Pre-Approved Activities

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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

WDMCS Summer of Learning 2017

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to help WDMCS students with cool summer enrichment classes. Volunteers are needed to help with WDMCS Community Education classes such as Be the Boss Youth Entrepreneur Camp, Art Adventures, Science Exploration, and Digital Photography. These classes are either 4 days or 5 days and will take place in June and July.  For more information and to sign up use the Volunteerspot Link.  Questions?  Contact Rosemary Brandt at

Community Education-Summer Adventures in Learning June 26-30

WDMCS Community Education-Summer Adventures in Learning is seeking volunteers to help the week of June 26-30 at Crossroads Park Elementary 1050 50th Street, WDM.  “SAIL” is a week-long program that offers elementary refresher classes in reading, writing, and math, as well as enrichment classes such as chess, computers, art, science and much more.  For more information about these fun volunteer opportunities please check the  SAIL Volunteer Opportunities page.  Additional information about SAIL classes can be found in the 2017 WDMCS Summer of Learning catalog.  Questions? Contact Sue Otte at

Community Education – Sneak Peek July 24-28

Sneak Peek, a week long program that gives our youngest WDMCS students an opportunity to experience kindergarten, needs two volunteers the week of July 17-21 and one volunteer the week of July 24-28 from 8:45a-11:30a each day. Volunteers will assist in the kindergarten room helping with fun activities, teaching basic routines, and building student confidence to help transition students as they prepare to start kindergarten. For more information or to volunteer check out the sign-up link. (

Questions? Contact Holly Burns at

Garden in the Valley-Valley High School  June 5 through summer

Garden in the Valley is a cooperative garden project organized by two VHS students. Over the summer volunteers are needed to help maintain two VHS gardens by watering, weeding, and harvesting crops, plus getting fresh produce ready for delivery to West Des Moines Human Services. Shift times are 9:00a-10:00a on Monday’s and Thursday’s beginning June 5.  For more info and to volunteer contact Rachel Werner 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 volunteer sign-up page and look for the SILVER CORD specific openings.  Booster Volunteer page:

For more information contact Lori Breiholz at

Children’s Cancer Connection Blankets – NO SUMMER DROP OFF

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

DMACC Foundation -Wild West 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament  June 22

DMACC west campus will be holding our annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament and they are looking for volunteers to work at the tables to help keep score. There are two shifts: Morning from 7:30-12:00 and afternoon from 12:00-4:00. Volunteers will be provided with breakfast, lunch, and a free t-shirt.  Students can sign up on the website:

This event will be held at 5959 Grand Ave in WDM.  Questions?  Contact Rachel Brown at

Community Support Advocates: Des Moines Arts Festival  June 24-26

Community Support Advocates is a local non profit supporting teens and young adults with disabilities. They are hosting a booth at the Des Moines Art Festival and will need 15 to 20  volunteers each day to help make art projects with kids attending the festival.  The festival will be held downtown, June 24-26 from 11:00a-10:00p. To Volunteer please sign up using the Volunteerspot link  All volunteers receive a tee-shirt so please let them know your preferred t-shirt size.  Questions?  Contact  Contact Kylee Mullen at

Opportunity on Deck-Summer Baseball Coaches/Mentors June 20- July 20

Do you love baseball? Do you love working with kids? We have a great opportunity for you. Opportunity on Deck is hosting a baseball clinic Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting June 20th through July 20th (no clinic on July 4th). The clinic will run from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Crestview Elementary School.  If you are interested in volunteering as a coach or with registration please go to to choose the dates that work for you.  Volunteer once or as many times as you would like.  For more information contact Amy Tagliareni at

Color Run-Supporting the Variety Club of Iowa- July 7 and 8

2017 Color Run to support Variety! Variety received a donation for each volunteer that signs up.

Volunteers are needed July 7th 3-7:30p.m. to assist with packet pick up at the Check-in Party at the State Capital Grounds. Volunteers are also needed on race day, July 8. Race day volunteers will assist with check-in, hand out water, throw color and help with clean up. Shifts are available between 6:30 am and 4:00 pm in downtown Des Moines. Please contact Tiffany if you have any questions or want to volunteer. Thank you for supporting Variety by volunteering for the Color Run in past years, we appreciate your support.  Sign-up here

Community Support Advocates (CSA)-Farmers Market Volunteers July 13, 20

Volunteers are needed Thursday, July 13 and 20 from 4:00p-8:00p at the Valley Junction Farmers Market. Duties include assisting with children’s crafts and tattoos at a booth in honor of Community Support Advocates an organization promoting growth and resiliency for teens and young adults with disabilities.  To volunteer sign-up using the link

