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 who are willing and eager to represent Drake to the community. Previous experience or an all encompassing understanding of the university is not required, except for the Iowa State Fair. See opportunities below.
Latino Heritage Festival, (Sunday Sept.24th Only)
The First Annual Latino Heritage Festival was held on May 25, 2002. This event was a setting which made Iowans aware of the positive aspects the Latino brings to the community. It served as a vehicle to unite various human service agencies, corporations, and other community entities that have tried to outreach to the Latino community. Local artists, and performers were able to show their talents. The festival was entertaining, cheerful, informative, and an enriching event that was enjoyed by thousands of participants regardless of age, race, ethnicity, creed, or gender. This event gave the Latino community a sense of accomplishment and ethnic pride. This event now has the distinction of not only being the largest Latino Festival in the state, but is the largest ethnic event in the state of Iowa.
Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival started about 16 years ago as a way to celebrate the contributions from the 20 Latin countries that are represented in Iowa. The festival has become more important as our Latino population has grown. There are about 174,000 Latinos living in Iowa, which makes us the state’s largest race/ethnic minority. The population has grown more than 110 percent since 2000.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.