Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some volunteer activities we do on and off campus.

  • Writing to immigrants detained in Eloy and Florence Living: inside of an immigration detention center isn’t easy. Some people have said they felt lonely, confused, bored, afraid. Being separated from family, friends, and all that is familiar is stressful. Being treated like a prisoner, while awaiting an unknown outcome, can take a tremendous psychological toll. When we write to men and women being detained we are making a human connection across the walls and barbed wire. For more info go to Writing letters.
  • The Food Pantry at First Lutheran Church works to create a positive volunteer experience by being organized, friendly, helpful and accommodating.The Food Pantry at First Lutheran Church does whatever it takes to ensure that a volunteer’s time is well utilized and truly helps those in need.The Food Pantry at First Lutheran Church provides a place where socialization and friendships are encouraged and where everyone is welcome.
  • Go to Postville, Iowa, and help locals study for their GED high school diploma and learn how to read/write English under the ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. We gather and utilizing educational materials for use in the GED and ESL classes (ie. worksheets, packets, books, magazines, games, etc.). We work with Jennifer Olufsen (NICC ESL and GED teacher) in our efforts with the students and we coordinate a continuous schedule for Luther students and promote one-to-one student-teacher ratios. If you have any question email enlaces@luther.edu


Contact Information

Anita Carrasco

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Koren 308
700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101


(563) 387-1158