Giving back: Quad Cities' best places to volunteer
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, email@example.com.
Another good volunteer location is Gilda’s Club of the Quad Cities. According to the website, the mission of Gilda’s Club is to “provide a place, free of charge, where people living with cancer – their families, friends and co-workers – can join with others in a comfortable and home-like setting for social and emotional support through networking groups, lectures, workshops, and social events.” Volunteers at Gilda’s Club help through gardening, participating in Gilda’s Run, playing with others in the Kids and Teens Programs, and planning NoogieFest, an annual Halloween party. This is a great opportunity to meet other families and help them receive support and care. To become a Gilda’s Club volunteer, you can fill out a form, call (563)-326-7504, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A summer volunteer opportunity is being a camp counselor at places like Camp Shalom in Maquoketa or Camp Abe Lincoln in Buffalo. Other camps and programming from the YMCA and Parks and Recreation departments offer other positions as well. Some of these positions are also paid or require you to be a certain age. If you enjoy working with kids or being outside, a counselor position would be perfect for you.
Overall, volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, feel good, and gain new experiences.