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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
Western Hills Carnival
Come have fun at the Western Hills Carnival and get some Silver Cord hours! The Carnival is scheduled for the weekend of April 7th and 8th. Friday from 5:00p-7:00p volunteers will be setting up and Saturday from 4:45p-8:00p volunteers will be helping with games, food, and more! It’s a fun-filled evening and it supports a great cause! For more info or to sign up use the following link www.SignUpGenius.com/go/70A0D4CADA72EAA8-western Questions? Contact Marcie Stouse at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jordan Creek – Pancake Breakfast
The annual Jordan Creek Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, March 4 from 7:30a-11:30a. To make this event a success students are needed to help set-up and clean-up, serve food and help with whatever else is needed. 4 volunteers are needed from 7:30a-9:30a and 4 volunteers are needed from 9:30a-11:30a. A third option is volunteering for the whole event from 7:30a-11:30a. To grab your spot, sign-up through the signup.com link http://signup.com/go/4YH5mE Please e-mail Tisha Hall at email@example.com if you have questions.
Westridge- Science Fair Set Up
Westridge Elementary is making plans for an April Science Fair. To get ready for this event student volunteers are needed to help set up tables, chairs and science projects. There is also a need for tear down after the event. Dates needed: Set-up: Thursday, April 6 4:00p-5:00p, Tear down: Friday, April 7 4:00p-5:00p. To volunteer contact Julie Kaufman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam LeMar- 2017 Blood Drive
On Saturday, February 18, The LifeServe Blood Center will be making a stop at Valley Southwoods to host the 3rd Annual Blood Drive -In Memory of Sam LeMar. This event will run from 8:00a-1:00p and volunteers are needed to help by donating blood. To sign-up please use the following link Sam LeMar Blood Drive
Sam LeMar was an Indian Hills student when he lost his battle with Leukemia. This school year Sam would have been a Freshman at VSW. For more information check out the Sam LeMar Blood Drive Facebook page
Crossroads Elementary- Spirit Night
Crossroads elementary school is hosting a carnival style family night and needs volunteers on both Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18. Duties include helping set up the night before and/or helping during the night of the carnival to help with games, concessions, and raffle/ticket sales. The theme is “Have a Ball” and many of the games are sports related. All volunteers are encouraged to wear athletic jerseys or t-shirts and if you are a high school athlete feel free to wear something that represents your team! Please indicate in the comments if there is a sport you enjoy or participate in. Taco bar meal provided to all volunteers. To sign up use the SignUp Genius page http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4FACAD22A75-spirit
Volunteers are needed to help with the Valley International Night scheduled for February 23. Duties include helping set-up tables, decorate the PAC and surrounding areas and possibly help with selling food and other vendor goods. This event will be held from 5:00p-6:30p. To volunteer contact Annie Zhang at email@example.com
Crestview School of Inquiry-After school Makerspace program
Crestview needs 1-2 volunteers that are interested in working with 2nd – 5th graders during the after school Makerspace program. Makerspace meets weekly on Wednesday’s from 2:15p-3:30p In addition the Makerspace program recently received a 3D MakerBot Printer and volunteers interested in 3D printing are needed to help get the printer setup and assist students who want to use it. Volunteers should be at least 15 years old. To volunteer contact Ann Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jordan Creek Elementary – 2017 Tiger Cubs Family Night
Jordan Creek Elementary is looking for volunteers to help with the Tiger Cubs Preschool Family Night scheduled for Thursday, January 12 and February 23 from 5:30p-8:00p. Volunteers will help with set up, serve food, and clean up a meal for preschool families (5:30-6:30). Volunteers will also help with child care in the preschool classrooms while parents attend a workshop and then help clean up classrooms after the families leave (6:30p-8:00p). Volunteers are needed Jan 12 and Feb 23 and those interested can sign-up for one or both nights.
Hillside’s Girls Club is looking for enthusiastic high school girls to volunteer and help at meetings. We meet every Tuesday in Hillside’s art room from 4-5:30.
Members of Girls Club are in 6th grade and 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!
The mission of Girls Club 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.
If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Brandsgard at email@example.com or 515-229-7953. Volunteers will need to arrive at Hillside for meetings around 3:50 and stay until 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.
Hillside- Basketball Club
Hillside School needs volunteers to help with its afterschool basketball program for 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. We’ll meet on Mondays in the school gym from 4:00 to 5:30. We need male volunteers to help with the boys on January 16 through February 6. Then we’ll need females to help with the girls on February 13 through March 6.
Volunteers need to have a good understanding of basketball basics in order to teach our students. Contact Mrs. Rose Brandsgard if you have questions or are interested in volunteering. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-229-7953.
WDMCS/Community Ed – Personal Care Donations, Volunteer
The week of February 20-23 WDMCS schools will be collecting personal care items to be donated to the WDM Booster Pak program. Interested volunteers can pick a school, will need to decorate and drop off a donation box, distribute PR materials to the school, count and collect donations, and box the donations so they are ready to be pick-up by the district on Friday, February 24. All supplies will be provided and volunteers will earn 5 hours of Silver Cord credit for this service opportunity. To sign-up please use the Volunteerspot link http://signup.com/go/quWTWe Questions? Please contact Rosemary Brandt at email@example.com
Clive Learning Academy-PTO Meeting Childcare
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 to the meeting. We are looking for 2 Silver Cord individuals to join us in the Media Center to watch over the children during the PTO meeting. This will be a monthly opportunity on the following dates:
October 18, November 15, January 17, February 21, April 18, May 16. The Parent Teacher Meeting is a monthly meeting from 6:00 pm to approximately 7:00 pm. The shift will start at 5:50 pm. The shift will end at approximately 7:30 pm, however could end before 7:30 pm. To volunteer please contact Janel Gustafson at firstname.lastname@example.org
WDMCS Orchestra-Western Hills, Stilwell, Indian Hills
The WDMCS orchestra program is seeking volunteers willing to work with younger students in the district. Volunteers will be working with elementary orchestra students in sectionals and lessons, or, for those who don’t play instruments, volunteers can help with setting up for rehearsals, organizing music, and other teachers’ assistant type work.
Schools needing help: Western Hills, Stilwell, Indian Hills
Students who are interested can email Guowei Qi with available hours at email@example.com
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 VALLEYTIGERATHLETICS.org volunteer sign-up page and look for the SILVER CORD specific openings. Booster Volunteer page: http://www.valleytigerathletics.org/index.cfm?action=main.v3schedule
For more information contact Lori Breiholz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Cancer Connection Blankets
The Children’s Cancer Connection is collecting blankets to send with kids to camp. Handmade polar fleece tie blankets for both boys and girls ages 5-18 are needed. Please put the blankets in a bag and drop off at the Valley Counseling center or the VSW main office. Make sure to include a note with name, grade, and date. Two hours of Silver Cord Credit can be earned by purchasing the fleece, making the blanket and turning it in to Mrs. Bonus at VSW or her office in the VHS Counseling Office. Students can make one blanket a month. PLEASE note: in order to get credit you must remember to cut off the salvage of the fleece as well as make sure you knot the strips (not just tie them once). To learn how to make a blanket please review the attached directions.
Metro Area Volunteer Opportunities
Skywalk Golf Classic-First Tee Fundraiser
The Skywalk Golf Classic needs volunteers to help on Saturday, February 25 from 8:00a-5:00p. Duties include helping with sponsors, logistics, photography, scoring and other duties as assigned. To volunteer please use the Volunteer Local link. The Skywalk Golf Classic will take place downtown in the Skywalk and benefits The First Tee of Greater Des Moines program.
Art Outreach-Silvercrest Assisted Living Facility
Rachel Snodrass is planning her VHS Honors Program activity and is seeking volunteers to help with a mandala-themed art activity with residents who live at the Silvercrest Assisted Living Facility. No art skills are required just a willingness to work alongside senior adults. On Saturday, March 18 at 10:00a volunteers will meet inside the main doors of Silvercrest Assisted Living which is located on the Woodlands Creek Senior Retirement Campus, 12605 Woodlands Parkway. Please note: Silvercrest is in a separate building adjacent to Woodlands Creek. To volunteer use the link signup.com/go/Q5SQHv or contact Rachel at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shepherd’s Flock Preschool- Twice Blessed Consignment Sale
Volunteers are needed to help at the SOV Twice Blessed Consignment Shop Thursday, March 30 through Saturday, April 1. Students will help the organizers prepare for the Shepherd of the consignment sale. Duties include organizing sale items, assisting shoppers as they check-out, and sort items after the sale is over.
