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Pre-Approved Activities

The organizations-opportunities listed below are currently seeking volunteers. All of the organizations-opportunities listed below are pre-approved activities and can be found in the drop down box when submitting your hours for credit. you DO NOT have to submit an individual pre-approval form for these items.

WDMCS District Volunteer Opportunities

Community Education – District Photographer

Do you have photography experience and are looking for an opportunity to expand your creative portfolio? WDMCS Community Education is looking for a student photographer to take photos of district programming for their website, social media and print publications. Students will work with Community Education’s Communications Specialist for direction on projects. To volunteer please e-mail a letter of interest and photography samples to Jamie Evans, Communication Specialist at This volunteer opportunity is for students 16 or older.

Community Education – Website Assistant

The WDMCS has a new website and the district Webmaster is looking for a student helper. The person selected to help will be given opportunities to review and layout new content, analyze analytics, create website PDFs, update links and photos, test different browsers, update the staff directory and more. Interested students must have some knowledge of WordPress and HTML. This opportunity will be great to add to your professional resume or college application. To be considered for this position please e-mail a letter of interest and experience to Jamie Evans at

Crestview School of Inquiry – Child Care for Conferences 2017  October 17 and/or 19

The Crestview School of Inquiry is needing two volunteers to help with childcare during conferences on Tuesday, October 17 and/or Thursday, October 19  from 3:30p to 7:30p. Duties include reading, coloring, and playing with small children while their parents/guardians visit with teachers during conferences. Grab a friend and sign up today! To volunteer contact Nykole Steele-Thurston at and let her know when you can lend a hand.

Crestview School of Inquiry – Fall Festival  October 21

On Saturday, October 21, The Crestview School of Inquiry is planning a school wide Fall Festival. To help make the event a success TONS of volunteers are needed to help in various ways. In the afternoon volunteers are needed from 2:00p-4:00p to help set up the games, crafts, and a photo booth. During the festival lots of volunteers are needed from 4:00p-6:00p to help serve food, make crafts, apply face paint, and assist with carnival games. To volunteer use the link

Questions? Contact NyCole Steele-Thurston at

Crestview School of Inquiry – PTC Childcare Helpers  October 23

The Crestview School of Inquiry is needing two volunteers to help with childcare during the Parent Teacher Council meeting scheduled for Monday, October 23 from 6:00p-8:00p  Silver Cord volunteers will be reading, coloring, and playing with children whose parents/guardians are attending the meeting. To volunteer contact Nykole Steele-Thurston at

WDMCS Community Education – Preschool Palooza   November  4

WDMCS Community Education is needing volunteers for Preschool Palooza 2017. On Friday, November 3, students are needed at 4:30p to help set-up. On November 4 from 9:15p-12:30p students are needed during the event. To get involved use the link  Preschool Palooza is for children ages 2-6. They will enjoy fun and educational activities while their grown-ups gather information about early childhood opportunities, such as preschool programs and kindergarten enrollment in West Des Moines Schools. For additional information contact Jamie Evans at

This event will be held at Hillside Elementary in West Des Moines.

Westridge – Sharpen the Saw Night   December 1

Westridge Elementary teachers are hosting Sharpen the Saw Night on Friday, December 1. During this event parents can drop off their kids so they can experience a night of fun and learning with their Westridge teachers. Volunteers will be assisting the teachers in activities such as crafts, dance party, open gym, science experiments, etc. To volunteer for this fun event please use the link  Shift times are 5:30p – 8:30p. Please arrive 5 mins early to have a teacher place you in a location for the evening. Questions? Contact Sally Rindfuss at

Community Education – ESL Child Care Helpers

You can make a difference in the lives of dedicated adult English language students by helping with child care during class. Volunteers are needed in the Learning Resource Center every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5:00p – 8:00p starting Sept. 5 through Dec. 21. At least two volunteers are needed each evening to assist the child care provider. You will be responsible for helping play games, reading books, and other various tasks while parents learn. Come have fun! You must be at least age 16, love children, and be patient with and have respect for individuals with diverse backgrounds. To volunteer sign-up through the link  For more information contact Karen Crosby at crosbyk@wdmcs.orgThe Learning Resource Center is located at 3550 Mills Civic Pkwy.

(VHS) Honors Project for Ariz Keshwani  – Deerfield Performing Arts Program

Valley/VSW student musicians are invited to showcase their talents at the Deerfield Retirement Community on Sunday’s from 3:00p-4:00p. This activity will run during the school year from October 8 – May 4.  To sign up to volunteer please contact Ariz Keshwani at  Deerfield is located at 13731 Hickman Road in Urbandale.

Walnut Creek YMCA –  Fall Family Festival

Volunteers are needed at the Walnut Creek YMCA on Friday, October 20 from 4:00p-9:00p to help with the annual fall family festival. Students will assist with set-up, activities during the festival, and clean up afterwards. Some of the activities include carnival games, pumpkin games, pumpkin painting and obstacle course. To volunteer please contact Joanna Gilmore, Youth Development Coordinator at  

Shifts: 4:00p-7:00p 4-5 volunteers needed for set-up and assistance with activities

          6:00p-9:00p 4-5 volunteers needed for assistance with activities and clean-up

The Walnut Creek YMCA is located at 948 73rd Street in Windsor Heights.

