Holiday Volunteer Opportunities and Giving Choices 2013

Every year, community organizations have needs for volunteers and other donations during the holiday season. To connect these organizations with the community, United Way of East Central Iowa publishes holiday volunteer opportunities along with giving opportunities.

In the 2013 guide, individuals, families and coworkers will find opportunities that involve adopting a family, driving elderly or preparing food boxes for those in need. Remember, most agencies need assistance prior to the holiday, not the day of.

Also, United Way’s 2013 fundraising campaign runs through the holidays and your donation helps our most vulnerable neighbors. Click here to make a donation now. To search our volunteer database containing even more volunteer opportunities go here.

For a printable PDF document of this page click here.

Click on your interest:

Donating items to families in need  

Providing elder transport  

Putting together food baskets or serving meals

Donating clothing  

Donating gift cards  

Donating toys

Helping with holiday activities

Other donation and volunteer opportunities

Adopt a Family

Donate food, clothing and toys for a family in need during the holiday

Agency Contact Phone Email
Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids Ainsley Hogan 319-350-5766 ahogan@bgccr.org
The Catherine McAuley Center Greg White 319-731-0442 greg@cmc-cr.org
Families Helping Families of Iowa Julie Facion 319-294-9706 julief@familieshelpingfamiliesofiowa.com
Four Oaks Meghan Schneekloth 319-784-2012 mschneekloth@fouroaks.org
HACAP David Hagen 319-393-7811 dhagen@hacap.org
Horizons, A Family
Service Alliance
Lori Hagg 319-398-3943 ext. 2024 lhagg@horizonsfamily.org
Marion Cares Joe Polzin 319-377-5344 joe@marioncares.org
Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood Association & Resource Center Dawn Stephens 319-364-3721 oakhillna@gmail.com
Olivet Neighborhood Mission Jan Thomas 319-364-7946 ext. 5 onm.jan@gmail.com
Southeast Linn Community Center Jeff Kapparos 319-455-2844 selccia@netzero.com
Willis Dady Emergency Shelter Denine Rushing 319-362-7555 wdesra1@willisdady.org

 

Provide Elder Transport

Volunteer your time to provide transportation to elderly clients and/or deliver meals to the homebound

Agency Contact Phone Email
Horizons, A Family
Service Alliance
Brett Proskovec or Sherita Jenkins 319-398-3574 hzfvolcoord@horizonsfamily.org
Riders Club of Cedar Rapids Ellen Stines  319-365-1511 coord@myridersclub.com
Southeast Linn Community Center Jeff Kapparos 319-455-2844 selccia@netzero.com

 

Volunteer your time putting together food baskets and/or serving meals

Agency Contact Phone Email
Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center Amy DeLay 319-364-8967 amy@bridgehavencr.org
HACAP Greg Goodell 319-393-7811 ggoodell@hacap.org
Horizons, A Family
Service Alliance
 Brett Proskovec or Sherita Jenkins  319-398-3574 hzfvolcoord@horizonsfamily.org
Olivet Neighborhood Mission Jan Thomas 319-364-7946 ext. 5 onm.jan@gmail.com
Southeast Linn Community Center Jeff Kapparos 319-455-2844 selccia@netzero.com
The Salvation Army Kristen Weaverling 319-364-9131 ext. 107 kristen_weaverling@usc.salvationarmy.org
Willis Dady Emergency Shelter Denine Rushing 319-362-7555 wdesra1@willisdady.org
Young Parents Network Mallory Landuyt 319-364-8909 mlanduyt@youngparentsnetwork.org

Visit the Elderly

Volunteer your time by visiting with an elderly person during the holiday season

Agency Contact Phone Email
Horizons, A Family
Service Alliance
Brett Proskovec or Sherita Jenkins  319-398-3574 hzfvolcoord@horizonsfamily.org
Southeast Linn Community Center Jeff Kapparos 319-455-2844 selccia@netzero.com
The Salvation Army Kristen Weaverling 319-364-9131 ext. 107 kristen_weaverling@usc.salvationarmy.org

