Student Life

Volunteer Fair

Check out our Photos from the 2015 event!

Explore, Engage and Serve. The Volunteer Fair is an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the many volunteer options here in our community. A wide range of service organizations will be present to share information on how they serve the community and how you can get involved. The Volunteer Fair was inspired by the Common Read of Wine to Water, by Doc Hendley, who will be on campus in November. The theme volunteerism also will be incorporated into course work as NIACC increases the focus on Service Learning in the curriculum. This event will be held Tuesday, September 27th, from 10 am – 2 pm on the NIACC Campus in the Activity Center.


Blue Zones Project
wm_bzp_logo2015The Blue Zones Project is a community well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy, and social networks. Its mission is to lead and ignite community-by-community well-being transformation, where people live and work together in Blue Zones Communities for a better life.

By taking an environmental approach to well-being improvement, we have an opportunity to create real change in communities. This kind of change sparks people’s deepest desires to live well while giving them the tools to do so.

These tools are based on nine healthy lifestyle habits shared by the people living in the original Blue Zones® areas. Called the Power 9®, they help people live healthier and happier longer. These nine small, easy steps fit into a few categories and can be practiced anywhere. They include Moving Naturally, Right Outlook, Eating Wisely and Belonging. People in Blue Zones areas have enjoyed greater well-being and longevity for generations—and now you can too!

Visit bluezonesproject.com to learn more and take the personal pledge to start on your journey to well-being.


Campus Ministry (NIACC)
Campus Ministry Association (CMA) exists to help college students find their purpose in life, make healthy choices, know that true love transforms lives and convey the answer to a hurting world around us. College is often a time in students’ lives when they encounter a greater diversity of ideas and experiences. Students will often discover and learn more about themselves and the world.

The mission of Campus Ministries at NIACC to help students explore the world in light of God’s plans and purposes for them as they learn, grow and make a difference in the world. Campus Ministry at NIACC provides a great opportunity for you to meet new people and to form meaningful relationships. Club activities include weekly large and small group gatherings, an annual retreat and mission trip, Bible studies, worship, prayer, fellowship and local service and outreach projects.

http://www.niacc.edu/student-life/clubs-organizations/campus-ministry-association/


Carpentry Student Association (NIACC)
Carpentry Student association foster personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in Building Trades, innovation, design, and engineering. Members apply and integrate carpentry and mathematics concepts though co-curricular activities, competitive events and service-learning activities which benefit the community. Students in engineering and construction-related fields are encouraged to join.

http://www.niacc.edu/student-life/clubs-organizations/carpentry-service-association/


CASA
CASAThe Iowa Court Appointed Special Advocate Program recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to serve as an effective voice in court for abused and neglected children, strengthening efforts to ensure that each child is living in a safe, permanent and nurturing home. The Court Appointed Special Advocate is typically assigned one case at a time and does a variety of things to promote the child’s best interests: investigation, assessment, facilitation, monitoring and advocacy.

CASAs are recruited to serve in all 99 Iowa counties.

www.childadvocacy.iowa.gov/


Central Gardens of North Iowa
cg-logo-smCentral Gardens of North Iowa is a beautiful public garden and green space located on 2.75 acres near downtown Clear Lake, Iowa. Our mission statement is: To create an intergenerational environment for the 21st century that is beautiful, safe and secure, calm and reflective, educational and recreational – a setting that tells the story of our changing seasons, our pride in our past , the uniqueness of our present and the hope of our future.

www.centralgardensnorthiowa.com


Crisis Intervention
Crisis Intervention LogoCrisis Intervention Service recruits and trains volunteers to work in all program areas. Crisis Intervention Service relies on the support of a passionate volunteer pool to assist us in meeting our mission. All volunteers go through the same training that our staff receives prior to working directly with clients. Crisis Intervention Service volunteers perform the following tasks:

  • Community Education: Volunteers bring our comprehensive community education programs to schools and the general public.
  • Transportation: Crisis Intervention Service volunteers help transport women and children to the shelter, to and from job interviews, doctor appointments and other meetings or appointments.
  • Court Advocacy: Crisis Intervention Service volunteers will support victims at court hearings for domestic abuse, sexual assault, and survivors of homicide victims and will provide a presence for Crisis Intervention Service in the courtroom.
  • Child Care: Child care during court, job interviews, group sessions.
  • Board of Directors: Volunteers on the board of directors are responsible for setting the agency’s policies and raising funds to help provide current services and expand service offerings.
  • On-Call Rotation: Respond to domestic abuse and sexual assault crisis.
  • Special Projects: Participate and plan special projects.
  • Assist with public awareness and education events.

