Volunteer

Iona has many rewarding volunteer opportunities for people of all ages, skills, and experiences.

Please note that due to the current public health crisis, limited new volunteers are being sought as most programs are virtual. Please see individual listings below.

Food Volunteer

FLEXIBILITY

Whether you volunteer several times a week, every Saturday, occasional evenings or only on Thanksgiving, we have an opportunity for you. We value whatever time and talent you have to offer, and will work with your schedule to make your experience meaningful and enjoyable.

PERSONAL GROWTH

Whether you are a student who is volunteering for the first time or an experienced professional, you will leave Iona feeling enriched. Volunteering also builds the confidence of students who spend time with us.

OUR GRATITUDE

We couldn’t provide our services and programs to older adults and the community without you! Thank you for sharing your time.

We welcome hundreds of volunteers each year including:

  • Individuals and families who want to give back to the community
  • Community organizations such as the Masons or Junior League, school groups and scout troops, faith communities, and law firms that want to collaborate on a project or develop an on-going relationship with us
  • Employers interested in sponsoring community service days
  • Students with service learning requirements who are able to commit 20 hours of their time during a semester or summer

People my age don’t realize how fun it is to work with older folks, including those with dementia. They think it must be depressing, but it’s the complete opposite. Volunteering at Iona lifts my spirits and grounds my week.”
– Jessica Shoemaker, 29

CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Food Pantry Plus – DRIVERS NEEDED!

    Time: Weekdays, Two Shifts: 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.                                                                                                                  *  Volunteers commit to one time slot per week. * 

    Individuals deliver food and other necessary items to our most vulnerable clients in Ward 3 and throughout the District.

    Volunteers must have their own vehicles, be able to lift 20 lbs, be over 21, be in good health, and follow CDC hygiene protocols.

  • SHARE Food Network – DRIVERS NEEDED!

    Time: Once a month, Fridays from 3:00-5:00 PM

    Individuals deliver food and other necessary items to our most vulnerable clients in Ward 2 & 3. Groceries are picked up at Blessed Sacrament Church, 3630 Quesada St. NW, in Chevy Chase Circle.

    Volunteers must have their own vehicles, be able to lift 20 lbs, be over 21, be in good health, and follow CDC hygiene protocols.

  • Host a Food or Product Drive for Iona’s Food Pantry Plus

Individuals and groups are invited to collect and donate shelf-stable food, personal-care items, and basic necessities for vulnerable older clients. To organize a food or product drive, contact Tania Sechriest at volunteer@iona.org.

Find a list of our requested food and products here. Grocery store gift cards are also welcome.

  • Facilitate a Support Group

Iona offers a number of support groups for older adults and family caregivers. We are actively seeking qualified volunteers to facilitate support groups. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Bill Amt, Psycotherapist, Mental Health and Support Groups Manager, here.

VOLUNTEER NOW

Student-Volunteers

On occasion, applications find their way into Iona’s spam. Please contact us at (202) 895-9448 if you haven’t heard back within a week of submitting your application.