Fairmeadows Lego Club

Each Friday (3:30p-5:15p) from October through May, students will play, create and learn about Legos. Silver Cord volunteers are needed to help set up and put away Legos as well as help students find Lego pieces and make creations. To volunteer please e-mail Mr. Cameron Gale at or check in with him in VHS room 1603. Fairmeadows Elementary is located at 807 23rd Street in West Des Moines.

Opportunity on Deck – Soccer Mentors

Opportunity on Deck is hosting a free soccer clinic for students in 7th and 8th grade in the West Des Moines school district at Stilwell Junior High School with practices after school on Thursday and mid-day Saturday, September 28 through October 21. They are looking for high school juniors and seniors with soccer experience to come and help our head coach administer drills, teach advanced soccer skills, play games and coach participants through scrimmages. This should be a fun opportunity for anyone who’s able to make it! To volunteer use the link:  For more information please contact Dylan DeClerk at

Opportunity on Deck – Basketball Coaches/Mentors (Fall 17)

Opportunity on Deck will be hosting a basketball league at Hillside Elementary School for students in fifth and sixth grade and they are in need of silver cord volunteers to help run drills, teach the fundamentals, lead games and coach participants through scrimmages. No coaching experience necessary, just a positive attitude, some basketball knowledge and a willingness to help kids! The league will start Saturday, October 7 and run through Saturday, November 4 from 9:00a-11:00a.  To volunteer use the link  For more information contact Dillon DeClerk at

Crestview North Side Band Set-up  Ongoing

Volunteers are needed to help set up for the North Side Band every Tuesday morning.  Set up begins at 7:00a and ends at 7:30a. This is easy work and a solid consistent Silver Cord Opportunity. To help out contact Jerilyn Kobberdahl at This volunteer activity will take place at Crestview School of Inquiry located at 8355 Franklin Ave in Clive.

Booster Pak – Webmaster Volunteer  

Booster Pak is looking for an individual with graphic design and/or web development skills. Volunteer would work with Board Members and Booster Pak Leadership to make updates to the existing Web Site (WordPress) and implement new features. Volunteer would also assist with implementing the organization’s social media campaign.  Expected commitment would be up to10 hours a month and very flexible. Experience with WordPress, Facebook and Twitter required. To apply contact Melanie Menkin at

VHS- Booster Club-Concession Stand

Every year hundreds of volunteers are needed to run the various concession stands at Valley and VSW sporting events.  Each time the concession stands are open a sports team is responsible for providing volunteers.  To help fill the gaps Silver Cord students can also volunteer in the concession stands as long as the event/shift is not assigned to their team.  The shifts are two hours long, it’s an easy way to work on the (one of three organization) requirement, and it’s fun to be a part of the action!  To sign-up use the link:  For more information contact the Volunteer Coordinator at

Indian Hills-Chain Gang Member

Six sideline volunteers are needed at the Indian Hills home football games. Duties include moving the chains that are used to show the distance needed to obtain a new set of downs. No experience is needed just a willingness to pay attention to the game and an ability to quickly realign the chains whenever the offense gets a first down.  To volunteer please sign-up through the link. Home games are on the following dates:

September 7, 26 October 3, 12.  Games are held at either Valley Stadium or Tiger Field at VHS. Questions? Contact Zac Sinram at

This volunteer opportunity is good for WDMCS supporters, parents, or Silver Cord students.

Hillside – Girls Club

Hillside’s Girls Club will be starting soon and is in need of  enthusiastic high school girls to volunteer and help at meetings. Meetings are held every Tuesday in Hillside art room from 4-5:30.  as a volunteer, you will help plan meetings and lead activities and small group discussions. We’re looking for responsible volunteers who will act as good role models and enthusiastically participate in meetings. This is a great hands-on opportunity for YOU to positively influence our members and make a difference in their lives!

If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Brandsgard at or 515-229-7953. Volunteers will need to arrive at Hillside for meetings at 3:50 and stay until approximately 6:00. You will earn up to 2.5 hours of silver cord hours for each meeting and there are other opportunities to earn more hours. Members of Girls Club are in 6th grade and the mission is to help increase the girls’ self esteem, encourage them to pursue goals and inspire them to become self-confident and reach their full potential in the community.

