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Volunteer Opportunities

The Grinnell community is home to a variety of non-profits and service organizations, and volunteering your time and talents with one of them is great way to get involved in the community. Below is a list of current volunteer opportunities. The Chamber of Commerce can also help you find something that matches your interests and needs. Contact chamber@getintogrinnell.com or 641-236-6555 for suggestions.

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Position: Teacher's Aid
Company: Grinnell Area Arts Council
Description: Teacher's aid volunteers work with GAAC arts classes in two areas: 1) They help prepare materials and activities before class, and/or 2) They work directly with the students during class. Class topics and students ages vary widely, so there are diverse opportunities for a teacher's aid. Time commitment depends upon the class schedule and the teacher's needs.

How to Apply: How to Apply: Contact Kate Baumgartner / kate@grinnellarts.org / 641-236-3203 / stop into the Arts Center at 926 Broad Street

More Information: Kate Baumgartner
Ahrens Foundation Volunteer
Company: Ahrens Park Foundation
The Claude & Dolly Ahrens Foundation is looking for volunteers who are committed to helping support their community. The organization focuses on work in parks and recreation, health, and education.

How to Apply: Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation 1510 Penrose Street, P.O. Box 284, Grinnell, Iowa 50112 (641) 236-5518 phone • (641) 236-5590 fax info@ahrensfamilyfoundation.org

More Information: Melissa Hull
Big Brothers Big Sisters - Mentor
Company: Big Brothers Big Sisters Grinnell Program
Big Brothers Big Sisters is always looking for volunteers! Please let me know if you need anything else! Volunteer name: Mentor Volunteer job description: spend at least one hour each week during the school year developing a positive friendship with an individual child in the school setting. (All matches begin school based; some matches transition to community based.)

How to Apply: How to apply: Contact Francesca Cunningham BBBS Mentor Coordinator at dfcham@iowatelecom.net or 641-990-0567 for more information and to receive an application. All applicants must complete and application, be interviewed, provide references and agree to background checks. Expiration date of position: all volunteers commit to a minimum of 1 year

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Crisis Intervention Services
Company: Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce
Crisis Intervention Services welcomes people to volunteer time and skills to help provide services and community education. To volunteer you can be a shelter advocate, a child advocate, an office assistant, a member of a Committee or on the Board of Directors. If you know someone who has been abused, listen without judging. Let them know that you support and care about them. Let them know that they are not responsible for the abuse, and that the violence might continue and possibly escalate. Inform them of our services and encourage them to call or come to our office.

How to Apply: http://stopdvsa.org/pdf/Volunteer_Application.pdf

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Faulconer Gallery - Outreach Volunteer
Company: Grinnell College - Faulconer Gallery
The Faulconer Gallery is looking for college students and community members who are interested in outreach in the community. The Gallery holds frequent events in the community, such as Art in the Park, and would like your help with them.

How to Apply: Contact Tilly Woodward at woodward@grinnell.edu or by phone at 641/ 269.4663

More Information: Tilly Woodward   |   641/ 269.4663
Grinnell Area Arts Council Volunteers
Company: Grinnell Area Arts Council
Marketing/Administration Posting event flyers Database entry Mass mailings Phone calls Gallery Docents Installing shows Taking down shows Preparing walls for next show Preparing pedestals Opening reception servers Classes Teacher’s aid Project supply preparation Artist Residency Studio clean-up/set-up Performances/Theatre Ticket booth Set-up or Take-down Ushers/Greeters House/ Serving refreshments Cookie baking Costume/Make-up/Props Stage Managers/Assistant Directors Lighting design Sound board/lights during performance Set design/building And of course…Actors! Building/Maintenance General cleaning Mowing the lawn Shoveling snow Spring cleaning

How to Apply: Email kate@grinnellarts.org

More Information: Kate Baumgartner
Imagine Grinnell Volunteer
Company: Imagine Grinnell
Imagine Grinnell is interested in any volunteers furthering the expansion of the Grinnell Area Recreation Trail, ongoing work with the Community Garden and promotion of local foods, support for energy and conservation programs, and more.

How to Apply: Imagine Grinnell Ahrens Foundation Building PO Box 344 1510 Penrose Avenue Grinnell, Iowa 50112 Grinnell, Iowa 50112 Phone: 641-236-5518 Fax: 641-236-5590 Email: info@imaginegrinnell.org

More Information: Sarah Smith
Middle School Youth Frontiers Program Volunteers
Company: Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce
The Youth Frontiers program will be at Grinnell Middle School this week. Thurs, Nov. 14: 8:00-1:30 - 5th graders - Topic: Kindness Fri, Nov. 15 - 8:00-1:30 - 7th graders - Topic: Courage Adult volunteers are needed to assist small groups of students through the program, which is led by Youth Frontiers staff. Several volunteers are needed for each day, and volunteers must be available for the entire session, but do not need to be there both days. Youth Frontiers staff will train volunteers each morning

How to Apply: To sign up as a volunteer, email kristina.luschen@grinnell-k12.org or call the Middle School at 641-236-2750.

More Information: Grinnell Middle School   |   641-236-2750
PALS Volunteer
Company: Poweshiek Animal League Shelter (PALS)
PALS is in desperate need of more volunteers. If you are interested in helping at the shelter, please send us an email at palsiowa@pcpartner.net. The shelter has 3 shifts a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Shifts include 7 a.m., 5 and 9 p.m., and typically last about an hour. Duties include feeding, cleaning, walking, and playing. If you love animals, please consider volunteering.

How to Apply: PALS will no longer hold monthly orientations. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact PALS at 641-236-4288 or email palsiowa@pcpartner.net to schedule a one-on-one orientation.

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Position: Call-In Gallery Docent
Company: Grinnell Area Arts Council
Description: The Grinnell Arts Center Gallery docents volunteer on Saturday mornings from 9-12. Occasionally a weekly docent is unable to fulfill their usual hours, and a call-in substitute is needed. Docents greet gallery patrons, answer questions about the Arts Council, take phone calls, and do other miscellaneous office tasks when possible. This is an ongoing position with minimal time commitment.

How to Apply: How to Apply: Contact Kate Baumgartner / kate@grinnellarts.org / 641-236-3203 / stop into the Arts Center at 926 Broad Street

More Information: Kate Baumgartner


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