Volunteer/Work Opportunities

Children's Cancer Connection

Children's Cancer Connection, located in Des Moines, connects families affected by childhood cancer by providing opportunities that encourage relationships and strengthen community. Check out flyer for volunteer opportunities

Empower House - Student Volunteer Opportunities

Empower House, a brain injury clubhouse of the Quad Cities, has opportunities for students to volunteer during events. You would help check in participants at their 5k in October, help clean up after an event, etc. For more information, call 563-232-1002 or email hello@empowerhouse.qca.org. Visit Empowerhouseqca.org for information on Empower House QCA.

German American Heritage Center and Museum

The German American Heritage Center and Museum has volunteer opportunities available for students 16 and over. The museum documents the history of German migration to the Quad Cities in our permanent exhibit. In our two rotating galleries, we offer a glimpse into different aspects of German influence in arts and culture, present-day Germany, and additional historical topics. We also have an archive of historical objects and documents from Germany and immigrant families. Our museum plays an important role in telling the story of immigrants, and of Iowa history.

This opportunity would be especially good for students who have studied German, are interested in art, music, history, anthropology, or have a particular interest in the topic of immigration. Students will acquire customer service, retail sales, knowledge of the museum and its offerings, how to assist guests with accessibility needs, and will have access to museum staff to discuss the process of bringing in exhibits, maintenance, and basic museum business.

We are open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays from 12 pm to 4 pm. Our weekend shifts are great for when school is in session, and our shifts during the week are perfect for times school is on break. Your contact person is Jessica Gordon who can be reached at jessica@gahc.org or by calling (563)322-8844.

Nahant Marsh Education Center

Located in southwest Davenport, Nahant Marsh is an urban wetland with a mission to protect, enhance, and restore the Marsh through education, research, and conservation.

The nonprofit organization manages over 300 acres of open water, wetland, prairie, bottomland forest, and oak savanna habitats. There is an education center with interpretive displays, educational programming, and live animals. Nahant Marsh also boasts approximately two miles of hiking trails that allow visitors to explore and appreciate all the wonders of the marsh.

As a nonprofit organization, volunteers are vital to the ecological integrity of Nahant Marsh, and help is always needed! Volunteer opportunities include trash pickup, invasive species removal, weed pulling, seed harvesting, tree planting, and more. These opportunities are available to those in high school, college, and beyond.

Volunteering at Nahant Marsh is for everyone but may be better suited to those with an interest in nature, animals, plants, environmental issues, and making a difference. Depending on the opportunity, volunteers will gain experience in identifying plants and animals, improving habitats and ecosystems, using different tools and equipment, learning conservation practices, and work with people from all different backgrounds.

Nahant Marsh Education Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 12pm (extended to 3pm April-October). Volunteer opportunities occur both in and out of normal business hours and can be offered as a group event or individual project. To start your volunteering experience at the marsh, contact Kelsi DeNoyer at kdenoyer@eicc.edu or 563-336-3378. Learn more about Nahant Marsh at www.nahantmarsh.org