A core mission of the University of Iowa Staff Council is giving back to the University and surrounding community through volunteerism.  

In the last year Staff Councilors have given their time to 14 different community events that included 79 acts of service, contributing over 232 hours of service. 

Staff Councilors please see below for opportunities to volunteer!    

Staff Council Members, Record Service Hours: http://workflow.uiowa.edu/form/staff-volunteer-hours

Donation Drive for the Food Pantry @ Iowa 

Your Community Outreach Committee is sponsoring a donations drive for the Food Pantry @ Iowa.

Donation boxes will be left at serval locations on campus from March 6th through March 24th in order to collect needed items to donate to the UI Food Pantry.  

The Pantry is looking for the below items if you are able to donate:

  • Paper Products 
    • Paper Towels
    • Kleenex
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Toiletries 
    • Toilet Paper
    • ​​​​​​​Toothpaste / Tooth Brushes / Dental Floss / Mouth Wash
    • Shampoo / Conditioner
    • Towels
    • Deodorant 
    • Shampoo / Conditioner 
    • Nail Clippers 
  • Laundry Detergent 
  • Non-perishable Food Items 

Hope Lodge Chorale Concert  

6pm on Monday April 17th, 2023 

Your Community Outreach Committee is sponsoring a choral concert through the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale at the Hope Lodge in Iowa City to help entertain patients staying there while receiving cancer treatments.   

The American Cancer Society facilitates care and lodging for patients that travel 40+ miles or more in order to receive treatments.  We would like to help make these patients more comfortable and take their minds to a more beautiful place while they receive the care they need.    

  • We are asking for 5 volunteers to help with the event
    • We must limit the number of volunteers so that patients are not overly exposed to outsiders.
  • We will serve light refreshments during the show
  • Volunteers and singers MUST wear masks at all times while visiting and must be vaccinated against COVID19 
    • Proof of vaccination is required

Past Volunteer Activities

UI Dance Marathon 

University of Iowa Dance Marathon 29 Big Event!  

Staff Councilors took shifts helping to keep track of DM Dancer bags among other duties and cannot wait to help again next year!!!!

Dance Marathon
Dance Marathon 2023! 

Holiday Lights at the Lake 2022

The Bird House Hospice-Home of Johnson County  

Staff Councilors volunteered at the Holiday Lights on the Lake event supported by the Bird House Hospice-Home of Johnson County at the West Overlook Campground at the Coralville Reservoir.  Volunteers helped to guide traffic, scanned tickers and handed out brochures and candy canes to visitors.  This is a yearly event and Staff Council looks forward to supporting this event again in 2023!


Concessions at Kinnick 2022

Home Football Games from October through November

On home game days during the Hawkeye football season, volunteers worked concessions at Kinnick Stadium! This was a fun and fast-paced volunteering opportunity. This volunteer opportunity helped Shelter House of Iowa City raise money that allows them to continue providing support in our community! 

Concessions at Kinnick

Homecoming Parade 2022

Friday, October 28

Staff Council members along with their family and friends marched in the Iowa Homecoming Parade on 10/28/22.  Candy, stress-balls and 2,500 pom-poms were handed out to the Iowa City community on behalf of Staff Council.  Go Hawks!!! 

View the link: https://youtu.be/tPWhtE_XQuA?t=4053 

Homecoming Parade 2022

Adopt-A-Highway Clean-Up 2022

On Saturday, October 15, 2022 Staff Council members met to do our second Adopt-A-Highway clean-up event.  It was a beautiful day for the event and everyone involved had a a blast.   

Staff Council will continue to support the cleaning of our adopted stretch of highway and look forward to our next clean-up in the spring of 2023! 

Adopt-A-Highway Clean-up Event October 15 2022

HOPEwalk 2022

Staff Council members volunteered for the HOPEwalk suicide prevention event on Sept. 17, 2022.

This is a yearly event held in Cedar Rapids, IA at Cherry Hill Park.  As a Council we offered our services by volunteering to give our time to help run this event which provides support to families dealing with the aftereffects of suicide as well as prevention. 💜 

Suicide Awareness & Prevention