Volunteers are the heart of The Crisis Center.
Our clients depend on a diverse group of hundreds of volunteers who keep our programs running smoothly. Each year, volunteers donate more than 30,000 hours of their time to The Crisis Center.
Volunteer in the food and emergency financial assistance programs
Volunteer in the food bank
Applications for the next orientation are due Jan. 14. Volunteers perform a wide range of tasks, including stocking shelves, assisting clients, and help with administrative tasks. Must be 16 or older, complete one 4-hour training session, and commit to a weekly 3-hour shift for at least 6 months. Learn more.
Volunteer at a Mobile Pantry
Open to one-time and ongoing volunteers. Can accommodate groups of up to six people. Duties include loading the truck at the food bank warehouse, unloading on-site, helping clients shop, and returning items to the warehouse. Learn more.
Volunteer in the crisis intervention program
Volunteer on the Crisis Line (local only)
Applications for the spring training class are due Jan. 31. Please check the training dates before applying. Minimum age: 18. Volunteers learn a wide variety of counseling techniques and offer direct support to clients in need. The training and experience are excellent preparation for those pursuing careers in health care, social work, or related fields. Learn more.
Volunteer to Chat remotely (online training)
Complete 30 hours of online training and an 2-day in-person training. Minimum age: 18. Volunteers learn a wide variety of counseling techniques and offer direct support to clients in need via iowacrisischat.org. Learn more.
Other volunteer opportunities
School required/Court-mandated service
Our one-time mobile pantry opportunities are often the best fit for those who cannot commit to at least 6 months of service. Duties include loading the truck at the food bank warehouse, unloading on-site, helping clients shop, and returning items to the warehouse. Learn more.
Volunteer in administration
Tasks include reception, answering the business line, filing, recording data, and other duties as needed.
Crisis Intervention Training Dates
The volunteer application deadline is January 31, 2019. Please apply online now for consideration.
Volunteers participating in spring 2019 training must attend all training sessions on either Monday OR Thursday nights from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Training begins Monday, Feb. 11/Thursday, Feb. 14 and ends Monday, April 15/Thursday, April 18.
|Mondays (6 – 9:30 p.m.)||Thursdays (6 – 9:30 p.m.)|
|Feb. 11||Feb. 14|
|Feb. 18||Feb. 21|
|Feb. 25||Feb. 28|
|March 4||March 7|
|March 11||March 14|
|March 18-NO TRAINING, SPRING BREAK||March 21-NO TRAINING, SPRING BREAK|
|March 25||March 28|
|April 1||April 4|
|April 8||April 11|
|April 15||April 18|
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