Iowa City and its surrounding communities are home to several nonprofits and organizations working to provide services that improve equity and justice. These include — but are not limited to — providing resources, housing assistance, and other essential services.
For people looking to make a difference right here in the Iowa City area — consider making a financial donation or volunteering your time to one of these organizations. Also, please leave the name of an organization you’d like to see added to this list in the comments.
Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa
CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank, formerly The Crisis Center of Johnson County, is a volunteer-driven organization that provides immediate and non-judgmental support for individuals facing emotional, food, or financial crisis.
The Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP), Inc., serves six counties including Johnson County. HACAP provides a variety of anti-poverty programs and collaborates with community partners. Services include a food reservoir, healthcare resources, utility assistance, and more.
HAVlife Johnson County
HAVlife works to prevent Lost Potential™ in area youth by providing financial support to Johnson County based organizations that offer arts, music, and athletics programming to kids ages 10 to 15 years old.
The Housing Fellowship
Humanize my Hoodie
Co-founded by Andre Wright, a fashion designer and graphic artist based in Iowa City, this organization works to empower Black people to stand up against racial injustice. The organization uses the Humanize My Hoodie sweatshirt, as well as educational tools, to arm marginalized communities with innovative ways to uplift humanity.
Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic
Iowa Legal Aid
Iowa Legal Aid is a nonprofit organization providing critical legal assistance to low-income and vulnerable Iowans who have nowhere else to turn.
Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity
Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity works to provide affordable housing solutions in Johnson County — among several other eastern Iowa communities.
Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County
Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County is a community based, family-centered human services agency offering programs for children and families in area schools and neighborhoods including Broadway, Pheasant Ridge, and Breckenridge, in Iowa City.
Since 1983, Shelter House has provided safe shelter and helped people improve the quality of their lives as they move beyond homelessness.
United Action for Youth
United Action for Youth (UAY) is a nonprofit organization which has been supporting young people and families in Johnson County and surrounding areas since 1970 through prevention and intervention programming.
These are just a few of many organizations working to better Iowa City and its surrounding communities. What organizations did we miss?