Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Here are some of the many local non-profits and civic groups that rely on volunteer help.


  • Fairfield Public Library
    Phone: 641-472-6551
    Library volunteers help keep things running in optimum order.
  • Friends of the Library
    Phone: 641-472-6551
    This group helps raise funds for the Library by holding book sales several times each year. Volunteers are needed for sorting and boxing books, and running the sales.
  • The Lord's Cupboard
    Feeding Jefferson County Iowa's Hungry. Many volunteers help in many ways. You can sign up to volunteer on their website. Email with questions.
  • Fairfield Habitat
    Phone: 641-209-9450
    Volunteers help build and renovate decent, affordable housing for deserving families.
  • Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) (PDF)
    The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program places seniors over age 55 to do pet care at Noah's Ark, help with food donations at The Lord's Cupboard, pound some nails" at Habitat for Humanity, or serve with other nonprofits, for as little as an hour a month.
  • It helps both you (volunteers live longer, healthier, happier lives, plus you receive supplementary insurance) and the community.
  • Get on board by emailing John Miller, Jefferson County RSVP Coordinator or calling (641) 919-4242. He'll help you find a meaningful way to serve.

Arts & Culture

  • First Fridays Art Walk
    Phone: 641-233-8883
    Dozens of our volunteers make sure this award winning event is a continued success each month.
  • Fairfield Arts and Convention Center
    Phone: 641-472-2787
    Volunteers help with a wide range of activities, including theater, events, parties, weddings, and office work.
  • ICON Gallery
    Phone: 641-469-6252
    An elegant showplace for contemporary art, and home of the Teeple Institute of Fine Arts. Volunteers help in many ways.
    Phone: 641 209-1083
    Volunteer-run and 100% locally-produced, KRUU is the Midwest's only solar-powered radio station. An open, inclusive, diverse forum for music, creative expression, information, news and entertainment, the community station also spearheads FAIRfest, Fairfield's signature 3-day free summer festival.


  • Noah's Ark Animal Foundation
    Many volunteers give their time to walk dogs, socialize cats and more at this no-kill shelter.
  • Heavenly Pet Sanctuary
    Phone: 641-472-0701
    Volunteers help with pet adoption events, pet adoption follow-up calls, and cat and dog care for people who want to make a deeper commitment to the health and well being of resident animals.


  • Carry On Bags (COB)
    Phone: 641-472-4303
    The mission of COB is to address the problem of food insecurity in Jefferson County, Iowa through the distribution of food bags to students. Carry On Bags has teamed up with the Fairfield Community School District and Maharishi School to offer a supply of nutritious food and snacks, free of charge, for students over weekends and extended breaks. This is a great volunteer opportunity for church or scout groups.

Outdoors & Environment

  • Fairfield Parks and Recreation
    Phone: 641-472-2693 (Pam Craff)
    Volunteers do weeding and help with basic park and common areas maintenance during the year.
  • Fairfield Beautification Commission
    Phone: 641-919-1224 (Deborah)
    Volunteers help with projects that beautify downtown Fairfield, including maintenance of the planting nodes.
  • Waterworks Park Beach Maintenance Group
    Email Allie Taylor
    Clean up goose droppings and other trash around the beach. Weeding of the beach in early spring and to lesser degree, at various times during the year. Checking the goose prevention line around Waterworks Park lake twice a year and making any repairs needed. Helping with putting up the beach signs in the spring and taking them down in the fall. Every 2 to 3 years, going out in a boat and moving the long yellow buoys so they are centered relative to the beach. 
  • Jefferson County Trails Council
    Email Maintenance
    Light-duty landscaping, cleaning artwork, wood preservation and rehabilitation, clearing and trimming, and crew support tasks.

Health & Well-Being

  • Fairfield Blue Zones Project
  • Hospice Compassus
    Phone: 563-359-3666 (Diana)
    Volunteers are trained to provide support to patients or to bereaved families.
  • Care Initiatives Hospice
    Phone: 641-932-3488
    Email Kim Hayden, Volunteer Coordinator
    Care Initiatives Hospice is looking for caring, compassionate people in the Fairfield area to become hospice volunteers. These volunteers would provide care and support to patients and families to help ensure quality of life at the end of life. Our volunteers determine their own schedule and can help by holding a hand, listening to memories and life stories, sharing special talents and providing respite to family members. There are countless ways to help and change a life!
  • The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery Program
    Interested volunteers can call the Society at 1-800-227-2345 to find out more about this important program and how to get involved. You can also call Kendra Abel at (319) 866-7106 with your local ACS office.

    One of the toughest challenges people face when diagnosed with cancer is getting to and from cancer treatments. They may be too sick to drive themselves, may not have a car or someone to drive them, or may not be able to afford gas or other transportation costs. The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery® program provides patients with free rides to treatment centers in Iowa, and that's where you can help.

    We are looking for a few good volunteer drivers who can use their own vehicles to take patients who are undergoing cancer treatment to and from their appointments.