Volunteer opportunities at The Arc of Southeast Iowa

The Arc of Southeast Iowa hosts a variety of programs, services, events and fundraisers that are perfect for a single volunteer or a group. The Arc also welcomes volunteer assistance with maintaining the pArc area (accessible playground and sensory garden). Below are a list of possible volunteer opportunities.

Camp Programming: We offer After School Camp, Full days of camp for planned no school days, and a 8 week long summer camp for school aged clients.

After School Camp:

Teen Summer Camp

  • Who: clients aged 8-20
  • When: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 3:00-5:30pm & Thursdays 2:00-5:30pm
  • Where: The Arc

Summer Camp:

  • Who: clients aged 4-23
  • When: 8 weeks from June—August
  • Where: Bill Reagan Children Enrichment Center (Arc lower level), Grace Community Church, and Mercer Aquatic Center

spArc Squad:The spArc Squad attends local awareness walks, our annual events, and other community activities to cheer on participants and show support for The Arc.

  • Who: clients and volunteers
  • When: varies throughout the year
  • Where: The Arc, out in the community, and other partner sites

Parent Support Group: The Arc provides a support group for parents and caregivers who have a child with a disability to discuss self care and topics of interest.

  • Who: Volunteers needed to provide childcare for those who attend
  • When: Check our the Events page for Upcoming Parent Support Group dates
  • Where: The Arc

Sibship: a support group for kids who have a sibling with a disability to give them the opportunity to share as a group, have lunch, and enjoy fun community activities.

*Check out the Events page for Upcoming Sibship dates

Group Programming:


Little Tykes Group

Saturday Group Respite: Group Respite is a time for our school aged clients to come together to socialize, craft, play, experience music therapy and much more.

Tykes Play Dates: Time for elementary aged clients to play and have fun.

Movie & ArcCade Nights: Time for clients to watch a movie, eat pizza, and play board games and interactive video games together.

*Check out the Events page for Upcoming Group dates

Office & Clerical Assistance: Volunteers can help with various tasks in The Arc administrative office and see the inner workings of a not-for-profit. Tasks can range from filing paperwork to IT assistance. Volunteers can also help with grounds keeping and gardening tasks on our play ground and outdoor space.

Kinnick Concessions: During Hawkeye football season (August-November), The Arc runs a concession stand at all the home games. We are currently looking for 9 or more volunteers for each home game. This is a perfect volunteer event for small groups and anyone who enjoys the football atmosphere! Times will vary depending on the games. For more information please contact Mariah Simmons at The Arc. GO HAWKS!!!

Annual Events:

*details for upcoming events can be found on the Events page

  • Chili Supper

  • Autism Art Show

  • Journey of Hope

  • Annual Awards Ceremony


    Target Volunteers helping with Tire Wall

pArc & Sensory Garden Maintainance: The pArc area includes an accessible playground, tire dragon, sand box, and a developing sensory garden. Any assistance with keeping the pArc clean and safe is welcome! The sensory garden is still in its development stage and will need periotic volunteers to assist with various installments.

Interested in volunteering?

Fill out the Volunteer Application below and email it to Mariah Simmons