Clive Learning Academy-PTO Meeting Childcare    Monthly starting Sept 12

Clive Learning Academy holds monthly Parent Teacher Organization meetings in the school media center. Parents attending this meeting will often bring their elementary aged children. The Clive PTO is looking for 2 Silver Cord individuals to join us in the Media Center to watch over the children during the meeting. This will be a monthly opportunity on the second Tuesday of the month during the school year and the shift is from 6:45p-8:30p. To volunteer for one or more dates use the SignUpGenius link

For additional information contact Laura Schieber at

VHS – Classroom Peer Assistant/Study Hall

The Classroom Peer/Assistant will have the opportunity to serve as a peer and/or assistant in a special education classroom in the high school setting. Peer assistants are paired with a student with special needs. Activities include reading to student, engaging in art activities, playing games, or taking walks in the high school setting. In addition, Peer assistants also help the classroom teacher organize materials, shred old material, and laminate projects. This is a perfect opportunity for students interested in exploring the field of special education. This is a very rewarding experience and a great way to serve your community!  For more information or to sign up contact Denise Dieter at

WDMCS Community Education-Juntos Workshops Childcare Helpers Sept 25 to Oct 23

Juntos: Together for a Better Education reduces this risk by bringing Latino families, school staff, and community partners together in a series of interactive workshops to help youth succeed in school and explore paths to higher education. Two volunteers are needed on Monday evenings from 5:30 – 8 PM September 25th – October 23rd, 2017 at Indian Hills Junior High to provide childcare for parents attending Juntos workshops. Community Education is looking for individuals who are passionate about children and enjoy working with them, playing with them, and caring for their needs! 16 and older and ability to speak Spanish is a plus. For more information or to volunteer check out

Questions? Contact Jeanna Bauer at

Silver Cord Online Organization:  WDMCS Community Education-Juntos Workshops Childcare Helpers

Children’s Cancer Connection Blankets

The Children’s Cancer Connection is collecting blankets to send with kids to camp. Handmade polar fleece tie blankets for both boys and girls ages 5-18 are needed. Please put the blankets in a bag and drop off at the Valley Counseling center or the VSW main office. Make sure to include a note with name, grade, and date. Two hours of Silver Cord Credit can be earned by purchasing the fleece, making the blanket and turning it in to Mrs. Bonus at VSW or her office in the VHS Counseling Office.  Students can make one blanket a month.  PLEASE note: in order to get credit you must remember to cut off the salvage of the fleece as well as make sure you knot the strips (not just tie them once). To learn how to make a blanket please review the attached directions. Blankets will not be accepted after May 31st.  Blankets will again be accepted September 1st.


Metro Area Volunteer Opportunities

Heritage Carousel in Union Park – Clean the Carousel  October 28

Help put the Carousel to bed for the winter. Volunteers are needed Saturday, October 28 from 8:00a-11:00a to help clean the Heritage Carousel and get it ready for winter.  Volunteers will be polishing the brass, cleaning the platform, packing up the display area and more. If you can help, please send an e-mail to  Supplies will be provided and refreshments will be served. The Heritage Carousel is located at in Union Park 1801 Pennsylvania Avenue in Des Moines. Questions? Contact Jackie Cacciatore at

Courage League Sports – Team Basketball  November 4 – December 16

Volunteers are needed Saturdays, November 4 through December 16 from 9:00a-10:00a or 2:30p-4:30p to help with Courage League Sports basketball.  Duties include helping adults and children with cognitive, physical or an emotional disability with basketball drills, team play, and games.  To Volunteer please contact Porshia Perkins at  

Courage League Sports is located at 4405 121st Street, in Urbandale, Iowa 50323.

WDM Parks and Rec – Halloween Hoopla  October 20

WDM Parks and Rec is hosting Halloween Hoopla Friday, October 20 from 5:00p-8:00p. Volunteers are needed to help with various activities including pumpkin decorating, tattoos, craft projects, and a snack station. To volunteer sign up through the Link  For additional information contact Jodie Weeks at This event will be held indoors at the Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge in West Des Moines.

Montessori Children’s House – Trunk or Treat  October 24

Volunteers are needed to help at the Montessori Children’s House Trunk or Treat scheduled for Tuesday, October 24 from 4:30p-7:30p. Volunteers will be helping with set up before the event, crafts, activities, food, and clean up when it’s over. There are two shifts available, 4:30p-6:30p and 5:30p-7:30p. To volunteer please contact Mary Choquette at and let her know what shift you are available to help. Montessori Children’s House is located at 1505 42nd Street in WDM.

Planned Parenthood – Book Sale   October 10-15

Volunteers are needed October 10-15 to help with the Planned Parenthood book sale. Duties include unboxing books. To volunteer contact Laurie at or Dana at  This activity will be held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds 4H building. Shifts are two hours long.

Salisbury House – Mysteries of the Castle  October 28

Halloween is nearly here and the Salisbury House is gearing up for a fun, family-friendly Mysteries of the Castle event on Saturday, October 28!  Salisbury House needs your help to make sure this year is another success and needs volunteers for a variety of positions, such as greeting guests, handing out treats, selling tickets, helping with build-it kits or hair painting. There are two shifts available: 9:45am-12:30pm or 12:30pm-3:00pm.   To volunteer please sign-up through the link: For additional information contact Geena Torti at

National Kidney Foundation – Des Moines Marathon Team Kidney

Volunteers are needed to help with a hydration station for the National Kidney Foundation at the IMT Des Moines Marathon scheduled for Sunday, October 15 from 7:30a-9:30a. Volunteers will be assisting in making Gatorade, and filling cups to hand out runners/walkers of the event. Interested students can sign up by contacting Haley Bookey at This activity will take place at the corner of Foster Drive and Park Hill Road in Des Moines 50312

Science Center of Iowa – Spooky Science Event

The Science Center of Iowa is in need of volunteers to assist with their Spooky Science event scheduled for Saturday, October 28. Volunteers will be handing out candy, helping with easy experiments and other science activities. To sign up e-mail Kayleen Vande Kamp at and provide your name and the shift you are interested in, there are three shifts available; 9:30AM – 12:30PM, 12:00PM-3:00PM & 2:30 – 5:30PM.  Volunteers will need to apply as a Special Events Volunteer through the following link;  The deadline for signing up is October 20.

