St. Anthony's Parish Church

417 N. Main Street
Davenport, Iowa 52801
(563) 322-3303

St. Anthony’s Parish Church is member church of the Diocese of Davenport and serves the central Davenport community. 

As part of their community outreach, St. Anthony’s operates a food bank to serve the needy of the community.

St. Ambrose University has a long history of service with St. Anthony’s parish, particularly through our Athletics Department. 

If you are interested in volunteering with St. Anthony’s please contact the church on the number above.

Quad Cities Interfaith

131 W. 3rd Street
Suite MO2
Davenport, Iowa 52801
(563) 322-4910

Quad Cities Interfaith (QCI) is a non-profit organization of congregations and community groups that have come together to build local leadership and address community issues in the Quad Cities region of Illinois and Iowa.  QCI is a community of people living out our faith and values to collectively transform our society and bring about justice and human dignity locally and regionally.

QCI advocates for a more just society by focusing on some of the most urgent social issues, such as health care reform, education, economic development, and immigration policy.

Volunteer opportunities

QCI provides unique opportunities to learn more about these pressing issues and advocate for just solutions in our community. If would like to learn more about the work of QCI and how you can help, please visit the website above and contact the office on the number above.

Kids Against Hunger

Contact: John & Gail Kessler
(309) 762-0437
(563) 508-4116

Kids Against Hunger packages and ships highly nutritious, life-saving meals to starving and malnourished children in developing countries and the United States. They do this by mobilizing the energy and caring of American children, teens, and adults on behalf of hungry children around the world.

Since its launch, Kids Against Hunger has provided over 100 million meals for children and their families in more than 40 countries through the efforts of over 200,000 volunteers.

Kids Against Hunger seeks to end the literal hunger of poor children receiving the meals, but also satisfies a hunger among prosperous Americans, a hunger for meaning and contribution.

Kids Against Hunger International is nation-wide packaging network made up of a headquarters facility in New Hope, Minnesota, a packaging division in Mankato, Minnesota, and satellites in 16 U.S. states and Canada staffed by volunteers who package the meals.

In total, the packaging network has the capacity to produce over 50 million meals per year. The aim is for our meals to provide a stable nutritional base from which the recipient peoples can move their families from starvation to self-sufficiency.

How you and your group can help

An individual meal, consisting of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, vitamins, and flavoring costs $0.25. Groups wishing to package food for Kids Against Hunger raise or donate money to pay for the ingredients.

A team of 12 volunteers at $32 each, can package 1,500 meals in 45 minutes.

With the money raised, John & Gail Kessler, together with other Kids Against Hunger workers, come to your site with all the materials required for packaging the food. They give a brief introduction, show your group how to package the food, and then oversee the packaging. Once your number of packages has been reached, your job is done. John & Gail take the packages with them for delivery to those in need.

 This is an excellent opportunity for a group project, as it provides hands-on work that has an immediate benefit for those most in need.

For further questions or to schedule a Kids Against Hunger packaging event, contact the Kesslers on the number above.

Genesis Medical Center - East and West Campus

Volunteer Services Department
East Campus
1227 E. Rusholme St.
Davenport, Iowa 52803
(563) 421-2186

Also at West Campus
1401 W. Central Park Ave.
Davenport, Iowa 52804

Volunteers are an integral and valuable component of Genesis Medical Center. A number of opportunities for volunteering exist by using your job-related skills, acquiring new skills or simply doing something you enjoy. Based on your interest, time availability, and personal concerns, there are opportunities to volunteer on both the Genesis East and West Campuses in the following areas:

Cancer Center

Assist with greeting patients and family members in the reception area, escorting patients to treatment areas, helping to take care of patients needs while in the center, and assisting with clerical duties at the reception desk


Assist with typing, filing, answering phones, assembling mailings or packets, and computer data entry in departments such as Quality, Education and Marketing & Corporate Communications, Patient Financial Services

Gift Shop

Serve as a cashier, create window displays, assist with buying and/or inventory.

Coffee Shop

Assist with food orders.

Information Desk

Greet visitors, assist with directions, answer patient information telephone calls

ER Greeter

Greet patients as they come in to the Emergency Department, assist them with registration, help people in the waiting area, escort patients to treatment areas.

Creative Floral or Sewing

Design and create items for sale in the gift shop and for the annual bazaar

Patient Escorts

Accompany patients, in wheelchairs or walking, to various areas of the medical center

Senior Dinners

Assist with registration and hosting at the HealthQuest Sunday senior dinners

Waiting Room Assistants

Act as a liaison between staff and patients' families in the surgery or intensive care unit waiting rooms

Patient Care Host/Hostess

Deliver water and/or snacks to patients, visit with patients, assist with clerical duties in the patient care areas


Work in conjunction with the Spiritual Care Department to work one on one with patients and family members

Auxiliary Leadership

Serve as an officer, committee chairman or on a committee for the Genesis Auxiliary

Regularly scheduled assignments are available or volunteers may work "on call" as needed.

For more information, call the Volunteer Services Department at 563-421-2186.

Davenport Parks & Recreation

1757 W. 12th Street
Davenport, Iowa 52804
(563) 326-7812

Davenport Parks and Recreation enhances the quality of life through recreation, and stewardship of public lands.  Their goal is to offer a broad range of recreational activities that provides opportunities for all the residents of Davenport and beyond, with programs for all ages and abilities.  They value diversity, innovation, collaboration, environmental sustainability, professionalism, safety, inclusion, and most of all Fun in all that they do.

 What does Davenport Parks and Rec do?  Here are just a few things:

 ·        Serving over 150,000 people in parks, recreation, golf, and environmental programs.
·         Offering more than 500 programs annually for all ages from pre-school to seniors classes.
·        Caring for more than 3000 acres of natural areas and parks.
·        Mowing over 2000 acres weekly to offer pristine conditions in our parks.
·        Picking up litter and emptying 315 garbage cans everyday to keep our parks clean.
·        Grooming 41 sports fields seasonally for soccer (8) and baseball (33).
·        Keeping 28 drinking fountains accessible and in working order throughout the city parks.
·        Maintaining 27 tennis (8) and basketball (19) courts throughout the city.
·        Managing 18 miles of trails/paths to help connect people to nature and fitness while

Volunteers are always welcome to assist with the upkeep of Davenport’s public spaces. This can be a great opportunity for club or class service.

There may also be more involved internship opportunities in areas of landscaping, horticulture, and education.

For more information on volunteering with Davenport Parks & Recreation, call the number above.

Central Community Circle Food Pantry

503 Vine Street

Davenport, Iowa 52802

(563) 322-8253


Central Community Circle Food Pantry is located across the street from Café on Vine and near the shelter operated by Humility of Mary Housing.


It serves an area with great need, and donations of non-perishable food are always welcome.


In addition to donating through food drives, there are other volunteer opportunities at the Pantry, such as stocking shelves and helping with distribution.


Its opening hours are Monday 1-4, Tuesday 11:30-2:30, Wednesday 3-6, Thursday 11-2:30, and Friday noon-3pm.


If you or your student organization is interested in working with the Central Community Circle Food Pantry, please call the number above.