Applications are available online, email CIS@CIShelps.org, or call the volunteer coordinator at 641-423-0490.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Direct client service, with victim counselor training provided
  • Interpreting services
  • Internships

lori@cishelps.org
641-530-1003

www.cishelps.org


Elderbridge
Elderbridge Agency on Aging is part of a national network designed to address the needs and concerns of older adults and adults with disabilities. The agency is one of 6 area agencies on aging in the state of Iowa working to build better lives for Iowa’s aging citizens.

It is our mission to enable older Iowans to live with the maximum dignity, well-being, and independence possible.

Our goals are to enable our constituents to:

  • Make informed decisions
  • Easily access home and long-term care options
  • Remain in their homes as long as possible with a high quality of life
  • Stay active and healthy
  • Promote and experience an ongoing safe environment

Elderbridge offers multiple ways you can volunteer to help your friends and neighbors, including but not limited to: Senior Medicare Patrol, Home Meal Delivery Volunteers, and Advocacy Volunteers.

For more information on Elderbridge and how you can help local seniors, stop by one of our 4 offices in Mason City, Fort Dodge, Spencer or Carroll and speak with one of our representatives. Or follow the link below to see our website.

*Volunteering at Elderbridge can be a great resume builder and experience for students considering careers in social service, elder care, and advocacy/promotion of social issues.


Friends Of The 457
The Friends of the 457 is a group of volunteers dedicated to restoring and preserving a 1912 steam engine, the M&StL 457 better known as the Rotary Cannonball in East Park, Mason City, Iowa. The Friends have also created the Cannonball Gardens which compliments the surround area in the Park with an educational display and relaxing area for the public to come and enjoy the Park.

The Friends are in need of tour volunteers for weekends on the Rotary Cannonball and to help maintain the Cannonball Gardens.

www.friendsofthe457.org


Good Shepherd Health Center
Good-ShepardGood Shepherd, Inc. is a not-for-profit health care corporation that serves the long term care needs of the elderly and frail in North Iowa.  Good Shepherd provides a continuum of care for North Iowa and the surrounding areas that features low income housing, independent living, assisted living, and nursing home and skilled therapy/rehab services.  Good Shepherd’s goal is to support seniors in maintaining or improving their quality of life.  To help that goal, we provide a pleasant, healthy environment and a wide range of services and activities.  Our professional staff are dedicated to respecting and serving you, according to your choices, abilities and needs.

Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity North IowaHabitat for Humanity of North Central Iowa is a not-for-profit ecumenical, Christian housing ministry that utilizes volunteer labor and donations to build or renovate simple, decent, and affordable houses for applicants in need throughout the region. Habitat qualifies families and individuals who are unable to get approved through a bank loan, and gives them 0% interest loans to pay for the materials needed. Habitat also operates a ReStore, a home improvement discount outlet that sells new and gently used construction materials, furniture, home décor, sports equipment, and other various donated merchandise to the public.

Address: 517 1st Street NW, Mason City, Iowa 50401
Phone & Fax: 641-424-8978,
Website: www.habitatnci.org
Service Area: Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Hancock, Winnebago, Worth and Wright counties.


Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank
Heritage Care Center and Rehab
ABCM Corp logoABCM Corporation operates numerous rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, and independent and assisted living communities throughout the state of Iowa. We have built our corporate foundation on the unique philosophy of Person Directed Care, striving to provide the individuals who live in our communities and their families, choices and input in their health care, activities, meals, and the overall direction of their lives. We focus on physical, emotional and social wellness, providing compassionate care and understanding in an environment that nurtures personal relationships, and values the unique contributions of each community member. Our services include all of the following; Rehab to Home, Out-Patient Therapy, Independent & Assisted Living, 24 Hour Skilled Nursing, Alzheimer’s, Hospice Care, Bariatric Care, Ventilator Program, Traumatic Brain Injury, Respite Services, ABCM Healthy Living Home Care.

www.abcmcorp.com


Humane Society
HSNI LogoOur organization was founded over 50 years ago with the mission to provide temporary shelter, food, medical attention, and comfort to displaced and neglected companion animals and educate the public about the humane care of animals with a goal of reducing overpopulation.

The heart of our mission is the operation of our pet adoption center in Mason City, IA.