West Des Moines Community Equity DiscussionsOctober through July 

Silver Cord volunteers are invited to participate in a series of community discussions on the issue of equity and the development of an anti-bias community. Beginning in the spring of 2016, a group of West Des Moines Valley parents met to discuss ways to support the West Des Moines school district and community on the issue of equity and the development of an anti-bias community. The parents reached out to the administration of Valley High School, City Government and to West Des Moines elected leaders with an expression of support and a desire to help. Valley Administration, West Des Moines City Government and West Des Moines elected leaders responded with interest and the idea of holding community discussions was formed. The focus of the 2017-2018 discussions will be based on the Welcoming America – Building a Nation of Neighbors Program ( For additional information contact Mark Hillenband at

The discussions are open to the public and will be held at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway in WDM on the 2nd Thursday of the month beginning October 12 from 7:00p-9:00p. Students who participate in the discussions can sign-in when they arrive and will receive two hours of Silver Cord credit.

Discussion Dates: October 12, November 9, January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12.

Living History Farms – Family Halloween

Come enjoy the Living History Farms fun Halloween event by volunteering to assist at one or more of the fall event dates. The dates are Oct. 19-22 and 26-29. Volunteers must be 16 or older, 10-15 year olds can also volunteer with a parent accompanying them. Volunteer activities include:  handing out treats, running the pumpkin bowling game and more. Just click on:   Questions? Contact Jan Milroy at

Courage League Sports – Chaamps Youth Soccer League  September-October

Courage League Sports is offering 2 soccer clinics this Fall. Chaamps Youth Soccer League is Saturday mornings, September 16 through October 14, from 9am – 10am. The clinic offers fast paced station work with a game at the end of each session. Team Sports is the second clinic which starts at 2:30pm and is similar to Chaamps Youth Soccer but is slower paced so all can participate. Please bring your love of the game and help these special kids succeed with every kick they make! To volunteer contact Porshia at  This volunteer opportunity will be held at Courage League Sports, 4405 121st Street in Urbandale.

Shepherd’s Flock Early Learning Center – Fall Ice Cream Social October  16

Volunteers are needed Monday, October 16 from 4:00p-8:00p at the SOV Ice Cream Social Fundraiser.  Duties include helping with setup, carnival games, and clean up. This carnival is for preschool children and their families and will be tons of fun! Opportunities will start at 4:00 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m.

To volunteer use the link:  

For additional information contact Ashley Thoreson at  Shepherd’s Flock Preschool is located at 3900 Ashworth Road in WDM.

Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre- HAIRSPRAY JR production

From September 25 through October 15 volunteers are needed to assists professional designers and carpenters designing, building & painting the set and sewing and altering costumes for HAIRSPRAY JR. with Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre, a nonprofit organization dedicated to introducing students to the arts and training them to use their art to create positive social change. Students interested in volunteering should contact DMYAT Artistic Director, David VanCleave, at for upcoming build times. Shift times vary from week to week depending on the needs of production. There will be many weekend build and paint times and several after school/evening opportunities. This volunteer opportunity will take place at 2124 Grand Avenue in Des Moines.

Blank Park Zoo- Night Eyes at the Zoo   October 19-29

Night Eyes at the Zoo will be held October 19-22 and October 26-29. Volunteers are needed to help with the treat stations, dress in costumes for themed areas, or work in the Fun Zone (just to name a few openings!) Sign-up early for best spots because they usually fill up FAST!   To volunteer for Night Eyes, use the link

Plymouth Place Senior Living-Tech Time  ongoing

A team of two volunteers are needed after school on Wednesday’s (3:00p-5:00p) and/or Saturday’s (10:00a-noon) to help during Tech Time at Plymouth Place Senior Living.  located at 4111 Ingersoll Ave. in Des Moines. Duties include answering questions and helping seniors use phones, iPads, iPods, and laptops. Most tech questions will be very simple  like how to turn off/on WiFi or finding apps and using apps. Interested volunteer teams need to be patient, have a heart for the elderly, and the ability to explain things very clearly. To get on either the Wed. or Sat. schedule contact Carla Moon at
Plymouth Place Senior Living is located at 4111 Ingersoll Ave. in Des Moines

Student rules for Tech Time at Plymouth Place

Volunteer Application for Plymouth Place

P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization)-Ladies Night Out  November 2

Volunteers are needed to help set-up and tear down tables and chairs for the annual P.E.O. Ladies Night Out fundraiser to be held at Walker Johnston Community Center in Urbandale, Thursday, November 2nd. Shift times are one hour each 4:30p-5:30p and 8:30p-9:30p.  Please e-mail Elaine Lesch at with the shift(s) you can help with. The Walker Johnston Park/Giovannetti Community Shelter is located at 8900 Douglas Avenue in Urbandale.