L'Arche Community Clinton

PO Box 0278
Clinton, Iowa 52732
(563) 243-9035

L’Arche is an international Catholic organization of communities for persons with disabilities. L'Arche enables people with and without disabilities to share their lives in communities of faith and friendship. Community members are transformed through relationships of mutuality, respect, and companionship as they live, work, pray, and play together.

Known as The Arch, the L'Arche Community in Clinton, Iowa, was founded in 1974 by Sr. Marjorie Wisor, OSF, a Clinton Franciscan. It is now home to about 20 residents with disabilities and 12 assistants, making it one of the largest L'Arche Communities in the Midwest.

In 2007, St. Ambrose University, through the student group Ambrosians for Peace and Justice (APJ), started a relationship with L’Arche Clinton.  Volunteers from APJ travel to the L’Arche community in Clinton one Sunday each month to spend an afternoon visiting with the residents.

If you are interested in visiting the L’Arche Community in Clinton with APJ, please contact Stella O’Rourke in Campus Ministry at or at 333-6083.

 For other volunteer opportunities, please contact L’Arche Clinton directly at the number above.

Project Renewal

906 W. 5th Street
Davenport, IA 52802
(563) 324-0800

Project Renewal is a neighborhood development program in the inner city of Davenport, IA. The area has a large concentration of low-income people, elderly, socially deprived children, drug-dependent parents, dysfunctional families, and unemployed youth.

Project Renewal is based at the Nazareth House that was renovated to provide educational and recreational activities for multicultural children, as well as residence for lay and religious volunteers.

Project Renewal volunteers attempt to be "good neighbors" with the people of the neighborhood by acting on gospel values, and empowering the people to self-sufficiency through encouragement, love and dignity.

Project Renewal works with all members of the neighborhood, but since its beginning in 1974 the children have been the primary focus.

Sr. Concetta Bendicente, PHJC, from Chicago, started Project Renewal with the vision of "presence" for the children. Volunteers extend a parental presence through big brother/sister, after-school tutoring, weekend sports, and summer recreational and employment programs.

Residential volunteers have a stabilizing impact in the lives of the children. Educating, building self-esteem and affirming each child for his/her individual worth are the paramount goals of Project Renewal.

Project Renewal also serves as an educational training center for persons interested in serving low-income people. Youth groups, church members, boy scouts, retired persons, and people from all walks of life volunteer at Project Renewal. Through one-to-one contact with the children, volunteers gain insight into the root causes of poverty, unemployment, and low self-esteem.

Volunteers often discover through working with the poor, that they themselves are "poor" in their own respects. Project Renewal volunteers also cooperate with and challenge civil authorities, civic groups, agencies, schools, and churches to develop and awareness of the root problems of poverty.

Volunteer opportunities

Project Renewal is supported by volunteers and voluntary contributions.

Volunteers are always welcome for after-school tutoring, weekend sports, summer recreation, and special events.

In addition, college students, interns, and religious people live in community at the two houses and are paid through grants and stipends when available. Each volunteer has an individualized program that allows for service to the children as well as professional development.

St. Ambrose University assists with the annual Halloween party and Spring fun run. Volunteers are always welcome to join us for these events. For further information, contact Stella O’Rourke in Campus Ministry at or at 333-6083.

For other volunteer opportunities with Project Renewal, please contact Ann Schwickerath at the number above.

Rebuilding Together Quad Cities

PO Box 3245
Davenport, IA 52808
(563) 322-6534

Rebuilding Together Quad Cities is the local branch of the national organization Rebuiling Together.  Through Rebuilding Together, volunteers provide free repairs, maintenance, and home modifications to needy homeowners through bi-annual “workdays” in which many volunteers are mobilized to work on a large number of home improvement projects.

Rebuilding Together helps low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners live in warmth, safety and independence.

Volunteer opportunities

Many volunteers are needed for the workdays, which occur twice per year. It could be a great opportunity for club service or for a group of friends!

As a volunteer for a Rebuilding Together workday, you’ll get a free T-shirt, lunch,. . . and a great feeling of accomplishment!

If you have special skills, they can especially use your help. Carpenters, electricians, plumbers and other skilled tradespeople are always needed. But other willing hands and hearts are also welcome!

To volunteer on a workday, you should be:

• At least 16 years of age.

• Willing to donate an entire Saturday to the project.

You may also serve as a . . .

House captain. Manage the project by coordinating all the aspects of repair on one home on the workday. Serves as the project foreman or director.

Volunteer coordinator. Help recruit and /or organize the volunteers needed to work on one home.

Emergency volunteer. Work on emergency projects during the year, as needed.

Committee member. Support our mission by becoming involved on committees that prepare for workdays, select projects, manage volunteers, promote and publicize our work, raise funds, etc. There’s lots of ways to get involved!

Board member. Help steer our organization throughout the year with your time and expertise.

Boys and Girls Club

406 7th Street
Moline, IL 61265
(309) 757-5777

The mission of Boys and Girls Clubs is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Boys and Girls Clubs are charged with deepening their impact on the young people they serve. Clubs do this by helping youth develop the attitudes, skills, values and behaviors that enable them to succeed in life. The level of impact a Club has on our young people depends on how often and how long members participate, as well as how well the Club implements five key elements.

The key elements of youth development are:

Safe, Positive Environment – Club staff, facilities, programs and age appropriate settings create stability,    consistency and a sense of physical and emotional safety for members. The Club provides structure and clearly    defines acceptable behavior.

Fun – Clubs generate fun for members. Members develop a strong sense of belonging through connections they   establish with staff and peers. Staff members make the Club feel like home, fostering a family atmosphere and    creating a sense of ownership for members.

Supportive Relationships – Club youth develop meaningful relationships with peers and adults. Staff members    actively encourage such relationships. Staff members display warmth, caring, appreciation, acceptance and    guidance in their interactions with members.

Opportunities and Expectations – club youth acquire physical, social, technological, artistic and life skills. Clubs    encourage members and help members with school and post-secondary education.

Recognition – Clubs recognize and support young peoples self-worth and accomplishments. Staff members    encourage youth and provide positive reinforcement as they make improvements and experience successes.

Volunteer opportunities

There are many volunteer opportunities with Boys and Girls Clubs.   Volunteers work with the children who attend the club to do any number of activities. They can teach cooking classes, work on puzzles with the kids, help them with their career explorations, do art projects, teach dance, and much more.

If you are interested, please call the number above.

Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities

How often am I required to volunteer?
Volunteers can work every day, several times a week, several times a month, once a month, once a year, or at special events and festivities. The opportunity to help the Boys and Girls Club achieve its mission is always appreciated by the staff and members, alike, and they are happy to accommodate your schedule.

What is the procedure for becoming a volunteer?
Please call the number above and visit the Administrative Office at 338 6th Street, Moline, IL 61265 to complete our volunteer application.

Big Brothers Big Sisters
130 West 5th St.
Davenport, IA 52801 
(563) 323-8006

There are two ways in which to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters during your time at St. Ambrose.

The first is through the SAU organization "Bee a Big."  Members of Bee a Big commit to being a big brother or big sister to a "little" for the year.  Sign-up takes place in the Fall.  For more information on Bee a Big, please contact group advisor Stella O'Rourke in Campus Ministry at or at ext. 6083.

