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How to get involved

Local organizations, schools and churches offer meaningful ways to make a difference. Sometimes volunteers are needed for a single event or project, and sometimes for an ongoing effort. Here are a few of them:

Quad City Animal Welfare Center

Impact your community by helping animals. There are volunteer opportunities in adoption, clinic assistance, education, socializing cats and walking dogs. Contact Stacey by email or call 309-787-6830, ext. 12.

New Kingdom Trailriders

Get involved with an organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding lessons. Volunteer opportunities are available in horse care, stable maintenance, and special event assistance. Make an impact by registering here.

Laundry Love QC

Laundry Love QC seeks to alleviate the financial burden of washing and drying clothes so individuals and families can spend their money on other necessities. It's every first Wednesday of the month at two Quad Cities' laundromats: Laundromania at 1640 W 53rd St, Davenport, and 7-11 at 4520 11th St., Rock Island. Join by emailing Brandon.

Martin Luther King Community Center

This center provides opportunities for a diverse population through a variety of programs and services. Volunteers are recruited to work in the after-school program, help with community events and recreational activities. Contact the center at 309-732-2999 for more information on how to get get involved.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentoring organization that provides children facing adversity with a positive and encouraging role model in a one-on-one relationship. Matches participate in a variety of activities, from career exploration to exploring new places in the community, or even simply having a friend to eat lunch with. The commitment is 6-10 hours a month in the community or 2-4 hours a month in the school setting. This is a fun and rewarding experience for both the child and the volunteer! Please see thewebsite to sign up.

Rebuilding Together

Together we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing their communities. See the website to learn how to help.

River Action

River Action works with local volunteers to protect and restore the Mississippi River and the surrounding river environment. There are multiple ways for students to get involved and make a difference. Complete the volunteer form to get connected.

Arc of the Quad Cities

Arc supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteer information is on the Arc website.

People's Missionary Baptist Church

People's Missionary Baptist Church asks for Augustana students to tutor/mentor students ranging from second grade through high school every Wednesday 5-6:45 p.m. Contact the Office of Multicultural Student Life if you are interested.