WDMCS District Volunteer Opportunities
Summer of Learning
Four WDMCS Community Education Summer of Learning programs need volunteers to help serve as classroom helpers. These programs offer a wide range of recreational and educational activities including Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL), Art Adventures, Science Exploration, and Sneak Peek.
Summers Rock at Clive Elementary
Volunteers are needed for the Summers Rock at Clive Elementary event on Thursday, May 30 from 4:30-8:00 P.M. at Colby Park in Windsor Heights. Duties involve set-up, clean-up, serving food, and helping with a book give-away and math games. To sign up, please contact Kelly McCulley at email@example.com
Sneak Peek Class
Students who love working with little kids should volunteer for Sneak Peek, a week long program giving pre-kindergartners opportunities to experience what it’s like to be an elementary school student. Volunteers will help with fun activities, teach basic kindergarten routines, and help build students’ confidence before the first day of school. Dates are July 15-19 from 8:45a-11:45a, for Jordan Creek, Crestview and Phenix and July 22-26 from 8:45a-11:45a for Crossroads. There is one volunteer spot per school. To sign-up use the volunteer spot link http://vols.pt/PSn1gN
Summer Enrichment Adventures (SEA)
Volunteer classroom assistants are needed for Summer Enrichment Adventures (SEA), a summer program for gifted and motivated students. The classes take place June 10-21 (M-F) at Western Hills Elementary School. Two class times are offered (9-10:30 AM; 10:30 AM-Noon), and assistants can sign up for one of these class times or 2 consecutive classes (9-noon). There are approximately 20 classes in need of a classroom assistant. Duties will include working with students at the teacher’s direction on things such as science experiments, math problems, reading, writing, computer games and programs, and art projects. Contact Marcia Sims WDMCS ELP, firstname.lastname@example.org or 633-5062.
Iowa Senior Olympics
The Iowa Senior Olympics will be held primarily in West Des Moines during the month of June. With over 80 events planned, volunteers are needed in a variety of ways to ensure its success. Some of the events include Tennis, 3 on 3 Basketball, Frisbee Throw, and Track and Field.
Calendar of Events and Volunteer Needs:
Daily: Registration, food and drink distribution.
Weekend of May 31st volunteers are needed for Softball registration which will be held at the Raccoon River Park Softball Complex.
- June 12- participant registration and packet pick-up, 813 8th Street. (WDM)
- June 13- Pickle ball, Shuffleboard, and awards. (Waukee South Middle School)
- June 14- Football and Softball Throw Tennis, Table Tennis, Basketball, Frisbee Throw, Field Goal and Soccer Kicks. (WDM)
- June 15- Granny Basketball, Track and Field, Tennis and Badminton. (WDM)
- June 16-Granny Basketball (WDM) and Swimming (Waukee YMCA)
To volunteer go to: Iowa Senior Olympics Volunteer Sign-up
For more information go to: About the Iowa Senior Olympics
West Des Moines Girls Softball
West Des Moines Girls Softball will be hosting a tournament again this year from May 31-June 2. Volunteers are needed to help with field prep the night before the tournament starts (May 30), the Friday night of the tournament (5:30-10:00 p.m.) and all day on Saturday and Sunday. In addition there is a need for concession stand volunteers Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday. Interested students can contact David Basler at email@example.com.
Children’s Cancer Connection: Fleece Blankets
The Children’s Cancer Connection is collecting blankets to send with kids to camp. Hand-made polar fleece tie blankets for both boys and girls ages 5-18 are needed. 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 contact Katelyn Cinnamon (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Metro Area Volunteer Opportunities
Tom Karpan Relays: Valley Track
The Tom Karpan Relays for students ages 9-14, will take place May 23 at 4:45p at the Valley Track. Volunteers are needed in the following places during the meet:
- 2 volunteers at the front registration table (once the meet gets going these 2 can move to another position)
- 2 volunteers at the standing long jump(1 will line up and record distance, 1 will measure each jump)
- 2 volunteers at the softball throw(1 will line up and record distance, 1 will measure each throw)
- 3-4 volunteers at the starting end of the track helping to set up each heat according to age and gender.
- 3 volunteers at the finish line to record 1st and 2nd place times for State Hershey Track and Field Events & hand out 1st ,2nd and 3rd place ribbons for all events
- 1 volunteer to hand out participant ribbons to those not placing 1st-3rd .
Please contact Kevin Fitzgerald at email@example.com or 222-3453 to volunteer.