If you have missed the Fall sign-up or would like to volunteer on your own, you can contact the local branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters at the contact details above. 

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things you will ever do. It's simple, too. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do, such as:
  • Shooting hoops
  • Playing a board game
  • Going on a hike
  • Enjoying a pizza
In our own lives, each of us have been touched by someone, other than our parents, who have broadened our horizons and brought magic to our lives

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a variety of opportunities for you to be the person who can bring magic to the life of a child. By spending as little as four hours a month with a child, you can be that  person. Touch the life of a child and become a Big Brother or Big Sister today.

The local branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a wide variety of activities each month for mentors and children in our community-based program.  There is a great amount of flexibility in structuring your mentorship, so no matter your schedule, there will be a way to make it work!

Hand-in-Hand QC - "Programs for Children with Disabilities"

3860 Middle Road
Bettendorf, IA 52722
(563) 332-8010

Hand-in-Hand is a non-profit organization that assists families with special needs. Their mission is to expand the capabilities, confidence and quality of life for children and young adults of all abilities by providing programs designed to encourage fun, learning and social interaction in a positive environment.

Hand-in-Hand programs provide a growing number of services for both special and typical needs children 6 weeks to 21 years of age. Hand-in-Hand is also expanding some activities to serve adults with disabilities. Their activities are planned with the age and ability level of each individual in mind.  Children with a wide variety of mental, physical and medical needs are welcomed participants in all of their programs.

Tessa's Place is the site for Hand-in-Hand's respite and childcare programs. It is located at 3860 Middle Road in Bettendorf. Tessa's Place is a beautiful building licensed by the State of Iowa with an accessible playground and facility tailored to the needs of children with disabilities.

Volunteer opportunities

Some special needs children need support in accomplishing both day to day activities and the fun experiences we all enjoy. Volunteering as a caregiver allows special needs children a chance to make friends, learn new skills, and partake in enjoyable activities. Hand-in-Hand was created with the belief that every individual, regardless of ability, should have opportunities for fun and personal growth. In addition to helping a child, you allow their regular caregivers a chance to go to work, grocery shop, or perhaps have a rare evening out to relax.

Who Can Volunteer?

Volunteers of all ages can make a contribution, especially those who can share their time with a special needs child more than once. Individuals who build relationships with specific children are Hand-in-Hand's most sought after volunteers. A volunteer must be at least 14 years of age to work without parent or adult supervision. Our goal is to match each volunteer with a special needs individual and activity that suits them best.

What Activities Do Volunteers Do?

The activities you may engage in include (but are not limited to): providing individual attention and positive guidance to children and young adults, swimming, taking walks, playing games, horseback riding, bowling, reading stories, creating art projects, singing, and visiting exciting Quad-city locations and events. 

Hand In Hand programs take place during the day at their Child Care Center and summer day camp, as well as after-school and on weekends and evenings.  They also have special projects you may choose to take part in. Whatever time or task best suits your abilities, your job will be to participate with a spirit of fun and friendship.  


Groups or individuals may call Molly Steil at 332-8010 or e-mail her at for further information.

Individual volunteers must fill-out a volunteer application with references, sign policy statements and have a background check. Volunteers are given orientation information and are supervised by Hand-in-Hand staff. Volunteers are typically paired with an experienced staff person to guide them in their volunteer activity.

Rock Island Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
2545 24th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
(309) 788-0458

Rock Island Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is a 177 bed facility offering quality nursing care in a very supportive, nurturing surrounding. The facility offers short and long term care to meet a variety of individuals’ needs and conditions.  Rock Island Nursing & Rehabilitation Center provides its residents with a comfortable, clean, secure environment.

Volunteer needs

The Center is in great need of volunteers to visit with residents on the weekend to play games and assist with activities.  Volunteers are needed for periods of 2 to 3 hours on Saturday or Sunday.   Volunteers will join residents for activities such as bingo, card games, drawing, and painting. 

Volunteers may either come once or commit to a longer time period.  The Center is very flexible and would be hugely grateful for St. Ambrose volunteers for any amount of time they are able to give.

Please contact Shawn (Paaske) Walden at the phone number above or on her cell phone to discuss volunteer opportunities: 563-528-2090.

St. Joseph the Worker House
901 20th St.
Rock Island, IL 61201
Contact at St. Mary’s Monastery: (309) 283-2100

The mission of St. Joseph the Worker House is to provide temporary housing to single women and their children. Some are homeless or facing homelessness. They often have no other place to go where they can keep their families intact as they make often enormous transitions in their lives. The St. Joseph Worker House is a special “home” where women feel a sense of belonging, community, and hope for their futures.

The House welcomes women and their children for as long as is necessary to take their next steps forward. While at the House, the women benefit from life skills training and the support of a structured environment. The House consists of communal living and eating areas downstairs, and four bedrooms upstairs.

Volunteer opportunities

St. Joseph the Worker House has many volunteer opportunities, both for groups and individuals. The following is a sample of the work projects that are needed at the House:
• Fundraisers to meet the ongoing needs:
o “Stable Table” – funds to purchase food
o “Project Cleanup” – funds to purchase high use items such as paper products, toiletries, laundry items, diapers, etc.
o “InMotion” – funds towards car maintenance, insurance
o “Wheels” – funds towards the purchase of a new vehicle
• Plan and offer activities for the children in the house
• Work on refurbishment of the new accommodation unit in Rock Island
• Work to find furniture for the new accommodation unit in Rock Island
• Research grant possibilities
• Carry out a needs assessment of families living in the House
• Clean the House
• Obtain bids from companies for building work and grounds projects, such as door replacement, cement work, window replacement
• Prepare meals for the families
• Design a new website for the organization.

St. Joseph the Worker House is affiliated with St. Mary’s Monastery, which is also an SAU community partner. To enquire about volunteer opportunities at St. Joseph the Worker House, please contact either Sr. Bobbi Bussan or Sr. Germaine Cupp. They can be contacted at St. Mary’s Monastery at the number above.

Humane Society of Scott County

2802 W. Central Park Ave.

Davenport, IA

(563) 388-6655


The Humane Society of Scott County is a non-profit organization founded in 1902 to care for abandoned animals in Scott County.    The shelter is funded entirely by donations and a fee charged to the city and county for the care of the animals.  

The Society has recently moved into a purpose-built premises on West Central Park Avenue, just a couple of miles from campus.

The Society provides shelter and care to 7000 lost, abandoned and unwanted animals each year in Scott County, Iowa. They do not turn away any animals. 

The following are some of the important services provided by the Humane Society: 

o        A low cost spay and neuter program.

o        Provision of vital information to the public about animal care and safety, pet overpopulation and the importance of spaying and neutering through educational programs presented to schools, civic organizations and other interested parties.

o        Investigation and action on neglect, abuse, injured animal and other types of pet matters.  They assist the police, sheriffs, fire and health departments.

o        A pet behavior counselor is available to answer questions.

Volunteer opportunities


The Humane Society welcomes volunteers who share their love of animals. Volunteers are needed for cleaning kennels, walking and supervising the animals when they are out of their cages, and office work.


If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the number above. Please also keep the Humane Society in mind when considering adopting a pet. 

Donations needed!

