Giving back: Quad Cities' best places to volunteer

Family Museum

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community and have fun. Along with feeling good and giving back, volunteer hours can also be used for National Honor Society, the community service recognition letter, resumes, and college applications. There are several great places to volunteer at in the Quad Cities to get started.

First, you may remember going to the Family Museum in Bettendorf as a child. You can relive your childhood memories by becoming a volunteer. All museum volunteers go through a quick and easy application and orientation process and must be at least 11 years old. There are many different volunteer positions at the museum, but the most popular for high school students are play pals, special event volunteers, and summer camp assistants. According to the museum website, play pals work to “assist Museum staff members with learning activities, crafts, and projects planned for Museum Drop-In experiences.” Hours for play pals are flexible, and you are able to sign up for whatever days and times work best for you. Special event volunteers assist at the museum’s more popular events throughout the year such as Spring Break Spectacular, Scarecrow Shenanigans, Winterfest, and Noon Year’s Eve. Summer camp assistants help lead the various summer program opportunities that the museum offers for kids every week during the summer. Some past camp themes include Frozen science, Minecraft, Rhyme Time, and Disney princesses. To sign up to be a volunteer, you can contact Steph DeLacy, the volunteer coordinator by phone at (563)-344-4155 or by email,

Another good volunteer location is Gilda’s Club of the Quad Cities. According to the