunteers: We have a few opportunities for people who are interested in a more “specialized” role. These roles are for people who approach us and have a specific skill or specialization they are looking to share with our clients. Currently we are most in need of dentists and other health professionals. Other services that have been offered by volunteers are haircuts, massage therapy, personal branding workshops, healthcare, childcare, mindfulness courses, counseling, etc.

Temporary Volunteers: We rely on volunteers to help us with many seasonal or one-time initiatives such as our book sale fundraiser in March, the Winter Emergency Shelter during winter months, and more. Duties vary by opportunity and they require less commitment than our regular positions.

Group Projects: Service groups, church congregations, Greek groups, and other organizations are welcome to host one-time projects that may include but are not limited to cleaning, organizing donations, yard work, gardening, or hosting an activity night.


If you have questions or would like to apply, contact:

Irvin Rodriguez
Volunteer Coordinator
Shelter House
P.O. Box 3146
Iowa City, IA 52244
338-5416 ext 241