Because they take in nearly 10,000 animals each year, the Humane Society's wish list is constant and ongoing.  The following necessities would be hugely appreciated:

Dog and puppy food - dry (higher quality)
Dog and puppy food - small bites
Cat and kitten food - dry
Cat little - clay, not scoopable
Rabbit food
Timothy grass
Guinea pig food
Dog and cat brushes
Window cleaner
Pens and pencils
Dog toys
Cat toys
Throw rugs
Laundry detergent & bleach
Pooper scoopers
Brooms and dustpans
Film - 35mm and 600 series
Antibacterial hand soap
Copy paper and legal pads

SAU Habitat for Humanity
St. Ambrose University has a Habitat for Humanity site that is open to the Ambrose community, and it needs volunteers. Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities relies on volunteers to help our affiliate achieve its mission of making the dream of home ownership possible for our partner families.

Construction opportunities are generally available on Saturdays, from 8:30am-4pm, and typically on one evening during the week. Construction volunteers may work for one day or for a more long-term commitment. Lunch is provided on Saturday work days.

  • We welcome volunteers of all skill levels and gender

  • We provide tools and on site training and strive to make every volunteer's exerience a meaningful one.

  • We facilitate groups

  • Age restrictions apply. All minors must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

Interested volunteers should contact Terry Timmerman, Volunteer Coordinator, at (563) 359-9066 to sign up for construction.

Ridgecrest Village retirement community

4130 Northwest Blvd.

Davenport, IA 52806

(563) 391-3430


Ridgecrest Village is a full-service retirement community founded in 1966 by a group of Quad Cities clergy. Today the Village offers three residence options (independent living, assisted living, and skilled care) on its extensive grounds on Northwest Boulevard, which is located near North Park Mall. 


The Village includes the Crest Health Center, which provides on-site access to skilled and intermediate nursing and personal care.


Volunteer opportunities


Volunteers are welcome in many capacities at Ridgecrest. The volunteer coordinator is happy to work with students to find a project that fits skills and interests. The following are some current opportunities:


  • Escorting residents to and from doctor’s appointments. Your name would be added to a list of contacts who are willing to provide transportation. Volunteers are greatly needed for this.


  • Calling Bingo numbers for the Bingo games at the independent living center. 


  • Working in the Arcade Café on Saturdays. The Arcade Café is a shop and small café on-site, and a volunteer is needed to run the cash register and prepare simple meals, so that the Café can be open on Saturdays.


  •  Visiting with the residents. In addition to visiting, many residents would also like assistance with using e-mail and the Internet at the computer lab on-site. You wouldn’t need advanced computer skills – just the desire to help!


  • Special events, especially musical performances. Ridgecrest would love to welcome groups or individuals who could share special talents with the residents. This could include a short recital, or something informal during dinner.


Please contact volunteer coordinator Tammy at the number above to discuss volunteering with Ridgecrest Village.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

5500 Lakeview Pkwy.

Davenport, IA 52807



Formed in 1974, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is an independent, not-for-profit organization that plays an integral role in the community’s health.  MVRBC has reliably served the regional and national community for over 30 years, collecting more than 120,000 units annually in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Missouri.

The Blood Center is community-based and wholly dependent on blood collections from volunteer donors. 


The Blood Center is located about 4 miles northeast of campus, off Utica Ridge Road.


Volunteer opportunities


The Blood Center posts volunteers openings on its website, at  


To get involved, call the Volunteer Services Department at the number above or email at


Types of volunteer opportunities are the following:

Driver - Assist our Product Management Department in one of the following positions:

  • Delivery: Transport processed blood from the Davenport Center to area hospitals for patient use.
  • Mobile Pickup:  Transport blood from mobile drives to the Davenport Center for processing.
  • Site Pickup:  Transport blood from area Donor Centers to the Davenport Center for processing.

MVRBC vehicle and gas card provided or mileage reimbursements available.

Donor Scheduling Assistant - Telephone prospective donors from established call list for mobile drives.  Schedule donation appointments; convey pre-donation criteria and mark donor records with appropriate changes.

Plasma Packer - Enter information into computer for plasma shipment and pack for transportation.

Youth Education Assistant - Provide assistance to our youth education department by presenting information to all ranges of school aged children. Volunteer should be approachable, have basic biology or science background, possess clear communication skills, comfort in public speaking and Power Point Presentations. Must like working with youth and be reliable and energetic.

Nahant Marsh

Education Center

4220 Wapello Ave.

Davenport, IA 52802

(563) 323-5195


Nahant Marsh is a beautiful 513-acre wetland area adjacent to the Mississippi River in southwest Davenport. The area encompasses numerous wetland community types including bottomland forest, open-water habitat, and a marsh.


The Education Center at the Nahant Marsh is a resource for the public, educating groups of all ages about the ecological importance of the Marsh.  The mission of Nahant Marsh Education Center is to maintain and enhance the Center’s ecological and scenic qualities while providing compatible low impact educational and recreational opportunities.


Volunteer opportunities


There are many volunteer opportunities at the Marsh, both for individuals and groups. The Marsh is happy to work with students to develop service projects, such as:


·        Environmental Education – help develop and/or deliver environmental education programs for a wide range of groups (including pre-K through 12, College, and general public)

·        Displays- help develop interactive environmental displays for the education center and for special events such as Bald Eagle Days, Earth Week Fair, etc.

·        Artwork/Murals/Etc.- Create environmentally-themed artwork to display at Nahant Marsh

·        Invasive species removal- help clear invasive plants. Nahant Marsh is under constant threat from at least 30 different invasive plants

·        Trail maintenance and development

·        Construction- includes help with building things like boardwalks and viewing platforms

·        Forest Restoration projects- we have an on-going project in which we are planting and monitoring native trees in part of the preserve

·        Research Projects- including water quality monitoring, bird and plant surveys, soil monitoring, etc.

If you are interested in volunteering at Nahant Marsh please contact Brian at the number above.

Rock Island Parks & Recreation

1320 24th Street.

Rock Island, IL 61201

(309) 732-7275


The Rock Island Parks & Recreation Department, operating 26 sites with over 848 acres of green space, provides a wide variety of activities and programs for people of all age groups, including league activities, fitness and aerobic programs, aquatic programs, senior activities, and recreational classes. Some of the annual activities include the following:


  • Winter in Bloom holiday event at Hauberg Civic Center (Sunday, Dec, 6);
  • Community Garage Sale at Upper Longview Park (spring and fall);
  • Annual Easter egg hunt at Lincoln Park (Saturday prior to Easter);


Volunteers, either individually or in groups, are welcome to assist with the upkeep of the parks in Rock Island. St. Ambrose students recently assisted with cleaning the riverfront as part of Urban Plunge, and similar help by student groups would be very welcome.


Volunteers would also be welcome to assist with activities that might be of particular interest to them, such as the senior activities or any of the activities detailed above. 


In addition, Rock Island Parks & Recreation welcomes volunteers to coach its youth sports teams.  People may volunteer together, or individually (please indicate on application). Interested candidates should be willing to commit to coaching for a season and must complete a Volunteer Application and return it to the Park Office at the address above..

For more information on volunteering, please contact the Park Office at the number above. If calling in relation to coaching, please speak with Todd Winter.

