Iowa People for Justice In Palestine

Organization: Iowa People for Justice In Palestine

Address: 335 S. Gilbert St. Iowa City, IA 52245                                                                                                     

Contact E-Mail:


Organization President and Contact Person: Yaser Abudagga

Student Opportunities: Volunteer Opportunities available to students interested in justice and peace in Palestine, or those simply passionate about conflict resolution.Anyone in agreement with the PJP’s mission statement is welcome.

Best Time To Be Reached: Information about the People for Justice in Palestine should e-mail the above contact (

Opportunity Descriptions: Student volunteers are welcomed. Tasks to be performed include raising money for international organizations and NGO’s that work to end Israeli occupation of Arab land, provide a just solution for Palestinian refugees, end U.S. military aid and investment that fuels Israeli human rights abuses and enact United Nations resolutions.

Regions Served: Conflict in Palestine between Palestinians and the Israeli people.

Additional Notes/What Does This Organization Do? The overall objective, or mission, is to unite Jews, Muslims, Christians, and others involved in the conflict in order to live in peace, an absence of violence.

Submitted By: Gregory Whitaker


Iowa Peace Network

Organization: Iowa Peace Network

Office Address: 4100 6th Ave. Des Moines, IA 50312

Mailing Address: 4211 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

Contact: Jessica Ireland

Contact Phone Number: 515-255-7114                                                                                                       

Contact E-Mail:


Student Opportunities: After contacting the Iowa Peace Network, speaking with the contact person and researching the organization, I found that student volunteer opportunities were not going to pan out like I had anticipated. However there are still ways to get involved. The contact stated that volunteers are always needed and greatly appreciated. There are weekly gatherings at different Des Moines locations to advocate for international peace. However, the primary objective is to raise money that can be contributed to larger NGO’s and peace advocacy groups, such as the International Peace Institute, Human Rights Watch and The Global Justice Center.

Best Time To Be Reached: During regular business hours, Monday-Friday by telephone. Contact via e-mail can also be made.

Training Needed: No specific training is required for volunteers, just an interest in non-profit humanitarian assistance, conflict resolution, and global  human rights advocacy.

Regions Served: Issues that headline the Iowa Peace Network campaign include violence in Palestine, gender equality and women’s rights, particularly in Africa, and the disarmament of nuclear capabilities in Iran and North Korea. Iowa Peace Network is concerned with advocating peace, regardless which region of the world.

Submitted By: Gregory Whitaker

Lutheran Services Refugee Program

Lutheran Services Refugee Program

3200 University Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Contact: Nick Wuertz
Phone: 515-271-7443

LSI is an organization that continues to provide extended support services available to the Des Moines refugee community. Through English as a Second Language classes, intensive work readiness classes, elderly services, community gardening and capacity building initiatives with local service providers and community representatives, they have been able to integrate refugees to adjust to American society.  Majority of the refugees LSI works with are from Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Sudan, Burundi, Libya, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Bosnia and Vietnam.

LSI Refugee Program offers internships and volunteer opportunities in their ESL classes, intensive work readiness classes, and even childcare. They typically look for people willing to work 10-15 hours a week for an internship and prefer a basic knowledge in excel document. The hours are typically during the afternoons from 8am-2pm. There are also other opportunities to help volunteer with citizenship classes on Saturdays, depending on the scheduling.

Contact Nick Wuertz if interested, especially for internship opportunities.

Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Services

Contact: Katie Ryan
601 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA

Volunteer and Internships available

Internship: Bachelor level interns from Universities and Colleges assist our team and gain excellent experience working with case managers and the volunteer and donations coordinator.


Catholic Charities began resettling refugees independently once again, making it the only agency in Iowa to continue refugee resettlement. This year, Catholic Charities will resettle approximately 130 refugees who have been forced to leave their homeland due to war and persecution. Resettlement efforts include assisting with housing, food, transportation, cultural orientation and job placement for the first 90 to 180 days.