Questions?  Contact Kylee Mullen at

Variety – The Children’s Charity-Polo On The Green  July 16,17

Volunteers are needed to help at Polo on the Green Saturday, July 15 and Sunday July 16.  this event will take place at the Powder River Ranch, 4504 Adams Street in Cumming Iowa.  Duties include  Set Up (Saturday) 8am-Noon, Layout linens, set tables (linens, napkins, centerpieces, marketing materials); Assist with registration tables. Clean Up (Saturday) 10:30pm-12am: Pick up trash, breakdown table settings (centerpieces, bag napkins & linens…etc), Pack up left auction items, pack up leftover bar items. Clean Up (Sunday) 10am-12pm Pick up trash and clean up property.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.

For more info contact Tiffany Luing at

Colon Cancer Foundation of Iowa-Get Your Rear in Gear Run August 26

Get your Rear in Year is a 5K/10K walk run fundraising event to support the programs for the Colon Cancer Foundation of Iowa. This year the event will be held Saturday, August 26th from 6:00a-12:00p at the Racoon River Park in West Des Moines. There are multiple ways to volunteer including registration, packet pick-up, kids race and packet stuffing on 8/23. To check out volunteer openings please use the Volunteer Local link:

Questions?  Contact David McCluskey  at

Lutheran Church of Hope Creative Arts  Summer 17

LCH Creative Arts  need helping hands to set up art supplies, assist with registration, greet and assist participants, and help with clean-up for a variety of on-going classes, projects and workshops.  Helping Hands is a year around program that can always use volunteers.  The hours would be Monday-Friday 9:00a-5:00p during the summer with some evening hours available.  To volunteer please contact Jennifer Burger at


BizTown-Junior Achievement Camp Helpers June and July

JA BizTown Camp is an indoor, academic camp geared towards kids ages 10-13 that combines classroom-style teaching with hands-on activities. JA is looking for volunteers/Junior Camp Counselors this summer for camp! Three camp sessions are: June 12-16, June 26-30, and July 17-21. Junior Camp Counselors are needed from 8:40am-3:00pm and will be assisting the JA staff in educational and recreational activities. They will also be serving as positive role models to campers ages 10-13. JA BizTown Summer Camp is located at 6100 Grand Avenue in Des Moines. To sign up use the link  Questions? Contact Deb Schneider at

WDM United Methodist – State Fair Stand  August 8-20

The Iowa State Fair is the undisputed greatest state fair anywhere, and of course it’s known for great food. There’s one location where the food comes along with an even greater sense of purpose where the proceeds are given to a variety of wonderful causes. Serving fair goers since 1949, The WDM United Methodist food stand is a thriving example of what careful planning, teamwork and awesome cooks can accomplish. This year the Iowa State Fair will be held August 8-20 and volunteers will be needed daily during two eight hour shifts. 6:00a-2:00p and 2:00p-10:00p. To sign up use the link . Volunteers must be 16 years old or older.  Questions? Contact Nancy Sample at

Summer 2017 VBS

The following churches are hosting summer VBS and are already pre-loaded in the Silver Cord online system and can be found as listed; Grace Lutheran Church-VBS, Faith Lutheran Church-VBS, Lutheran Church of Hope-Vacation Bible School, Lutheran Church of Hope- Downtown City Branch VBS, Lutheran Church of Hope- Johnston Grimes VBS.   If you are planning to be a VBS leader at a different church you can request a pre-approval through the online system.  PLEASE NOTE: Before you leave your volunteer job make sure you get good contact information especially the e-mail address and phone number of a supervisor, leader, or coordinator.

Iowa Capitol Planning Commission-Restoration Fundraiser at Yankee Doodle Pops July 3

Support the fundraising effort for the restoration of monuments on the Iowa Capitol Grounds. On July 3rd, just before the start of the Yankee Doodle Pops Concert, volunteers will canvas the crowd on the western terrace of the Capitol grounds. Publicity of this activity will precede the volunteers walking through the crowd. Unique identification and canisters for donations will be provided to all volunteers. All funds raised will go toward the restoration of the monuments on the Capitol grounds. Times needed 7:30p-9:30p.  To volunteer contact Carol Grant at

Urbandale Parade-Out of Darkness Suicide Prevention

Volunteers are needed to walk in the Urbandale Parade in support of Central Iowa Out of Darkness Suicide Prevention. The walk will take place on July 4th from 9:00a-noon.  Walkers will receive a Be the Voice tee-shirt and will be responsible for passing out materials along the parade route. To volunteer contact Joni Thornton at  

Clive Community Services Summer 2017

Clive Community Services needs summer help with weekly food pantry shifts.  Silver Cord students should sign up for a youth slot on the on-line sign up.  For information on Clive Community Services, please contact   Clive Community Services is located at 2190 NW 82nd St, Suite A in Clive and was established to provide support to Clive families and individuals in need.  

