Volunteer Opportunities

Helping Those in Need

Jesus calls on each of us to use our time, talent and treasure to help those less fortunate than us. We are called to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead.

We offer many opportunities to use your gifts to help others. When you serve others, you are pleasing God, you help make someone’s life better, and you will feel great knowing that you helped!

Learn More

If you would like to learn more about the service opportunities listed on this page or you have a service opportunity of your own you would like to invite others to join, contact the Parish Office:

Phone: 563-588-1433


Service Opportunities

Disaster Task Force

Catholic Charities is looking for 10-12 committed volunteers across the Archdiocese of Dubuque to join a Volunteer Disaster Task Force to provide support to parishes. Those who may have flexible schedules with the ability to respond in the event of disaster will receive training on disaster preparedness and recovery through this task force. If you are interested, please contact Teresa King, Community Outreach Coordinator, by emailing teresa.king@gmail.com or calling 319-272-2080.

Food Pantry

The parish maintains a small food pantry through which we provide non-perishable food to our parishioners or those in the Dubuque area who are in need.  St. Joseph the Worker and St. Columbkille parishioners supply the pantry through donations of food and other goods. There is a basket for donations in the three vestibules of the church. From time to time, we will list specific needs in the bulletin.

Rescue Mission Meal

Our parish serves the noon meal at the Dubuque Rescue Mission on four Sundays each year. Rick and Jenny Ginsterblum are our leaders in this ministry to homeless men in the Dubuque community. They prepare the main dish for each of these events and other parishioners donate desserts and salads.

St. Patrick Meal

Parishioners from St. Joseph the Worker prepare, deliver, and serve the Wednesday evening meal at St. Patrick parish six times each year. A group of parishioners gather to purchase, prepare, and deliver the main dish to the site. Others bring salads, desserts and serve the meal. There is a need for parishioners to help with the preparation of the meal and the transportation of the meal. This service provides between 75 – 100 people with a hot meal each Wednesday night.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Members extend Christ’s love and concern to individuals and families within the parish boundaries who are in need of emergency assistance, food, clothing, fuel, rent, and utility subsidies. The Society welcomes new members at any time.

Emergency Assistance

The parish can help parishioners with electrical, heat and water bills. The parish also helps with gas and food scrip cards as needed. If you would like to contribute to this assistance program, please make checks out to “St. Joseph the Worker Social Justice” and turn them in to the Parish Office