Volunteer Opportunities

Jasper County Ride- RSVP program FREE

  • Free medical transportation program run by volunteers within Jasper County and to surrounding counties.

  • Qualifying individuals need to have one of the following:

    • Veteran

    • Over 65 years old

    • Receives low-income assistance

  • Donations are accepted at RSVP. Drivers can not accept tips. 

  • Approved Jasper County VA medical visit will reimburse RSVP for mileage. 

  • Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage. 

  • Search terms: transportation, rides. 

550 N 2nd Ave W
Newton, IA 50208
8 AM -4:30 PM M-R, 8 AM-noon on Fridays
Other Categories: Transportation, Veteran Services

MercyOne Newton Medical Center (Hospital)

Our campus in Newton has 48 beds and about 200,000 square feet of space. Attached to the hospital is a 50,000-square-foot medical office building containing local physician practices and the hospital’s physical medicine and rehabilitation center.

Services offered at our campus include 

Mercy One

  • Sleep
  • Neurology
  • General Surgery
  • Pulmonology
  • Pain Management
  • Oncology & Hematology
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Iowa Heart Cardiology
  • Iowa Heart Vascular

The Iowa Clinic

  • Sleep
  • Pulmonology
  • ENT
  • Kidney Physicians (Nephrology) 

Other Specialties 

  • Mission Health Oncology & Hematology 
  • Iowa Ear Center
  • Iowa Ortho
  • Wolfe Eye Clinic
  • Dermatology
  • Allergist

Click this link https://www.mercyone.org/newton/find-a-location/  for more information about our providers and services. 

204 N. 4th Ave. E.
Newton, IA 50208

Newton YMCA

  • Programs include sports and recreation for youth and adults, fitness facilities and classes, swimming lessons, youth and teen activities, dance, gymnastics, arts and crafts, summer camps, and sports camps. Childcare and preschool programming is available through the YMCA Childcare Center. Financial assistance is available based on true financial need.
  • Showers are available with sign in and sign out for those in need.
1701 S. 8th Ave. E.
Newton, IA 50208

American Red Cross - Iowa Rivers Chapter

24 hour phone number: 515-243-4054

Volunteer, give blood, take a class

2116 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312

Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is Iowa's largest nonprofit animal shelter, caring for many thousands of pets each year. The ARL serves people and pets from across the state of Iowa through its programs, which include pet adoption, humane education, pet behavior training, spay/neuter, animal cruelty intervention, and much more.

Wellness clinics provide a physical exam, distemper, and rabies vaccinations, and microchipping for $35.00. Wellness Clinic Events are available by appointment only. Check the events calendar on the ARL website to find out when and where they are held.

Keywords: Adopt pets foster dog cat

5452 NE 22nd St
Des Moines, IA 50313

Baxter Fire and EMS Services

The Baxter Rescue unit is ready to serve the community when an emergency occurs.  The duties not only consist of going on 911 emergency calls but members assisting the Baxter Fire Department on structure fires, storm watch, and community disasters.

Non-emergency phone number 641-227-3112

203 S Main St
Baxter, IA 50028

Colfax Fire Department

Non-Emergency phone number - 515-674-9113

113 W. State St
Colfax, IA 50054

Food Bank of Iowa

At Food Bank of Iowa, we believe no one should have to go hungry. We gather and distribute more than 1.5 million pounds of nutritious food each month to 700 partners across 55 Iowa counties, getting help to those who need it the most.

2220 E 17th Street
Des Moines, IA 50316
Other Categories: Food Assistance

Habitat for Humanity of Jasper County

A nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. We believe affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities.

Keywords: home repair, ramps, home ownership

2200 E. Euclid Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50317

Iowa League of Heroes

We are a group of heroes who donate our time and resources for children fighting medical battles.

Jasper County 4H and Youth (ISU Extension and Outreach)

Iowa 4-H Youth Development is the premier youth development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Providing research-based education to K-12 youth, Iowa 4-H focuses on Healthy Living, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Leadership and Civic Engagement, and Communication and the Arts. Iowa 4-H builds upon more than a century of experience in positive youth development partnering with youth to help them find their passion. 

550 N. 2nd Ave. W.
Newton, IA 50208
Other Categories: Community Groups

Jasper County Cares Coalition

  • The Jasper County Cares Coalition (JCC) consists of numerous health, human services, nonprofits, law enforcement, health care, schools, etc. that serve Jasper County. Jasper County Cares aims to strategically address the health, safety, and well-being of individuals. We also focus on gaps of service in Jasper County.
  • The meetings are held monthly on the second Wednesday of the month, except in January and July. Time: 10:30 AM at the Administration Building.
  • This is not a government organization of Jasper County. Please contact us if you would like more information.
315 W 3rd St N, Suite 100
Newton, IA 50208
Other Categories: Community Groups

Jasper County Elderly Nutrition

  • Over age 60. There is no charge for the meals, but donations are accepted and needed. 
  • Home-delivered meals, on-sion-siteolfax, Monroe & Newton, Holiday, emergency and ,weekend meals, & Farmer's Market. 
  • Congregate Meal Sites: Colfax Senior Center, Monroe: The Gathering Place, Newton: Jasper County Community Center.
  • Meals are served at 11:30 AM, Monday to Friday.  Call to reserve a meal. 
  • Keywords: seniors. 
2401 1st Ave. E.
Newton, IA 50208
Other Categories: Food Assistance, Senior Services

Jasper County Hunger Relief

Meal packaging events. 

Holy Trinity Church
Newton, IA 50208
Other Categories: Food Assistance

Kellogg Township Fire and Ambulance

100% volunteer department in a small Iowa town of 600 people

Non-Emergency phone number - 641-526-3051

414 Front St
Kellogg, IA 50135

Life Serve Blood Donation

Your donation with LifeServe will help save your neighbor, a friend, family member or a stranger in your community!


Looms of Love - Recycled bags sleeping mats

Looms of Love is a new and exciting project spearheaded by a friend of Newton CUCC and involves the entire community coming together to create sleeping mats for those who find themselves homeless.  These mats are made from used plastic bags - like those you get from the grocery store, and are woven into 5'x3' mats using a large wooden loom.  Currently members have been saving their bags and will receive training shortly on the weaving process.

Donation: plastic grocery bags. 

Keywords: recycling, church groups, plastic bags, grocery bags

First Christian Church or St. Luke's United Methodist - donation of plastic bags.
Newton, IA 50208

Lynnville Emergency Services and Fire Department

Serving the community of Lynnville and the surrounding area when emergencies happen.

Non-Emergency phone number - 641-527-2790

301 South St
Lynnville, IA 50153

Mingo Fire Department

Our Local Volunteer Fire Department. Mingo IA

408 E Main St
Mingo, IA 50168

Monroe Fire and Rescue

The City of Monroe is served by a dedicated volunteer force of Fire & Rescue workers.

Non-Emergency phone number - 641-259-2805

110 W American St
Monroe, IA 50170

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI of Central IA)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest. grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans. We offer free mental health support groups, classes, and presentations as well as free one-on-one support,

For information and support call: 515-292-9400


Newton Main Street

Newton Main Street volunteers include many individuals and groups from throughout the community. Each group has a particular focus and they all share the common goal of a strong downtown business district.

403 W 4th St N, Suite 509
Newton, IA 50208
Other Categories: Community Groups

Open Arms Foundation of Jasper County

The Open Arms Foundation offers a variety of programs and projects that are designed to help vulnerable children and families in Jasper County.

1123 1st Ave E, Suite B
Newton, IA 50208
Other Categories: Clothing- Donation Centers

Prairie City Emergency Medical Service

The Prairie City Ambulance consists of approximately 25 volunteers who offer basic life support services to Prairie City and surrounding communities. Volunteers are available 24/7 to handle calls. A number of our crew have their basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certifications, while all volunteers undergo annual CPR, defensive driving, and incident command training.

Non-Emergency phone number - 641-792-5912

203 E Jefferson St
Prairie City, IA 50028

Prairie City Fire Department

With the help of approximately 20 volunteers, Prairie City’s fire department provides around-the-clock fire and rescue services to the community and surrounding areas. Volunteers are Firefighter One and CPR certified.

Non-Emergency phone number - 641-792-5912

203 E Jefferson St
Prairie City, IA 50028

Prevent Child Abuse - Iowa

Prevent Child Abuse Iowa fulfills its mission by leading child abuse prevention efforts in Iowa through:

  • Advocacy – advancing the cause of child abuse prevention among legislators, administrators and professionals.
  • Awareness – informing the public about the effects of child abuse and methods to prevent it.
  • Assistance – offering organizational development, program guidance and grant management to local partners.

Child abuse is preventable. Prevent Child Abuse Iowa recognizes it will take Iowans working together to ensure children are raised in safe, nurturing environments. That’s why we proudly lead and inspire others to create a state free from child abuse.

501 SW 7th Street, G1
Des Moines, IA 50309

Reasnor Fire and Rescue

The Reasnor Fire Department proudly serves a response district of approximately 36 square miles with fire and rescue services. Our response districts include the town of Reasnor, portions of Elk Creek Township, portions of Palo Alto Township, portions of Buena Vista Township and a small portion of Fairview Township.

Non-Emergency phone number - 641-521-9110

312 North St
Reasnor, IA 50232

Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Opportunities for volunteers aged 55 & over who are willing to share their experience, abilities, and skills for the betterment of their community and themselves. Volunteers have opportunities to be involved with the Heart Literacy Program helping elementary students with reading, providing transportation for citizens to vital appointments, the Tax Assistance Program helps eligible citizens prepare tax forms, warning siren monthly reporters, as well as additional opportunities with Jasper County Elderly Nutrition, Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge, and many more.

