Local Partners

Interested in serving within your community or globally? Visit our Local Bless Opportunities page or our Global Bless Opportunities page.

Alternatives Pregnancy Center

Alternatives Pregnancy Center offers free and confidential services to expecting and new parents. They provide clients with free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and material items. They offer a Caring Connection program that offers mentoring and material support for parents who are pregnant or have an infant less than 12 months of age. Additionally, Alternatives offers support for parenting, adoption, abstinence education, STI testing and post-abortion support. For more information visit alternativescenter.org/serve

Several volunteer opportunities are available.:

  • Client Advocate
  • Male Advocates
  • Bilingual Advocates
  • Receptionist
  • Housekeeping
  • Facilities Maintenance
  • Church Ambassadors
  • Special Events Helper
  • Prayer Warrior
  • Garage Help
  • University/College Liaison
  • Sexual Integrity Educator
  • Board Member
 

Boys & Girls Club of the Cedar Valley

The Boys & Girls Club of the Cedar Valley offers young people what they need and want most – adults who respect and listen to them and a fun, safe place to go after school. Programs and mentoring relationships empower youth to engage in positive behaviors, develop personal goals/skills and positively influence their community.

Individual and group opportunities can be customized to your specific interests and talents and to the needs of the organization. There are also one-time projects and events as well as opportunities to build ongoing relationships.

  • Mentors for Club Members
  • Homework Helpers
  • Referees at games
  • Music Class Teachers
  • Activity Leaders at Holiday Parties
  • STEM Club Leaders: Chess, Lego, Weather, Radio, Journaling
  • Computer Clubhouse Mentor
  • Game Room Assistant

Questions? Visit cedarvalleyclubs.com.

 

 

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

The FCA vision is to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. FCA uses the power medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ by focusing on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.

Please visit prairielakeschurch.org/fca-volunteer-opportunities to view FCA volunteer opportunities. 

For more information, contact Vanessa Ebling at vebling@fca.org.

Habitat for Humanity

Decent, affordable housing breaks the cycle of poverty, improves health, physical safety and security, increases educational and job opportunities and grows a sense of stability and dignity. Habitat for Humanity homes are sold to qualifying individuals for 0% financing, and each mortgage payment goes toward building more homes.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Work Crew Volunteers (Monday- Thursday and Saturday – 8:30 – 3:30)- go to webuildhabitat.org/volunteer/volunteer to schedule a time before serving
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore (Tuesday-Saturday- times very)- sign up online at www.heartlandhfh.org/restore-volunteers.html
  • Supply lunches for work crews (typically provide for 14 people food/drink – crews eat at Habitat for Humanity office in Waterloo)
  • House warming gift at home dedications (ex. Basket of cleaning supplies/household items, practical necessities)
  • Show support by attending home dedications
  • Small Groups/Individuals can specifically purchase items for a house (ex. Flooring, windows, paint, cabinets etc)

Questions? Visit webuildhabitat.org.

 

House of Hope

House of Hope is a Christian-based, two-year transitional housing program for single mothers and their children experiencing homelessness. House of Hope provides support and individualized case management to each woman to help her identify the necessary steps to achieve a safe, stable and secure home for herself and her children. With two years of support, guidance and stability, women are equipped to make the needed changes in their lives to reach their goals and sustain permanent housing for their families.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Mentoring
  • Child Care
  • Maintenance/Cleaning
  • Front Desk
  • Join a committee

Questions? Call 319.232.3823 or visit houseofhopeccd.org.

LoveINC (Love In the Name of Christ)

Love In the Name of Christ (LoveINC) exists to help churches mobilize their members to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their communities. As Christians, we are called to show the love of Christ to those in need. Only through the love of Christ reflected by His people can lives burdened and broken by the world be transformed into wholeness.

Transformational Classes held for clients on Thursday evenings. Volunteer opportunities include:

Clearinghouse/Community

In the Clearinghouse we receive calls from the community to meet tangible needs. Volunteer opportunites include:

Weekly/Bi-weekly Opportunities

  • Intake Volunteers—Connect with our clients over the phone. Intake volunteers listen, schedule appointments and pray with our clients.
  • Follow-up Volunteers—Call our clients to see if their needs were met.
  • Office Admin—Schedule appointments and close files.
  • Receptionist—Identify needs as they come into the Clearinghouse.
  • Data Entry—Record data and create reports.
  • Small item deliveries—Deliver food, household essentials, baby items or kitchen essentials to our clients who don’t have adequate transportation.

Monthly/Bi-Monthly Opportunities

  • Minor household repairs--Minor home repairs such as—storm doors, porch stairs, wall patching, etc.
  • Large item deliveries—Pick up furniture donations and make furniture deliveries to client’s in need.
  • Transportation—Provide transportation for a client to a medical appointment or to the food bank.
  • Yard work or snow removal—Help elderly or disabled clients who qualify.
  • Moving assistance—Help a client move into a new home.

Transformation Opportunities

In the Begin Now Ministry, we offer several classroom environments that teach basic skills - from finances, to communication, to cooking. They are intended to holistically help our clients by teaching them to acquire one or more skills and move toward greater stability. We host 4 sessions per year and the average class length is 10 weeks. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Class Facilitator—Teach weekly, evening classes in budgeting, goal setting or life sharing.
  • Group Meal—Prepare one light meal for program participants.
  • Childcare—Supervise participants’ children during classes.
  • Program Volunteer—Greeting, registration and/or clean-up.
  • Transportation—Provide transportation for participants to attend classes.
  • Relationship Assistant—Join offered class, become an active participant and develop relationships with one or more participants.

Questions? Contact LoveINC at 319.266.1264 or visit loveinccv.org.

 

Northeast Iowa Food Bank

Nearly 1 in 8 northeast Iowans go to bed hungry. Each year, 40,000 people are served by NEIFB (nearly 40% are children and almost 10% are seniors). Northeast Iowa Food Bank provides nutritious food and grocery products to nonprofit organizations and individuals in northeast Iowa, while offering hunger education programs to the community and those in need.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Drivers to pick up and deliver food
  • Unload/sort food donations
  • Pack senior nutrition boxes and backpacks for the BackPack Program
  • Fill pantry orders and give directly to clients
  • File, stuff envelopes and other various office support
  • Volunteer at Kids Café site

Questions? Call 319.235.0507 or visit northeastiowafoodbank.org.