Diocese of Davenport
2706 N. Gaines St
Davenport, Iowa  52804

Mission Statement
“To serve, promote and empower parishes and other communities of faith to act upon Catholic Social Teaching by providing resources and coordination.”

The Diocese of Davenport oversees the parishes in the diocese, which include all those in the southestern part of Iowa.  The Diocese's work encompasses the six areas of ministry: church life, faith formation, family life, finance and administration, liturgy, and social action.

In the past, St. Ambrose University students have assisted in groundskeeping at the Diocese, and there are continuing needs for hands-on volunteers.   

Volunteers are also sought in the ministries to assist in bringing the mission of the Diocese to fruition.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Diocese, plesae contact the number above.

Cafe on Vine

Café on Vine

932 W. 6th Street

Davenport, IA 52802

(563) 324-4472



Café on Vine, formerly known as the Café John Lewis, is a meal site open to anyone at no charge. It is located in downtown Davenport, on the corner of 6th and Vine Streets.


The café serves a noon meal every day and an evening meal on Sunday as well. The café is also available for neighborhood meetings. Catering services are provided with the extra income being used to help cover café expenses.


Volunteers are very welcome and are needed to serve meals and help with prep and clean up.  If you or a small group is interested in volunteering, please contact the number above.

Sacred Heart Cathedral
422 E. 10th Street
Davenport, IA 52803

Sacred Heart Cathedral needs individuals to volunteer their time helping to keep the grounds of the chapel clean and in addition has other projects that volunteers are needed for. Interested parties should contact the information above.

Davenport Good Samaritan Society

700 Waverly Road

Davenport, IA 52804

(563) 324-1651


Davenport Good Samaritan Center is a non-profit, Christian care facility providing adults with skilled nursing, rehabilitation, long-term care and specialized Alzheimer’s Disease care services. 


The 40-bed Good Samaritan Society – Davenport opened in 1962. Through the years, the center has become respected as one of the Quad City area's leaders in senior apartment living, healthcare, Alzheimer's care and rehabilitation.


The picturesque campus now includes four residential buildings, with 190 nursing care beds and 44 senior living apartments. It features the area's most complete geriatric rehabilitation center, the area's premier Alzheimer's special care facility and home healthcare services.  


Volunteer opportunities


Volunteers play an integral role in the success of the Good Samaritan Society.

The Good Samaritan Center is always looking for compassionate people who can assist them in fulfilling the important role of volunteer. A wide range of individual and group volunteer opportunities are available. Opportunities may include visiting residents; escorting residents; and assisting with a variety of activity programs, including Bible studies, bingo, hymn sings and special events.

Volunteers are rewarded with the knowledge that a difference has been made in the life of residents and through wonderful relationships with great people!


Prior to placement, all volunteers should attend an orientation session, which includes the following:

  • History and mission of the Good Samaritan Society
  • Resident Bill of Rights, the Importance of Confidentiality and the Protection of Vulnerable Adults
  • Communication with elderly residents
  • Policies and procedures for volunteers
  • Infection control, safety and emergency procedures
  • Specific training for the assigned volunteer position

The Society welcomes groups of all ages, families, organizations and individuals to become a part of their mission.

If you can help by sharing your time, talents and gifts, please contact the Good Samaritan Volunteer Coordinator at the number above.

Habitat Restore
3629 Mississippi Ave
Davenport, IA 52807

Since opening its doors in December 2002, the ReStore has enjoyed overwhelming support from Quad City shoppers, donors and volunteers. Store sales have diverted over 4 MILLION POUNDS of usable building materials from area landfills and provided more than $300,000 to Habitat for Humanity-Quad Cities to help fund home construction in our community.

Are you looking for a way to give back to the community?  The Habitat ReStore needs energetic, fun-loving individuals for a variety of duties. From assisting customers, processing donations, arranging displays, answering phones to harvesting from older homes – there’s something for everyone.  

 Hours are flexible. Meet some wonderful new friends and make a difference.

Nancy Coakley coordinates the ReStore’s volunteer program for in-store and harvesting needs, and for individuals or groups wishing to schedule a volunteer day at the store.  She can provide you with more information on volunteering and answer your questions.  If you are interested in becoming a ReStore volunteer, or want to explore how your group can participate, stop in or call Nancy at 563-391-4949.  The hardworking volunteers who contribute their time and talents to make a positive impact on the environment and housing needs in the Quad Cities make the ReStore possible.

Quad City Arts Festival of Trees

Quad City Arts


136 E. 3rd St.

Davenport, IA 52801

(563) 324-FEST




More than a premier holiday event, Festival of Trees is the annual fundraiser for Quad City Arts, a local not-for-profit arts agency.


For 8 days in late November, the RiverCenter plays host of dozens of festive events, including art exhibits, a holiday parade, displays of fabulously decorated trees, a gift shop, and of course a sitting with Santa!


More than 3,500 volunteers, over 650 designers, nearly 3,500 Center Stage entertainers, and over 150 Sponsors help to make Festival of Trees possible.  Over 100,000 people experience Festival annually, making it one of the largest attractions in the Quad Cities.


This fundraiser makes it possible for Quad City Arts to provide quality arts programming year round for residents of six counties in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.
All proceeds from Festival of Trees benefit Quad City Arts and help the community. Quad City Arts is a not-for-profit agency dedicated to the growth and vitality of the region through the presentation, development and celebration of the arts.


Volunteers needed


The Festival would not be possible without the assistance of its volunteers throughout the week and particularly on the Saturday of the Festival which is the day of the Festival parade. 


Further details of volunteer needs for Festival of Trees 2010 will be posted closer to the date.

St. John's Lutheran Church - after school program - volunteers needed!


4501 7th Ave.

Rock Island, IL 61201

Contact: Laura Mahn

(309) 786-6333


Volunteers needed now!


St. John’s is a Lutheran Church located in downtown Rock Island.

The church runs a very successful after school program, which meets once a week to offer kids homework help, as well as a chance to play games.  Previously held on Wednesday afternoons, the program will now be on Tuesdays from 3pm-6pm.

  St. John's would not be able to offer this helpful and often necessary program without drivers to bring the kids from school to the church, and that's where volunteers come in! 

St. John's is currently in need of volunteer drivers who would be able to pick up 4 or 5 children at Frances Willard School (2503 9th Street, Rock Island) at 3:00 and take them to St. John's. 

After that, volunteers would be welcome to stay and help out if they wanted, or they would be free to go home. 

If you would be able to commit to driving every Tuesday, that would be wonderful!  But if you think you could only commit to one or two Tuesdays per month, your help would still be greatly appreciated. 

Several of the church’s Liberian families have children that attend the program, but they will be unable to this year if there is no transportation, so please prayerfully consider this opportunity to spend some time each week with some new friends!

 If you are interested in helping out, or if you would like more information, please call Laura Mahn between 9am and 1pm at the number above.

John F. Kennedy Catholic School
1627 West 42nd Street
Davenport, IA 52806

Located in Northwest Davenport, our State of Iowa accredited parish school provides an excellent education for children in kindergarten through the eighth grade.

Mission Statement:
John F. Kennedy Catholic School, as the Roman Catholic School of Our Lady of Victory Parish, partners with families in accepting and loving children as unique gifts of God.  Through our caring and nurturing parish community, we will help all children identify and share their gifts and talents and develop a Christ-centered character, live their Catholic faith, and achieve academic excellence as they become disciples of Christ.