Shepherd of the Valley – ESL Child Care Helpers   Fall session Aug 29-Nov 16

Volunteers are needed at Shepherd of the Valley every Tuesday and Thursday starting August 29 through November 16  to help with childcare during ESL classes. At least two volunteers are needed each evening. You will be responsible for helping play games, distributing snacks, reading books, taking attendance and other various tasks while playing with the children. Its super easy and lots of fun!  Students may email Angie Spann at to sign up for one or more dates to volunteer. Students may sign up individually or as a pair if they so choose. Shepherd of the Valley is located at 3900 Ashworth Road in West Des Moines.

Beverdale Estates Retirement Community- “My Story” Interviews

Beverdale Estates is seeking volunteers to work with seniors for a project titled: “My Story”. This would involve interviewing residents one on one  helping them capture their life stories to put together for their families. They would also like the possibility of capturing interviews of the residents on video and/or taking photos of the residents. Interviews would be conducted during business hours, they are open 7 days a week. A brief orientation is required before being assigned to a resident Contact Katie at Beaverdale Estates to get involved in the project at

WDM Library- Teen Advisory Board

Are you interested in making the library a better place for teens? Then the WDM Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board is for you! By becoming a member of TAB you can take a leadership role in your community, give input in teen activities, and help develop the collection of young adult materials at the Library. TAB members also host fundraisers for teen programming at the Library, participate in community activities, help with Children’s programs at the library and more. TAB meets September through May on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Library’s Classroom. Interested student must apply.  For more information regarding the application process contact Jenna Ehler at

HCR Manor Care- Activities Volunteer

HCR ManorCare is looking for students to volunteer at their facility in West Des Moines. Volunteers will assist with fun activities such as: bingo, arts and crafts, cards, board games, trivia, Wii games, name that tune, and more! They also have a piano where volunteers may play songs for our residents. The hours are flexible through the end of the school year; M-F to 6:00p and Sat-Sun 9:00a-6:00p. To volunteer please e-mail Brittney Kass at  HCR ManorCare is located at 5010 Grand Ridge Drive in West Des Moines

Clive Community Services

Clive Community Services is seeking two regular volunteers to help unload a weekly food delivery truck, mark a checklist of what was on the truck, and either shelve the items or backstock the items. Attention to detail and to procedures is a must. The delivery is every Wednesday at 3:15 PM. Roughly 1-2 hours per occurrence. Clive Community Services is located at 2190 NW 82nd Street, Suite A in Clive. This is near the intersection of 86th & Hickman and near Crestview Elementary. Please contact Linda Shanks at or 515-480-4027 for more details. Sign up at

WDM Library-Monthly Group Service Project

The Library is looking for volunteers to help with a monthly group service project. A variety of tasks will be performed to help out the Library including cleaning and straightening shelves, organizing materials, preparing program supplies, and more. No experience or training necessary! Project is for students age 14-18. To participate an application must be filled out and approved. To obtain the application or for more information please contact or 515-222-3412.

Make A Wish- Office Assistant

Make a Wish is recruiting an office helper on Wednesday’s after school from 2:30p-4:30p.  Volunteer duties will include scanning, filing and shredding.   To volunteer please email Rachel or call and speak with her at the office, 515-334-2636.  This volunteer position will run through the month of March, interested candidates must by 17 or older.  If you are a junior or senior needing to get service hours done this is a great pre-approved opportunity.

Ongoing Opportunities

GiGi’s Playhouse-Adult Percussion Group

GiGi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome achievement center located in Windsor Heights, would like to start a percussion group by partnering Valley band percussion students and GiGi adults who are interested in playing a percussion instrument. Student volunteers would need to bring their own instruments (tambourine, bells, moroccas, snare drum; instruments that are easily transportable) Times for this activity have not been determined. This is flexible, as it could be weekly or biweekly or during the fall and spring.  For more information please contact Lisa Woiwood, GiGi’s Playhouse board member at

Botanical Garden – Plant Pot Washer

The Botanical Garden is in need of volunteers to wash plant pots! This is an easy task to learn and one that allows you to put in your ear buds or just get lost in thought while earning Silver Cord hours. It is also a very needed volunteer role!

Lots of pots are used at the Botanical Garden and these need to be sanitized before reusing to prevent the possibility of spreading any disease or contaminates. This is a simple process of brushing out excess dirt, dunking the pot in a cleaning solution and setting it out to dry. Volunteers may also be asked to put away clean pots.

The chemical used to sanitize is Zerotol and it is diluted in water. It is very similar to diluted bleach. Botanical Garden staff will prepare the solution. Rubber gloves and safety glasses are available for use. Staff is happy to discuss the solution composition with anyone who has questions.

This role can be done any day except for Sunday and within these time restrictions.

Weekdays: Be able to arrive no later than 2:30 p.m.

Saturdays: Be able to arrive between 8 and 10 a.m.

Please plan to assist for a minimum of 2 hours. If volunteering only short-term, we ask that volunteers commit to helping a minimum of four hours (over two sessions).

