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

Between April 2022 and April 2023 Staff Councilors have given their time to 18 different community events, contributing over 255 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

UISC Partnering with United Way!

UISC is committed to supporting our surrounding communities and we would like to encourage you to visit the United Way links below if you are interested in showing your support through volunteerism. 

United Way Volunteer Website



Holiday Lights at the Lake

Your UISC Community Outreach Committee would like to encourage you to sign up for a time to volunteer with the Holiday Lights by the Lake for the Bird House of Iowa City Hospice.  This event is the largest fundraiser for the Bird House yearly and your time is greatly appreciated! 

Duties include directing traffic, counting cars, passing out candy canes and helping to take donations. 

Dress Warm!!!

Use the link to sign up!  

Holiday Lights at the Lake - The Bird House: Holiday Lights at the Lake- Nightly Volunteer 2023 (signupgenius.com)


Past Volunteer Activities

UISC Adopt-A-Highway Fall 2023 Event

UISC Councilors along with family and friends braved the cold and met up for our fall clean-up event on 10/28/23. 

We always have a great time and find lots of "treasures" along the way! 


UI Homecoming Parade 2023

UISC members, family, and friends marched in the parade and had an awesome time celebrating the Hawkeyes! 

Parade 2023

BBQ Bash!

Shelter House of Iowa City held its annual BBQ Bash fundraiser to support the individuals and families in need of housing.  UISC members helped with set-up and with serving food and drinks at this event. 

BBQ Bash Shelter House


HopeWalk 2023

The 10th annual HopeWalk for suicide awareness and prevention was held on 9/16/23 at Cherry Hill Park in Cedar Rapids Iowa.  UISC members assisted with setting up the event as well as serving food and clean-up. 


2023 ON IOWA! 

August 13 - August 20 

Councilors helped support incoming freshman and transfer students to the University by assisting with registration, moving into dorms, and passing out swag items!  


Iowa State Fair Booth 

Saturday 8/12/23 or Monday 8/14/23 

Councilors hosted a booth at the Iowa State Fair providing information about the University of Iowa Staff Council and passed out swag!   


RAGBRAI 2023  

July 23rd to July 29th

UISC Volunteers prepared seed bombs for RAGBRAI riders to throw as they were riding through Iowa to promote native wildflower growth to the state.  And, UISC Volunteers helped at a number of locations as RAGBRAI riders came through the Coralville area; including registration, food distribution, and clean-up.    


Iowa City Pride Parade & Festival  

June 17th 2023

Councilors marched in the parade to show support for PRIDE Month! 


Juneteenth Concert & Celebration 

Iowa City, Friday June 16th 2023   

Our Community Outreach Committee invited Staff Councilors to help out with this special celebration.

Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.  Volunteers for this event helped in setting things up, trash removal, serving food and drinks, and by providing assistance as needed to event organizers.  



UISC Spring Clean-up Event - May 20th 2023

The Community Outreach Committee invited all UISC members and their friends and family to help with our Spring highway clean-up!    

This was our 3rd clean-up event and we found many "treasures" that are not removed from our stretch of highway!  We will continue in our efforts to help our community and the environment. 


Hope Lodge Chorale Concert  

Thursday May 18th, 2023

The Community Outreach Committee sponsored a choral concert through the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale at the Hope Lodge in Iowa City to 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 wanted to do our part to help make these patients more comfortable and take their minds to a more beautiful place while they receive the care they need.    

The event was a great time for all and we look forward to going back! 


Donation Drive - Food Pantry @ Iowa  

March 6th to March 24th 2023 

The UISC Community Outreach Committee organized a donations drive to support the Food Pantry @ Iowa which helps individuals and families in need who are affiliated with the University of Iowa as students or employees. 

627.13Ibs of dry goods were collected over the 3-week period!!!!   


Shelter House Book Sale 

March 25th & 26th 2023 

Staff Councilors helped to sort books, DVD's, games, and puzzles in preparation and helped the day of the sale to raise funds assisting Shelter House in supporting their mission of helping families and individuals in need in the Iowa City area.  


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

OnIowa 2022

Staff Council members volunteered to assist new students to campus in registration/check-in as well as in moving into dorm rooms.  

This is a yearly event that supports new students coming to our awesome campus!