Pre-Approved Activities

Questions about the Silver Cord program?
Take a few minutes to review the Silver Cord Student Manual

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

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.

Crossroads PTA-Open House Ice Cream Social  August 21

On Monday, August 21, Crossroads Park is planning an Ice Cream Social to help kick off the new school year and welcome back students. To help make this an extra special event volunteers are needed to hand out popsicles and clean up the cafeteria once it’s over. The shift for this activity is from 4:00p-6:00p and volunteers need to arrive at a minimum 15 minutes early to secure parking. (Options: carpool or get dropped off). Volunteer check in is in the cafeteria.  To volunteer please sign up through at Questions?  Contact Michelle Kennedy at

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

Westridge Elementary-Back to School Prep  August 21 and 22

Volunteers are needed at Westridge Elementary on August 21 and 22 to help teachers and parent volunteers with simple tasks to help prepare classrooms for the upcoming school year.  To volunteer please sign up using the link:   For more information contact Alicia Emanuel at

Crestview School of Inquiry-Office Helpers

The Crestview School of Inquiry is looking for a few good volunteers to help in the school office before registration. Hours needed are from 9:00a-noon. Interested volunteers should e-mail Lori Nicolet at and must first receive confirmation of volunteer hours before showing up to help.

Valley High School-Registration

It’s that time of year again, Valley is getting ready for Registration! Valley PTO needs volunteer help for Valley Registration August 10, 11, 14 and 15, hours vary.  If you would like to volunteer, please follow the link below to sign up.

Silver Cord Online Organization:  VHS-Valley High School-Registration

Westridge-PTA Sprout Garden & Market  August 21

The Westridge PTA is looking for volunteers to help harvest and sell veggies at the Westridge Back to School Night scheduled for Monday, August 21 from 4:30p-6:30p. Duties include assisting parent volunteers at the market and with garden maintenance. Students will need to bring their own gardening gloves. To volunteer please contact Christine Anderson 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

Indian Hills – Registration 2017  August 14 and 15

Silver Cord volunteers are needed to help with back to school registration at Indian Hills.  Duties include serving as student ambassadors and helping families. Volunteer shifts are as follows: Monday, August 14, (shift 1) 7:45a-11:30a and (shift 2) 11:15a-3:00p and Tuesday, August 15 (shift 1) 7:45a-11:30a, (shift 2) 12:45p-4:00p or (shift 3) 3:45p-7:00p.  Interested volunteers should email Christine Anderson at and include in the e-mail the date and shifts you want to volunteer.

Silver Cord Online Organization: Indian Hills-Registration 2017

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

Western Hills-Back to School Bash  August 21

The Western Hills Elementary PTO is planning a Back to School Bash and is in need of volunteers.  The bash will be held August 21 from 5:00p-7:30p.  Duties include helping with set-up/clean-up and food service.  To sign-up use the Sign Up genius link:!/showSignUp/70a0d4cada72eaa8-western1

Questions?  Contact Marcie Strouse at

CultureALL Iowa-Crestview Open House Activities   August 21  

Volunteers are needed to help the CultureALL staff during the Crestview open house scheduled for Monday, August 21. Volunteers will be helping from 3:30p-6:00p and will greet families, assist with multicultural activities including crafts, games, storytelling, and more. Volunteers will also be asked to help with setup and cleanup of all CultureALL activities. Make sure to show your Valley Tiger pride and wear a school tee-shirt or jersey. Crestview School of Inquiry is located at 8355 Franklin Ave in Clive. To volunteer please contact the CultureALL Volunteer Coordinator, Paula Hutton McKinley at

Silver Cord Online Organization: CultureALL Iowa-Crestview Open House Activities

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

Solhiem Cup-parking attendants to benefit Fellowship of Christian Athletes

On August 15-20 the Solheim Cup golf event will take place at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines. This is an international golf tournament and over 120,000 tickets have been sold. To hold an event of this size many volunteers are needed. One way Silver Cord students can help is by volunteering at one of the remote parking lots in Urbandale. Duties include greeting guests and scanning parking passes. Each shift is 5-6 hours, volunteers must be at least 16 years old, will be working with adults, and will be given a safety vest and cap. To sign up use the SignUpGenius Link.  Questions? Contact Cindy Swanson at  This volunteer opportunity will take place at the Marsh Mercer parking lot located at 125th Street and Meredith Drive in Urbandale. Specific instructions will be e-mailed to volunteers after sign-up.

