Whether you are a student looking to connect to the community in a meaningful way, a faculty member wanting to add a service component to one of your courses, or staff member interested in a new project, the Service Learning and Civic Engagement Program can assist you in connecting with local organizations. Susan Sanning, Assistant Director of Service Learning and Engagement, is happy to talk with you and help you explore opportunities that match your individual interests, needs, and strengths. If you find an opportunity that suits your needs, the program offers transportation for those wishing to carpool to their various work sites. 

In addition, if you are interested in partnering or volunteering with a group of students who share your interests and passions, you are encouraged to create a profile on OrgSync (which can be accessed through PioneerWeb) and explore what partner organizations and student service groups are currently doing.

Below is a categorized list of some of the organizations where you may find Grinnell College students volunteering, working through the Compensated Co-Curricular Service-Learning Program, or participating in curricular civic engagement projects. This is not an exhaustive list! Our faculty and students’ interests are incredibly diverse, and their service commitments are spread across a wide array of community partners.*

Community Enhancement, Philanthropy & Social Justice

Claude W. & Dolly Ahrens Foundation http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/chaplain/socialjusticeprize

Grinnell Chamber of Commerce http://www.grinnellchamber.org/

Imagine Grinnell Foundation http://imaginegrinnell.org/

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement http://iowacci.org/

Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Des Moines) http://www.icadv.org/

Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/chaplain/socialjusticeprize

The Arts & Museums

Faulconer Gallery Arts Outreach Activities http://www.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery

Fort Des Moines Museum [Phone]: (515) 282-8060

Grin City Collective http://grincitycollective.org/

Grinnell Area Arts Council http://grinnellarts.org

Grinnell Historical Museum http://www.grinnellhistoricalmuseum.org/

Neverland Players https://www.facebook.com/NeverlandPlayers/info

Sullivan Bank Weekend Docent Program (through the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce) http://www.grinnellchamber.org/

Environmental Advocacy & Research

Blank Park Zoo http://www.blankparkzoo.com/

Conrad Environmental Research Area & Prairie Restoration (CERA)

IOWATER http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/WaterQuality/WaterMonitoring/IOWATER.aspx

Poweshiek Conservation Board http://www.poweshiekcountyparks.org/

Rock Creek State Park


Tallgrass Prairie Audubon Society http://www.audubon.org/chapters/tallgrass-prairie-audubon-society

Health & Safety

Aids Project of Central Iowa (Des Moines) http://www.aidsprojectci.org/

American Red Cross of Iowa (Des Moines) http://www.redcross.org/ia/des-moines

Central Iowa Family Planning (Grinnell & Marshalltown) http://www.cifp.org/

Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention Services (Grinnell & Oskaloosa) http://stopdvsa.org/

Grinnell Recreation Department http://www.grinnelliowa.gov/index.aspx?nid=159

Grinnell Regional Hospital http://www.grmc.us/donate/grmc-auxiliary/auxiliary-volunteer-opportunities

Grinnell Regional Hospice http://www.grmc.us/services/hospice

Grinnell Regional Mental Health http://www.grmc.us/find-a-clinic-or-provider/mental-health

Grinnell Bariatrics http://www.grinnellsurgeons.com/bariatrics.htm

Light Center for Public Health http://www.grmc.us/services/public-health

MECCA Services http://www.meccaservices.com/

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (Des Moines) www.ppheartland.org

Diversity & Inclusion

Central Iowa Residential Service (CIRSI) email: rsisson[at]iowatelecom[dot]net

CultureALL (Des Moines) http://www.worldofdifference.us/

English language Learners [email]: heather.degoei@grinnell-k12.0rg

Iowa Dream Act Coalition https://www.facebook.com/IowaDreamActCoalition

Iowa Pride Network (Des Moines) http://iowapridenetwork.org/

Iowa Valley Community College ESL https://ce.iavalley.edu/adult-literacy/esl/

Latinas/Latinos al Exito https://alexitoiowa.org/

Poweshiek County Association for Retarded Citizens [Phone]: 641- 236-4170 or 641-236-6845