550 N. 2nd Ave. W.
Newton, IA 50208
Other Categories: Senior Services

St. Croix Hospice

1555 SE Delaware AVe.
Ankeny, IA 50021
Other Categories: Hospice

Sully Fire and Ambulance

Sully’s Fire and Ambulance services are provided by Sully Rural Fire and Ambulance Department. This is an all volunteer department served by members from the community. 

Non-Emergency phone number - 641-594-4100.

501 5th St
Sully, IA 50251

Supplemental Food Program for Seniors

  • The Commodity Supplemental Foods Program (CSFP) provides supplemental food and nutrition education for the elderly ages 60 and over at no cost.

2309 Euclid Ave
Des Moines, IA 50310
Other Categories: Food Assistance, Senior Services

The Well - Newton

1810 1st Ave E
Newton, IA 50208
Other Categories: Clothing- Donation Centers

United Way of Jasper County

  • Provides financial assistance to a variety of health and human services programs. 
  • Funding for agencies https://www.unitedwayofjaspercounty.org/how-to-apply-for-funding.html
312 1st Ave. W., PO Box 844
Newton, IA 50208

Volunteer Iowa

  • Volunteering, Also, Mentoring and Americorp information. 
  • Mission: To improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. 
  • Vision: To create an Iowa where all citizens are empowered through service to meet community challenges and make lives better.
  • About Volunteer Iowa: Volunteer Iowa (The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service) is part of a network of state service commissions throughout the United States that exist to foster a bi-partisan state-level commitment to advancing service initiatives as well as developing, communicating, and promoting a statewide vision and ethic of service. This state agency is responsible for coordinating programs and activities formerly conducted by the Iowa Office on Volunteerism, which was launched in 1978 by Governor Robert D. Ray.
1963 Bell Avenue, Suite 200
Des Moines, IA 50315


Christmas Support for Kids in Jasper County

Other Categories: Other Resources

Food Pantries in Jasper County

Salvation Army- Newton

Emergency assistance with rent and utilities for low-income residents of Jasper County who have received utility disconnects or rental evictions. Also offers food pantry, clothing, and household assistance.

301 N. 2nd Ave. E.
Newton, IA 50208

Free Lunch

Discover Hope 517 Ministry

  • Free community meals are available. Hours Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
  • Showers available from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Warming and cooling location from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Men's restoration house- transitional housing (Holds up to 12 men) see website for application. 
733 1st Ave. E.
Newton, IA 50208
Monday thru Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Newton Arboretum and Botanical Garden

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) privately managed, public garden. 

3030 N 4th Ave E, PO Box 321
Newton, IA 50208
M- F, 8:30-12:30 PM
Other Categories: Recreation, Event locations

Home Repairs

Rebuilding Together - Greater Des Moines

Rebuilding Together volunteers will participate our annual 2024 Rebuilding Days. Volunteers will complete critical home repairs to help more than 100+ low-income families throughout Greater Des Moines.

We utilize over 700 volunteers for these projects. We join together to revitalize our city and help our neighbors stay safe, healthy and dry.

Examples of home repairs that may be provided: repairing or replacing flooring, windows, steps, wheelchair ramps, stabilizing a shower, kitchen cabinet installs, removal and install of back steps, landscaping, and repainting of exterior and many more. These improvements will enable the families to live in a safe and healthy home.

1111 Ninth Street, suite 265
Des Moines, IA 50314

Park and Camping

Jasper County Conservation

  • Quality parks, recreation, conservation and outdoor education systems. Nearly 3,000 acres of parks, trails, and natural areas just waiting to be explored!
  • Keywords: Environmental Education Center, Parks, Cabin, Camping, Trails, Fishing, Hunter Safety, Sugar Creek Preserve, Earth Pack, Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors
  • Locations: Ashton Wildwood, Jacob Krumm, Kish-Ke-Kosh Prairie, Mariposa Recreation Area, Wagaman Mill, AC & Lela Morris Prairie
1030 W. 2nd St. S.
Newton, IA 50208
Other Categories: Recreation, Educational Resources


Strands of Strength

Established in 2011 by a cancer survivor, Strands of Strength (SOS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide new wigs free of charge to cancer patients in financial need and suffering hair loss due to treatment. The wigs offered by Strands of Strength disguise hair loss, decrease feelings of vulnerability, and provide greater self-esteem, hopefully resulting in the personal strength needed to successfully battle the disease.

Keywords: Cancer, wig, hair loss, oncology, 


Disclaimer: This information was provided by agencies in the community. It may not be all-encompassing and some information changes often. For Jasper County offices and contact information, browse our county directory.

Updates: If you have an addition or edit to our Resource Guide, please contact us at jaspercocares@jasperia.org.

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