The idea of neighbor helping neighbor supports the idea that we are a nation that believes in the power of service with 138 million Americans (62.5 percent) engaging in “informal volunteering” – such as watching each other’s children or helping out with shopping. More than one-third of Americans are involved in a school, civic, recreational, religious, or other organization.

There is no greater gift, than the gift of time. Here are some opportunities for you and your family to pitch in and make a difference in the Cedar Valley during the holiday season! 


  • Volunteers are needed to prepare the Salvation Army Holiday Toy Shop by unloading, sorting, and stocking shelves on December 13th & 14th with morning and afternoon shifts available. Volunteers age 16 and over are welcome.


  • Celebrate the season and wrap gifts for patrons on Main Street in Cedar Falls while supporting the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Volunteers will wrap patrons' gifts in exchange for free will donations. Gift wrap, tape, and bows will be provided. Shifts are available December 16th & 24th.


  • On December 16th & 17th Waterloo West, Waterloo East and Waterloo Columbus High Schools will host the “Battle of Waterloo”, a two-day, wrestling tournament, at Young Arena. Volunteer shifts are from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM and 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM.


  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley is holding the annual Fun with Frosty event on December 20th from 4:30 until 6:30 PM. Volunteers are needed for set up, various event stations, and tear down. Volunteers age 18 and over are welcome.


Call or visit the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley at (319) 272-2087, or for a complete listing of volunteer opportunities in the Cedar Valley!

Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley