Volunteers at UAY help to create a positive, lasting impact on the youth that we serve. We value volunteers who bring optimism, positive energy, and share diverse perspectives. You will have the opportunity to build healthy relationships with young people who are eager for positive connections with adults. In turn, you will find that spending time with these young people, or working on projects that directly support them, will have a positive impact on you as well!

How to volunteer

  1. Fill out a volunteer application

  2. After reviewing your application, we will reach out and let you know if there is a current need that you may be a good fit for; if so, we will ask you to move on to Step 3. If there is not a current need, you are welcome to join the Do-Crew email list to stay up-to-date on volunteer opportunities as they arise. *A general background check will be conducted prior to being added to the Do-Crew list.

  3. Complete online orientation + orientation quiz (15-minutes): 

  4. In-Person Interview

*All volunteers (not Do-Crew) will be required to complete full child abuse & sex offender background checks. These checks cost $20/person; if you are able to contribute funds to help cover this cost, please bring the amount you are able to contribute to your in-person interview. We greatly appreciate the monetary support. 


Volunteer Opportunities

1.) Childcare Volunteer


  • Young Parent Group: Tuesdays 3:30 – 5:30pm

  • Transitional Living Group: Thursdays 3:30 – 4:30pm


TIME COMMITMENT: Weekly, 6-month minimum commitment

LOCATION: UAY Eastdale: 1700 S. 1st Ave., Ste. 14, Iowa City

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Provide gentle, attentive care to babies and toddlers while their parents attend a support group (also in the UAY building). Volunteers in this position should like children, be willing to play with them, provide eye contact, and constant attention. Volunteers must be willing and able to change diapers. Behavior management is handled by separating children in conflict and using distraction. We do not condone yelling at, spanking (or any hands-on approach), or utilizing “time-out” – basic competencies for this position will be reviewed prior to your start date.


  • 18-years or older

  • Ability to lift 25 pounds

  • Childcare experience / knowledge of early childhood development

  • Consistent, reliable, positive attitude


2.) After-School Art Volunteer (during school year)


  • (1 Adult) Mondays 4:00 – 5:30pm @ North Central Junior High

  • (1 Adult) Tuesdays 3:00 – 4:30pm @ Kirkwood Elementary

  • (1 Adult) Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:30 @ South East Junior High

  • (1 Adult) Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:30pm @ Coralville Central Elementary

  • (1 Adult) Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:30pm North West Junior High

  • (1 Adult) Thursdays 2:00 – 3:30pm @ Grant Wood Elementary


TIME COMMITMENT: Weekly, 6-month minimum commitment


POSITION DESCRIPTION: Assist UAY staff with art workshop facilitation. Duties include distributing supplies, guiding students throughout art project, assisting with classroom management, engaging students, enforce program expectations, etc. The volunteer in this position should like young people, art, and have a skill for connecting with kids/teenagers. 


  • 18-years or older

  • Ability to lift 25 pounds

  • Experience working with youth

  • Ability to positively engage with young people

  • Art skills welcomed, but not required

  • Consistent, reliable, positive attitude


3.) Do-Crew Volunteer

The Do-Crew is an email list comprised of previous and potential volunteers who have willingly signed-up to be on this list. UAY reaches out to this group via email for one-time or ongoing volunteer support as needs arise.

4.) I want to do a Thing! (Propose your own project or workshop series!)

Have a special group or individual project you are hoping to do?  Fill out this form and share your idea.