RSVP Newsletter
Volunteer Application
Volunteer Opportunities & Stations
Benefits of Volunteering
Funding Sources
Summer Seasonal Opportunities

While most RSVP stations operate year-round, there are a few who just need help during the summer "tourist" season. Let us know if there is a position you are interested in!

Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce Extra shifts needed in summer for assistants helping visitors looking for information about Decorah, Winneshiek County, Northeast Iowa, and beyond.  Shifts are Saturday, 10-1 or 1-4 or Sundays (starting in June),12-3. 
Decorah Butterfly GardenDecorah Parks & Rec needs volunteers to maintain flower plots.
Horse & Soul RanchAssist with horse care and leading horses during equine therapy sessions
Laura Ingalls Wilder MuseumLooking for Docents (guides) and help with general upkeep of the farms
Locust SchoolHost/hostess at the Locust School Saturday and/or Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. through Labor Day
Norman Borlaug Heritage FoundationLooking for Docents (guides) and help with general upkeep of the farms
Porter House MuseumLooking for Docents (guides)
Thunder RodeAssist with horse care and leading horses during equine therapy sessions
Vesterheim MuseumNeeds tour guides
Winneshiek Co ConservationHelp count trail users - this is done one weekend during the summer

Volunteer Opportunities

OpportunitiesDescription
Food Pantry AssistanceCollect donations, unload trucks, stock shelves, distribute food
Home Delivered MealsDeliver meals to the homebound
Food BackpackFill backpacks with food for low income students
Luther Cafe to CommunityPackage unused cafeteria food for food pantry recipients
Winn. Farmers Market Money changer for individuals utilizing SNAP benefits so they can purchase fresh fruits & vegetables at the market
Nisse Noon Meal deliveryPick up food at hospital and deliver to Nisse Preschool
Pre-school or Head StartStory hours, craft activities, games, outdoor activities
ElementaryOne on one or small group activities
Middle SchoolTutoring
Walking School BusWalk with children to school to provide a safe route to school
Before & After School Kid's Clubs, snacks, homework, sharing hobby
Blood DrivesAssist with registration, escort and canteen duties at drives
Volunteer Reception CenterRegister spontaneous volunteers during emergencies/disasters
Tax AssistanceFile tax returns for the low to mid income & elderly
Tax Assistance SupportProvide support services for the tax program such as a greeter, reminder phone calls, setting up appointments, mailing postcards
Advisory Council/BoardServe on non-profit advisory councils/boards
Alzheimer's WalkHelp with preparation activities and on the day of the walk
AnimalsWork with Humane Society for Northeast Iowa
ClericalServe as receptionist, file clerk and other office duties
LibrarySelect & pack books for visually impaired served by Iowa libraries; deliver books to nursing homes
English As Second LanguageWork on one one with adult English language learners to help them become more comfortable using English in their daily lives
Gardening & PrairieAssist with gardening activities at various locations
Genealogical/Historical Research & maintain historical data
GrantwritingHelp write grants for area non-profits
MailingsAssist with large mailings for various non-profits
Museum AssistanceGuide; assist with general upkeep, behind the scene activities
Nursing Home VisitorVisit and engage residents in activities at area nursing homes
Seed Savers ExchangeSpecial events and Sort seeds for distribution to non-profits across the U.S.
Thrift StoresAssist in sorting and processing donations
Trail Count UsageHelp count people using the trails
Decorah VA ClinicGreet & provide registration assistance to veterans and their families
Equine TherapyAssist with horse care and leading horses during equine therapy sessions

Volunteer Stations

Disaster Services:
Allamakee County Emergency Management
Winneshiek County Emergency Management
Healthy Futures:
Allamakee County Food Shelf
Alzheimer’s Association
Congregational Church Backpack Program
Decorah Community Food Pantry
Decorah Park & Rec
Decorah VA Clinic
Greater Iowa Pantry in Calmar
Helping Services for Youth & Families
Horse & Soul Ranch
LIFT Food Pantry (Lansing)
Luther College Cafeteria to Community
Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging
Northeast Iowa Community Action
Northeast IA Peace & Justice Center
Postville Food Pantry
Thunder Rode, Inc.
Education:
Allamakee Community Schools
Crestwood Elementary
Decorah Community Schools
Northeast Iowa Community Action - Head Start Classrooms
Kinderhaus
Nisse Preschool & Kids Place
St. Benedicts School
Sunflower Child Development
Nursing Homes:
Aase Haugen Homes
Accura Healthcare of Cresco
Bartell Eastern Star and Arlin Falck Assisted Living
Evans Memorial Home - Cresco
Good Samaritan Society-Postville
Northgate Care Center
Thornton Manor
Wellington Place
Economic Development:
AARP Tax Program
Allamakee County Extension - VITA tax program
Howard County Charitable Projects
Depot Outlet, Inc
Resource Conservation & Development
The Spectrum Network
Cultural Heritage:
Decorah Genealogy Association
Family History & Document Center
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum
Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation
Porter House Museum
Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum
Winneshiek County Historical Society
Winnehsiek County Historical Society - Locust School
Other:
American Red Cross - Blood Services
Cresco Public Library
Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce
Decorah Public Library
Friends of Decorah Public Library
Humane Society of Northeast Iowa
LifeServe Blood Center
Northeast Iowa RSVP
Seed Savers Exchange
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission
Winneshiek County Conservation