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Holiday season is here which means festive decorations, seemingly endless meals, and possibly an added pant size. Unfortunately, this time of year is very difficult for those battling heath issues, and monetary means, in addition to life’s daily struggles. As a result, we strive to find ways to give back to the community that has given us so much. After all, it is the season of giving! Below are a few local volunteer and charitable donation opportunities in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area. Please join us in attending or giving to a few of these great and cheerful celebrations! Happy Holidays!


Volunteer Opportunities in the Corridor:

Now – 12/24 Downtown Holiday United
Various volunteer opportunities, Downtown Iowa City
12/2 – 12/24 Wrapping for a Cause Benefiting The Arc of East Central Iowa
Lindale Mall, Cedar Rapids
12/3 Waypoint Wonderland: Charlie Brown Christmas Open House
Volunteer time or donate gifts. Waypoint, Cedar Rapids
12/5 International Volunteer Day
12/10 Gift Wrapping for Pathways Adult Day Health Center
Coral Ridge Mall, Sign-up: Jeff Kellbach
319-339-6162 or jkellbach@abbehealth.org
12/19 – 12/22 The Crisis Center of Johnson County: Project Holiday 2016 – Iowa City
Various opportunities, Iowa City
12/20 The Crisis Center of Johnson County: Project Holiday 2016 – Coralville
Various opportunities, Coralville



Charitable Donations in the Corridor:

Holiday Adoption: Olivet Neighborhood Mission

ABBE Aging Services

ABBE Center for Community Mental Health
Contact: Ethan Novak, 319-338-7884ENovak@abbehealth.org

Young Parents Network

United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties Adopt a Family
Contact: Patti Fields, 319-338-7823patti.fields@unitedwayjwc.org

Shelter House, Iowa City

Domestic Violence Intervention Program

Tanager Place
Contact: Eryn DeRycke, 319-365-9164


There are so many volunteer opportunities in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Area, not only during this holiday season, but year around. The United Way of East Central Iowa and the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties are great resources for finding opportunities to give back.

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