To volunteer use the signup.com link http://signup.com/go/tggpRs
Questions? Contact Rosalyn Roberts at email@example.com
Central Iowa Works-Reentry Simulation-Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Symposium
Volunteers are needed for the Central Iowa Works-Reentry Simulation scheduled for Wednesday, March 15. The Reentry Simulation illustrates the path and barriers to self-sufficiency for ex-offenders recently released from prison. Simulator participants will encounter the same challenges faced by many ex-offenders as they try to complete their court ordered obligations as well as maintain their day to day life. The Reentry Simulation requires 2 volunteers to run each booth and there are 13 – 15 booths. Each booth represents a community service such as transportation, banking and driver’s license station. Interested volunteers will need to attend a simulator training session. Silver Cord Volunteers will be working at the community service booths.
Mandatory Volunteer Training: Tuesday, March 14 1:00p-4:00p United Way of Central Iowa
Symposium Reentry Session 1: Wednesday, March 15 10:00a-12:00p
Symposium Re-entry Session 2: Wednesday, March 15 1:00p-3:00p
The symposium will be held at Des Moines University in the Student Center
Volunteers needed-25 per session. Volunteers can do one or both sessions, everyone must attend training.
To volunteer please contact Soneeta Mangra-Dutcher, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 515-243-2130
Webster Elementary-2017 Family Fun Night
Webster Elementary in Urbandale will be hosting a Family Fun Night carnival on Saturday, Feb. 18th. Volunteer work includes running games, selling and serving food and drinks, taking tickets, helping with the silent auction, face painting and more. It is always a good time and Jimmy Johns will be provided for volunteers. There are shifts between 4:00p-8:00p This is a great way for students to earn hours…it’s simple and fun! To volunteer sign-up here.http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4CACAE2BAAF94-hula
Questions? Contact email@example.com Webster Elementary is located at 12955 Aurora Ave, Urbandale.
Courage League Sports- Team Basketball
CLS is offering 2 basketball clinics for special needs individuals. TEAM SPORTS is a slower paced program that breaks down the fundamentals and skills needed to play the game. This clinic is offered on Saturday afternoons starting on January 21stfrom 2:00p-4:00p. ChAAMPS League is for higher functioning individuals and is similar to school sponsored basketball which is more fast paced and competitive. This league starts on Saturday, January 28th from 9:00a – 10:00p.Both leagues are good options for groups and Silver Cord volunteers. To volunteer contact Porshia Perkins at firstname.lastname@example.org. Courage League Sports is located at 4405 121st Street in Urbandale.
YMCA- Admin help for Girls on the Run
On Friday, March 10 (a no school day) 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 10:00a-2:00p and lunch will be provided. To volunteer or ask questions contact Christa at email@example.com
The Walnut Creek YMCA is located at 948 73rd Street in Windsor Heights.
Opportunity on Deck-Dance Teachers
Volunteer dance teachers are needed to help teach dance to elementary students who have never had the chance to take organized classes before. The dance clinic is 5 weeks on Thursdays and Saturdays during the winter (January 21- February 25). The goal is to teach young dancers a simple routine and to perform in a recital while instilling the values of hard work, teamwork, and dedication. Dance volunteers are responsible for coming up with and teaching several 32 count combinations and also lead games. Interested volunteers need to specify which clinic dates they plan to help, Practice clinics are held on Thursdays from 6:30p -8:00p & Sunday’s 1:00p -2:30p and will be held at Crestview Elementary, 8355 Franklin, Clive, Iowa.
