Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking

Organization: Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking

Address: 843 Thirteenth Ave North,  Clinton, IA 52732

Contact Phone Number: 563-242-7611

Contact Fax Number: 563-243-0007                                                                                                        

Contact E-Mail: sisters@clintonfranciscans.com

Website: http://www.clintonfranciscans.com/our-mission-center-for-active-nonviolence-and-peacemaking.html

Organization President: Janice Cebula

Student Opportunities: After contacting this organization, I learned many things that I did not discover through my research. This is an all female advocacy organization sponsored by the sisters of St. Francis Church.While the Sisters have made lifelong commitments to the church, they do not discourage anyone, particularly students, from joining them in their efforts of advocacy for international peace, justice, environmental sustainability, humanitarian assistance, nuclear disarmament, global health, poverty, immigration and human trafficking. The sisters sponsor events to raise awareness and enlighten people to the issues faced at an international level that foster violence, war and destabilized regions of the world.  The events are also held to raise money in order to donate to large international NGO’s that work to support their beliefs, such as The Polaris Project (an anti-human trafficking organization), and the WHO, as well as UNICEF.

Best Time To Be Reached: During regular business hours, Monday-Friday by telephone, although it took multiple efforts to reach someone. Or contact the Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking via e-mail. The organization responded to my e-mail the following day.

Time Commitment For Opportunities: The contact person at the Center  for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking communicated that participation is entirely optional and the number of volunteer hours is at ones discretion. Events are not held all that often, as there is about one per month, so this is a viable option for students with only a small amount of time to spare.

Training Needed: No training needed for volunteering. The Center  for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking simply wants individuals passionate about the international issues that the organization is centered around.

Regions Served: The Center  for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking does not directly serve any regions outside of Iowa, but raise money to donate to NGO’s present in every region of the world.

Additional Notes/What Does This Organization Do? I found that the Sisters of St Francis have a constitution which states that “As women of faith, in union with Christ, we, the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa, embrace this responsibility to be revealers of God’s presence by our lives, and to be co-creators of a world of love, justice, and peace.”

Submitted By: Gregory Whitaker

Iowa United Nations Association

Organization: Iowa United Nations Association

Contact Info: Yashar Vasef

Address: 20 East Market Street
Iowa City, IA, 52245

Contact E-Mail: yashar@unaiowa.org

Phone Number: 391-337-7290

Website: http://www.iowauna.org

Student Opportunities: Hunger Internship, Health Internship, Education Internship, International Development Internships, Volunteer Opportunities

Other online points of contact: Facebook, Twitter

Best Time To Be Reached: 9am-5pm

Time Commitment For Opportunities: Interns generally work from a few hours per week to 15 hours per week depending on student availability and schedule

Training Needed: No, students are encouraged to have basic understanding of the United Nations and global issues prior to applying

Regions Served: Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East

Suggestions for other International Development Opportunities: Iowa City Foreign Relations Council
Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities
The University of Iowa center for Human Rights

Do You Serve Specific Ethnic Groups or Languages? No, the focus is worldwide and international

Additional Notes: This organization is seeking passionate students who are interested in getting involved in different humanitarian campaigns.

World Link, Inc.

Organization: World Link, Inc.

Address: 905 M Avenue, Kalona, IA 52247

Contact Phone Number: 877-808-4587

Contact Fax Number: 319-656-4587                                                                                                          

Contact E-Mail: exchange@worldlinkinc.org

Website: http://www.worldlinkinc.org/

President: Curtis Stutzman

Student Opportunities: World Link’s programs are scholarship based cross-cultural exchange programs that involve more than being visitors from another country. As an exchange student with World Link students are exposed to community development projects that the government has failed to address. These community development projects that reach across borders will effect positive change through student involvement. Students will also experience cross-cultural education to improve their international understanding in order to effectively cooperate at the international level, in order to proceed smoothly with development projects.

Best Time To Be Reached: During regular business hours, Monday-Friday by either toll free telephone or local calling. Students may also fax World Link, as well as e-mail.

Time Commitment For Opportunities: Because World Link is an international student exchange program, students should expect to dedicate a semester, or more, of study abroad wherever they may choose to go.

Training Needed: World Link is not an organization that has student volunteers or interns. Rather selection for World Link’s exchange program is competitive and completely merit-based.

Opportunity Descriptions: International opportunity and experience are provided to the exchange student through international study, community development programs, cross-cultural education as well as a comprehensive tolerance of diversity program. In turn, these all facilitate a students ability to oversee international development programs.

Regions Served: World Link international student exchange program sends students to Eurasia, Afghanistan, Balkans, Serbia & Montenegro and the Republic of Georgia.

Additional Notes/What Does This Organization Do? World Link is a unique exchange organization that conducts only publically sponsored exchange programs that serve a citizen diplomacy mission.World Link’s primary objective is to introduce exchange students to the world and facilitate learning and international understanding. By making a student a “citizen of the world,” students will be prepared for international development projects and can be an “agent of change.”

Submitted By: Gregory Whitaker

The World Food Prize

Organization: The World Food Prize Foundation

Address: 1700 Ruan Center
666 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309 USA

Contact Phone Number: (515) 245-3783    

Contact Fax Number: (515) 245-3785                                                                                                          

Contact E-Mail: wfp@worldfoodprize.org

Website: http://www.worldfoodprize.org/

Foundation President: Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn

Student Opportunities: The World Food Prize Foundation offers both volunteer and internship opportunities.The most urgent need for volunteers centers around the World Food Prize annual events week, which occurs each October on or around UN World Food Day (October 16).  At that time, volunteers play a key role in ensuring that the Borlaug Dialogue  symposium, the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony, the Iowa Hunger Summit, and all other elements of the Harvest Festival run smoothly and successfully.In addition to the annual events week, the World Food Prize greatly appreciates the generous support of volunteers year-round. Volunteer opportunities available located at the office. The World Food Prize also offers the George Washington Carver Internship, which is an unparalleled professional opportunity for students interested in global issues of hunger, poverty and development. Interns work with Ambassador Quinn and gain valuable experience and increase their understanding of the international fight against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.

