Pre-Approved Activities

District Volunteer Opportunities

  • Fairmeadows - Chess Club 

    Fairmeadows Chess Club will meet in the Fairmeadows Elementary Media Room every Thursday afternoon from 3:55pm-4:45pm from January 5th, 2023, until May 25th, 2023 (no chess club March 16th over spring break). 

    We are looking for 1-3 Silver Cord volunteers each week to coach and encourage the kids while they play chess. 

    Dates: 01/05/2023-05/25/2023 

    Time: 3:55pm-4:45pm 

    Location: Fairmeadows Elementary
    807 23rd Street, West Des Moines IA 50265 

    How to sign up:
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0544A9A92AA13-fairmeadows 

    Contact:
    Patti Manna
    pattimanna@gmail.com
    515-321-4185

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  • Westridge Elementary - Library Assistant 

    You will mostly shelve books and straighten the shelves. You may also help with special projects or book displays. You can choose your hours any time during the Westridge school day: 9:00-4:15 on M,T,Th,F and 9:00-3:30 on Wed.

    Dates: Through 05/26/20223

    Location: Westridge Elementary Library
    5500 E.P. True Parkway

    How to sign up: Email Mrs. James at jamesk@wdmcs.org

    Contact:
    Kimberly James
    jamesk@wdmcs.org
    515-633-5436

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  • Community Education - Clive Programing Club

    Assist teachers with students in grades 4-6th during the programming club.

    Dates: 11/03/2022-12/15/2022 

    Time: 4:00 to 5:00 pm 

    Location: Clive Learning Academy Media Center
    1600 73rd St., Windsor Heights 

    How to sign up: email Sue Otte at ottes@wdmcs.org 

    Additional information: https://wdmcs.ce.eleyo.com/course/943/classes-fall-2022/clive-programming-cl ub-create-your-own-video-games-grades-4-6 

    Contact:
    Sue Otte
    ottes@wdmcs.org
    515-633-5007

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  • Valley/VSW PTO - Cookie Box Event 

    Prepare home baked cookies to donate and/or help with packaging cookies for holiday staff appreciation cookie boxes. Cookie boxes will be given to all staff at Valley, Valley Southwoods, and Walnut Creek Campus. One Silver Cord hour will be given for every 2 dozen standard size homemade cookies donated. Silver Cord hours are also available for setting up and packaging donated cookies.

    Cookie donations should be dropped off between 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 11, 2022. Packaging of the cookies will take place from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. (Please note: Silver Cord hours are not available for store-bought cookies.) 

    Dates: 12/11/2022 

    Time: Cookie donations received from 4:00-6:00 p.m.; Packaging help from 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

    Location: Valley High School (in front of the school office)
    3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50266 

    How to sign up: Online form: https://forms.gle/QZ9JyQBfok8Rgyza6

    For more information, visit: https://forms.gle/QZ9JyQBfok8Rgyza6

    Contact:
    Andi Lipman
    andilipman@gmail.com
    515-770-7888

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  • 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 drop off blankets with your name and date together in a plastic bag to the VSW main office or the Silver Cord office in the Valley Counseling Center.  Two hours of Silver Cord Credit can be earned by purchasing the fleece, making the blanket and turning it in.  Students can make one blanket a month from August to May only. 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). 2 yards of fabric should be used for both sides.To learn how to make a blanket, please review the attached directions.

    Fllece Tie Blanket Directions

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  • WDMCS - Early Childhood Programs - Parent Engagement Group Child Care Volunteers 

    Volunteers are needed to provide care for children whose parents are participating in various parent engagement groups. