MICA believes in strengthening communities, and involving volunteers in our programs is one of the reasons we are able to help families toward self-sufficiency. Some of our programs would not be possible without the work of our dedicated volunteers, and all of our programs that have volunteers are improved by their service.
Whether you are interested in volunteering to gain work experience, want a formal internship, or simply want to help out, MICA would love to have you join our team! Listed below are some of our volunteer opportunities. If you don't see anything that fits you, let us know what you're looking for and we will do our best to place you with a program that is right for you.
Food Pantry Volunteer
MICA administers emergency food pantries in Ames, Grinnell, and Iowa Falls. Volunteers help organize donated items, stock pantry shelves and package the food into food boxes ready for families when they come. The food pantries are completely supported by the community and rely on volunteer help to make sure that all families have access to nutritious food.
Early Head Start and Head Start Classroom Volunteers
Classroom volunteers work side by side MICA's teaching staff to care for and provide quality early education services through reading, talking, jumping, listening, eating, playing, writing, hammering, painting, running, clapping, signing, resting, and more.
Volunteers can assist in Head Start classrooms located in Nevada, Story City, Huxley, Eldora, Iowa Falls, Tama, Grinnell, and Marshalltown.
MICA has offices in 5 counties, and office volunteers help immensely in our day-to-day efforts of helping families. An office volunteer might assist the family development worker to directly serve families, or might be able to help bring their particular talents to the office in numerous other ways.
The EITC Program has proven to be one of the most effective methods to helping families becoming self-sufficient. Your donation of of your time is crucial to keeping this program successful! No experience is necessary to serve as an EITC tax preparer, but familiarity with tax preparation and computers is helpful. Volunteers simply prepare tax returns for low income families using a computer software system. Some training is required and supervision is provided.
Volunteers can also help as greeters or interpreters. The EITC program helps families throughout Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek and Tama counties.
How do I get involved?
You can volunteer with MICA simply by filling out the volunteer form located on this website. A MICA representative will contact you to find out more about how you would like to get involved with MICA's efforts to eliminate poverty.