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Volunteer at Tanager Place

Volunteers at Tanager Place are vital members of a team, providing services that inspire, empower and heal children. We believe volunteers bring optimism and enthusiasm, create positive energy, and share diverse perspectives that lead to enhanced outcomes.

Volunteers at Tanager Place:

  • Contribute in meaningful ways
  • Reflect the diverse communities they serve
  • Are valued for their unique abilities
  • Are trained, mentored and supported in their work
  • Have opportunity to develop their skills as community partners
  • Are empowered to advocated for the well-being of children

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Ongoing Opportunities:

  • Study Buddy:  help our inpatient kiddos with school work and study skills
  • Mentor: support and guide youth at the LGBTQ Youth Center with one on one companionship and facilitated group activities
  • Group activities: organize special interest activities like scrap booking, arts and crafts, a running club, and photography; volunteer for one of our many year-round camp opportunities
  • Adopt-a-cottage: offer support to the children who live on our campus by sharing special events and activities like birthday parties, holiday parties, and special events
  • Service projects:  keep our camp and campus looking great by organizing, cleaning, planting trees, weeding, painting, gardening, and other projects
  • Clerical/Receptionist:  assist in data entry, filing, and other office work; greet clients and families
  • Special events: volunteer at one of our annual events like Summer Fest, Chili Cook-Off or the Gala
  • Social media ambassador: like, follow us on Facebook … and share
  • In Kind Donations: help our kids by holding a drive for necessities such as: New or gently-used children’s clothing, hats/mittens, toys, games, recreational items, blankets, toiletries, school supplies, art supplies, holiday gifts, and camp items

Immediate Needs:


  • Very flexible scheduling! Several opportunities available including front desk reception, data entry, scanning paperwork, making copies and intake packets.
  • Locations: Estle Center, 1030 5th Ave. SE, and Main Campus, 2309 C Street SW.

Extended Learning Center (ELC) – Inpatient Program:

  • Assist in a classroom setting; Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Main Campus, 2309 C Street SW

Activity Assistant for Autism Spectrum Disorder Social Skill Groups:

  • Monday/Wednesday: 5-6 p.m. (2nd & 3rd grades); 6:30-8:30 p.m. (middle school)
  • Tuesday/Thursday: 5-6 p.m. (4th & 5th grades); 6:30-8:30 p.m. (high school)
  • Location: Estle Center, 1030 5th Ave SE

Study Buddy/Activity Assistant (Inpatient):

Be that open heart and extra hand working with children in our inpatient program, assisting with activities and homework in one of our inpatient cottages.

  • Evening and weekend hours available.  Must be available for regular, consistent shifts (ex. 1 hour/week).
  • Location: Main Campus, 2309 C St SW

Thank you for your interest in Tanager Place. Please follow the steps below to begin volunteering.


Look through our current and on-going volunteer opportunities


Next, fill out an application online or mail it in (PDF here)


We’ll review your application, and contact you to set up an interview to learn about your skills, interests, availability, and to determine the best fit for you.


If volunteering at Tanager Place is a great fit for you, we’ll have you complete an orientation to learn more about Tanager Place and the vital role of volunteers as part of the Tanager Team.  After that you’ll meet your supervisor, who will train you on your specific position and be your go-to person while volunteering.


In line with your position and the schedule you work out with your supervisor, you’ll start making a difference in the lives of children and families in our community!


Submit your volunteer hours here

  • Personal Information

  • Emergency Contact

    Please provide at least one phone number for your emergency contact. You may provide more if you wish.
  • Interests and Skills

    Tanager Place has a variety of volunteer opportunities. Our Volunteer Coordinator will meet with you to determine which opportunity will be the right fit for your interests and skills, in consideration of current needs.
  • If you chose other for interests please specify
  • Volunteer Experience

  • Work Experience

  • Volunteer Goals

  • Reference Check

    Please list two references below (co-workers, supervisors, teachers, neighbors, coaches - cannot be a relative). Please provide at least one phone number for your references. You may provide more if you wish.
  • Reference 1

  • Reference 2

  • Background Check

    It is the policy of Tanager Place to provide a safe environment, both in our facilities and in our outreach programs. Therefore, we require a background check on all regular volunteer applicants. Upon receipt of your application we will provide Background Check forms. Thank you for your assistance in creating a safe, positive environment for Tanager Place!
  • If you answered yes to either of the questions above, please describe each in full below. Be sure to include convictions and dates. You can exclude minor traffic misdemeanors.
  • I authorize investigation of all statements contained in this application. I also understand that volunteering for Tanager Place is contingent upon a satisfactory completion of background checks; ie., Child Abuse Registry, Dependent Adult Abuse, Sex offender, criminal background. I give Tanager Place the right to call references listed. I acknowledge and agree that I am not obligated, if called upon to perform volunteer services herein applied for and the Tanager Place is not obligated to seek or assign me a volunteer position.

    I certify that all information provided on this application and during the interview process is true and complete to the best of my knowledge.

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Our gratitude to the following groups and businesses who have gone above and beyond this past year:

  • Access Systems
  • AmeriCorps NCCC
  • BankIowa
  • BHFO
  • Collins Aerospace
  • Geico
  • GreatAmerica Financial Services
  • General Mills, Inc.
  • General Mills Cedar Rapids Empowering Women
  • GoDaddy
  • Hope Lutheran Church
  • Hughes Landscaping
  • Hy-Vee
  • Iowa BIG
  • Linn County Master Gardeners
  • Michigan State University
  • Raining Rose
  • Samsung Employees
  • SecurityCoverage
  • Tanager Place Associates Board
  • Thompson & Co Salon
  • UFG
  • Van Meter, Inc
  • Toyota Financial Services
Service Enterprise certified, 2019 to 2022
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Contact community outreach engagement at or (319) 365-9164 to discuss our current opportunities.