Child Care / Recreation

Volunteers are needed at: North Omaha, South Omaha, Carter Lake, Council Bluffs, Westside Clubs, and Mount View Clubs. Tutoring, recreation, coaching, arts & crafts, office assistants, and computers are a few of the activities that volunteers help with. Spanish-speaking volunteers are also needed. 1-2 hours per week are preferred, usually in the early evening (Mon-Fri). The North Omaha location is within walking distance of campus. We would love to have individuals or groups (up to 50) planning on participating once or on a continuing basis.
Volunteers should visit our website and fill out an online volunteer application that will then be forwarded to the club of your choice. A staff member will contact you to set up a time to meet and tour the club.
Spanish speaking recommended but not necessary.

Catholic Charities’ Learning Center

see Catholic Charities’ Volunteer Resources

Children’s Square, USA
Kathy Peterson ~ (712) 322-3700 ext. 5827 ~ kpeterson@childrenssquare.org
North 6th & Ave E, Council Bluffs, IA 51502 ~ www.childrenssquare.org

Children’s Square, USA offers a variety of volunteer opportunities and internships including: tutoring, campus projects, enrichment programs, etc. Volunteer opportunities are available assisting youth in our Shelter, residential, and childcare program. Volunteers are also needed to assist with grounds maintenance, special projects, and helping out at special events. Schedules are flexible and include day, evening, and weekends and opportunities for individuals or groups of up to 20!

Christ Child Society – Main (Catholic Charities)

see Catholic Charities’ Volunteer Resources

Completely Kids (formerly Campfire USA)
Katie Guenther ~ (402) 397-5809 ext. 229 ~ kguenther@completelykids.org
2566 St. Mary’s Ave, Omaha, NE 68105 ~ www.completelykids.org

Completely Kids needs volunteers to build caring, confident youth and future leaders. Volunteers are needed to work with youth Monday through Friday in our after school programs at elementary and middle schools and evening programs in area homeless shelters.  We are looking for energetic individuals and groups to help the youth with homework, skill development, enrichment activities, and exposure to positive role models. An extra set of hands is always appreciated in this fun environment.

Call/email us for more information about how you can help ensure the success of children in our community.
*Internship & practicum opportunities available for students in a variety of academic disciplines.

Spanish speaking recommended but not necessary.

Girls, Inc.
Fatema Graves ~ (402) 457-4676 ~ fgraves@girlsincomaha.org
2811 N. 45th St, Omaha, NE 68104 ~ www.girlsinc.org

Girls Incorporated’s mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We do this through a wide variety of programming that we offer daily. Girls Inc. always encourages interested adults to get involved in Girls Inc. Programs. Volunteers are needed to assist with homework activities, serving meals, field trips, job shadowing, programming and more. Help is needed between (3:00pm – 7:00pm) Monday – Friday during the school year and all day (7:00am – 6:00pm) during the summer. We would love to have individuals or groups (up to 20) planning on participating once or on a continuing basis.

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
Melissa Crew ~ (712) 328-2338 ~ mcrew@gsiowa.org
1860 Madison Ave. Ste. 3, Council Bluffs, IA 51501 ~ www.girlscoutsiowa.org

Volunteers work with girls between the ages of 5-18 from various backgrounds. We look for assistance in recreational activities, programs, events, and camp. Long- term commitments available as troop leaders and assistant leaders (4-7 hrs/month) with training provided. Office assistance with mailings and data entry is also needed with very flexible hours depending on the project. We are in need of volunteers for our fall programs, which last 2-8 hours. As you can see we have opportunities for individuals and groups on a one-time or continuing basis.
Spanish speaking recommended, but not necessary.

Hitchcock Nature Center
Kate Simmons ~ (712) 328-5830 ~ katherine.simmons@pottcounty.com
27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, IA 51542 ~ www.pottcoconservation.com

Hitchcock Nature Center needs volunteers to share their love for the outdoors and help protect our natural resources. Opportunities are available at our Welcome Desk and in Natural Areas Management.
Join our friendly welcome desk volunteers assisting guests, answering phones, helping with
the gift shop and participating in office projects, while enjoying the beautiful view of
the Loess Hills from your desk. Natural Areas Management Volunteers help carry out
Hitchcock Nature Center’s land management plans. Help minimize the impact of
invasive plant species while re-introducing native plants to the hills,
clearing trees to widen trails, checking for erosion, and assisting with various land management projects. *Internship opportunities available. Both one-time and continuous volunteers are welcome, although we are more in need of ongoing help. No prior skills necessary!

inCOMMON Community Development
JD Senkbile ~ 933-6672 ~ jd@incommoncd.org
Jeff Spiehs 933-6672 ~ jeff@incommoncd.org
1340 Park Ave Omaha, NE 68105 ~ http://incommoncd.org/
The Park Ave Commons is a safe and hospitable place for residents to come together to build community, receive services, and take part in empowerment-based opportunities and trainings. Programming at the Commons include: community-building activities, social services, individual development, and job readiness workshops.
Spanish speaking useful, but not necessary.

