Giving Tuesday Meal Packing Event

Contact: Nichole Sorgenfrey | [email protected] | 563-263-5963 Event at Faith UCC, 3307 Mulberry Ave. | unitedwaymuscatine.org

Join us on #GivingTuesday, November 28, for a meal packing event. Volunteer shifts are for half hour (or longer) from 4 p.m. until all meals are packed. Meals will go to the Muskie Lockers. This volunteer opportunity is great for all ages. Contact Nichole to sign up for this event or to learn how to make a donation to help cover the cost of supplies.

Muscatine Community YMCA: Big Brother Big Sisters of Muscatine County

Contact: Lindsey Phillips | [email protected] | 563-263-9996 | 1823 Logan St., Muscatine | www.BBBSMuscatine.org

Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking volunteers to engage in mentoring relationships with youth in our community. 40+ children are waiting for the gift of friendship this holiday season.

Volunteering takes just an hour a week and provides a child with one-on-one attention improving their lives for the better, forever.

Flickinger Learning Center

Contact: Kimberly Bowman | [email protected] | 563-288-9000 | 413 Mulberry Ave. | www.flickingerlc.com

Helping Children

We are in need of volunteers (age 14+) to help children in grades K-5 with their reading and math skills. 3:15 – 5:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday on days that school is in session for a full day.

Book Cataloguing & General Maintenance

We are in need of volunteers (age 14+) that are willing to help catalogue books or do maintenance projects as needed.

Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA)

Contact: Teresa Cardoza | [email protected] | 563-264-3278 312 Iowa Ave. | www.mcsaiowa.org

Thanksgiving Day

During the holidays, volunteers are needed to assist in preparing meals for Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers are needed for 2 shifts:

9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Set up and decorate dining room and serving areas, warm the meal, socialize with guests.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Serve the meal, help those who need assistance getting their meal to their seat, socialize with guests, put leftover food in containers provided by MCSA, clean off tables, clean up the kitchen, sweep and mop dining area and kitchen, take out garbage.

Christmas Day

Please contact Mary Louise at 563-262-5089.

During the holidays, volunteers are needed to assist in preparing meals for Christmas Day. There are 3 shifts to sign up for:

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. – set up the dining area, decorate the dining room area, begin to set up the dining room for the meal, socialize with guests.

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – warm the meal, set up the serving area, assist people if needed in getting their meal to their seat, socialize with guests.

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – put leftover food in containers provided by MCSA, clean off tables and clean the kitchen, take out garbage, move tables and chairs then sweep and mop, sweep and mop the kitchen.

Christmas Basket Program

MCSA receives approximately 60 – 65 Christmas baskets from The Salvation Army. There is need for 4 volunteers to pick up baskets from The Salvation Army, then, once picked up, to distribute to residents at MCSA.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Answer phones, painting, cleaning, organizing, help with mailings, help with fundraisers, play with children living at MCSA, serve dinner.

Signature Opportunities

Provide staffing & coaching to residents at our MCSA bakery/restaurant 2 mornings a week, Affordable housing community advocate

Long Term Opportunities

Schedule monthly haircuts, take clients job hunting, host a fundraiser, build a friendly green space for those who call MCSA home, provide after school daycare, subsidize a family’s rent for a year with MCSA providing supportive services, provide benches for the outside of MCSA, work with Joe Glenn to get his family mentoring program up and running, assist with rehab on a property we own, provide and serve a home cooked meal a month, mentor, play games, read, offer transportation.

Meals on Wheels

Contact: Shannon Abel | [email protected] | 563-263- 7292 | 1808 Mulberry Ave. | muscatineseniorresources.com

Senior Resources is looking for volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels during the holiday season. There is more of a need during the cold winter months when seniors cannot easily get out. Please contact Shannon to schedule a date. Volunteers pick up meals and route information at Trinity Hospital around 10:45 a.m. You can deliver as many times as fits your schedule during the week or even once or twice a month! If week days don’t work, we do have Saturday morning deliveries, too. All you need is a driver’s license and a caring heart.

Chore Service

Contact: Vicky Reiman-Petkunas | 563-263-7292 | 1808 Mulberry Ave | muscatineseniorresources.com

The Chore program is looking for volunteers to provide lawn care, snow removal, and cleaning services to seniors. Contact Vicky to schedule a time and location that fits your schedule and skills. Must be over the age of 16, able to pass a background check, and take a two-hour dependent adult abuse training class.

Christmas Basket Program

Contact: Laura Vargas | 563-263-7292 | 1808 Mulberry Ave. | muscatineseniorresources.com

Senior Resources has started accepting sponsors for their annual Christmas Basket Program. They are also accepting donations of shampoo, toilet paper, paper towels, household items, personal care items, cleaning supplies, socks, batteries, coats and stamps for the baskets. Cash donations are also accepted. No donation is too small.

Salvation Army

Contact: Brook Lopez | 563-263-8272 | 1000 Oregon St.

Thanksgiving Meal: Thanksgiving Day 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Bell Ringers for The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign needed November 18 – December 24

Volunteers for Christmas Basket Program

Unloading semi truck of items, packing boxes of donated items for clients, and distribution of items to clients.

Volunteers needed at the Salvation Army from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  December 18 – 21 for food basket distribution.

Volunteers needed at Calvary Church from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. December 18 – 21 for gift distribution.

Individual donation of items can be dropped off at The Salvation Army

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois

Contact: 563-823-9940

Girl Scout Outreach Program

We are in need of volunteers to help facilitate Girl Scout Outreach programs. Each program usually runs 45 minutes to one hour or 1 ½ hours. The program consists of a lesson, craft/activity, and games. There is no age preference as long as the volunteer is comfortable working with children K-8 grades. Weekdays have openings anytime between 2–5 p.m., weekends have openings anytime from 9 –11 a.m.

Individual donations are also appreciated: craft or activity supplies, markers, glue, tape, crayons, construction paper, etc.