All volunteers will need to fill out a Volunteer Application, located on this page.

Our volunteers are the reason why Opening Doors has been able to provide over 3,600 homeless women and children with shelter and support services. Every little bit makes a difference in the lives of our residents.

Opening Doors is seeking volunteers to help in a variety of capacities. Email for more information.

Len Uhal and his daughter Kate have been volunteering for many years!

Specific Duties: This position would provide office assistance and such duties as answering phones, writing thank you notes, recording donations, and many more tasks that help us run Opening Doors.

Specific Duties: This position would provide help with organizing and planning events such as (Trivia Bowl, Attitude of Gratitude).

Specific Duties: This position would provide scheduled transportation for our adult residents to and from work, school or other activities.

Specific Duties: This position would provide help around Maria House and Teresa Shelter with duties such as cleaning, decorating, painting, and many more tasks.

Specific Duties: This position would provide child care for mothers while they are attending required programs.

Specific Duties: This position would provide a meal for the residents of Teresa Shelter. It does not always have to be a full meal for example someone brought in cupcakes as a special treat. Contact Julie Kinsella at for dates and numbers of residents.

We are always open to new ideas from our Volunteers. We have had spa days, classes, and other events for the residents.

Opening Doors partners with local colleges and organizations to provide internships, work study positions, and field placements.

If you have the time and talent to share, we would love to have you join our team!

563.582.7480 email

We are so grateful for the time and talents shared by our Opening Doors’ volunteers! Our three Doorways of Hope, Maria House, Teresa Shelter, and Francis Apartments, could not operate without your support.


Congratulations to Keri Kluck our 2018 Volunteer of the Year. Keri said, “I love helping an organization that not only helps women, but tries to help them get back onto their feet and become independent. I hope by me giving some time each month the women and children have another positive influence in their life to help them through difficult times. I know when I was younger things weren’t always easy for my single mom and it’s volunteers like myself that I looked up to as a kid. Sometimes baking cookies is just enough to put a smile on a child’s face.”

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