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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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Food Reservoir Warehouse Assistant

Food Reservoir Warehouse Assistant

Number of Volunteers: 1-10

Commitment: 1-4 hours

Schedule: Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-5pm

Location(s): HACAP Food Reservoir, 1515 Hawkeye Drive, Hiawatha, IA 52233

Description: The Food Reservoir Warehouse Assistant is responsible for feeding hungry men, women, children and families in HACAP’s six county service area by providing direct support to HACAP’s innovative Food Reservoir programs. Direct support 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.

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Mobile Food Pantry Assistant

Mobile Food Pantry Assistant

Number of Volunteers: 1-5

Commitment: 2-3 hours

Schedule: Weekdays, Weekends, Various Hours (full schedule at hacap.org/mobilefoodpantry.)

Location(s): Benton County, Iowa County, Johnson County, Jones County, Linn County

Description: The Mobile Food Pantry Assistant is responsible for helping feed hungry men, women, children and families in the HACAP Food Reservoir’s seven county service area by providing direct support to HACAP’s innovative Food Reservoir programs. Direct support 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 as needed.

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Head Start Classroom Champion

Head Start Classroom Champion

Number of Volunteers: 1

Commitment: Less than 1 hour 

Schedule: Weekdays, during the school year

Location(s): Benton County, Johnson County, Jones County, Linn County, Washington County

Description: The Classroom Champion supports HACAP’s Head Start/Early Head Start Program(s) by leading enrichment activities with children to support learning and school readiness. Some enrichment activities may include: reading to classrooms, presenting and/or demonstrating a skill or profession (i.e. community helpers).

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Head Start Classroom Volunteer

Head Start Classroom Volunteer

Number of Volunteers: 1

Commitment: 2-3 hours

Schedule: Weekdays, during the school year

Location(s): Benton County, Johnson County, Jones County, Linn County, Washington County

Description: The Classroom Volunteer supports HACAP’s Head Start/Early Head Start program by interacting and guiding children to support learning and school readiness; sharing special skills and talents by working with individual children, and assisting staff with classroom operations. Some volunteer activities may include assisting staff during large and small group activities, reinforcing learning activities (reading to children, 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.

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Rural Senior Services Assistant

Rural Senior Services Assistant 

Number of Volunteers: 1

Commitment: 1-4 hours

Schedule: Weekdays, 8am-5pm

Location(s): Benton County

Description: The Rural Senior Services Assistant is responsible for 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. Direct support projects may include (but are not limited to), Delivering and transporting of meals, general kitchen help, washing dishes, help at the 4th Street Diner in Vinton, IA.

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Health Alliance Data Entry Volunteer

Health Alliance Data Entry Volunteer

Number of Volunteers: 1

Commitment: 10-20 hrs/week

Schedule: Flexible anytime between M-F, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Location(s): Linn County (Hiawatha, Cedar Rapids)

Description: The Health Alliance Data Entry Volunteer supports HACAP’s Health Alliance program by providing information input that supports the importance of meeting health and nutritional needs during critical times of developmental growth. Specific tasks include: entering of computer data entry and filing of paperwork. Onsite job training is provided.

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WIC Language & Customs Diversity Specialists

WIC Language & Customs Diversity Specialists

Number of Volunteers:  1-2 individuals or 1 organization.

Location: Urban WIC, 1328 2nd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Description: The Coordinator of Health Alliance Language & Customs Diversity Specialists  is responsible for scheduling volunteers, overseeing training of volunteers, assuring that Outreach Clinic has volunteer coverage to meet the needs of the day. Urban Outreach Clinic will be held the 2nd Tuesday of the month, beginning July 11, 2019.  WIC Outreach Clinic, featuring French and Swahili translators, will  assist and support  our WIC families.  Clinic  Specialist will enhance current programming by engaging clients in their own language, explaining food variation that are easier on the pallet when experiencing a food cultural change, educate families on how to WIC grocery shop,  introduce new food ideas to clients. They will also develop a sense of ownership and community within the clientele. Leading clientele to go from newcomer to teacher/support and active member of their larger community.

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Group Volunteer Projects

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.

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Individual Volunteer Projects

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.

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