Susan G. Komen of Iowa-Moving Help   August 17-18

The Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa office in Des Moines needs assistance moving to a new office space.  Everything is already boxed up, they just need help loading items into a U-Haul and then unloading boxes in the new office. The move date is set for Thursday and Friday, August 17-18 with two shifts; 9:00a-noon and noon to 3:00p. The current office is located at 3850 Merle Hay Road #405. Please contact Derek Johnson at if you are interested in helping. 

Alzheimer’s Association- Walk to End Alzheimer’s  September 16

The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 16 from 6:00a-1:30p. There are tons of volunteer openings and each person that helps receives an event tee-shirt. To sign-up use the Volunteer Local Link. This event will be held at the Iowa State Capitol. Volunteers are encouraged to park at the Capitol Complex Parking Garage. For more information please contact Madalyne Rutledge at

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.

Highland Park Little League-Community Day at the Park September 9

The Highland Park Little League is planning a carnival type Community Day at the Park scheduled for Saturday, September 9 from 9:00a-3:00p. The coordinators are recruiting silver cord volunteers to help with set-up, supervise the games, and tear down once it’s over. There are three shifts and you can sign up for one or all three through the SignUpGenius link. For more information contact Barb at This activity will be held at The Highland Park Little League Complex located at 4700 Morningstar Drive in Des Moines, 50313.

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.

People for PPEL-Student Support Team

On Tuesday, September 12 voters will be asked to renew the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). The PPEL levy has been voter-approved for over 60 years and provides annual revenue for ongoing expenses for the WDMCS such as building repairs, property construction, energy conservation, safety improvements, technology, and equipment purchases. To help educate the community regarding the PPEL, Silver Cord volunteers are being recruited to meet with community leaders, assist with mailings, distribute yard signs, and encourage absentee ballot voting. For more information or to volunteer contact Dan Porter at

Community Support Advocates (CSA)-Community Carnival

On Saturday, August 26 Community Support Advocates (CSA) is celebrating its 20th anniversary by hosting a community carnival! There will be food trucks, a bouncy house, bungee run, a giant slide, BINGO, carnival games, a video game truck and more! We are in need of volunteers to help set up, staff the game areas, and tear down after the event. Shifts can be viewed and signed up for at:  Set up from 1-3 PM, booth shift #1 from 2:30-5:30 PM, booth shift #2 from 5:30-8:30 PM, tear down from 8-9:30 PM.  For more information contact Kylee Mullen at  This event will be located at 6000 Aurora Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50233

Meals from the Heartland-Annual Hunger Fight  August 30-September 2

You’re invited to help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Meals from the Heartland Annual Hunger Fight at Hy-Vee Hall, August 30-September 2. If you sign up there is a chance that you’ll play a part in packaging the 100 millionth meal which will happen sometime during this year’s fight! Be a part of the celebration by signing up for one of the many important roles listed below. To learn more about this year’s Hunger Fight click here. MFH thanks you for your past support and look forward to working with you to package millions of meals to feed the hungry all around the world.

Out of the Darkness Community Walk-American Foundation for Suicide Prevention  September 17

Volunteers are needed Sunday, September 17 to help with the Out of the Darkness Community Walk to be held at the DMACC Campus in the new spacious student center. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities including registration, set-up and clean-up.

To volunteer please sign up using the volunteerspot link.

Information please contact Joni Thornton at

Maple Grove United Methodist-Sweet Corn Stand  July and August

Before Ashworth Road is widened the historic Maple Grove United Methodist Church is needing to be moved. To raise money for this project volunteers are needed to help with a summer sweet corn stand. The stand will be open from 10:00a to 6:00p most days. Volunteers will have a shaded shelter house, a bathroom, and kitchen for breaks and picnic tables for seating. Volunteer shifts are 2 to 3 hour long. Nancy Cayler is in charge of the sign up sheet. Students can call Nancy at 987-4218 or can stop by the corn stand to see the open shifts.This fundraiser runs all day or when the corn runs out. The specified shifts are 10:00a-1:00p, 1:00p-4:00p, 4:00p-6:00p. Early birds can come at 9:30a to work on bagging the corn. The church is located at 9391 Ashworth Road in WDM on the north side of I-80.