USA Track and Field-Iowa Association JO Championship Meet June 17-18

Volunteers are needed to help at the USA Track and Field JO Championship. Duties include putting up the high jump bar, retrieving shot puts, escorting athletes from check in tent to starting lines, posting results and helping with awards.  To volunteer contact Jim Walczyk at or 515-771-4246. The meet is the biggest youth meet in the state and scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18 from 8:00a-5:00p. Volunteers can help whatever hours they are available.  This event will take place on the Iowa State campus, 1022 Welch, Cyclone Sports Complex, Ames.

Music Under the Stars  June 11-July 9

Music Under the Stars has been Central Iowa’s favorite way to spend a summer Sunday evening for 69 years. These fun free concerts are held on Capitol Hill and feature the Des Moines Municipal Band. To make this happen, volunteers are needed each Sunday, June 11-July 9 from 5:30p to 8:45p.  Duties include assisting with set-up, tear down and concert logistics for summer series. This will involve setting up chairs, assisting sound technician, distributing programs to audience members and other duties as assigned.  Volunteers must stay for the concert and help tear down after it is over so dress comfortably, bring a lawn chair and a water bottle. To volunteer please e-mail John Kendeigh at and include available dates June 11,18,25 or July 2, 9.

Copper Creek Triathlon 2017  June 24

The Copper Creek Triathlon has been held in Pleasant Hill since 2009. New this year, they are expanding the event to include both sprint (about 16 miles) and Olympic (about 26 miles) distances. As a result, they need more volunteers! They are specifically looking for volunteers to assist with the bike course and run course which can be found on the volunteer sign up site. This event will be held on Saturday, June 24 at Copper Creek Lake in Pleasant Hill.

To volunteer follow the link: (

Des Moines Arts Festival  June 21-25

The Des Moines Arts Festival is scheduled for June 21-25, 2017 in downtown Des Moines at the Western Gateway Park. Volunteer opportunities include; assisting artists, helping with children’s activities, assisting with the Interrobang Film Festival, selling merchandise, distributing ice to vendors and helping with setup and teardown. All student volunteers must be 16 years of age or older, students younger than 16 can volunteer with a parent or guardian. To volunteer sign up through the online portal  For additional questions contact Morgan Dowdall at

YMCA Lacrosse Assistant  June 12-July 19

Volunteers are needed at Jordan Creek Elementary school fields to help as a lacrosse assistant for the YMCA lacrosse program. Duties include helping boys in grades 3-8 learn the fundamentals of lacrosse and assisting the coaches and staff during the games and practices. To volunteer contact Ryan Westercamp at  The program will run from June 12-July 19.

ASAP Summer Arts Camp June 26-30

Volunteers are needed to work directly with children of all ages in the park, in outdoor studios taught by professional teaching artists. Volunteers assist with setup and clean-up, managing supplies during lessons, and encouraging and working alongside kids. All activities take place outdoors at Evelyn Davis Park in Des Moines, most under park shelters. Sign up for one to five days, preferably either 12:30p-3:00p or 1:00p-3:30p and prepare to get a little messy.  Contact De Anna MacDonald at for more information.

Color Run-Supporting the Variety Club of Iowa July 7 and 8

Volunteer for the Color Run to raise money for Variety!  On Friday, July 7 from 10:30a-3:30p and 3:00p-7:30p volunteers are needed to help with check-in and packet pick-up. On Saturday, July 8 there are several shifts available; check in from 6:30a to 11:30a, race work 11:00a -3:00p and clean-up after the event is over. Those who volunteer during the race will get to throw color, hand out water and award medals. The Color Run will take place downtown 1111 E Court Ave. To volunteer sign up here or contact Tiffany at the Variety Office

Polk County Clover Dash 5-K-Polk County 4-H  July 22

Volunteer at the 2017 Clover Dash 5K by helping with race set-up, directing traffic, handing out water, cheering runners on, holding the banner and being at the finish line. To volunteer please use the Sign-up Genius link. The Polk County Clover Dash is youth planned and organized under the supervision of Polk County 4-H Youth Coordinators. All proceeds go to support Polk County 4-H youth activities including attending 4-H Camp, travel on Intermediate Trips and awarding of post-secondary scholarships.This event will be held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 22rd from 6:30a-11:00a. Questions? Contact Rebecca Osthus at