To enquirer about volunteering e-mail Susan Cory at and provide your contact information plus the days and times your are wanting to volunteer.

Susan G. Komen of Iowa –Office Assistant

The Susan G. Komen of Iowa office is in need of volunteer office assistants.  Duties include answering the phones and other administrative tasks as assigned by the Operations and Finance Director. Students can sign up by contacting Tracy Greene at The shift times are flexible, anytime between 9:00a and 5:00p. Weekend and weeknight hours may be available upon request.  For a  detailed job description click the link.  The Susan G. Komen of Iowa office is located at 3850 Merle Hay Road, Urbandale.

Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community

Volunteers are needed to help serve clients in our food pantry and clothing closet. Volunteers will help clients select food, pack and carry out to their vehicles. Responsibilities will also include restocking shelves, counting/sorting donations and daily cleaning. Volunteers must be at least 16 to volunteer without a parent. First-time volunteers need to arrive 5 minutes early to receive a brief orientation. Shift times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-Noon

Saturdays 10am-2pm.  The Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community  is located at 5870 Merle Hay Rd Suite D in Johnston, Iowa. To volunteer please sign up through the link  

Questions? Contact Andrea Cook at

Arbor Springs Skilled Care -Elderly Visits

Arbor Springs is a skilled care nursing facility specializing in people with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. The are looking for volunteers to visit with residents for 45 min-1 hour.  The visits can include simple conversations with the residents, reading the newspaper/books, ipad games, jigsaw puzzles, craft projects and listening to I-pods.  Interested students can contact the Activity Assistant Teawna Stark at  To learn more check out the Connect With Seniors Video. Arbor Springs is located at 7951 EP True Pkwy in WDM.

Walnut Creek YMCA-Learn and Play Center

The Walnut Creek YMCA is looking for students who are interested in helping with childcare at the Learn and Play Center. This is an ongoing volunteer opportunity with flexible hours making it a great Silver Cord opportunity for busy students. To volunteer please apply through the YMCA website

Iowa Lutheran Hospital-Volunteen Program

Unity Point Health-Iowa Lutheran Hospital-Volunteen Program gives high school students an opportunity to volunteer in a hospital.  Volunteen duties might include making health folders, talking with patients, making floral arrangements and delivering flowers, magazines, and beverages to patients.  To be considered for this opportunity please visit the Unity Point-Iowa Lutheran Hospital-Volunteer webpage For more information please contact Brad Fuglsang at

Valley Volunteen Testimony: I like helping the patients feel better by giving them flowers and magazines. I am learning to work with other people, and also how to be a part of a team.

Children and Family Urban Movement-Supper Club

Children and Family Urban Movement Supper Club provides an evening meal Monday-Saturday for 120-180 adults and children. Many of the guests that come to Supper Club are among the growing number of working poor that live in the metro area.  Each evening 6-10 volunteers are needed from 4:15p-6:16p to help set-up, serve food, and clean-up. To volunteer please contact WesLynn Caldwell at  Children and Family Urban Movement is located at 1548 8th Street in Des Moines.

Operation Christmas Child-Shoe Box Room

Volunteers are needed year round to prepare the gifts for the annual collection which occurs each year third week of November. In addition, volunteers may assist in or host community and church “packing parties” where items are pooled together and gifts are packaged corporately. Hundreds of hours are spent locally preparing items for inclusion in the boxes for these events in and around central Iowa. Candy needs to be bagged. Soaps and washcloths need to be bundled together. Pencils need to be sharpened. School supplies, toys and stuffed animals need to be gathered. Boxes need to be wrapped. Project work of this nature is based out of “The Shoe Box Room” in Urbandale.  Sign up for project work or to organize a packing party by calling Heather Rowley 515-333-1237 or email

Meals from the Heartland NEW WDM Packaging Center

Meals from the Heartland is excited to announce the opening of their new office/packaging center at 357 Lincoln Street in West Des Moines. Beginning in April there will be meal packaging several times a week and also on Saturdays.  For more information check out the Meals from the Heartland website To volunteer use the online registration form  Volunteer at Meals from the Heartland

Valley Church-The Respite Event/Hand in Hand

Volunteers are needed to spend a little time with a child with special needs during fun safe events.  Duties include setting up, serving as a one-o-one buddy with a child and cleaning up.  Interested students need to e-mail Beth Castile at and she will contact you regarding the dates and times.  The Hand in Hand events usually take place on Saturday’s.

Help a Heart Support Group

Volunteers are needed the second Monday of each month from 6:15p-8:45p  to help with childcare for parents who are attending a support group for children with heart defects.  Volunteers will watching the children, keeping them entertained, taking them to the bathroom if needed and assisting with snacks. This support group meets at the Westview Church, 1155 SE Boone Drive, Waukee.   Help a Heart offers support to families of children with heart defects and it is VERY important that volunteers are healthy. (no coughs, fevers, or illnesses 24 hours before volunteering)  To volunteer please contact Kasey Vermillion at

Catholic Charities-St Joseph Emergency Family Shelter

Volunteers are needed each Saturday and Sunday from 1:00p-3:00p  to help organize donations, clean the shelter and garage, and help with yard work.  Student volunteers must complete and return the attached consent for minor form to participate.  To volunteer contact the Shelter Coordinators, Celeste Egger or Dixie Webb  The St Joseph Emergency Shelter is located at 1535 11th Street in Des Moines.