Volunteer Opportunity


Parent coaches are utilized for all athletic programs including Dad's Club, Catholic League, and Future Knights teams.  Please express your interest in assisting through the contact found for each sport under Extra-Curricular/Athletics.

Scout Leaders

Volunteer leaders are an essential part of these programs.  There is training available for those interested through the local scouting offices.

Quad Citiy Botanical Center

2525 4th Avenue

Rock Island, IL 61201

(309) 794-0991


Built next to the Mississippi River in downtown Rock Island, the Quad City Botanical Center offers beautiful gardens in all seasons!  It includes a 6,444 square foot tropical Sun Garden conservatory, the outdoor Scott County Regional Authority Conifer and Perennial Gardens, a beautiful Butterfly Garden, a colorful Physically Challenged Garden, and a Children's Scrambled Alphabet Garden.

The "Sprout House" greenhouse is utilized for educational programming and plant care all year.  Thousands of school children enjoy learning about the important role plants play in our lives during hands-on, guided study tours to our garden.

Throughout the year a wide variety of special events are offered to further enhance learning about the world as a global garden.  Changing art exhibitions by artists of national acclaim are offered in our lobby and gardens.  The Window Box Gift Shop offers a superb selection of garden-inspired merchandise.  There is something for every garden enthusiast at the Quad City Botanical Center!

Volunteers needed!

Volunteers are needed both to run the educational tours and to assist with the special projects throughout the year.

The Botanical Center also has a couple of unpaid internship positions, which would be ideal for students with particular interests in botanical gardens and education.

Especially in winter, the Botanical Center is a beautiful and WARM place to make a difference in the Quad City area! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Education Coordinator at the number above.

The Center
1411 Brady Street
Davenport, Iowa 52803
(563) 324-5278

Food Pantry @ The Center
The Food Pantry @ The Center is a combined effort started by Sacred Heart Cathedral and includes numerous churches along Brady Street in Davenport.

The Food Pantry, spearheaded by Deacon Bob McCoy, is open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:00am to 11:30am and serves individuals and families living from 8th Street north to 29th Street and Ripley Street east to the Bettendorf border.

Bar soap, peanut butter, boxed potatoes and canned meats are always appreciated.

Friendly Thrift Center
The Friendly Thrift Center has served the Quad City community since 1970 when six Davenport and Bettendorf United Methodist Churches came together to form an organization of charitable, benevolent and educational purposes. Staffed completely by volunteers, The Friendly Thrift Center sells donated new and used clothing and household goods at very affordable prices to persons of need in the community. Open from 9:00am to 1:00pm Monday through Saturday, it provides a pleasant, welcoming place for all who shop there.

In addition to goods sold at reasonable prices, items are given without charge to individuals and families who are unable to pay even nominal charges as vouched by other agencies such as John Lewis Community Services or United Neighbors.

The organization is self-supporting and any funds remaining after operating expenses are distributed by grants to other non-profit social services agencies serving the Quad City community. Donations are always welcome during hours of operation. Men's clothing and household goods such as linens, towels, pots and pants are items most needed. We are always looking for volunteers to receive, sort and sell merchandise.

To volunteer, contact Deacon Bob at 563.324.1912 extension 257

Kahl Home for the Aged


1101 West 9th Street

Davenport, Iowa  52804

Tel 563-324-1621

The Carmelite System offers programs and services to further improve the care rendered to the elderly by the Affiliates. Among the services and programs it offers are the following:

The Kahl Home for the Aged needs volunteers to work in the facility interacting with the individuals who are residence there or who are just there resting before returning home. This would be on an individual basis working one on one with a resident.

In 1999, the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm formed a non-profit corporation known as The Carmelite System, Inc. in order to perpetuate the healing ministry of Christ in long-term health care.

Levee Improvement Commission

City of Davenport

Steve Ahrens

226 W. 4th Street

Davenport, IA 52803

(563) 888-2235


The Davenport Levee Improvement Commission enhances the quality of life in our community by improving the riverfront through stewardship, innovative planning and management of resources.


In the last 100 years, land has been acquired, and property has been filled to create nine miles of publicly-owned riverfront.  The land under the jurisdiction of the Commission is south of River Drive and the IC&E Railroad to the centerline of the channel of the Mississippi River, and between the east and west city limits of Davenport.


The Commission has two focus areas: the creation of public improvements along the waterfront and economic development benefiting the community. 


Volunteers, either individually or in groups, are always welcome to assist with the improvement and upkeep of the riverfront area. In the past, SAU students worked on painting a railing along the riverfront. Work would also include clean-up, raking, planting, and other maintenance work.   


Individuals with an interest in community development and urban planning are also welcome to discuss service opportunities both with the Levee Improvement Commission and the City Planning and Economic Development Department.  Steve Ahrens of the Levee Improvement Commission is happy to discuss tailor-made service opportunities that match your interests with the City’s needs.


For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Steve Ahrens at the number above.

St. Mary Monastery

Sisters of St. Benedict

2200 88th Avenue West

Rock Island, IL 61201

(309) 283-2100


As Catholic Benedictine Sisters, the members of the community at St Mary Monastery live together to seek and serve God, and all God’s creation. They practice hospitality, and welcome everyone as Jesus Christ. They value simplicity. They live by the Gospel, the Rule of Benedict and their tradition. They share all things in common: everyday life, material goods, joys and sorrows, hopes and prayers. They follow a distinctive rhythm of prayer and work.


The Sisters of St. Benedict seek to serve God’s people in ministries ranging from prayer and spiritual direction to retreat, parish and social work. They are teachers and campus ministers, hospice and food pantry volunteers. Their ministries are an outgrowth of the cherished values of prayer and community life, which form their identity as Benedictines.

While most of the 60 Sisters live at the monastery, several live in small groups in nearby towns, continuing ministries in education, pastoral care, canon law and outreach to the poor begun by the Sisters decades ago.


Volunteer opportunities


The Monastery would be grateful to receive volunteers for its reception desk, particularly on the weekends. 


There are also a number of sisters living at the Monastery in its senior care center, and volunteers would be very welcome to visit with the sisters and join them for meals.


The Monastery is undertaking a number “green” projects on its grounds. Volunteers would be very welcome in the fall to help collect and save seeds for planting, and are needed in the spring and throughout the summer to assist with planting and maintaining the gardens.


The Monastery is connected to St. Joseph’s Home, a shelter for women and children located near the Centennial Bridge in Rock Island. Volunteers would be greatly welcome to assist in reading programs and helping with the general upkeep of the building and grounds.


If you are interested in any of these opportunities, or would like to visit St. Mary’s Monastery to learn more about one of the few monasteries in our area, please contact Sr. Marlene at the number above. 


If you are specifically interested in working with St. Joseph’s Home, please contact Sr. Bobbi Bussan on the same number above.

The Gold Coast and Hamburg Historic District Association

PO Box 4904

Davenport, IA 52808

Jeff Gomez, President

(563) 323-4077

The Gold Coast and Hamburg Historic District is located just south of campus, on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River.