WDM Parks and Recreation – Family Fun Night Bike Event
The West Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department has an opportunity for students to earn Silver Cord hours at our Parks and Recreation Family Fun Night in Valley Junction (300 block of 5th Street), Thursday, May 16 from 3:30p-8:30p. Volunteers will be responsible for helping at one of six different bike stations; Bike Jousting, Slow Race, Paper Boy, Circle Zig-Zag, License Plate Craft Table and Coloring Book Give-Away Table. Ten volunteers are needed. If interested please contact Allison Ullestad, at 222-3455 or Allison.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dam to Dam Race Volunteer
It’s that time of year again! Volunteers are need for the 34th running of the Dam to Dam – Iowa’s Distance Classic. Shifts are available Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1. Free t-shirts (sign up early for correct size!) Sign up to volunteer at: www.damtodam.com - Click on Volunteers and then Click on Sign Up to Volunteer, OR email Lisa at email@example.com
US Youth Soccer Region II Championship
The 2013 US Youth Soccer Region II Championship is coming to Des Moines June 20-26! With teams and fans visiting from all over the Midwest, over 800 of DSM’s finest volunteers are needed to keep the event running smoothly at both Hidden Valley (WDM) and Cownie fields. There are spots available for students aged 16+ and adults. You do not need to have any soccer experience. Please sign up and help us out and watch some great soccer. Click this link to go to the invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/k8o4Bi
Shepherd’s Flock Summer Volunteer Opportunities
The Shepherd’s Flock Early Learning Center is needing a few summer volunteers to help get classrooms ready for fall. Volunteers will inventory books and toys, enter book and toy info into a computer data base, prepare bulletin boards, and help with simple office work. There will also be a special work day for volunteers interested in helping prepare the playground. To volunteer please contact Diane Hensley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walnut Creek YMCA Preschool Princess Camp
The Walnut Creek YMCA Preschool Camp Program is looking for high school girls to dress up like princesses for our princess camp on July 25th. The camp is held from 9:00am to noon at the Walnut Creek YMCA located at 948 73rd Street in Des Moines. We have costumes for Jasmine, Cinderella, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. Please contact Beth Hoffa at 515-318-8833 or email at email@example.com.
Summer Ongoing Opportunities
Academy of Wildlife Education
The Academy of Wildlife Education is now accepting volunteer greeters for summer or regular positions at their wildlife center at Merle Hay Mall! Work with professional Ecologists, Animal Scientists, Anthropologists, and Wildlife Educators. Meet people at the door and invite them in, take donations from customers, give guest basic information about the center, and enjoy watching programs & interacting with Wildlife Ambassadors (bobcat, lynx, alligator, wolves, foxes and more) during your shift. Opportunities to do field research and assist the scientists at our facility are also available once you become a regular volunteer. Contact us for more information at: KristieBurns@PellaWildlifeCompany.org
Kiwanis Miracle League- Angels in the Outfield
Volunteer sign-up for the spring 2013 Kiwanis Miracle League season is now underway. Miracle League Buddies (volunteers) act as “angels in the outfield” to assigned players who have physical or mental challenges. Volunteer duties include providing a safe experience and to be enthusiastic and encouraging during the game. Buddies will receive training and will commit to the “Buddy Pledge”.
Video: Kiwanis Miracle League Video
Application: Miracle League Application
Volunteer Spot sign-up Volunteer Spot sign-ups, Saturdays May 11-June 29 2013
Living History Farms
Living History Farms is now accepting applications for Summer Day Camp Junior Counselors. Junior Counselors are responsible for assisting with crafts and activities, maintaining a safe environment for the campers, and proving general support to the Camp Counselors. To be considered for a position, volunteers should enjoy working with children, be flexible, energetic and willing to have fun with the campers. For additional information check out the Living History Farms Junior Counselor webpage.
Notice: This volunteer opportunity can offer up to 40 hours for one week of service. Please remember all Silver Cord students are limited to 8 hours of service per day. In addition, all students are required to volunteer at three different organizations per school year even if 50 hours are reached at one service site.
Questions? Please contact Mrs. Bonus firstname.lastname@example.org
VBS Volunteers- Summer 2013:
All summer VBS camps are approved for Silver Cord credit. Please note: Students can get credit for up to 8 hours of volunteer service per day at any one site.
First Tee of Greater Des Moines
The First Tee of Greater Des Moines is a non-profit organization that supports healthy and positive youth development by introducing the inherent values of the game of golf to young people in Des Moines. Volunteers are needed to serve as Teaching Assistants, On-course Volunteers and Site Assistants. Students interested in volunteering for The First Tee must be willing to act as examples of honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, and self-discipline. To volunteer, please contact Jim Ballard at email@example.com. The First Tee educational programs take place at Bright Grandview, Waveland and Blank Golf Courses in Des Moines.
Downtown Farmers Market – WDM Rotary Club Booth
Rotary Club of West Des Moines is seeking volunteers to help at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market Saturday mornings May through October. Volunteers will be working in the Rotary Booth and will be responsible for taking money, cutting oranges, running the orange juice machine and selling breakfast pizzas. There is also a need to help set-up each morning and clean up after the event. Volunteer shifts are from 6:15a-9:30a and 9:30a-12:30p. To volunteer please contact either Jim RothermichJRothermich@farmersnational.com or Chris Nelson firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “Rotary-Volunteer” in the e-mail subject line.