There are many ways you can be a part of our mission; Volunteering, donating, foster care, and animal socializing are just a few of the many ways you can show your support for the Humane Society of North Iowa.

Our 6600 square foot facility houses almost 100 displaced, unwanted, and stray animals all looking for new homes.

We hope you will come visit us soon!

www.hsni.org


IOOF Home and Community Therapy
IOOF-logo-smallThe IOOF Home and Community Therapy Center has been serving those in need since 1903. Our caring staff provide memory care, skilled to home, outpatient therapy, long term care, and so much more. We are “a truly great place to live and work.”

Iowa Senior Medical Patrol
iowa-smp-logo-color2Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is a nationwide, grassroots education and assistance program working to empower seniors and caregivers to protect personal information and Medicare benefits by learning to detect mistakes or potential fraud in Medicare payments. Our staff and trained volunteers work to correct errors and report abuse of the Medicare system to government authorities.

Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol advises you to Protect, Detect, and Report….
Protect your personal information to shield yourself from identity theft and financial scams. Guard your Medicare card and Social Security card just like your checkbook and credit cards. Don’t carry them with you unless you expect to need them that day. Identity theft can lead to Medicare fraud.

Detect mistakes or potential fraud by tracking your medical services and look for:

  • Something billed twice
  • A service you did not receive
  • A medical provider you didn’t see or wasn’t involved in your care

Report by asking your provider to explain the claim. If you aren’t satisfied with the assistance you receive, contact Iowa SMP at 1-800-423-2449.

www.iowasmp.org

https://www.facebook.com/Iowa-Senior-Medicare-Patrol-SMP-1195305187162603/?fref=nf


Life Long Learning Institute
LLIThe Lifelong Learning Institute is a community of adults who learn for the joy of learning without grades, tests, papers or long-term classes. The Lifelong Learning Institute  has members of all educational backgrounds and  provides the perfect way to expand knowledge while meeting other like-minded adults., Learn something you never had the chance to study. Discuss topics that are interesting to you. Take a class that stretches your mind and teaches you new ways of thinking.

For only  a $99 membership fee, members have access to 2 consecutive semesters of classes. The Fall semester is from September-December, and the Spring semester is from January- May. Each semester offers more than 40 classes to choose from.

Call 422-4358 for more information.


Life Serve Blood
LS-logo-with-positioning-statementBlood Donors Save Lives
Each year, thousands of people in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota give selflessly of themselves by making a blood donation with LifeServe Blood Center. Through this simple act, donors create the vital link between life-giving blood and the hospital patient who needs it.

Every two seconds, someone, somewhere needs blood. The rarest type is the one not on the shelf when a patient needs it. At LifeServe Blood Center, we strive to help these people every day; therefore we need donors every day. We need neighbors helping neighbors and people who want to make an impact on a local level.

Check our website to find a blood drive near you or come in to our Mason City Donor Center. www.lifeservebloodcenter.org


Lime Creek Nature Center
LCNCLOGONestled atop a limestone bluff above the Winnebago River, the Lime Creek Nature Center is the place to learn about North Iowa’s diverse natural resources.

Visitors will enjoy an impressive variety of mounted animals on display in the center, along with several aquarium displays of reptiles, amphibians, and fish. There are numerous natural resource displays and “hands-on” learning opportunities for all ages. Surrounding the Lime Creek Nature Center are 450 acres of mixed species floodplain forest, ponds, and grasslands that comprise the Lime Creek Conservation Area. The Winnebago River flows gently through this diverse area, which is listed as a prime wildlife watching site in Iowa’s Wildlife Viewing Guide.

www.co.cerro-gordo.ia.us/index.php/departments/lime-creek-nature-center/


Lions Club
Lions Clubs – Where There’s A Need, There’s A Lion

logo_iowaWhenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That’s because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy.

The World’s Largest Service Club Organization

Our 46,000 clubs and 1.4+ million members make us the world’s largest service club organization. We’re also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need eyeglasses, with seniors who don’t have enough to eat and with people we may never meet. Our motto is “We Serve” and that is what we do best in a variety of different ways and venues. Find out more about the Lions and join us in serving the needs of others.

www.iowalions.org

www.lionsclubs.org


Mason City Jaycees
jaycees_logoThe Mason City Junior Chamber (the Jaycees) organization is a constructive action organization of young people centered on promoting community engagement through volunteerism and service, as well as social and individual development opportunities. We are a diverse group of young professionals who want to impact positive change on our community, better ourselves, and make new friends in Mason City.

