Volunteer Opportunities

Christmas Activities

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
Santa arrives at the Santa House located on the Historic Centerville Square the day after Thanksgiving during the Christmas lighting of the square. Visit Santa the day after Thanksgiving from 1-3 p.m. or every Saturday in December leading up to Christmas. Enjoy the Tour of Homes, our Holiday Sampler, carriage rides, live windows and more!
Volunteer opportunities include: decorating the square before Thanksgiving, helping with the Tour of Homes committee, taking photos in the Santa House, helping with the Live Windows, and taking the Christmas decorations down after the first of the year. Please contact the Centerville Chamber at 641- 437-4102 if you would like to help us make the magic happen!

Chamber Annual Golf Tournament

Each June, the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce holds an 18-hole golf tournament at the Appanoose Country Club. Net proceeds go to fund the Silver Cord Volunteer Scholarship program at Centerville Hight School.

Call us at 641-437-4102 to sign up a team, sponsor a hole, donate hole prizes, or to volunteer!

I have a photo of the Appanoose Country Club in the recreation folder; however, a free image of a golf hole, etc. will be fine!

Pancake Day

Centerville’s famous “Pancake Day” began in 1949 as a way to say “Thank You” to the people in the Centerville area for their patronage of Centerville businesses. It was originally held on a Thursday. In 1964, it was changed to the last Saturday in September where it has remained. Main attractions of the day include a Kiddie Parade, the Pancake Day Queen contest, entertainment throughout the day, and the Big Parade.

Teacher's Picnic

Each year before school starts, the chamber invites all teachers, school employees and their families to attend a free picnic in appreciation for all they do! It’s a “Welcome Back to School” celebration including food and fun door prizes.

Please contact the chamber at 641-437-4102 if you would like volunteer at the picnic or donate towards the door prizes. Volunteers typically work approximately 3 hours which includes 30 minutes to set-up, 2 hours to serve food, and 30 minutes to clean up.

The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Visitor Center

Friendly staff at the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce are eager to help with your travel plans and inquiries. Complementary maps and brochures are available. The visitor center is located on the southwest corner of the Historic Centerville Square, 128 N. 12 th Street.

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Dates closed: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day; Day after Thanksgiving; Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day.

Staffing volunteer opportunities are available. Please call 641-437-4102 to learn more!

Wine & Finds

Centerville Wine & Vendor Fair
Wine & Finds is scheduled on the second Saturday in June from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Historic Courthouse District. Sample Iowa wines and select Iowa craft beers. Browse craft vendors while enjoying live musical entertainment. Other events include grape stomping, Pancake Day Queen fundraising events such as pie eating contests, beer tent, and more!
Volunteer opportunities prior to and after the event include assembling/dissembling a 30×40 and a 10×20 tent. Set up normally takes 2-3 hours, tear down is roughly 1-2 hours.
Volunteer opportunities the day of include setting up tables, chairs, picnic tables, ticket booth, posting signs for vendors/wineries/breweries, placing sandwich boards around square, placing various signs/posters around courtyard, running electrical cords, moving supplies, selling tickets, serving beer, MC, and much more.
Volunteers are needed for 2-3 hours that morning, 4 hours during the event, and approximately 2 hours after the event.
Please call the chamber at 641-437-4102 if you would like to volunteer for this fun event!