Donate Non-Perishable Food

Donate non-perishable food items

Agency Contact Phone Email
Area Substance Abuse Council Laurel Merrick 319-390-4611 lmerrick@asac.us
Benton County Volunteer Program (BCVP) Charmaine Wickwire 319-434-6078 bcvp_cwickwire@yahoo.com
Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids Ainsley Hogan 319-350-5766 ahogan@bgccr.org
Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center Amy DeLay 319-364-8967 amy@bridgehavencr.org
The Catherine McAuley Center Tina Gossman 319-731-0446 tina@cmc-cr.org
Foundation 2 Christy Martensen 319-362-2174 cmartensen@foundation2.org
HACAP Amanda Pieper 319-393-7811 apieper@hacap.org
Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood Association & Resource Center Dawn Stephens 319-364-3721 oakhillna@gmail.com
Olivet Neighborhood Mission Jan Thomas 319-364-7946 ext. 5 onm.jan@gmail.com
The Safe Place Foundation Mike Maynard 319-366-3430 bigbookmike@gmail.com
Science Center Ann Legree 319-363-7836 legree.ann@gmail.com
Southeast Linn Community Center Jeff Kapparos 319-455-2844 selccia@netzero.com
The Salvation Army Lia Pontarelli 319-364-9131 ext. 101 lia_pontarelli@usc.salvationarmy.org
Waypoint Services Ashley Taylor 319-365-1458 ext. 6114 ashley.taylor@waypointservices.org
Young Parents Network Mallory Landuyt 319-364-8909 mlanduyt@youngparentsnetwork.org

Donate new, unused clothing

Agency Contact Phone Email
Area Substance Abuse Council Laurel Merrick 319-390-4611 lmerrick@asac.us
Benton County Volunteer Program (BCVP) Charmaine Wickwire 319-434-6078 bcvp_cwickwire@yahoo.com
Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids Ainsley Hogan 319-350-5766 ahogan@bgccr.org
Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center Amy DeLay 319-364-8967 amy@bridgehavencr.org
Families Helping Families of Iowa Julie Facion 319-294-9706  julief@familieshelpingfamiliesofiowa.com
Foundation 2 Elisabeth Kissling 319-362-1170 ekissling@foundation2.org
Four Oaks Meghan Schneekloth 319-784-2012 mschneekloth@fouroaks.org
Horizons, A Family
Service Alliance
Lori Hagg 319-398-3943 ext. 2024 lhagg@horizonsfamily.org
Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood Association & Resource Center Dawn Stephens 319-364-3721 oakhillna@gmail.com
Olivet Neighborhood Mission Jan Thomas 319-364-7946 ext. 5 onm.jan@gmail.com
Science Center Ann Legree  319-363-7836 legree.ann@gmail.com
Southeast Linn Community Center Jeff Kapparos 319-455-2844 selccia@netzero.com
Willis Dady Emergency Shelter Denine Rushing 319-362-7555 wdesra1@willisdady.org
Young Parents Network Mallory Landuyt 319-364-8909 mlanduyt@youngparentsnetwork.org

Donate gift cards or gift certificates for people in need

Agency Contact Phone Email
Area Substance Abuse Council Laurel Merrick 319-390-4611 lmerrick@asac.us
Benton County Volunteer Program (BCVP) Charmaine Wickwire 319-434-6078 bcvp_cwickwire@yahoo.com
Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids Ainsley Hogan 319-350-5766 ahogan@bgccr.org
Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center Amy DeLay 319-364-8967 amy@bridgehavencr.org
The Catherine McAuley Center Greg White 319-731-0442 greg@cmc-cr.org
Families Helping Families of Iowa Julie Facion 319-294-9706 julief@familieshelpingfamiliesofiowa.com
Foundation 2 Elisabeth Kissling 319-362-1170 ekissling@foundation2.org
Four Oaks Meghan Schneekloth 319-784-2012 mschneekloth@fouroaks.org
HACAP Heather Harney 319-393-7811 hharney@hacap.org
Horizons, A Family
Service Alliance
Lori Hagg or Brian Siguenza 319-398-3943 ext. 2024 or 319-398-3943 ext. 1303 lhagg@horizonsfamily.org or bsiguenza@horizonsfamily.org
Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood Association & Resource Center Dawn Stephens 319-364-3721 oakhillna@gmail.com
Olivet Neighborhood Mission Jan Thomas 319-364-7946 ext. 5 onm.jan@gmail.com
Science Center Ann Legree 319-363-7836 legree.ann@gmail.com
Southeast Linn Community Center Jeff Kapparos 319-455-2844 selccia@netzero.com
The Salvation Army Lia Pontarelli 319-364-9131 ext. 101 lia_pontarelli@usc.salvationarmy.org
Waypoint Services Ashley Taylor 319-365-1458 ext. 6114 ashley.taylor@waypointservices.org
Willis Dady Emergency Shelter Denine Rushing 319-362-7555 wdesra1@willisdady.org

 