Volunteer Form

Courage League Sports

Volunteers are needed to serve as  Courage League Sports “Team Mates” to  children and adults not able to go “full speed” due to disability, illness, or emotional challenges.   Team Mate volunteers  offer  minimal to moderate assistance with sports leagues, fitness classes, and special events. The population served consists of toddlers age 2-6,  school-aged youth age 7-18  and adults with special needs.   Volunteers will be helping participants developing new skills, meet new friends, build self-confidence, and have fun!  Courage League Sports is located at 4405 121st Street in Urbandale, Iowa.

Available Shifts:

Date Time
Monday – Thursday: 4:30-6:30 PM Saturday: 9:15 AM – Noon
Monday – Thursday: 5:30-7:30 PM Saturday: 12:15 PM – 3 PM

If interested in volunteering at Courage League Sports, please check out their website  volunteer flyer or volunteer submission form

For questions or to sign-up directly please email Porshia Perkins: or call 515-421-4020

Susan G. Komen of Iowa –Office Assistant

The Susan G. Komen of Iowa office is in need of volunteer office assistants.  Duties include answering the phones and other administrative tasks as assigned by the Operations Manager.  Students can sign up by contacting Tracy Dubon at The shift times are flexible, anytime between 8:00a and 5:00p. Weekend and weeknight hours may be available upon request.  For a  detailed job description click the link.  The Susan G. Komen of Iowa office is located at 3850 Merle Hay Road, Urbandale.

Office Assistant Description

Botanical Gardens-Green Thumbs Teen Volunteer Corps

The Botanical Gardens in Des Moines is seeking summer volunteers  interested in environmental sciences, speech/public speaking, theater/drama or a combination of all three to serve as Green Thumbs Teen Volunteers.  Green Thumb Volunteers offers multiple opportunities throughout the gardens.  Volunteers are selected through an application/recommendation process.  To apply please use this link   This volunteer opportunity is for students ages 15 and older.

Green Thumbs

Urban Bicycle Food Ministry-Burrito Rides

The Urban Bicycle Food Ministry goes out on to the streets of Des Moines to provide radical hospitality! We will be riding our bikes into the downtown Des Moines area to provide burritos, peanut butter sandwiches, water, fruit, cookies and bug spray while building a relationship with those who are in need.  To find out more go to the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry Facebook page where the dates and rides are listed.

Students under the age of 18 will need to ride/volunteer with a parent or other responsible adult.

Vine Street Children’s Center-After school volunteer

Is  looking for individuals after school  who are passionate about children and enjoy working with them, playing with them, and caring for their needs!  In order to volunteer  with the children, all volunteers under age 18 will need to bring in a written permission slip from your parent/guardian giving us permission to run a background check. To volunteer please contact Mandy Lechtenberg at

Central Iowa Shelter Services

Central Iowa Shelter Services (CISS) provides free shelter and meals to homeless adults regardless of physical or emotional conditions.  Volunteers are needed in many different ways including the food pantry, clothing closet, food prep and meals, food rescue, and garden help.  For more information check out the CISS volunteer page.  To get involved contact Jorie Hidri at or 515-564-5752

Gigi’s Playhouse-Ongoing Programming Help

GiGi’s Playhouse has volunteer opportunities to leading and/or assisting with programming, serving on fundraising committees, helping on the day of events and fundraisers, & much more! As a helper you will You will help the program host in many ways including greeting, welcoming, and signing in participants. You will engage and assist participants during activities.

Before signing-up all new volunteers must fill out the Volunteer Registration Form (fill out here: and attend a Volunteer Orientation which provides an overview of our organization, programming, events, and fundraising. We want each and every individual, family, and volunteer to have the best possible experience at Gigi’s Playhouse.

Community Youth Concepts- Youth Volunteer Corps

Youth Volunteer Corps of Des Moines (YVC-Des Moines) is a supervised, team-based service-learning program hosted by Community Youth Concepts. We create volunteer opportunities to address community needs in Des Moines and to inspire youth ages 11-18 for a lifetime commitment to service. We strongly believe in Youth VOICE, Youth CHOICE- so students who come to meetings are the ones who choose what projects they want to do, and it is students who plan and implement those projects with the help of an adult facilitator. Students can receive Silver Cord hrs. from attending meetings, since meetings themselves consist of service activity planning and preparation!

Simply visit and fill out the volunteer information request form. We will email you a list of upcoming activities you may be interested in attending. Students can also send an email to and request to be added to our email list. Or, simply show up on a Wednesday for our weekly meetings from 4-5:15 PM!


