How to Volunteer

Help take action in your community! 

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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 (Writable PDF)

How to Get the Most out of Your Volunteer Experience 

Volunteer Applications can be submitted via email or by mail to the HACAP Corporate Office at 1515 Hawkeye Drive, Hiawatha, IA 52233 

Current 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. Opportunities that are looking for monetary/food donations are marked with the symbol "($$)".

Food Reservoir

"CANstruction" Food Drive ($$)

"CANstruction" Food Drive ($$)

Great for: Companies
Time of Year: Anytime

Put your coworkers creativity and competitiveness on display while helping feed those in your community at the same time! Using only the items from our HACAP Food Reservoirs Suggested Donation List, create a fun structure (i.e. favorite superhero, company logo, american flag, etc.) with the canned food items your company raised from the food drive.

Post your companies work of art to social media with the number of cans you collected as a team. Once the food drive and CANstruction building has ended, HACAP will come by to pick up your generous donations and distribute the items to over 100 of our partner agencies and local food banks.

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Example "CANstructure" from our friends at GoDaddy pictured above.

Volunteer Distribution Driver

Volunteer Distribution Driver 

Great for: Individuals
Time of Year: Anytime, Weekdays between 8am-5pm  

Seeking a part time volunteer driver to assist in distributing food to our locations in Belle Plaine, IA from the Hiawatha Food Reservoir. This opportunity would take place Wednesdays from 8am–5pm, leaving Hiawatha in route to our Benton County Locations. The potential driver would be operating a HACAP Food Reservoir vehicle and would need a current/valid driver’s license.

There is moderate lifting required for this task. At each site there is ample help available to assist in moving food from the vehicle to the inside of each facility.

Warehouse Designers ($$)

Warehouse Designers ($$)

Great for: Companies
Time of Year: Anytime
Commitment: Project Based 
 
The HACAP Food Reservoir is looking for a skilled artistic/design company to help turn our white walls into a work of art for all who come through to enjoy! Donation of of time and painting materials is greatly appreciated to make our space fun for the volunteers and partner agencies who used our facility everyday to fight hunger in our community.

Mobile Food Pantry (Cedar Terrace/Marion Public Library)

Mobile Food Pantry (Cedar Terrace/Marion Public Library)

Great for: Individuals & Companies
Volunteers Needed: 4-5
Time of Year: Anytime

Help us to distribute food on-site with Mobile Food Pantry, provided to us by Alliant Energy. Volunteers will experience a hands on opportunity as they display and pass food out to the low-income individuals in our community who rely on the Mobile Pantry as a stable source for food. Volunteers may also assist with helping elderly clients take food to their vehicles.

On-Call Produce Pickers

On-Call Produce Pickers

Great for: Companies & Individuals
Time of Year: Anytime
Commitment: 2 hours

Help us get our fresh produce out the door and into the hands those who need it in the community. With this volunteer position companies and individuals who sign up will be put on our on-call list for fresh produce. We are looking for individuals who can be available within a 24-hour notice as fresh produce needs to be sorted and distributed quickly to make sure the items do not spoil. Once you have been added to our list, an email notification will go out notifying you or your team of any produce that has come and times we need the items sorted.

Operation BackPack Sponsorship ($$)

Operation BackPack Sponsorship ($$)

Great for: Individuals & Companies
Time of Year: Anytime
 
Stop and think…what did you eat today…you didn’t worry about your next meal, did you?Most of us in Eastern Iowa are fortunate enough not to worry about where or who your next meal will be coming from, but for 1 in 6 children right here in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Jones, Johnson, Linn and Washington counties they do wonder whether they will have enough to eat. The HACAP Operation BackPack Program is looking for generous donors who are willing to financially support a local school that will provide food to kids in need.

Partner Agency Hunger Hero

Partner Agency Hunger Hero

Great for: Individuals, 1-3 people
Time of Year: Anytime
Commitment: 2 hours
Location: HACAP Food Reservoir, Hiawatha, IA
 
Looking for a consistent, hardworking individual to help us sort and fill orders for the more than 100 food pantries and non-profits we distribute food to on a daily basis! Preferred volunteer would be able to make a weekly commitment to this project and be able to interact in a positive manner with our Food Reservoir Partner Agencies representatives leaving them with a great all around experience. Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. Specific tasks include: helping fill orders, sorting produce/bakery items, and quality checks on our rescued food items from Sam’s Club, Walmart, and Hy-Vee.

Special Events Volunteer

Special Events Volunteer

Great for: Individuals & Companies
Time of Year: Anytime
Commitment: 2 hours

Help represent HACAP to the public in a positive way by furthering our mission of helping to build stronger communities! Volunteers will be trained in the history, mission, and services that HACAP provides as an agency to better inform people who we interact with at our public outreach events. Specific tasks include: handing out flyers/brochures, taking donations, and talking with interested individuals.

Warehouse Cleaning

Warehouse Cleaning

Great for: Companies & Individuals
Time of Year: Anytime, Friday Afternoons
Commitment: 2 hours
 
Help keep our Food Reservoir looking clean for the partner agencies we distribute to everyday with tasks such as sweeping, cleaning racks, moving of pallets, and painting the white line.  

Head Start

Adopt-A-Classroom ($$)

Adopt-A-Classroom ($$)

Great for: Companies & Individuals
Time of Year: May-September

This August, you can take part in helping our Head Start preschool children have a great school year with the help of purchasing school supplies! To “Adopt-A-Classroom” you can provide supplies that will be used by our Head Start children throughout the year by purchasing any amount of consumables, books or educational toys. No donation is too big or too small! To find our suggested donation list please visit: www.hacap.org/how-to-help/adopt-classroom. For questions or to be matched with a local classroom today, contact Jackie Schropp (319) 739-0004 or email jschropp@hacap.org.

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 
Background Check Required*
 
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.

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 

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

Health Alliance

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 
 
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
 
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.

Belle Plaine Senior Dining

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
 
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