WDM Girls Softball – Concession Stand Help  Summer Help

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ fashion concession stand! If you are wanting to earn hours in a fast and fun way consider volunteering for WDM Girls Softball. Shift times vary but are listed on the signup link. 2 hour shifts are what is listed but feel free to sign up for longer shifts if you wish  WDM Girls Softball is located at the east end of the Holiday Ball Park  Questions? Contact Christina Bahe

Iowa Senior Games 2017

The Iowa Senior Games needs LOTS of volunteers June 2-June 25 with most events taking place in West Des Moines at various WDM schools. There are a variety of opportunities and none of them require experience or knowledge in a particular event. Volunteer opportunities include golf, shuffleboard, pickle ball, disc golf, and volleyball, refreshments and registration. For a full list of volunteer opportunities click the link.  To volunteer please visit the Senior Games volunteer page at   For additional information contact Matt Beatty, Iowa Senior Games Director at 888-777-8881 or 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

 YMCA-Girls on the Run Junior Coach

The Girls on the Run Junior Coach is a volunteer position for individuals under 18 years of age who are interested in assisting the Head and Assistant Coaches at a Girls on the Run program site. The position entails approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for twelve weeks. Junior Coaches can choose to attend both program sessions per week OR commit to only one day a week. Each selected Junior Coach will need to determine which program time works the best and commit to maintaining that schedule for consistency on behalf of the program and the girls. While the Junior Coach is not responsible for facilitating the Girls on the Run curriculum, they will be expected to support the Head and Assistant Coaches and program participants as needed. How to sign-up: Interested students will need to complete a junior coach application which can be found through the following link Those selected will need to complete a one hour online training and attend a 4.5 hour in person training. Shift times: 1-2 times per week for 10 week (March 20-May 26). Practices start between 3:30-4:00 p.m. depending on site.  For additional information please contact  Christa Vander Leest 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

Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community– ongoing

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- ongoing

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

ASAP- Downtown DM After School Arts Program, 2016-17

The After School Arts Program brings elementary and middle-school students to the heart of Des Moines for quality after school enrichment programming in visual, musical/performing, literary, culinary and other applied arts.  During each 7-week session, most ASAP volunteers spend one afternoon a week working directly with students alongside professional teaching artists.  Volunteers undergo a brief training and background check for the safety of all participants. Volunteer opportunities include working as an Arts Program Assistant, chaperoning students on the bus or helping with snacks and studio set-up before the students arrive.  The 2015-16 session starts the week of October 6, 2015 and runs through  and runs through May 15.  For more information please review the attached links.  To volunteer contact DeAnna Axness at  

Position Descriptions

Program Overview

 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 Ashley Paulsen at

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

YMCA Healthy Living Center-YMCA Physical Therapy Chronic Disease Initiative

This is an opportunity that is ongoing and preference will be given  to those students who can commit to a longer time period such as a semester. The YMCA Healthy Living Center is looking for student volunteers to help us with keeping our Physical Therapy clinic/pool area/environment as inviting as possible to serve our chronic disease populations. The experience would entail keeping our clinic/facility clean and safe, equipment clean, welcoming our patients and members, helping with making copies of exercise plans, and helping our staff prepare for classes.  To volunteer please contact Sarah Wigen at

This is a great opportunity for students interested in Human Sciences, Pre-Health, or  Physical Therapy.

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

Courage League Sports

Volunteers are needed at Courage League Sports, a non-profit adaptive sports, recreation and fitness facility for kids 2-17 with special needs in our community. Our programming will include all sports, volleyball, basketball, tennis, soccer, tag football, fencing, archery as well as exercise classes and an adaptive fitness room. Courage League Sports is located in Urbandale, 4405 121st Street. Volunteers are needed to assist in coaching sports leagues, being teammates with children who may need additional assistance (pushing their wheelchair, assist in throwing a ball  etc…) in addition, volunteers willing to work with kids on basic workouts, sit-ups, push-ups, light weight training with dumbbells and assisting kids in adaptive exercise classes. Times are 4pm-7:30pm weekdays, Saturdays, 9am-7:30pm and Sundays 12-5.  Please email Melissa Clarke-Wharff, Founder, Courage League Sports at: or 423-9930.

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