Iowa State Fair – ARTworks  August 10-20

Volunteers are needed to help at the Iowa State Fair ARTWorks at the Fun Forest. Duties include assisting with games and art stops for children. ARTworks is an accessible carnival serving children and adults with disabilities. The carnival is open to all but provides accessibility for Iowans with disabilities both on our stage and in the carnival. To volunteer contact Gwynne Burke at Volunteers will need to sign up soon and be available for a  mid July meeting so they can pick up entrance tickets and parking passes to the fair. All volunteers will be given a t-shirt and snack during their shift. Shifts are from 9:30a-1:00p and from 1:00p-4:30p each day August 10-20. And if you would like double shifts or multiple days that is great, just provide the information in the e-mail.

YMCA- Admin help for Girls on the Run   August 17

On Thursday, August 17 volunteers are needed at the Walnut Creek YMCA to help assemble boxes of coaching/team supplies for Girls on the Run. This volunteer activity is from 9:00a-12:00p To volunteer use the SignUpGenius link  Questions? contact Christa at The Walnut Creek YMCA is located at 948 73rd Street in Windsor Heights.

Taste of the Junction-Multicultural Street Festival  September 2

Volunteers are needed to help at Taste of the Junction-Multicultural Street Festival, to be held in Valley Junction on September 2 from 9:00a-11:00p. Duties include setting up the street festival, assisting vendors with their displays, supervising the Kids Zone plus clean up. The Multicultural Street Festival is an annual enrichment celebration day which brings to life an introduction of foods, arts, music, culture, history, and historical acknowledgement to “all” cultures.  To volunteer contact Annissa Roland   (912) 401- 4214 or

AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport-Solheim Cup at DMGCC  August 14-20

AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport is raising money for their new shelter and boarding facilities! The 2017 Solheim Cup is coming to the Des Moines Golf and Country Club August 14th through the 20th. For every shift that is covered, AHeinz57 will receive $65 per volunteer or 8% of the net profit from the stand. Students going into their freshman year and older can volunteer WITH A PARENT/GUARDIAN.  Students can sign up for this volunteer opportunity by emailing BOTH Laura May Chapman and Becky Parezo at AND Please include a telephone number and email address.

Solheim Cup Volunteer Shift Times

Science Center- Des Moines Mini Maker Faire  LABOR DAY volunteer opportunity

The Science Center of Iowa needs volunteers for the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire Monday, Sept. 4 (Labor Day).  The Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists and crafters, the Maker Faire is a venue for  “makers” to showcase invention, creativity and resourcefulness.There will be hundreds of visitors for this event so many volunteers are needed. Sign up for as many shifts as you like through   Questions? contact Kayleen Vande Kamp at

Iowa State Fair-Little Hands on the Farm   August 10-20

Volunteers are needed for Little Hands on the Farm, an interactive exhibit at the Iowa State Fair.  Little Hands on the Farm teaches children the importance of agriculture and how it affects their daily lives. Volunteers help children with farm activities which include a garden, grain bin, swine barn, chicken coop, tractor shed, cattle shed, sheep barn, dairy barn and farmers exchange. Volunteers receive free fair admission and parking, plus a tee shirt!  To volunteer please contact Emily Wynn at  The 2017 Iowa State Fair will be held August 10-20.

Gnemeth Masonic Lodge of WDM-Railroad Ave. Adopt a Street  September 2

The Gnemeth Lodge organizes a trash pickup day on Railroad Ave in West Des Moines.  This event is held 4 times per year with the next trash pickup scheduled for Saturday, September 2 from 8:00a-11:00a  Duties include removing litter along a one mile stretch of Railroad from 1st Street to Grand Ave. Safety equipment will be provided. Interested volunteers should review the safety guidelines and fill out the liability release.  To volunteer contact David McCluskey at

Beverdale Estates Retirement Community- “My Story” Interviews  Summer 17

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

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

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-2017 Vacation Bible Schoo, 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.

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.  

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

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 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

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