Volunteer Opportunities

Drake desires to work reciprocally with local neighborhoods and community organizations. Annually, Drake partners with over 100 community agencies and schools on a variety of projects from lunch hour reading programs with kids at King elementary to building houses with Habitat for Humanity. Whatever your interest there is an opportunity for you to get involved! Click here to see what current volunteer opportunities are available. 

Drake Sponsored Community Events
Over the course of the year Drake University sponsors and supports multiple community-wide events such as the Iowa State Fair, Principal Charity Classic and Juneteenth to name a few. Each of these events requires the assistance of faculty, staff, student, alumni and friends of the university to volunteers who are willing and eager to represent Drake to the community. Previous experience or an all encompassing understanding of the university is not required. See opportunities below.

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Neighbors Day Celebration, Iowa Juneteenth Observance
Evelyn K Davis Park, 1400 Forest Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314

As a platinum sponsor of the Iowa Juneteenth Observance, Drake University supports this wonderful event every year that brings together the African American community of Des Moines and Iowa. Drake will be doing outreach from a table under a 10x10 tent.  As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to engage children and adults from the surrounding neighborhood to share information about Drake and make connections.  The booth will be managed by Nick Valdez, Neighborhood & Community Relations Manager for Drake University.

For more information please contact Nick at 515-271-2394 or nick.valdez@drake.edu. Sign up is below and remember, you must wear a blue Drake branded shirt.  

Sign Up!


Service Opportunities with Community Partners

Whether you are looking for a one-time opportunity to serve a local organization or looking to make an on-going deeper commitment to an organization or cause you are passionate about we can connect you. Community partners rely on the consistency of regular on-going volunteers to sustain their work. Opportunities to serve one time, for one semester or an entire year exist. Many volunteer opportunities offer flexibility to choose the days and times that work best for you!  Whether you are looking to volunteer as an individual or with a group of friends or colleagues, these one-time events allow you a short-term opportunity to give back to the community and fulfill volunteer needs of local organizations. Can't find what you're looking for? Please email drakeservicecab@gmail.com to talk through your interests and find an opportunity that's right for you.

Student Organizations Service Projects

Looking to connect with on-campus student service projects and organizations? With more than 100 different student clubs and organizations on campus there are endless opportunities to get involved. Many clubs and organizations organize community service and advocacy projects that are open to the entire campus. Serving alongside a student club or organization helps you build relationships with fellow Drake students while meeting a community need.



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June 26, 2017
Eric Saylor, professor of music history at Drake University, has published a new book that seeks to redeem a style of music that he says is gravely misunderstood and sorely underrated.