With the holidays quickly approaching, it can be easy to get caught up and stressed about all that needs to get done – decorations, presents, holiday cooking and more. Giving back to the community can be a great way to relieve that stress and help others that are in more unfortunate situations. Below you’ll find various 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 organizations. Happy Holidays!
Volunteer Opportunities in the Corridor:
Now – 12/23 Salvation Army Bell Ringers, Various Locations
Now – 12/24 Wrapping For A Cause Benefiting The Arc of East Central Iowa, Lindale Mall, Cedar Rapids
11/25 – 12/16 Downtown Holiday United, Various volunteer opportunities, Downtown Iowa City
12/18 – 12/22 The Crisis Center of Johnson County: Project Holiday 2017 meal distribution
Charitable Donations in the Corridor:
Olivet Neighborhood Mission Holiday Adoption
Make donations of food or gifts to families at the Olivet Neighborhood mission. You can also adopt an individual or entire family for Christmas. Find more information about how to get involved here.
Crisis Center of Johnson County: Project Holiday 2017
Help others enjoy a festive holiday meal during the holidays with a donation to the Crisis Center of Johnson County’s annual project holiday meal drive. With your help, over 4,000 individuals will receive the groceries needed to make a filling holiday feast.
Domestic Violence Intervention Program
Give families affected by domestic violence a safe and special way to pick out gifts for their loved ones. Donated toys will be put into the DVIP holiday store so parents can hand select gifts for their children. Find the wish list and places to drop items off here. You can also donate to the DVIP directly here.
HACAP Sponsor a Family
Sponsor a family through the holidays through HACAP. Select and purchase gifts for a family in need. Learn more or sign up here.
Salvation Army Toys for Tots
Give back to children less fortunate with a toy for Christmas. Toys for Tots is for children ages newborn-14. Donate new, unwrapped toys at various locations around the Corridor. Find Cedar Rapids locations here and Iowa City locations here. Find a list of toy ideas here.
Shelter House, Iowa City
United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties Adopt a Family
Looking to adopt a less-fortunate family for the holidays? Get connected with a family through United Way. Contact Patti Fields at 319-338-7823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Iowa DeGowin Blood Center
There is always a need for blood, especially over the holidays. All blood donated stays local and helps patients at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. To schedule an appointment or to find blood drive locations, visit here.
Waypoint Wonderland is a holiday celebration that provides gifts to families at Waypoint who are affected by homelessness, poverty, or domestic violence. Gift donations can be made until December 12. Find a gift ideas and more information here.
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.