The Gold Coast and Hamburg Historic District Association is a not-for-profit organization in the State of Iowa. Its membership includes people residing or owning property within the boundaries of the Hamburg Historic District. The Hamburg Historic District is one of Iowa's largest historic districts and received national designation as a historic district in 1984. The neighborhood was home to many of Davenport's early German settlers beginning in the mid-19th century. A portion of the neighborhood is located in Davenport's Original Town section, within the earliest boundaries established by the city when it was chartered in 1836.

Beginning in the 1960's, the neighborhood suffered decline and decay as downtown businesses faced economic setbacks and competition from suburban expansion. Beginning in the 1980's, people began moving back into the neighborhood and reclaiming it. The Gold Coast and Hamburg Historic District Association's goals include maintaining the history and diversity of the District, assuring protection of historic buildings and structures, and preserving the written history of the neighborhood.

The Gold Coast and Hamburg Historic District Association works to conserve the written history and encourage diversity of the neighborhood. It supports the protection of historic buildings and structures. The Association is active in the beautification and safety of the neighborhood. The quality of life and the well being of all neighbors is always the first concern.

Students interested in local history, renovation and restoration of historically significant buildings, and improvement and upkeep of common landscaping are welcome to contact the Association to learn more about volunteer opportunities. 

Center for Active Seniors, Inc. (CASI)

1035 W. Kimberly Road

Davenport, IA 52806

(563) 386-7477


CASI is a 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art center located on Kimberly Road in Davenport. Dedicated to serving seniors in the greater Quad Cities area, CASI boasts daily activities, classes, community forums, a fitness center and educational activities.

CASI has a professional staff dedicated to the advocacy of seniors and all issues facing our aging population.

Additionally, CASI operates Jane’s Place, the only adult day care facility in Eastern Iowa, serving seniors with early onset dementia, seniors with specific physical needs and seniors who enjoy a daily routine filled with physical and mental activities and social interaction. Jane’s Place also provides caregivers with much needed respite and allows caregivers to continue to work.


Volunteers are invaluable to the daily operation of CASI.  A variety of volunteer opportunities are available for persons of all ages, including special events, customer service, adult day care and  listening to children read.


Contact the volunteer coordinator at the number above to learn more about volunteer opportunities with CASI.


Rock Island-Milan School District Primary and Intermediate Academies

Virginia Jarrett

District Community Service Coordinator

2101 6th Avenue

Rock Island, IL 61201

(309) 793-5900


The Academies are public schools operated by the Rock Island-Milan School District. The Primary Academy includes children in grades K – 2, and the Intermediate Academy includes children in grades 3 to 6. Both schools are located in Rock Island, the Primary Academy on 14th Avenue and the Intermediate Academy on 6th Avenue.


The families, schools, and community have the same goal for the Academies: academic success for all children. A love for learning and high standards for accountability, combined with the dedication of all stake-holders, promise success for all children. A strong public school system is essential to the health and growth of a community. Rock Island-Milan School District does everything possible to meet the needs of the whole child.


Volunteer opportunities


Book Buddies

The Primary Academy is recruiting volunteers to mentor 2nd grade students using a personalized lesson plan. Mentors receive an orientation and training. The coordinator develops the lesson plans and is there to assist you if needed.


Each student attends for ½ a day, 3 times a week. The program involves a minimum of ½ hour volunteer time a week. 


Lights on for Learning After-School Program

The Intermediate Academy involves the community through this program. Students participate in academic and enrichment programs before and/or after school. Tutoring, foreign languages, arts and crafts, scouting, recreation, field trips, family events, and other opportunities are provided. 


Volunteers are needed to tutor students, share a special talent, or be there to assist the coordinator wherever needed.


Big Brothers Big Sisters

The BBBS program matches students with mentors through their partnership. Students may need extra support with life issues. Mentors can come to school during lunch and visit with students for an hour, eating together, building friendships, helping with academics, or playing board games.


Small group work

Students are divided into small reading and math groups during the day. Volunteers assist students in groups or one-on-one with the teacher’s guidance.

To volunteer for any of the projects or to learn of any special events that require volunteers please contact Virginia Jarrett on the phone number above, or at

Humility of Mary Housing
1228 E. 12th Street
Davenport, IA 52803
563 -326-1330

Humility of Mary Housing is a local agency which provide homeless single parent families opportunites for growth and development that could result in self sufficiency.
Humility of Mary provides housing to qualifying women and their children, who can then benefit from a safe environment, access to the food and clothing pantry, access to social workers, advice on social services, and advice on finances and budgetting.

Humility of Mary Housing operates a shelter  for men at 5th and  Vine Streets in downtown Davenport.

Donations are always welcome for food, clothing, hygeine supplies, kitchen items, and some furniture.  This can be a great opportunity to run a collection drive.  Volunteers are also welcome for various activities throughout the year.

Interested volunteers should send an email to or call the number above.

World Relief
World Relief
3115 Ave of the Cities
Moline, IL 61265

The goal of World Relief is to empower the local church to serve those who are less able and more vulnerable in our community and the world. The would like to see those who are most vulnerable to be transformed economically, socially, and spiritually. They hope to achieve these goals with their seven values.
The Example of Jesus as we serve those who are suffering from poverty and injustice, regardless of color, belief, or gender, as part of God’s plan to redeem, reconcile, and restore the world.  We seek to follow Jesus by living holy, humble, and honest lives individually and corporately.
The Local Church as a primary agent of bringing peace, justice, and love to a broken world. The integrated “word” and “deed” dimensions of God’s mandate, as evidenced through the church’s integral, or transformational, mission are necessary to bringing reconciliation and restoration to God, others, and the environment.
People whether staff, volunteers, clients, beneficiaries, donors, and partners, as important actors in bringing peace, love, and justice.  We recognize and affirm World Relief as a multicultural organization and seek to understand and respect the multiplicity of cultures among us. As we seek change in the world, we recognize that we, too, are changed, by those we serve.
Excellence/Continuous Improvement in all our program initiatives and support services, following best practices and standards in a manner that is sustainable to the community from a spiritual, social, and economic perspective. We also seek to apply our human and financial resources in such ways that maximize impact and sustain benefits to the greatest number of people.
Empowerment by prioritizing the leadership and participation of those we serve, whether people, churches, or local institutions, as critical to creating and sustaining change. We seek to catalyze a movement of worldwide volunteers to multiply impact, and we value capacity-building as a means towards that end.
Partnership by seeking, facilitating, and promoting collaboration among all stakeholders, including local governments, the worldwide church, mission agencies, other NGO’s, and the business community, recognizing partnership as essential to serving the most vulnerable. We believe each expression of the worldwide Church has a unique and interdependent role in bringing peace and justice to the world.
Prayer as the priority and foundational to accomplishing our mission.

Volunteers play a vital role in supporting World Relief’s work. Serving throughout the organization both here in the US as well as internationally, volunteer and internship opportunities provide individuals with a deeper understanding of Christian relief and development work. 

We are currently working on establishing our intern and volunteer positions for the next 12 months.  Volunteer and internship positions with World Relief are unpaid and range in duration from two months to two years.  Volunteers are asked to cover their own expenses, including travel. Many times colleges, universities, and home churches may have a mechanism in place to help with the expenses.  World Relief also has a fundraising support mechanism called the Ambassador Program which allows volunteers to utilize our capacity to market, track and expense funds raised.

