Volunteers are at the heart of Waypoint, and many of our events and services depend on their support. If you're interested in dedicating your time to helping those in need, fill out our volunteer application and return it to Waypoint via mail, email, fax, or by dropping it off at our main office location (318 5th St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401).
Client Outreach Manager: Waypoint’s Homeless & Housing Services is looking seeking volunteers to assist with client follow up by contacting individuals who are currently living unsheltered in our community to ensure they are placed into housing or shelter as soon as possible. Principle duties and responsibilities include:
Opportunities are available Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., with a minimum commitment of 2 hours per week. Volunteers must be at least 18 years-old.
Tenant Academy Facilitator: Waypoint's Homeless & Housing Services is looking for a volunteer familiar with tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities to facilitate a nine hour Tenant Education course once a month. The nine hour course is stretched over three days (3 hours/day) and is held either at the main Waypoint building or the Cedar Rapids Ladd Library on the Southwest side of Cedar Rapids. Days and hours may vary from month to month. Volunteer responsibilities include:
Volunteers must be available monthly or bi-monthly to facilitate this course and have reliable transportation to either the main Waypoint building or the Ladd Library. Prior to facilitation, volunteers must complete an online “Rent-Wise” training. Volunteers must be comfortable with public speaking and have experience as a rental tenant or a landlord or be well versed in tenant landlord laws.
Shelter Services Volunteer Assistant: Waypoint’s Homeless & Housing Services is seeking volunteers to support emergency shelter and program staff. Principle duties and responsibilities include:
Opportunities are available Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 18 years-old.
Deep Cleaning of Madge Phillips Center Shelter: Invite your friends, family, or colleagues and sign up to deep clean the Madge Phillips Center Shelter! It is a great opportunity for a team building exercise! We will provide everything you need to make our shelter sparkle and shine. Opportunities are available Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 16 years-old.
KidsPoint Volunteer Classroom Aid: Volunteer classroom aids are caring, enthusiastic individuals who assist with various activities in the classrooms. You will be helping with educational activities, arts-n-crafts, physical fitness, or whatever activities are happening in the classroom. Opportunities are available at all three KidsPoint Learning Center & Preschool locations. Volunteers must be able to commit to a consistent weekly schedule, but the number of hours required are flexible. Volunteers must be at least 18-years-old and pass a criminal background check. Previous child care experience is preferred, but not required.
Domestic Violence Victim Advocacy & Support: Waypoint, the Comprehensive Domestic Violence Victim Service provider serving Benton, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Delaware, Dubuque, Jones and Linn Counties, is looking for volunteers to assist individuals experiencing controlling, abusive partners. Ideal candidates are non-judgmental, compassionate, encouraging, and empowering. After passing an initial interview, a free 36 hour training session must be completed. Volunteers must be at least 18-years-old.
Volunteers may support victims:
Event Volunteer Needs
Waypoint Wonderland: Waypoint Wonderland provides holiday gifts to families served at Waypoint who are living in poverty, are homeless, or are victims of domestic violence. Volunteers will help sort toys and donated items, shop for and distribute toys to families, and a variety of other tasks to help prepare for gift distribution. Time of need: November-December
Gentleman Campaign™ Events: Waypoint developed the Gentleman Campaign™ in an effort to spread awareness about ending domestic violence in the communities we serve. The Gentleman Campaign™ consists of bike nights, t-shirt sales, Gentleman Day, and a benefit motorcycle ride. Volunteers may be required to be at least 21-years-old due to the proximity to alcohol at some events.
Time of need: September-October
Other Ways to Support Waypoint
Coordinate a Donation Drive: Coordinate a donation drive at your workplace, civic group, or church. Waypoint relies on community donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries, and brand new houseware products throughout the year and new toys, games, and other holiday gifts during the months of October-December. Donations are accepted at Waypoint (318 5th Street SE), 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
May Baskets for the Homeless: You can help an individual or family in need by gathering personal hygiene products, non-perishable food, and brand new household items or by making a monetary donation. These donations will support families staying at Madge Phillips Center Shelter and families living in poverty. Donations are accepted year-round at Waypoint (318 5th Street SE), 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Welcome Baskets for those Exiting Homelessness: Help Waypoint fill welcome baskets with basic household necessities for those in need. Welcome Baskets are given to individuals and families exiting the Madge Phillips Center Shelter and entering into their own permanent housing. These baskets are filled with items such as: cleaning supplies, dishes, laundry soap, shower curtains, towels, etc. Donations are accepted at Waypoint (318 5th Street SE), 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Bags of Hope: Put together a “Bag of Hope” filled with necessities for individuals who are homeless, nearly homeless, or living in poverty. Bags could include the following items: snack foods (i.e. granola bars, fruit snacks, nut mixes, trail mix, etc.), bottled water, socks, deodorant, travel toothbrush and toothpaste, wash cloths, etc. Items should be put together in a bag (paper sack, reusable bag, gallon/quart zip lock bag).
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For additional information or inquires about volunteer/support programs at Waypoint, contact Brittany Appleton at email@example.com or 319.365.1458, ext. 6118.