Meetings are held once a month (each 4th Tuesday) at 6 pm in the Heritage Room of First Citizens Bank at 2601 4th ST SW in Mason City. (The Heritage Room is best reached through the southeast door of the bank.) Member or not, everyone is welcome to join us! Feel free to come to a meeting and get to know our organization! Another great way to get more familiar with the Jaycees is to like our Facebook page, which we update frequently.

www.masoncityjaycees.com/


Mason City Volunteer Center (MCVC)
Mason-City-Volunteer-CenterThe Mason City Volunteer Center (MCVC) is a collaborative effort between Blue Zones Project – Mason City, the City of Mason City Youth Task Force and Volunteer Service departments that works with over 30 organizations in the Mason City area. Our goal is to inspire more youth, families, seniors, and businesses, to volunteer by improving volunteer experience and placement in our community. We work to increase the number of successful volunteer placements and to promote volunteer opportunities by emphasizing skill- and purpose-based matches during the volunteer application process and assisting in the cultivation of volunteers in our community. Essentially – we build a culture of volunteerism in Mason City. Let us help you find your purpose through a volunteer placement that meets your interests and availability!

Learn more or fill out a volunteer application at www.masoncityvolunteercenter.com.


Mason City Volunteer Services
volunteer-program-logoMason City Volunteer Services is a City run program that covers all volunteer work in City departments and around the beautiful City of Mason City. We want the good citizens of Mason City to help out the community by sharing their time and talents with us. We welcome any volunteers to come help keep Mason City the wonderful City it is!

Mason City Volunteer Services offers all kinds of opportunities, from one time opportunities to ongoing programs. If you are interested in learning more about Mason City Volunteer Services, please contact Drew Verstegen at 641-421-3372 or email dverstegen@masoncity.net.

www.masoncity.net/pview.aspx?id=17972&catid=0


Mason City YMCA
ymca_blu_rgb_rThe Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. That is because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.

When you volunteer at the Y, you can experience membership benefits! Check out our website at masoncityymca.org or call 641-422-5994 to learn more.


Mason City Youth Task Force
1 on 1One on One Mentoring Project-Cerro Gordo County: Are you interested in being a friend and role model to an area youth? We are looking for volunteers who are interested in spending time with a youngster between the grades of Kindergarten-12th grade. Mentor Coordinators provide training, support, and plan group activities for participants. This program focuses on fun and relationship building. Many pairs have built lasting relationships and have been together for multiple years!

There are two types of mentoring:

    • Individual mentoring- One mentor and one youth are matched (same gender) may meet at school or outside of school. A one year commitment is required.
    • Team mentoring- a perfect opportunity for friends, family members, or co-workers to volunteer together outside of school. 2-3 adults may be matched with 2-4 youth. A one year commitment is required.

www.northiowamentoring.org


Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Volunteer Services and Mercy Ambassadors give time, talents and an annual monetary donation to support Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa network. There are over 15+ departments in which volunteers provide support as well as helping with many special projects. The variety of volunteer opportunities provides many options to prospective volunteers. Prospective volunteers are encouraged to shadow any areas in which they are interested.

www.mercynorthiowa.com/volunteer-opportunities


Music Man Square
Come join the family of volunteers at The Music Man Square.

The Music Man Square is visited by over 50,000 people yearly. They’ve come from every state in the United States plus several other countries. Volunteering at The Square provides a wonderful opportunity to meet people and tell the story of one of Mason City’s native sons, Meredith Willson, world renowned composer and writer of “The Music Man”.

Volunteers at The Square are able to set their own hours and training is provided to get you started. You may tell the story of Mr. Willson in his Boyhood Home or The Square itself, including his museum. Another popular place to volunteer is the gift shop or ice cream parlor.

Ways to contact The Square to get started: call 424-2852 or e-mail mmsquare@themusicmansquare.org We hope to hear from you soon.
Thank you for your interest.

www.themusicmansquare.org/


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Nora Springs Care Center
ABCM Corp logoABCM Corporation operates numerous rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, and independent and assisted living communities throughout the state of Iowa. We have built our corporate foundation on the unique philosophy of Person Directed Care, striving to provide the individuals who live in our communities and their families, choices and input in their health care, activities, meals, and the overall direction of their lives. We focus on physical, emotional and social wellness, providing compassionate care and understanding in an environment that nurtures personal relationships, and values the unique contributions of each community member. Our services include all of the following; Rehab to Home, Out-Patient Therapy, Independent & Assisted Living, 24 Hour Skilled Nursing, Alzheimer’s, Hospice Care, Bariatric Care, Ventilator Program, Traumatic Brain Injury, Respite Services, ABCM Healthy Living Home Care.

