Volunteer with Catholic Charities

TeamAs a non-profit, social service organization, Catholic Charities is always looking for enthusiastic, service-oriented, and dedicated individuals to join our team as volunteers. Several of our programs and offices depend on volunteers to contribute to our success.

 

 

 

Select the area nearest to you for a list of local volunteer opportunities:

Ames Area

Jail & Prison Ministry:

Jail and Prison Visitation
Visiting with inmates to offer a ministry of presence and companionship, possible opportunities for Bible study, faith sharing, and worship, depending on the facility. See full position description.

Cedar Rapids Area

Immigration Legal Services:

Support Team Member
Assisting Immigration Coordinators in workshop settings in various locations throughout the Archdiocese. Tasks may include helping clients with completing immigration forms, photocopying documents, translating documents, assembling application packages for mailing, and helping with crowd control.

Jail & Prison Ministry:

Mentor
A one-on-one, supportive relationship between a mentee working to develop and succeed, and an individual sharing knowledge and experience to help the mentee define and achieve his/her goals. Mentoring relationships are based on trust and respect.  See full position description.

Circle of Support and Accountability Member or Circle Leader
An ancient dialogue practice that creates a safe space to discuss difficult topics. The Circle builds trust, relies on honesty and respect, and encourages speaking from the heart.  Together, the group celebrates successes and achievement of goals. See full position descriptions for Circle Members and Circle Leaders.

Jail and Prison Visitation
Visiting with inmates to offer a ministry of presence and companionship, possible opportunities for Bible study, faith sharing, and worship, depending on the facility. See full position description.

Refugee Resettlement:

Family Mentor
Provide mentor support through supportive weekly one-on-one meetings with the assigned refugee(s). Mentors maintain ongoing communication with the Refugee Resettlement Case Managers on the status of your contact and goal success with the mentee through the use of case note logs, regular in-person or phone contact, and volunteer hours reporting. Mentors commit to volunteering as a Mentor for a 4 month period. 

Job Skills Mentor Assist beginning-level English speaking refugees in building their skills for employment in the U.S. Assist staff in preparing classroom materials and activities, work with students of different skill levels in a classroom setting, and provide one-on-one assistance when needed.

Driver     
Help case managers by driving refugees to and from appointments during their first 90 days in the U.S. Drive to medical and ESL appointments, grocery stores, job interviews, etc.

Interpreter   
This position provides complete and accurate interpretation without altering, omitting or adding anything to what is stated or written without explanation. You may need to help translate into write form any requested documents. Volunteers may also participate in client meetings with program staff for the purpose of providing interpretation or translation services.

Families Strengthening Families Team Member
This mentoring program was created to assist newly arrived refugees from the day they arrive in the United States through their first six months in their new community. Churches and groups mentoring refugees within this program will strengthen the initial resettlement period by building upon the core services provided by Catholic Charities, and maintaining support to the refugee clients beyond the initial 90 days. The consistent presence of the church/group beyond the initial resettlement period will provide the refugee clients with a greater capacity to thrive in their new community and truly become self-sufficient.
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Pre-Arrival Team   
Help prepare a new home for refugees. Clean, organize and set up apartments and homes before the families arrive.

General Opportunities:

Donation Coordinator
Helping coordinate donated furniture and household items, pick-up and delivery to storage and/or client recipient, organization and inventory management of storage facilities.

Dubuque Area

Immigration Legal Services:

Support Team Member
Assisting Immigration Coordinators in workshop settings in various locations throughout the Archdiocese.  Tasks may include helping clients with completing immigration forms, photocopying documents, translating documents, assembling application packages for mailing, and helping with crowd control.

Jail & Prison Ministry:

Mentor
A one-on-one, supportive relationship between a mentee working to develop and succeed, and an individual sharing knowledge and experience to help the mentee define and achieve his/her goals. Mentoring relationships are based on trust and respect.  See full position description.

Circle of Support and Accountability Member or Circle Leader
An ancient dialogue practice that creates a safe space to discuss difficult topics. The Circle builds trust, relies on honesty and respect, and encourages speaking from the heart.  Together, the group celebrates successes and achievement of goals. See full position descriptions for Circle Members and Circle Leaders.

Jail and Prison Visitation
Visiting with inmates to offer a ministry of presence and companionship, possible opportunities for Bible study, faith sharing, and worship, depending on the facility. See full position description.

Affordable Housing:

Visiting Companions
Help provide companionship for a senior citizen or disabled adult in our Ecumenical Tower Affordable Housing property.  Individuals, or small groups may visit residents and visits may last anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour. We have identified residents who may enjoy and benefit from a regular visitor and we will work with you to identify your interests in order to best ensure a good match for your weekly visit.