Poweshiek County Community Services http://poweshiekcounty.org/central-point-of-coordination/

Special Olympics http://www.soiowa.org/

Station Clubhouse [Phone]: (641) 236-5325 (contact Julie Wendl)

US Committee for Refugees & Immigrants (Des Moines) www.RefugeesDesMoines.org

 Children, Youth & Education

Iowa Valley Community College GED prep http://www.iavalley.edu/ivce/classes/high_school.html

Big Brother/Big Sisters of Grinnell https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heart-of-Iowa-Big-Brothers-Big-Sisters-Grinnell/330597240284440?id=330597240284440&sk=info

Bailey Park Elementary School http://www.grinnell.k12.ia.us/en/schools/bailey_park_elementary_school/

Central Iowa Christian School http://www.centraliowachristian.org/

Davis Elementary School http://www.grinnell.k12.ia.us/en/schools/davis_elementary_school/

Drake Community Library http://grinnell.lib.ia.us/

Fairview Elementary School http://www.grinnell.k12.ia.us/en/schools/fairview_elementary_school/

Galaxy Youth Center/Stars Program: http://www.galaxyinc.org

Girl Scouts http://www.girlscoutsiowa.org/en/for-volunteers/why-volunteer.html

Grinnell Community Day Care Center (Ahrens Daycare) [email]: grinnelldaycare[at]iowatelecom[dot]net

Grinnell High School http://www.grinnell.k12.ia.us/en/schools/grinnell_high_school/

Grinnell Middle School http://www.grinnell.k12.ia.us/en/schools/grinnell_middle_school/

Head Start http://www.micaonline.org/head_start/

Iowa Juvenile Home (Toledo) http://www.dhs.state.ia.us/Consumers/Facilities/Toledo.html

Iowa State Extension Program/4-H http://www.extension.iastate.edu/poweshiek/

Liberal Arts in Prison Program http://www.grinnell.edu/academic/prisonprogram

Poweshiek County 4H http://www.extension.iastate.edu/poweshiek/4h

Sac & Fox (Meskwaki) Settlement School (Tama)  http://www.msswarriors.org/contact.htm

Woodbury Elementary School (Marshalltown) http://marshalltown.k12.ia.us/woodbury.html

Sustainable Agriculture & Farms

B & B Farms [Phone]: 641-990-8643

Grandma’s Farm/Triple V Training http://www.triplevtraining.com/

Grinnell Heritage Farm http://www.grinnellheritagefarm.com/

Middle Way Farm http://www.localharvest.org/middle-way-farm-M55705

Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) http://www.practicalfarmers.org/

Poweshiek Animal League Shelter (PALS) http://palspets.us/


Children and Family Urban Ministries (Des Moines) http://www.cfum.org/

Grinnell Low Income Housing Authority [Phone]: (641) 236-2611

Habitat for Humanity http://www.iowahabitat.org

Mid Iowa Community Action (MICA) http://www.micaonline.org/get_involved

Oxfam International (national organization) http://www.oxfam.org/en/about

Second Mile https://www.facebook.com/Second-Mile-Thrift-Shop-129337237078762/

Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell http://www.segrinnell.org/

Senior Citizens

Grinnell Health Care Center (Friendship Manor) http://www.grinnellhealthcarecenter.com/

Grinnell Senior Center http://fcfhiowa.bowmansystems.com/index.php/component/cpx/?task=resource.view&id=673928&search_history_id=18186375

Mayflower Community http://www.mayflowerhomes.com/

St. Francis Manor http://www.stfrancismanor.com/

Windsor Manor http://www.windsor-manor.com

* Unless otherwise noted the organizations operate in Grinnell.  All other organizations are within a one hour drive of campus.  Carpool transportation is available by request on a first come, first served basis.