Volunteer Opportunities

We would like to present here some opportunities for individuals to contribute their time or gifts to various causes and charities in our community.

 Clean-up Along Interstate 80

Our Teen SOYO youth group spearheads this effort twice a year in the Spring and Fall.  As part of the State of Iowa Adopt-A-Highway program, St. Raphael Church has a sign on eastbound I-80 near the church.  We are responsible for cleaning up litter along a one mile stretch of the road.  Contact our Teen SOYO leader Alli Rockwell for more information.

 Informed Choices Medical Clinic

Informed Choice of Iowa Corporation was formed on June 29, 2007 in order to compete with abortion clinics in the area and provide superior medical care to women experiencing crisis pregnancies. Pregnancy help medical clinics across the United States have proven that this particular medical clinic model works best to reduce abortions much more effectively than traditional counseling efforts alone.

In 2010 Informed Choices expanded their services to include full STI and STD testing for women and men. Statistically, among high school and college students today, a sexually active person is 3 times more likely to contract an STD than to become pregnant. STD testing gives them the opportunity to speak to people about the risk they are putting themselves in, to teach God’s true plan for sex and marriage, and bring healing to their broken hearts. When a client chooses abstinence, the possible “need” for abortion is eliminated from their future.

In 2012, they are setting their sites on the state of Iowa, beginning with the college and university communities. 50% of the abortions in Iowa are performed on white 18-24 year old women with 2 years post-secondary education. Our new Satellite Clinic Model will allow us to quickly and efficiently open clinics in strategic areas across the state.

Their clinic is located at 821 S. Gilbert St. in Iowa City. There are many different volunteer opportunities available at Informed Choices Medical Clinic. Some require professional training, many do not. For more information on volunteer opportunities that are available, go to: http://informedchoiceia.org/get-involved/

 Help with the Free Lunch Program

Every first Tuesday of the month, St. Raphael Church sends 3-4 people to help serve food at the Free Lunch Program from 11:30AM-1:30PM. This program serves approximately 100-150 meals a day, six days a week. Lunch is served in the lower level of the Wesley Center at 120 N. Dubuque St., between Jefferson and Washington streets. This is a wonderful chance to serve our community and to help those who have less than they need in life.

 Non-Perishable Food Donations

We collect non-perishable food year round to donate to the local food bank at the Crisis Center.
If you haven't donated anything in awhile, the season leading up to Christmas is a perfect time to do so. There is always a need.

 Translators Needed

Jasmina Popaja writes,

"I am writing from Iowa Legal Aid, a not for profit law firm that provides free legal services to elderly and low income Iowans. We strive to provide high quality services to our non English speaking clients through the assistance of our volunteer translators and interpreters.

Due to our budget restrains we rely on volunteer interpreters and translators.

We would like to inquire if there are members in your organization that would be willing to volunteer as interpreters/translators. We are in need of translating services for a wide range of website materials, client related documents and Iowa Legal Aid brochures. This opportunity is generally flexible in terms of time commitment and the volunteers can communicate with Iowa Legal Aid via e mail, so avoiding the need for them to be physically present in a particular office.

We are looking for volunteer assistance with the following languages: Arabic, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese, Swahili, and any other languages spoken in Africa.

Iowa Legal Aid is eager to recognize the volunteer efforts and provide a volunteer certificate and references when necessary.

Please let me know at your earliest convenience if you or any of your members would be interested to volunteer as interpreters/translators at Iowa Legal Aid.

Jasmina Popaja