This opportunity allows students to assist with Lutheran Church of Hope’s weekend children’s program–HopeKids. HopeKids is a high-energy program for 3 year olds through 5th grade. Student volunteers will help engage kids in worship and breakout activities. This is a fun way to invest in the next generation!  Students can sign up by emailing Lyndsay Korte at

WDM Human Services-Clothing Closet

West Des Moines Human Services, 139 6th Street in West Des Moines, is seeking volunteers in their Clothing Closet to accept donations, sort and straighten items, and assist clients as needed.  Hours are flexible, anytime Monday through Friday between 8 am and 4 pm.  Volunteers must be age 14 or older.  Please contact Mindy Hotovec at or call 222-3663.

Shepherd’s Flock Early Learning Center

The Shepherd’s Flock Early Learning Center has an ongoing need for volunteers to help with the following; inventory children’s books, toys and games; enter books, toys and games into the computer data base, prepare bulletin boards and classroom decorations, assemble books for teachers, assist with teacher prep work, make photocopies, file, help with mailings, help with playground work day.  To volunteer please contact Diane Hensley at 225-1952 or e-mail her at  S.O.V. is located at 3900 Ashworth Road in WDM.

The HCI Giving Tree

The HCI Giving Tree (Hospice of Central Iowa), 3330 100th Street in Urbandale, is seeking volunteers to help sort clothes, accept donations, carry furniture to cars, and assist at the cash register.  Those interested in volunteering must be 16 years of age or older and willing to make a six month commitment.  For additional information go to the website   To volunteer please contact Katie Gosselink at

Wesley Acres Musical Entertainment

The residents at the Wesley Acres retirement home love to listen to live music of all kinds: singing, instrumentals, solos, quartets, old songs, new songs… everything! Stopping by to share your musical talents will brighten their day (and probably yours, too). Click Here for more information or contact Susan Skinner at 515-271-6789 or

Green and Sustainable Clive

Green and Sustainable Clive is dedicated to enhancing the natural environment and ecology of Clive’s parks and green spaces. With the help of the community, Green and Sustainable Clive plans to develop hands-on volunteer initiatives, provide sustainability educational opportunities and support the Walnut Creek Watershed Enhancement.  For more information or to volunteer please contact Jennifer Easler at 515-205-6222 or Flyer

Animal Rescue League

The Animal Rescue League is looking for four students (they must be at least 16) to volunteer a couple of hours each week working with their Behavior Manager program by creating enrichment toys and treats for the dogs and cats in our care. Students will be interviewed, We will be looking for 1 student to take the lead, who will also be willing to teach the next group coming in. We’re asking for a minimum of one semester commitment with the option of staying on a second semester.All students will need to complete our Volunteer Orientation and Dog Companion training, which we will “fast-track” in order to get them started quickly. They will also be asked to complete our volunteer application and pay the $20 one time fee. To volunteer contact Joy Talmon, Volunteer Coordinator at

After School Arts Program (ASAP)

Connects elementary and middle-school students in the heart of the city of Des Moines, Iowa, with enriching arts experiences. Since starting, ASAP has connected more than 800 students with teaching artists in studios ranging from ceramics, painting, and photography to West African drumming, drama, and dance. ASAP succeeds with the help of dedicated volunteers and generous supporters. To get involved, please contact Michelle Bolton King at

Des Moines Religious Council – Red Barrel Program, Food Pantry Network Warehouse, Sack Saturdays

Do you live near a Walgreens? Want to help out the Food Pantry in your spare time? You can help by volunteering to pick up from one of our Walgreens Red Barrels. Des Moines Area Religious Council: Ways To VolunteerContact John Robinson at 664-0394 for more information.

Food Bank of Iowa/Back Pack Buddies

The Food Bank of Iowa is a private, not-for-profit organization committed to the mission of alleviating hunger through food distribution, partnership and education. The Food Bank of Iowa strives to meet the critical needs of a diverse population through its network of partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, nonprofit day care facilities, residential care centers and child and senior programs. Food Bank of Iowa | Learn About Hunger Hunger in America 2010: Food Bank of Iowa

Hope Outreach

Volunteers are needed to help with Hope Outreach Night every Thursday from 3-7:30 p.m. Volunteers can either help serve a free family-style meal or they can volunteer in the gym and assist families while they “shop” for free clothes, food or other essentials. Hope Outreach is located at 925 Jordan Creek Parkway in West Des Moines. To volunteer sign-up at Hope Outreach Night.

St. Timothy’s Community Garden

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church is in need of volunteers to help tend to the community garden.  Tim Goldman, 223-1782 or

Move the Food DSM is inviting individuals, families, youth groups, work teams and others to actively join us in tending a healthy, strong community. Check out these fall volunteer events in Des Moines. For more information go to the Move the Food web site.

Catholic Worker House

Catholic Worker House needs help in food store or volunteer as needed. Location at 1310 7th Street , Des Moines, IA 50314. Help in food store or volunteer as needed 515-243-0765.

Freedom for Youth: 2301 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50310

Volunteers will be working in the garden, laying landscaping materials and cleaning up around the neighborhood. Contact: Esmerelda Kretzu 282-4822 or or website


Contact Information

Rosemary Brandt

Service Learning Coordinator
Learning Resource Center
3550 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50265

Cyndi Bonus

Silver Cord Coordinator
Valley High School
3650 Woodland Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266