The Service Learning and Civic Engagement Program can assist you in connecting with local organizations 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.

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.

Following 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.

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.

Community Enhancement, Philanthropy & Social Justice

Claude W. & Dolly Ahrens Foundation

Grinnell Chamber of Commerce

Imagine Grinnell Foundation

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Des Moines)

Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize

The Arts & Museums

Faulconer Gallery Arts Outreach Activities

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

Grin City Collective

Grinnell Area Arts Council

Grinnell Historical Museum

Neverland Players

Sullivan Bank Weekend Docent Program (through the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce)

Environmental Advocacy & Research

Blank Park Zoo

Conrad Environmental Research Area & Prairie Restoration (CERA)

Iowa Department of Natural Resources Volunteer Water Monitoring

Poweshiek Conservation Board

Rock Creek State Park

Tallgrass Prairie Audubon Society

Health & Safety

American Red Cross of Iowa (Des Moines)

Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention Services (Grinnell & Oskaloosa)

Grinnell Recreation Department

Grinnell Regional Hospital

Grinnell Regional Hospice

Grinnell Regional Medical Center

Grinnell Bariatrics

Light Center for Public Health

MECCA Services

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (Des Moines)

The Project of Personal Health Care

Diversity & Inclusion

Central Iowa Residential Service (CIRSI) [email]

CultureALL (Des Moines)

English language Learners [email]

Iowa Dream Act Coalition

Iowa Pride Network (Des Moines)

Iowa Valley Community College ESL

Latinas/Latinos al Exito

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

Poweshiek County Community Services

Special Olympics

Station Clubhouse (641) 236-5325 (contact Julie Wendl)

U.S. Committee for Refugees & Immigrants (Des Moines)

 Children, Youth & Education

Big Brother/Big Sisters of Grinnell

Bailey Park Elementary School

Central Iowa Christian School

Davis Elementary School

Drake Community Library

Fairview Elementary School

Girl Scouts

Grinnell Community Day Care Center (Ahrens Daycare)

Grinnell High School

Grinnell Middle School

Head Start

Iowa State Extension Program/4-H

Liberal Arts in Prison Program

Poweshiek County 4H

Sac & Fox (Meskwaki) Settlement School (Tama)

Woodbury Elementary School (Marshalltown)

Sustainable Agriculture & Farms

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

Grandma’s Farm/Triple V Training

Grinnell Heritage Farm

Middle Way Farm

Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI)

Poweshiek Animal League Shelter (PALS)


Children and Family Urban Ministries (Des Moines)

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

Habitat for Humanity

Mid Iowa Community Action (MICA)

Oxfam International (national organization)

Second Mile

Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell

Senior Citizens

Grinnell Health Care Center (Friendship Manor)

Grinnell Senior Center

Mayflower Community

St. Francis Manor

Windsor Manor