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Volunteering with CISS

There is a multitude of ways to help out. Some of the simplest ways are to collect our "Top Need" items and bring them to the shelter or come down and help serve lunch. Volunteers can help on projects, committees, or if you’re only able to offer a day of service, we always have things to do and are grateful for your time. 

The team at CISS recently underwent a training offered by Volunteer Iowa and Points of Light to become a Service Enterprise organization, which means we are creating more ways and strategies to leverage our volunteers to better help us achieve our mission. With certification as our goal, we are energized and excited to revamp our volunteer programming and connect our volunteers with opportunities to truly make an impact on our clients. Visit Volunteer Iowa to learn more about the Service Enterprise Initiative. 

We welcome volunteers from companies and corporations looking to use their VTO (Volunteer Time Off) at CISS. VTO volunteers can come to help for a few hours, a whole day, or on a regular basis.

We recognize that many volunteers come to us with special skills or interests. If you would like to share those skills or interests with CISS, either directly with our clients or indirectly to impact the organization, we can design a volunteer opportunity based on your specific skills. For example, skilled volunteers from Emergency Management Planners, Integrated Resources Corporation, and Johnson Communications have been giving back to CISS using their IT skills and helping our team transition to more effective technology. 

To get started volunteering with CISS, fill out the form below to sign up!  In order to volunteer on a regular basis, you must go through our volunteer training process. There are multiple days and times available. Contact Elizabeth at to sign up for training.

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