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

Willkie House Inc

Organization: Willkie House Inc.

Contact Info: Meagan Tallman (Program Coordinator)

Address: 900 17th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

Contact E-Mail: mmtallman@willkiehouse.org

Website: http://www.willkiehouse.org

Phone Number: 515-243-7817

Student Opportunities: Health Internship, Volunteer Opportunities

Best Time To Be Reached: 11am-2pm

Time Commitment For Opportunities: 3pm – 6pm (Mon-Fri) during the school year
9am – 12 noon (Mon-Fri) during the summer.

Willkie House Inc. is willing to work with student schedules although it would be valuable to have student’s volunteer during the academic portions of the program

Training Needed: No

Opportunity Descriptions: Volunteer opportunities are aimed at promoting development and enrichment opportunities to children and their families through: Chaperoning participant activities; directing individual study sessions; critical review and analysis of program materials; fundraising and mentoring

Regions Served: Africa (mainly), Latin America

Do You Serve Specific Ethnic Groups or Languages? Open to all and not tailored to children (students) of specific ethnic groups. Most children in the program at the moment tend to be of African decent although there are kids of other ethnic backgrounds as well.

Additional Notes: Willkie House Inc. is an affordable non-profit organization that focuses on academics, social skill building, health, and recreation for children. The organization also partners with big corporations and institutions like Principal Financial, Mercy College, Simpson College, Drake University and Grand View University.

The best way to get in touch with Willkie House Inc. is by email and phone since the website has not been updated in awhile.

The organization loves working with college students.

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

Diversity Focus

Organization: Diversity Focus

Address: 222 2nd Street SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Website: http://www.diversityfocus.org

Contact info~

Contact name : Anthony Brown

Contact number : 319-363-3707 extension 204

Best time to be reached : 9-4

Contact email : anthony.brown@diversityfocus.org

Online networks such as Facebook or Twitter: Yes, Facebook- Twitter- LinkedIn

Opportunities with Diversity Focus: Volunteering and internships

Opportunity description: There are lots of organizing opportunities; Internships are usually customized to the intern

Time commitment for opportunities: Depends on the event and the times you can work with

Training needed: No

If yes for training, what kind and how much:

Regions served: Latin America, Africa, Asia and Iowa

Does Diversity Focus specifically serve any certain ethnic groups or languages:  No

Suggestions for other international programs: N/A

Other notes: Interested in stimulation grass root efforts for local economies

IOWA SISTER STATES – Merida, Yucatan

Address: 200 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

Contact Number: 515-725-3163

Web Address: http://www.iowasisterstates.org/Iowa_Sister_States/Home.html

Program Representative: Carol Grant

There is an internship program currently taking shape between Drake and the Iowa Sister States. Take note: this internship is not yet completely established.

This internship would not be open to applicants everywhere; instead the internship would be arranged by Drake in coordination with the Iowa Sister States office. Interns would work with delegations coming in from Mexico or other groups from the Yucatan province. Some skills pertinent to the internship would include Spanish competency. This is not an internship in which students are encouraged to apply individually.

There will be occasional volunteer opportunities available, but these would also be coordinated through Drake.

Look for more information from the Service-Learning Staff or Career Opportunities staff at Drake about this great opportunity.

****Note: Iowa Sister States also has partnerships with cities in other regions.  Please visit their website for more information.

Mercy Hospital Volunteer Services – Latin America

Address: 1111 6th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50314

Phone: 515-247-3246

Web Address: http://www.mercydesmoines.org/careers/volunteer.cfm

Email: volunteer@mercydesmoines.org

Opportunities are somewhat limited for college students. Service depends on interest. Specifically, all opportunities are geared toward the healthcare world, but concrete medical experience is not required. The best process to obtain opportunities is through open houses, which take place twice a month during sessions offered in both the morning and evening.

Specifically, there is a program in which patients are brought in from the Yucatan Province of Mexico for cardiac surgery for six months, and students can work with this program as interpreters.

All volunteer positions require training and orientation.  For more information, contact the Volunteer Services office.