Volunteering with World Relief equips individuals with professional and spiritual development tools to impact the globe and further God’s Kingdom.  Join us in our efforts to bring hope to the suffering.


1431 N. Ripley Street

Davenport, IA 52803

(563) 322-0382


LYDIA is a national, Christ-honoring organization whose mission is to strengthen families to care for children and care for children when families cannot.


LYDIA started its work in Chicago, which remains the international headquarters for the organization. The Davenport branch of LYDIA is located near to St. Ambrose University, just south of campus on Ripley Street.




After school tutoring. LYDIA Home runs an after-school homework club. In addition to homework help, children have the opportunity to learn and enhance computer skills, participate in recreation activities, and attend special sessions that teach life skills. 


Ruth Services program.   LYDIA Home Association’s Ruth Services Program is a residential program designed to help motivated, low income, single, unwed mothers. The main focus is for them to experience a life change through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In addition, it is hoped these women will overcome prior traumatic experiences and gain life skills so they can function independently and raise their children in a safe and nurturing environment.

Ruth Services provides a supportive and healthy community, in which these women can live and have their needs met. While in the program, Ruth Services provides women with a number of services over a period of time in order to give them support, stabilization, and independence. Women participate in individual therapy, family therapy, parent training, support groups, and mentoring.


Volunteering with LYDIA Home


Volunteers are always welcome at LYDIA Home! 


Volunteers are needed in the after-school program. Children attend Monday to Thursday, from 3:30 until 5:30. Volunteers are encouraged to commit to one session per week for the semester.


For SAU students remaining in the Quad Cities over the summer, LYDIA Home organizes a full-scale children’s summer program, and volunteers are welcome to assist in many ways with this.


LYDIA Home is also involved in many neighborhood improvement projects throughout the year and would be happy to involve SAU clubs or individuals in these improvement projects.


In relation to Ruth Services, volunteers would be welcome to assist the women living at the Home with basic life skills.  


In addition, LYDIA Home would greatly welcome students in social work, education, women’s studies, sociology, or other relevant fields who wish to apply their skills to the work of LYDIA Home.  The Home is happy to work on an individual basis with volunteers to find a project that fits the goals of both the volunteer and LYDIA Home.


To learn more or get started as a LYDIA volunteer, contact Joyce Klopp at (563) 322-0382.

VanderVeer Botanical Park

VanderVeer Botanic Park

214 W. Central Park Avenue

Davenport, IA 52803

(563) 323-3298


Since its establishment in 1885, gardens and floral displays have been a tradition at this beautiful 33 acre park located directly adjacent to the St. Ambrose campus. The park is home to an extensive collection of gardens, trees, and amenities including its large conservatory, hosta glade, municipal rose garden, children’s sculpture garden, plant zoo, and park store.


The Volunteer and Education Office hosts a number of educational programs throughout the year from its Park Office on Central Park Avenue. The Park seeks volunteers for its educational programs, for events in the park, and for horticultural assistance year round in the greenhouses.


The park’s location near the SAU campus makes it an ideal volunteer opportunity for students interested in working in a beautiful botanical setting. For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact the Volunteer and Education Office at the number above.

Davenport Jaycees
Davenport Jaycees

PO Box 3505
Davenport, IA  52803

Jaycees gives young people between the ages of 18 and 41 the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service, and international connections.  This is done through the organization of numerous service and fundraising projects througout the year.  In the Quad Cities, two of the biggest events are the Halloween haunted house and winter Bridal Expo.

The Jaycees are looking for people to join their organization and assist them with their annual projects like the Haunted House, Jaycee Santa, and the Bridal Expo. If you are interested in joining you can contact the Jaycees at the number and address provided.

Holy Family Parish of Davenport
1923 Fillmore Street
Davenport, IA 52804
(563) 322-0901

The Holy Family parish church is located near St. Ambrose University, just off Locust Street on Fillmore Street.


The mission of Holy Family Parish is to gather, celebrate, and grow as parish community; offer life-long faith formation and education; give nourishment through the sacramental life of the Church; and go forth in discipleship to challenge people to a living and shared faith.


Social action in the Catholic Tradition can take many forms. At Holy Family Parish, it includes providing meals for the needy, hosting semi-annual blood drives, preparing a Christmas Dove Tree, running a rummage sale, and undertaking food pantry collections.

This ministry provides a hot meal at the Salvation Army meal site at 6:00pm on the fourth Tuesday of every other month. A sign-up sheet is placed in church four weeks before the meal, and parishioners sign up to donate a meat, vegetable, salad, or dessert. People also volunteer to go to the meal site and serve the meal. They need about ten people to help each time they serve, and many more to donate food.

For current service opportunities with Holy Family parish, please contact the parish office on the number above. If you are interested in volunteering with the parish at the Salvation Army meal site, please contact Nancy Osborne at (563) 391-7507.

Bethany for Children and Families
1830 6th Avenue
Moline, Illinois 612655

Bethany for Children & Families (“Bethany”) is a licensed Illinois child welfare agency and a licensed child-placing agency for the State of Iowa. The programs and services of Bethany are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children.

Bethany for Children & Families is a community organization that works together to respond to the critical needs of children and families. Volunteers are needed to help the agency continue its mission of neighbors helping neighbors, just like you. Whether it's sorting clothes in our clothing pantry, painting the walls of Bethany’s offices, or reading stories to kids in foster care, your time and contribution to Bethany really makes a difference.

Churches United of the Quad City Area
630 9th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
(309) 786-6494

Churches United is a cooperative association of over 135 churches representing more than 20 Christian faiths in the greater Quad Cities area.  The organization is one of the leading non-profits in the area and provides a number of services to the vulnerable in our community, including:

Hunger relief services: Churches United directly addresses hunger in the Quad Cities area by operating both food pantries and meal sites.  In addition to this direct action, Churches United organizes both the annual Quad Cities CROP Walk and the Souper Bowl for Caring fundraising drives.

Winnie's Place: Churches United operates a shelter program to assist women, with or without children, who are homeless or victims of violence, move away from their current situations to more secure opportunities.

Jail ministry: Churches United coordinates ministry to inmates at the Rock Island and Scott County jails.

Churches United is always looking for willing volunteers for its many projects, and in particular is seeking volunteers to assist with its food banks, meal sites, and in the main office.

Please call Churches United to learn more about volunteering opportunities, or visit the website above.

Gilda's Club Quad Cities
1234 East River Drive
Davenport, Iowa. 52803
(563) 326 - 7504

Gilda's Club Quad Cities is a cancer support community providing people living with cancer, and all who touch their lives, access to other people going through the same experience. It is through people coming together to share the collective wisdom of their experience that a sense of control begins to develop. 

Gilda's Club allows the Quad Cities to offer a truly comprehensive program of care for all people living with cancer. And best of all, everything at Gilda's Club is free! Because you cannot charge for what goes from heart to heart.

Volunteers are used in a variety of ways, that include; Noogie Nights, gardening, workshops, Goodie Gang, and special events. If you are interested in working for Gilda's Club as a volunteer, we would like to hear from you. Please phone or e-mail us if you have any questions about volunteering or would like to receive an application.

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