Opportunities on Deck – Baseball League
Are you a caring high school student with years of baseball or softball experience, looking for a way to earn silver cord hours and have fun this summer with an unique experience? If so, Opportunity on Deck, a baseball league for elementary aged students in Clive, is in need of coaches to work with kids who have never been fortunate enough to play baseball, America’s favorite pastime. The league will meet every Tuesday and Wednesday from the start of June through mid-July for an hour and a half at Linnan Park in Clive, down the street from Crestview Elementary School. No previous coaching experience needed, you just need to have a good time teaching the fundamentals of baseball! To sign up or receive more information, please contact Dylan DeClerck, Valley Senior, at email@example.com.
Science Center of Iowa
The Science Center of Iowa is looking for volunteers to be on their Junior Counselor team. Junior Counselors assist and lead experiments, assist Lead Counselors in classroom management, help monitor children, help teach children, help come up with new experiments and curriculum and go on field trips. Junior Counselors need to commit to one full week of camp and can help full days (Monday 8am to 4pm and Tuesday through Friday 8:30am-4pm) or half days (Monday-Friday 8am to 12pm or 12pm to 4pm). Each week is a different science theme! For more information visit www.sciowa.org/camps.
Please Note: This volunteer opportunity is for students entering 10th-12th grade. Students ages 16+ are preferred, responsible 15 year old will be considered.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
Manicurist-Bickford Cottages Senior Community
Silver Cord volunteers are needed at Bickford Cottages Senior Retirement Community to make over resident’s fingernails. Aging adults often find the detailed process of polishing nails very difficult. Residents will be comforted knowing their nails will always look their best! Plus, they will benefit from the social atmosphere with their peers and the young manicurist. Volunteer manicurists will remove old fingernail polish, lightly file and paint fingernails. This is a great on-going opportunity for several friends to do together. To volunteer please contact Marsha at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bickford Cottages is located at 5050 Hawthorne Drive, West Des Moines
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 www.arl-iowa.org.
WDM Human Services
Homework Helper Assistant at WDM Human Services (318 5th Street, WDM 515-273-0633) One on one tutoring (with supervision) for grades 1 through 6 in Math and Reading. Worksheets and materials for the students will be supplied. Should enjoy working with children, patience and a friendly disposition necessary. Must arrive at 3:45 and be available to 5pm on Wednesday afternoons. Call (515) 273-0633.
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 email@example.com.
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
State Historical Museum
If you enjoy communicating with people of all ages, giving short presentations, working with groups, asking questions and giving answers, and pointing out items of interest in exhibits, then consider volunteering at the State Historical Museum as a Museum Education Volunteer. High school students must be 16 or older and be willing to commit to once a week for at least 6 months. Students must also have a recommendation from a teacher. Training is provided. For more information or to set up and interview contact Sarah Macht at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekend Museum Ambassador and Information Desk
Are you interested in Iowa history and culture? Are you enthusiastic, cheerful, responsible, willing to learn about exhibits and do background reading on your own. Are you comfortable with the public and available to help at least one weekend a month? Museum Ambassadors work at the Information Desk and with special programs. They engage visitors in conversations and work with people from all over the world. This is a great opportunity for friendly, reliable people 14 or older. High school students must have a recommendation from a teacher and help once a month.
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.
Training Resources: 705 East 2nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Training Resources, a division of Behavioral Health Association, is looking for 5 students who would be willing to volunteer after school in a long term volunteer position to help with computer work, website updating, assembling folders for conferences, making name badges and filing and shredding old records.Located east of the river downtown, near the new pedestrian bridge. From Grand turn north at the Ice Skating Arena, go 1 block, turn east on Des Moines Street, go one block, turn north on East 2nd. Located in the River Hills complex, one story brick buildings, with blue signs. We have free parking in front of the building. Mapquest – http://mapq.st/yAJhje. To volunteer, contact Becky Woodcock at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or http://freedomforyouth.org/ website
Currently our census is at 41 and we are growing bigger every day. We are looking for individuals that would want to spend some one on one time with residents or even help with group activities. Kerri Starcevich, Activities Director (515) 453-9743 or 624ACT@hcr-manorcare.com.
AHeinze57 Pet Rescue and Transport
AHeinze57 Pet Rescue and Transport, a non-profit no kill shelter in DeSoto, needs volunteers on Saturdays to help with cleaning, laundry and walking and playing with dogs. Contact Amy Heinz at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Goodwill of Central Iowa
Goodwill of Central Iowa, The Shops at Normandy Plaza on Grand in WDM. The West Des Moines Goodwill store is looking for student volunteers to help with donations, sorting items, processing merchandising, creating displays and other jobs around the stores. Students can volunteer one time or on a regular basis. To volunteer contact Rodney Tomlinson at email@example.com
Volunteer application: http://www.dmgoodwill.org/New_window/Volunteer_App.pdf
Goodwill volunteer web page: http://www.dmgoodwill.org/Menu4Volunteer1.htm
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