Kids Can Mentoring Program
Make a difference while making a new friend: just spend one hour a week, one-on-one, with a 7-13 year old. Becoming a mentor doesn’t require any special skills or experiences. You just have to be open-minded! Many youth don’t have anyone in their lives who are able or willing to guide and listen to them. Dedicated mentors can make a huge difference in a child’s life, positively impacting academic and social skills. In order to best aid our kids, we ask that our volunteers are willing to agree to a 12-month (or longer) commitment with our program. Throughout the course of this year, you will have continual support and advice from the Mentoring Coordinator. After applying, volunteers will be required to go through a screening process. This is because the safety of children is first and foremost in our minds. Mentoring hours are available between 4pm and 6pm, Monday through Friday.

Latina Resource Center (Catholic Charities)

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Lothrop Magnet Center
Gina Fitzpatrick or Daniel Chipps ~ (402) 457-5704 ~ Gina.Fitzpatrick@ops.org
3300 N. 22nd St, Omaha, NE 68110 ~ www.ops.org/elementary/lothropmagnet
Lothrop Magnet Center is an Omaha Public School serving children
from pre-kindergarten to 4th grade with magnet areas of Science and Technology.
Students at Lothrop are involved in Service Learning – such as Green projects – and learning
about renewable energy sources. Lothrop is lucky enough to have Community In Schools on campus, which has helped foster many community connections.
Volunteers are needed in the greenhouse; for science projects, reading, math,
technology, and mentoring. Lothrop is an ideal opportunity for people pursuing an Education, Counseling, or Social Work major as well as for those with an interest in Science, Environmental topics, or Technology.
We can accommodate groups of 1-25 volunteers and welcome both long-term and one-time volunteers. No special skills are required.
Spanish and French speaking recommended, but not necessary.

Madonna School
Dr. Bill Goodwin, Principal ~ (402) 556-1883 ext. 22 ~ bgoodwin@madonnaschool.org
6402 N. 71st Plaza, Omaha, NE 68104 ~ www.madonnaschool.org
The Madonna School educates special needs students to become as independent as possible. We seek volunteers who can commit to a specific time and day of the week. Opportunities include swimming lessons (M,W, Th), art classes (W), Special Olympics (F), in the classroom, and special extra-curricular activities. Ideally, volunteers should be able to commit for a period of about 2 hours to half a day on the volunteers specific day. Additionally, some classrooms are in need of volunteers to assist our teachers and teacher’s aides for a half-day a week throughout the 2011-’12 school year.

Omaha Children’s Museum
Rachel Evans ~ (402) 930-2344 ~ revans@ocm.org
500 S. 20th St., Omaha, NE  68102 ~ www.ocm.org

The Omaha Children’s Museum welcomes large and small groups as well as individuals interested in giving of their time to make a difference in the life of a young child. Opportunities include: guest services, discovery guide, education, marketing, development (fundraising), and more. Volunteer schedule is flexible but a background check and interview are required. Internships are also available. Long-term volunteers are preferred, but we do need one-time volunteers for special events. Please email for more information.
Spanish speaking recommended, but not necessary.

Restored Hope
Dorie Peterson ~ (402) 714-7185 ~ dorie.peterson@restoredhopeomaha.org
2314 Howard St. Omaha, NE  68102 ~ www.restoredhopeomaha.org 
We are a Christ-centered transitional living program for
homeless single mothers and children. Volunteers are currently
needed to provide childcare on our campus Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
evenings from 5:45pm-7:45pm each week while their mothers attend class.
We request that volunteers be able to make a minimum 6- month commitment to this service opportunity. A background check is required. Please call or email Dorie Peterson if you have an interest in serving. We can accommodate groups of 2-4 volunteers and prefer long-term volunteers. No special skills required, except a love for working with young children (mostly under 8 years old).