How to Volunteer

Help Take Action in Your Community!

HACAP provides a multitude of opportunities for both individuals and large groups. Together, we help build stronger communities with the help of great volunteers who provide thousands of hours of work that we couldn’t do alone. To get started volunteering with HACAP, please fill out and return the Volunteer Application below and we will get in contact with you as to your next steps. 

Volunteer Application

How to Get the Most out of Your Volunteer Experience 

Volunteer Applications can be submitted via any of the following ways:

  • Email: cackman@hacap.org
  • Mail: HACAP, Attn: Volunteer Coordinator, 1515 Hawkeye Drive Hiawatha, Iowa 52233
  • Hand deliver: HACAP Corporate Office at 1515 Hawkeye Drive, Hiawatha, IA 52233
  • Fax: (319) 393-6263 Attn: Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Opportunities

Before you get started, please take some time to view our current volunteer opportunities, and their descriptions, below to see which role best fits you and your schedule. 

Food Reservoir Warehouse Aide

Food Reservoir Warehouse Aide

Number of Volunteers: 1-20     
Commitment: 1-4 hours
Schedule: Weekdays, 8am-5pm Evenings can be arranged for groups
Location(s): HACAP Food Reservoir, Hiawatha, IA

Description: Projects may include (but are not limited to) creating food bags for HACAP’s Operation BackPack, sorting donated food items, adding nutritional facts/ingredient labels to unmarked food items, and/or assembling Emergency Food Boxes.
 

Mobile Food Pantry Aide

Mobile Food Pantry Aide

Number of Volunteers: 1-10
Commitment: 2-3 hours
Schedule: Weekday Mornings & Afternoons, Weekends (2nd Saturday of Each Month)
Location(s): Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Vinton

Description: Projects may include (but are not limited to) creating food boxes for HACAP’s Mobile Food Pantry, assisting with loading the mobile food pantry truck, setting up the mobile food pantry at each location, handing out food on location to families and children in need and assisting with unloading the mobile food pantry truck if needed.


Head Start Classroom Buddy

Head Start Classroom Buddy

Number of Volunteers: 1    
Commitment: Less than 1 hour  
Schedule: Weekdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (School Year)
Location(s): Anamosa, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Iowa City, Marion, Vinton, and Washington 

Description: Enrichment activities may include: reading to classrooms, presenting and/or demonstrating a skill or profession (i.e. community helpers).


Head Start Classroom Volunteer

Head Start Classroom Volunteer

Number of Volunteers: 1    
Commitment: 2-3 hours    
Schedule: Weekdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Year Round)
Location(s): Anamosa, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Iowa City, Marion, Vinton, and Washington 

Description: Volunteer activities may include assisting staff during large and small group activities, Reinforcing learning activities (reading to children, assisting with art projects, etc.), participating in conversations with children during meals, center times, outdoor play, etc., and/or assisting teaching staff in daily classroom operations as needed.


Health Alliance Administrative Aide

Health Alliance Administrative Aide

Number of Volunteers: 1    
Commitment: 2-4 Hours 
Schedule: Weekdays, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm  
Location(s): Hiawatha 

Description: Duties may include assisting with the maintenance of our Health Alliance’s paper file system (ensuring files are up-to-date, alphabetized and clearly marked for easy access), preparing client file tracking sheets and monthly mailings. The Health Alliance Administrative Aide may also assist with data entry and other administrative duties as assigned.


Health Alliance Outreach Advocate

Health Alliance Outreach Advocate

Number of Volunteers: 1    
Commitment: 1-2 events per month 
Schedule: Weekdays, Weekends  
Location(s): Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, Marion

Description: Duties may include event set up; display board and materials.  Greet event attendees, introduce attendees to HACAP and its programs, and distribute materials/ handouts/ promotional items as appropriate.


Housing & Facilities Aide

Housing & Facilities Aide

Number of Volunteers: 10-30  
Commitment: 3-8 hours 
Schedule: Weekdays, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Location(s): Cedar Rapids & Iowa City

Description: Projects may include (but are not limited to) painting the interiors and/or exteriors of our facilities, light carpentry work (indoor or outdoor), and/or landscaping and lawn maintenance.
 

Belle Plaine Senior Dining Volunteer

Belle Plaine Senior Dining Volunteer

Number of Volunteers: 1 
Commitment: 2-3 hours 
Schedule: Weekdays, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Location(s): Belle Plaine

Description: Projects include, washing dishes and general kitchen help for our Bell Plaine, Marengo, and Victor Senior Dining clients.

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HACAP is a proud certified Service Enterprise organization along with just eight other non-profits in the state! Because of this certification, HACAP can utilize its great volunteers better than before in a more effective process to ultimately better reach our community where the need is most present. For more information on what all goes into becoming a Service Enterprise certified organization, visit their website by clicking here