HELPING HANDS MINISTRY AFRICA

Organization: HELPING HANDS MINISTRY AFRICA

Address: 19603 Noble Ave. Le Mars, IA 51031                                                                                                 

Contact E-Mail: gangel0322@gmail.com

Website: http://www.helpinghandsministryafrica.com/contact.html

Student Opportunities: Helping Hands Ministry Africa Inc. is a non-for-profit organization. Their mission is to sponsor young boys and girls in elementary, high school and college to pay for their tuition and other school necessities. Helping Hands Ministry donates to Tanzania. Fundraising is the only volunteer opportunity for this organization.Making calls and canvassing by informing people the cause the money goes to support. Not a lot of student opportunity provided, but there is some if desired,

Submitted By: Gregory Whitaker

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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

Global Health Corps

Organization: Global Health Corps

Address: 220 Wellness and Recreation Center Cedar Falls, IA 50614

Contact Phone Number: No number listed, but reached through University of Northern Iowa                                                                                                     

Contact E-Mail: info@globalhealthcorps.org

Website: http://www.globalhealthcorps.org/opportunities.asp

Student Opportunities: The Global Health Corps is a student led organization at the University of Northern Iowa, that focuses on issues of public health in developing areas around the world. I was told that if Drake University students wanted to participate and volunteer for the Global Health Corps, that they would be able to. The Global Health Corps publishes a semi-annual health newsletter with student written articles on infectious disease and other endemics in developing areas. Students are also able to volunteer to assist physicians if they would like to.

Best Time To Be Reached: No telephone number was listed for this student organization. E-mail is the only way to communicate. I received a timely response, so if students are interested, and not discouraged by driving to Cedar Falls, they should contact the Global Health Corps.

Time Commitment For Opportunities: Volunteering is not compulsory. A student can put in as much time, or as little time as they would like.

Training Needed: THe Global Health Corps requires that students have some training and have a background in either biology or pre-med or pharmacy. There are four levels within the Global Health Corps, which require:

Level 1: 18-hour Certificate
12-hour Academic Course            Concentration Area
Level 2: Short Term Mission Practicum
Level 3: Short-Term International and Domestic Missions
Level 4: Long-Term International and Domestic Internships

Regions Served: The Global Health Corps has sent students to nations such as Bangladesh, China, Ecuador, Estonia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Israel, Mexico, Romania and St Lucia.

Additional Notes/What Does This Organization Do? The University of Northern Iowa established the Global Health Corps in 1996 as a field-based training program to enhance the professional preparation of post-secondary students in the area of cross-cultural community health.As globalization, economic disparity, devolution and migration become more common in the 21st century, community health and related students must be better prepared to address a wider variety of disease patterns within increasingly diverse and underserved populations internationally and domestically.

Submitted By: Gregory Whitaker


Peace Education and Action Center of Eastern Iowa

Organization: The World Food Prize Foundation

Address: 26 East Market Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52245

Contact Phone Number: (319) 354-1925

Contact Person: Lori Nelson                                                                                                         

Contact E-Mail: information@PEACEIowa.net

Website: http://peaceiowa.org/peaceiowa.php

Foundation President: Lori Nelson

Student Opportunities: The Peace Education and Action Center of Eastern Iowa is a community based organization that is run and operated by all volunteers. Lori Nelson communicated that there is always room for more volunteers, as the more people a peace group has, the stronger the message.

Best Time To Be Reached: Because the PEACE: Iowa group is all volunteers, there is a small window of time to contact somebody by telephone. The hours are Wednesdays 12 to 4 PM and Thursdays 1 to 3 PM. Contacting by e-mail is probably the more effective way to make contact with this organization. I made contact with Lori Nelson through e-mail.

Time Commitment For Opportunities: The time commitment for this organization is relatively small. While the group holds events every now and then, some planning is required. I was told that the average organization volunteer puts in about 6 hours a week.

Training Needed: No training needed. The only thing needed is a will to advocate for peace all over the world.

Opportunity Descriptions: This organization holds events that try to advocate peace and  educate people about the necessity for peace. Volunteers take part in these community events by planning and participating in them. The next event is Saturday, April 21st, which is the seminar on Gandhi’s Nonviolence and Satyagraha.

Regions Served: While the organization is located in Iowa and does not leave the state, except for rare occasions, the group tries to advocate for peace all over the world by educating people and raising awareness about current events of violence.

Suggestions for other International Development Opportunities: I was told that in case students from Drake University don’t want to travel to Iowa City, there are sister organizations for peace located in Des Moines, which I have also contacted.

Do You Serve Specific Ethnic Groups or Languages? The organization serves no particular ethnic group or nationality over another. The message being relayed is of nonviolence and conflict resolution anywhere their is violence, regardless of religion, political status or economic status.

Additional Notes/What Does This Organization Do? This organization tries to make visible the way of peace, increase awareness of the presence of peace-minded individuals and groups in eastern Iowa, and support their endeavors. I also learned that the organization tries to facilitate community, common purpose, and cooperative action among diverse peace-oriented groups. PEACE: Iowa also draws from the peace traditions of many faiths and from secular movements promoting peace, as well as inspire and educate future generations of peacemakers. The closest that this group gets to the international level is when the organization connects eastern Iowans to people affected by violent conflicts around the world, in order to hear first-hand their experiences, perspectives, and needs.

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.