For more information or to sign-up please us the Signup.com link or contact Dillon DeClerk at OpportunityonDeck@gmail.com and specify which dates you plan to volunteer
Available Volunteer Dates: Saturdays and Thursdays, January 21-February 25 6:30p-8:00p and Saturdays 1:00p-2:30p
Sign up: http://signup.com/go/8U7t7E
Opportunity on Deck-Basketball Coaches/Mentors
Volunteer coaches are needed to help teach basketball fundamentals to students in 1st through 6th grade who have never had the chance to play basketball in a traditional setting. The program is 5 weeks on Thursdays and Saturdays during the winter (January 21- February 25). The goal is to teach young athletes a new skill (basketball); instill the values of handwork, teamwork, and dedication; provide mentors; and build communities. Coaches are responsible for leading basketball drills, games, and scrimmages. Practice times are as follows, Thursdays 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. & Sunday’s 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and will be held at Crestview Elementary in Clive. For more information or to sign-up please contact Dillon DeClerk at OpportunityonDeck@gmail.com
Available Volunteer Dates: Saturdays and Thursdays, January 21-February 25 6:30p-8:00p and Saturdays 1:00p-2:30p
Sign up: http://signup.com/go/8U7t7E
Opportunity on Deck-Soccer Mentors
Soccer mentors/volunteers are needed to teach the sport of soccer to girls and boys ages 6-13 who have never had the chance to play organized athletics before. Duties include teaching basic soccer techniques, lead drills, play games, and organize scrimmages. Mentors must enjoy working with children and be willing to serve as a positive role model for the participants. Dates needed are March 25, April 1, April 8, April 15, April 22 and April 29. There are two volunteer options, Hillside Elementary or Crestview Elementary. All practices will be outside so dress according to the weather. Everything else is provided. To volunteer please use the sign-up link http://signup.com/go/msfbMK and select the location and times you would like to volunteer. For more information please contact Dylan DeClerk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blank Park Zoo-Summer 17 Zoo Crew
Zoo Crew is a special opportunity for youth ages 13-17 to volunteer at the Zoo! The purpose of the Zoo Crew programs is to engage young adults in volunteer opportunities, instill knowledge about the zoo, and inspire an appreciation for the natural world. First year Zoo Crew volunteer opportunities include: assisting Summer Safari camp counselors with preschool campers, providing information about the zoo as guest service and education/conservation guides, and keeping the zoo beautiful. Zoo Crew volunteers are also encouraged to volunteer during family friendly special events!
We are now accepting applications for the 2017! Please click here for an application and more information! Questions? Please email Chris Eckles at email@example.com or call at 515-974-2551.
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 www.dmymca.org/girlsontheru 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 brittney.kass@HCR-ManorCare.com HCR ManorCare is located at 5010 Grand Ridge Drive in West Des Moines
Tech Support for Seniors (TSFS)
Did you know that many older adults struggle to use text messaging and Facebook? Tech Support for Seniors is a great program that gives high school students an opportunity to help seniors who want to learn more about their cell phones and tech gadgets. This program will run through the school year. To learn more or to volunteer please contact Abby McCullough at email@example.com. Edgewater Retirement Community Volunteer Link http://signup.com/go/wKXega
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-480-4027 for more details. Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4faca62ba2fa7-food
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 Bradley.Fuglsang@unitypoint.org.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 http://mealsfromtheheartland.org/ 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Deanna@asap-dsm.org.
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 email@example.com or Dixie Webb firstname.lastname@example.org. The St Joseph Emergency Shelter is located at 1535 11th Street in Des Moines.
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.
|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|
For questions or to sign-up directly please email Ashley Paulsen at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church ESL Child Care Helpers
Volunteers are needed at Shepherd of the Valley every Tuesday and Thursday to help with childcare during ESL classes. Classes are held from 7:00p-9:00p and will run through the end of the school year. Two volunteers are needed each evening and will be playing games, distributing snacks, reading books, and taking attendance. Students may email Angie Spann at Angie@sotv-wdm.org or text to 515-556-6508 to sign up for one or more dates to volunteer. Students may sign up individually or as a pair if they so choose.
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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/410291065841161/
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/VolunteerDesMoines) 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 www.yvcdesmoines.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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 Melinda.Hotovec@wdm.iowa.gov 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 www.hcigivingtree.org. To volunteer please contact Katie Gosselink at email@example.com
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: Melissa@courageleaguesports.com 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 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 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 www.arl-iowa.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or http://freedomforyouth.org/ website
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- Kids West
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- Personal Care Drive
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- President’s Volunteer Award (grades 9-12)
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- Be the Boss!
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- Instrumental Music Programs
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- Safety Town Volunteering
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- Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL)
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- Youth Tech Inc.
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