Current Volunteer Opportunities
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Each year over 2,000 volunteers help HACAP build stronger communities by providing over 7,000 hours of work that we couldn't possibly do on our own. View our wide range of volunteer opportunities below and learn how you can apply.
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Group Volunteer Projects
COVID-19 Update: Group Projects have all been moved off-site and groups must sign-up at the top of this page.
Is your company looking for a great way to give back while strengthening your team building skills at the same time? HACAP has great opportunities for teams from sorting food donations to painting a preschool classroom.To get your company started, please fill out our group volunteer application form. Please Note: We do limit groups to 20 people due to space and safety issues.
Individual Volunteer Projects
COVID-19 Update: Individual projects have all been moved off-site and can sign-up at the top of this page.
Every year individuals provide HACAP with thousands of hours in donated time. We truly couldn't do it with out the great help and support from community volunteers. Volunteer projects occur during HACAP's regular business hours of 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Thursday, with the exception of HACAP's Mobile Food Pantry in Vinton, IA occurring every second Saturday of the month.
Volunteer Opportunity Descriptions
HACAP Food Reservoir volunteers help us to sort, pack, and channel donated products to food pantries, area soup kitchens, senior and daycare centers, drug and alcohol treatments centers, homeless shelters and other nonprofit food programs that feed the needy. Volunteer needs in the HACAP Food Reservoir change on a weekly basis depending on the amount donations and volunteer support we receive. Specific volunteer projects for the Food Reservoir include:
- Sorting produce, bakery, and/or canned goods
- Packing Emergency Food Boxes
- Picking Food Orders
- Help with Mobile Food Pantries
- Packing Bags for The BackPack Program & Senior Toes Program
- Holding a Food Drive (see our Suggested Food Donation list)
Head Start and Early Head Start volunteers help our comprehensive early childhood development program that serves children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. As child-focused programs, volunteers help us in fulfilling the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families. Volunteers who assist with group activities beyond the level of reading to children will require a background check. Specific volunteer projects for Head Start include:
- Adopt-A-Classroom (Donate Here)
- Reading to children
- Assisting staff with group activities
- Helping with art projects and center time
Health Alliance volunteers assist our clients in meeting health and nutritional needs during critical times of developmental growth by working a variety of HACAP’s services such as maternal health, WIC, and I-Smile. Specific volunteer projects for the Health Alliance include:
- Front Desk Support
- Translation for bilingual clients
- Data Entry
- Special Events
Rural Senior Services volunteers help our Senior Dining Program & 4th Street Diner’s in Benton County to distribute and deliver meals to individuals in need who can’t make it out of their homes. Specific volunteer projects for Rural Senior Services include:
- Delivering and transporting of meals
- General kitchen help
- Washing Dishes
- Help at the 4th Street Diner in Vinton, IA
- Help with Belle Plaine Senior Dining in Belle Plaine, IA
- Adopt-A-Family (November - December)
- United Way Day of Caring (May)
- Home Run for Hunger at the Farmer's Market (June-September)
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