Donate new, unwrapped toys

Agency Contact Phone Email
Area Substance Abuse Council Laurel Merrick 319-390-4611 lmerrick@asac.us
Benton County Volunteer Program (BCVP) Charmaine Wickwire 319-434-6078 bcvp_cwickwire@yahoo.com
Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids Ainsley Hogan 319-350-5766 ahogan@bgccr.org
Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center Amy DeLay 319-364-8967 amy@bridgehavencr.org
The Catherine McAuley Center Greg White 319-731-0442 greg@cmc-cr.org
Families Helping Families of Iowa Julie Facion 319-294-9706 julief@familieshelpingfamiliesofiowa.com
Foundation 2 Elisabeth Kissling 319-362-1170 ekissling@foundation2.org
Four Oaks Meghan Schneekloth 319-784-2012 mschneekloth@fouroaks.org
HACAP David Hagen 319-393-7811 dhagen@hacap.org
Horizons, A Family
Service Alliance
Lori Hagg 319-398-3943 ext. 2024 lhagg@horizonsfamily.org
Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood Association & Resource Center Dawn Stephens 319-364-3721 oakhillna@gmail.com
Olivet Neighborhood Mission Jan Thomas 319-364-7946 ext. 5 onm.jan@gmail.com
Science Center Ann Legree 319-363-7836 legree.ann@gmail.com
Southeast Linn Community Center Jeff Kapparos 319-455-2844 selccia@netzero.com
The Carl and Mary Koehler History Center Julia DeSpain 319-362-1501 ext. 15 office@historycenter.org
The Salvation Army Lia Pontarelli 319-364-9131 ext. 101 lia_pontarelli@usc.salvationarmy.org
Waypoint Services Ashley Taylor 319-365-1458 ext. 6114 ashley.taylor@waypointservices.org
Willis Dady Emergency Shelter Denine Rushing 319-362-7555 wdesra1@willisdady.org
Young Parents Network Mallory Landuyt 319-364-8909 mlanduyt@youngparentsnetwork.org

 

Volunteer your time to help with holiday parties, special activities, wrapping gifts and more

Agency Contact Phone Email
Economic Alliance Jenn Draper 319-730-1421 jdraper@cedarrapids.org
Families Helping Families of Iowa Julie Facion 319-294-9706 julief@familieshelpingfamiliesofiowa.com
Four Oaks Meghan Schneekloth 319-784-2012 mschneekloth@fouroaks.org
HACAP David Hagen 319-393-7811 dhagen@hacap.org
Horizons, A Family
Service Alliance
Lori Hagg 319-398-3943 ext. 2024 lhagg@horizonsfamily.org
Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood Association & Resource Center Dawn Stephens 319-364-3721 oakhillna@gmail.com
The Arc of East Central Iowa Allison Roehrich 319-365-0487 aroehrich@arceci.org
Waypoint Services Ashley Taylor 319-365-1458 ext. 6114 ashley.taylor@waypointservices.org
Willis Dady Emergency Shelter Denine Rushing 319-362-7555 wdesra1@willisdady.org
Young Parents Network Mallory Landuyt 319-364-8909 mlanduyt@youngparentsnetwork.org

Other donation and volunteer opportunities

Agency Contact Phone/Email Description
 The Catherine McAuley Center  Tina Gossman 319-731-0446
tina@cmc-cr.org
 Groups to stuff and label mailers for annual appeal and Holiday cards
Economic Alliance  Jenn Draper  319-730-1421
jdraper@cedarrapids.org
 Volunteers are needed for the Fire and Ice celebration, and to assist with the Holiday DeLite Parade in downtown Cedar Rapids.
 Families Helping Families of Iowa Julie Facion 319-294-9706
julief@familieshelpingfamiliesofiowa.com
 Volunteers are needed to help with the end of year Giving Campaign.
 Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood Association & Resource Center Dawn Stephens 319-364-3721
oakhillna@gmail.com
Cookie decorating with youth.  Cookie decorating supplies needed.
December 17
 Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood Association & Resource Center Dawn Stephens 319-364-3721
oakhillna@gmail.com
Help children create gifts in our art room that is stocked with supplies.
December 4
December 11
 The Salvation Army  Kristen Weaverling 319-364-9131 ext. 107
kristen_weaverling@usc.salvationarmy.org
Help with Toys for Tots registration
Dates: 10/30 – 11/15
 The Salvation Army  Kristen Weaverling 319-364-9131 ext. 107
kristen_weaverling@usc.salvationarmy.org
 Help with Toys for Tots sorting and distribution
Dates: 12/6, 12/7, 12/11, 12/12
 The Salvation Army  Kristen Weaverling 319-364-9131 ext. 107
kristen_weaverling@usc.salvationarmy.org
 Help with bell ringing campaign. Call or email for dates and times.
 Waypoint Services Ashley Taylor 319-365-1458 ext. 6114
ashley.taylor@waypointservices.org
Waypoint is in need of holiday wrapping paper, bows, etc.
 Waypoint Services Ashley Taylor 319-365-1458 ext. 6114
ashley.taylor@waypointservices.org
Waypoint is in need of hygiene items, particularly shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and toothbrushes.
Young Parents Network  Mallory Landuyt 319-364-8909
mlanduyt@youngparentsnetwork.org
 YPN could use donations of new children’s books.

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