Afternoon Movie Host
Every forth Thursday of the month Ecumenical Tower hosts a “Movie Night” in the afternoon for our senior citizen and disabled adult residents. Volunteer “Hosts” (or “Co-hosts”) are needed to help run this fun event!

Duties include:
-Selecting and obtaining a movie that residents will enjoy
-Turning the dining hall into a “movie theater”, and preparing popcorn/treats for everyone to enjoy while watching the movie
-Visiting and cleaning up after the movie to engage with residents

If you are interested but Thursday afternoons do not work for you, please contact us. We are always interested in adding more events to the calendar for our residents to enjoy and engage with other community members.

Marshalltown Area

Jail & Prison Ministry:

Mentor
A one-on-one, supportive relationship between a mentee working to develop and succeed, and an individual sharing knowledge and experience to help the mentee define and achieve his/her goals. Mentoring relationships are based on trust and respect.  See full position description.

Circle of Support and Accountability Member or Circle Leader
An ancient dialogue practice that creates a safe space to discuss difficult topics. The Circle builds trust, relies on honesty and respect, and encourages speaking from the heart.  Together, the group celebrates successes and achievement of goals. See full position descriptions for Circle Members and Circle Leaders.

Jail and Prison Visitation
Visiting with inmates to offer a ministry of presence and companionship, possible opportunities for Bible study, faith sharing, and worship, depending on the facility. See full position description.

Waterloo Area

Immigration Legal Services:

Support Team Member
Assisting Immigration Coordinators in workshop settings in various locations throughout the Archdiocese.  Tasks may include helping clients with completing immigration forms, photocopying documents, translating documents, assembling application packages for mailing, and helping with crowd control.

Jail & Prison Ministry:

Mentor
A one-on-one, supportive relationship between a mentee working to develop and succeed, and an individual sharing knowledge and experience to help the mentee define and achieve his/her goals. Mentoring relationships are based on trust and respect.  See full position description.

Circle of Support and Accountability Member or Circle Leader
An ancient dialogue practice that creates a safe space to discuss difficult topics. The Circle builds trust, relies on honesty and respect, and encourages speaking from the heart.  Together, the group celebrates successes and achievement of goals. See full position descriptions for Circle Members and Circle Leaders.

Jail and Prison Visitation
Visiting with inmates to offer a ministry of presence and companionship, possible opportunities for Bible study, faith sharing, and worship, depending on the facility. See full position description.

Refugee Resettlement:

Family Mentor
Provide mentor support through supportive weekly one-on-one meetings with the assigned refugee(s). Mentors maintain ongoing communication with the Refugee Resettlement Case Managers on the status of your contact and goal success with the mentee through the use of case note logs, regular in-person or phone contact, and volunteer hours reporting. Mentors commit to volunteering as a Mentor for a 4 month period. 

Driver     
Help case managers by driving refugees to and from appointments during their first 90 days in the U.S. Drive to medical and ESL appointments, grocery stores, job interviews, etc.

Interpreter   
This position provides complete and accurate interpretation without altering, omitting or adding anything to what is stated or written without explanation. You may need to help translate into write form any requested documents. Volunteers may also participate in client meetings with program staff for the purpose of providing interpretation or translation services.

Families Strengthening Families Team Member
This mentoring program was created to assist newly arrived refugees from the day they arrive in the United States through their first six months in their new community. Churches and groups mentoring refugees within this program will strengthen the initial resettlement period by building upon the core services provided by Catholic Charities, and maintaining support to the refugee clients beyond the initial 90 days. The consistent presence of the church/group beyond the initial resettlement period will provide the refugee clients with a greater capacity to thrive in their new community and truly become self-sufficient.
Click here for more information.

Pre-Arrival Team   
Help prepare a new home for refugees. Clean, organize and set up apartments and homes before the families arrive.

General Opportunities: 

Donation Coordinator
Helping coordinate donated furniture and household items, pick-up and delivery to storage and/or client recipient.

Non-Area Specific

Other Regional Opportunities:

If you would like to help, or have questions regarding other opportunities not particular to the areas listed above, please contact Agnes Kress at (319)693-1336 or a.kress@dbqarch.org

 

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Agnes Kress Volunteer Coordinator

Agnes Kress
Volunteer Coordinator

 

For more information:

 

  • To learn more about volunteering with Catholic Charities and the opportunities available in your area contact:
    Agnes Kress, Volunteer Coordinator at 319-272-2080 or a.kress@dbqarch.org.
  • Click here to view our volunteering brochure
  • Download a copy of our volunteer handbook
  • If you want to help, but don’t have hours to give, consider donating an item from our Program Wish List!