www.abcmcorp.com


North Iowa Community Action
NICAONorth Iowa Community Action Organization (NICAO) maintains office locations and Head Start classrooms in 9 North Central Iowa Iowa counties. In order to reduce poverty in our communities, NICAO works to better focus available local, state, private, and federal resources to assist low-income individuals and families acquire useful skills and knowledge, gain access to new opportunities and achieve economic self-sufficiency

www.nicao-online.org/


Oakwood Care Center
ABCM Corp logoABCM Corporation operates numerous rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, and independent and assisted living communities throughout the state of Iowa. We have built our corporate foundation on the unique philosophy of Person Directed Care, striving to provide the individuals who live in our communities and their families, choices and input in their health care, activities, meals, and the overall direction of their lives. We focus on physical, emotional and social wellness, providing compassionate care and understanding in an environment that nurtures personal relationships, and values the unique contributions of each community member. Our services include all of the following; Rehab to Home, Out-Patient Therapy, Independent & Assisted Living, 24 Hour Skilled Nursing, Alzheimer’s, Hospice Care, Bariatric Care, Ventilator Program, Traumatic Brain Injury, Respite Services, ABCM Healthy Living Home Care.

www.abcmcorp.com


Opportunity Village
opp-vill-only-webOpportunity Village is a private, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities. Since 1971, the Village has offered supports for individuals to achieve success at home, at work, and in the community.

Volunteers play a vital role in Village services.  There are so many opportunities available, with flexible hours to meet your interests and needs.  You may be interested in finding a meaningful way to spend your time, or maybe you need a project for a service group.

We’ve listed just a few of the volunteer opportunities available.  If you’re interested in sharing your talents or want to find out more ways to be of service to your community through Opportunity Village, please visit our website at www.oppvill.org or contact Jennifer Pinske and jpinske@oppvill.org

Volunteer Opportunities Available

  • Working at the Village General Store in Clear Lake or Fort Dodge or Tried and True Boutique in Mason City
  • Helping with special events
  • Lending expertise in your special talent
  • Assisting at the Children’s Autism Center.
  • Helping with maintenance projects
  • Assisting with Spiritual Life activities
  • Much more!


Relay for life
Relay-For-LifeRelay For Life of Cerro Gordo County raises money for the American Cancer Society, which in turn supports and funds cancer research. This research is discovering new medicines and procedures to fight and cure cancer better than ever before. Help us Finish The Fight!


RSVP (NIACC)
RSVP, or Retired Senior Volunteer Program, is part of a national network of programs called Senior Corps with the Corporation for National & Community Service.  Locally, RSVP of North Central Iowa is sponsored by North Iowa Area Community College.  RSVP recruits adults 55 and older to use their skills, talents, and life experience to help meet community needs through volunteer service.

www.niacc.edu/rsvp


Wright on the Park
wotp_sm_logoWright on the Park is a small nonprofit who owns the Historic Park Inn, it is the last standing hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the world. Our mission is to own, preserve, and maintain The Historic Park Inn Hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and to provide continuing education to the public about its place in the context of architectural history.

Volunteers are our back bone. One vital role is giving docent-led tours of the Historic Park Inn. Visitors come from all 50 states and around the world to visit this historic land mark. It is great opportunity to meet people from around the world and share Mason City’s unique history. Docents are able to choose their own schedule and receive detailed training and educational information.

Our volunteers also serve on various committees, plan exciting events like our Murder Mystery, assist in writing grants, work in our gift shop, and help with office needs. We have great opportunities to become involved in the local community.

While we welcome volunteers in all of these areas, one of our greatest needs right now is for volunteers to serve on the education committee.

wrightonthepark.org/

director@wrightonthepark.org


Youth for Christ
__NIYFC-LogoThe North Iowa Youth for Christ was started in Mason City in 1987, and serves 5th-12th grade students from a ten county region. YFC combines healthy relationships with creative programs to help young people make good choices, establish a solid foundation for life, and positively impact their peers. Ultimately, YFC seeks to engage these young people wherever they are found as lifelong followers of Jesus Christ. We have programs in Mason City Tuesday and Thursday Night as well as Wednesday Afternoon. Please contact Kaite@niyfc.com if you would like to learn more!

www.niyfc.com