Other online points of contact: YouTube, Twitter, Facebook

Best Time To Be Reached: During regular business hours, Monday-Friday by telephone. Contact via e-mail can also be made. The office contact specified that inquiring e-mails will be responded to within 2-3 business days, unless it is around October 16th, the UN World Food Day when workload increases.

Time Commitment For Opportunities: While there are volunteer opportunities available in the downtown Des Moines’ Ruan Center office year round, the number of hours available to volunteer increase exponentially in the fall, around the UN Food Day, the Borlaug Dialogue symposium, the World Food Prize Laureate Award’s, the Iowa Hunger Summit and the Harvest Festival.

Training Needed: No specific training is required for volunteers, just an interest in non-profit humanitarian assistance. Internships are selective and require a strong foundational knowledge and understanding  of the international fight against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.

Opportunity Descriptions: Desire for volunteers increases exponentially in the fall in assuring that the UN Food Day, the Borlaug Dialogue symposium, the World Food Prize Laureate Award’s, the Iowa Hunger Summit and the Harvest Festival run smoothly. Interns are regarded as full-time staff when working, and are important in the execution of tasks vital to achieving The World Food Prize Foundation’s mission statement, in ending world hunger.

Regions Served: The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing — without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs — the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. Therefore the World Food Prize serves regions pained by malnutrition, undernourishment and scarcity of food, all over the world.

Suggestions for other International Development/Hunger Alleviation Opportunities: The World Food Prize encourages involvement with many of its sponsors, such as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Mathile Institute for the Advancement of Human Nutrition, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, World Initiative for Soy in Human Health and the Alliance to End Hunger. These organizations operate nationally and outside of Iowa.

Do You Serve Specific Ethnic Groups or Languages? The World Food Prize is not committed to serving a specific ethnic, religious or political group. The World Food Prize is committed to serve people enduring the effects of hunger, food-shortages and malnutrition all over the world.Laureates have been recognized from countries around the world, including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Cuba, Denmark, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United States.

Additional Notes/What Does This Organization Do? The World Food Prize has honored outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. The World Food Prize recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply — food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership and the social sciences as well as serves as a method of calling the world’s attention to the necessity to improve global food security.

Submitted By: Gregory Whitaker

Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa

Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa

www.muawi.org

515 28th St # 101, Des Moines, IA

Contact: Mira Yusef, Executive Officer

Phone:  515-288-0881 (Des Moines)

319-538-5207 (Iowa City)

Social Media: Facebook, twitter

Best time to call: Business Hours will be the best (Mon-Fri: 9:30am-6pm Sat:10am-3pm) but you can leave a message with your name and contact information anytime.

Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa is a community–based organization with a mission to end violence against women and girls in the Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities in Iowa.  Monsoon officially opened its doors in 2007; since then, they have provided direct services to hundreds of survivors/victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and they run a violence prevention group focusing on youth in Iowa. Since 2008, Monsoon has included young people in a broader movement to end violence through its violence-prevention program. The program includes 11 youth advocates who work with middle and high school students on prevention efforts such as dating violence, bullying, stalking, sexting and gang violence. This is done through after-school programs, peer-to-peer counseling and youth-led community activities. Currently, the organization offers services for African communities.

As for volunteer opportunities, Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa strongly prefers someone who is from Asia, has API language ability, or has long-term connections with API communities.

Iowa Asian Alliance

Iowa Asian Alliance

http://www.iowaasianalliance.com

525 SW 5th St., Suite A, Des Moines, IA 50309

 

Contact: Kate Banasiak

Email: info@iowaasianalliance.com

Phone: 515-282-8192

Social media: Facebook, Twitter

 

CelebrAsian is an annual festival that the Iowa Asian Alliance holds. This year it will be on Saturday, May 12.  They recruit a couple hundred volunteers every year to work at the festival for a few hours each. A leadership team of 20-30 people work year round to plan the event, and college students who are interested would be welcome to join the team.

There is a communications internship (currently filled) that involves website design and writing a weekly newsletter for members.

The Iowa Asian Alliance serves all Asian countries – 14 different countries will be represented at CelebrAsian.

The Alliance does not work directly with Asian immigrants, but it works to promote volunteer opportunities with other organizations that work with Asian immigrants.

Filipino-American Association of Iowa

Filipino-American Association of Iowa
http://www.filamofiowa.org
Carlisle, IA (Association President’s home)

Contact: Alma Reed, president
email: Germany1994@aol.com
phone: 515-240-5631
best time to call: most likely to be reached at night, but leave a message with your name and contact information so she can return the call.

Association is aimed at organizing Filipinos and other Asian groups (Burmese, Japanese, Nepali, Chinese) behind regional interests. Their activities raise cultural awareness about the country and region at local festivals and events.  They also do fundraising for projects and aid that is sent back to the Philippines following disasters.

They offer internships and and projects for volunteering at low to high levels of involvement, such as staffing their booth at festivals, fundraising for projects, serving on their board, and helping to structure the constitution of the organization.

The Filipino-American Association of Iowa is currently searching for more partners inside the Philippines, but currently serves alongside Igorots- which is an organization that sends medical missions back to the Phillipines- providing both fundraising and volunteers for their medical projects.