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 email@example.com or 641-236-6555 for suggestions.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.com or by phone at 641/ 269.4663
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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
MICA Volunteer Opportunities
Company: Mid-Iowa Community Action
Help Reduce Local Poverty: Volunteer at Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA)
Poweshiek County Food Pantry – volunteers organize food donations and put together food boxes for families, and can help unload large food deliveries from the Northeast Iowa Food Bank on a monthly basis.
Family Development Programs – volunteers assist program staff with the direct services provided to families. Volunteers can greet guests, answer phones, translate for Spanish-speaking families, and help with general office tasks.
Head Start – volunteers are essential during lunchtime at Grinnell’s half-day classroom, located at 1st Baptist Church, building relationships with the children by eating lunch with them and helping to clean up afterwards.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program – volunteers help prepare basic tax returns and provide assistance to tax payers in claiming the earned income tax credit.
How to Apply: Contact: Seth Howard, 641-236-3923 firstname.lastname@example.org 611 4th Ave. Grinnell
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a one-on-one orientation.
Poweshiek History Preservation Project seeks volunteers
Company: Drake Community Library
Drake Community Library is heading up a project to collect stories and images through the Poweshiek History Preservation Project, a collaborative effort with the Grinnell College Libraries. The goal is to gather materials related to life in the area and add them to a digital collection that will be made available via the internet later this year.
Whether you have stories from the 1930s or the 1990s, your memories are a part of Poweshiek County History. The project welcomes all submissions, but is especially seeking letters, journals, ledgers, and photographs about everyday life in this area. You might have pictures or stories from earlier generations or from your own life that provide a glimpse into the past. All are of interest and worthy of inclusion in this project.
Starting this summer, there will be sessions at locations across the county (public libraries, coffee shops, senior centers, etc.) where individuals can bring materials to be scanned for the project. Those who bring materials will go home with their original items as well as a copy of the digital file. The scanned materials will then become a part of a digital archive which will be accessible through the Drake Community Library website. Plans also include options for recording oral histories and submitting materials already in digital format.
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS Volunteers from all communities in Poweshiek County are now being sought to help with this project. If you have an interest in local history you are encouraged to get involved. The library will host three informational meetings in the weeks to come for those interested in learning more. Meeting times are Wednesday, May 22nd at 10am, Monday, June 3rd at 11:15am, and Thursday, June 13th at 5:15pm. Attendance at a meeting is not required, but will provide a time to learn more about the project and ask questions. Please contact the Drake Community Library at 236-2661 for more information. We are especially seeking to connect with individuals from Montezuma, Brooklyn and other communities in the county. You can learn more and fill out a volunteer form on the project website at www.grinnell.lib.ia.us/poweshiekhistory. The website also includes a form for anyone who has materials that might be included in the project and would like more information.
This project is made possible through a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Iowa Library Services is partnering with the state libraries of Illinois, Colorado, Ohio and Utah to implement ILEAD USA. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, IMLS helps communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning.
How to Apply: You can learn more and fill out a volunteer form on the project website at www.grinnell.lib.ia.us/poweshiekhistory.
Tour Guide at Louis Sullivan Bank/Visitor Center
Company: Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce
Docents staff the historic building downtown on the weekends. They give tours of the building to visitors, and welcome tourists to Grinnell. Saturday and Sunday 3-hour shifts are available.
How to Apply: Email email@example.com if interested. This is not a regular commitment, but you can sign up for a shift as your schedule allows.