The Borgen Project Iowa

Organization:   The Borgen Project Iowa

Address:
Offices are not yet established in Iowa (to be established soon).  The Iowa regional directors, recruiters, and other volunteers that call congressional leaders can all work over the phone.  Internships are also available in headquarters in Seattle, Washington.

Contact:  Cody Zoss

Email:  zossc1@gmail.com

Phone:  (515) 783-5984

Best time to contact: 8am-4pm

Website:    http://www.borgenproject.org

Student Opportunities:

The Borgen Project Iowa is a statewide campaign which builds the political will for legislation such as The Water for the World Act that benefits the world’s poorest.

Students and recent graduates can become involved as a regional director, a recruiter, or volunteer to call congressional leaders.  Regional directors work to mobilize a group responsible for writing and calling congressional leaders on a weekly basis.  Regional directors can also meet with senators and congressmen to find innovative ways to support key lesislation.

Time Committment:  Regional directors’ hours range from 2-20 hours per week.  Recruiters and call volunteers have the flexibility to create their own schedule.

Training:  Training just involves a typical two week period of familiarizing volunteers with the project’s initiatives.

Submitted by:  Ashley Crow

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Rise-Africa

Organization: Rise-Africa

Address: 2520 GLASGOW RD, Fairfield, IA
52556                                                                                                     

Contact E-Mail: lehrermarie@yahoo.com

Website: http://riseafrica.weebly.com/contact-us.html

Organization President: Marie Lehrer

Student Opportunities: Rise-Africa is an African development organization that has many grassroots programs in Africa, specifically Tanzania. Rise-Africa is constantly in search of volunteers to help at the office and with fundraising.

Other online points of contact: Facebook

Best Time To Be Reached: Anytime, because the only form of contact information provided is an e-mail address.

Time Commitment For Opportunities: As much or as little as the student desires.

Training Needed: No specific training is required for volunteers. A strong interest in international development is helpful

Regions Served:Rise-Africa has many projects throughout Tanzania, such as sustainable agriculture , infrastructure development by building schools and orphanages, introduction of machine-based grain milling, consciousness-based education, public health programs and micro-loan programs, for families to buy sheep.

Additional Notes/What Does This Organization Do? Rise-Africa.org is a registered 501 C3 non-profit organization with the purpose of improving lives through education, sustainable agriculture and micro-loans. Rise Africa is currently working in the Arusha region of Tanzania. It was founded in 2007 by Marie Lehrer.

Submitted By: Gregory Whitaker

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.

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

Jewish Community Relations Commission

Website: http://www.jewishdesmoines.org/our-work/jcrc

Address: 33158 Ute Avenue Waukee IA 50263-7538 US

Contact: Mark Finkelstein

Phone: 515-987-0899

Email: jcrc@dmjfed.org

Volunteer Opportunities, Travel Abroad

Description:

Travel abroad to Israel and help on development projects through Partnership2gether.

Jewish Family Services- provide help to families in need also help support immigrant families in need

Working with senior citizens

Advocates for causes on behalf of the Jewish community alone and in coalitions

Assures the security of the Jewish community through working with law enforcement

Promotes relations with government officials, civic, religious, and ethnic leaders, the education community, the media, labor and business, and the general public

Maintains relations with national Jewish organizations and Jewish communities statewide

Networks and informs the Jewish community by means of electronic mail, the Jewish Press, and relevant programming

Supports the goals and values of the Jewish Federation

Areas of Involvement include:

Combating anti-Semitism

Holocaust Education

Pro-Israel Advocacy

Promoting the continued Separation between Religion and State

Intergroup Relations

Promoting Civil and Human Rights and Civic involvement

Training: None

Time Commitment: Some if traveling abroad with group

Kids Against Hunger

Kids Against Hunger

2094 NW 114th Clive, IA 50325
Contact: Jenny Bock
Email: jennyb@holmesauto.com
Phone: (515) 253-3149

Kids Against Hunger is affiliated with the national Kids Against Hunger organization.  This chapter has a small operation that runs out of a Chevy Dealership.  Groups can fundraise money to buy food supplies then they will host you at the dealership to come out and package the food.  The food donations are directed based upon the need assessed by the national Kids Against Hunger organization.

This group is too small to need interns. They exist as a medium to enable third party organizations to participate in international food aid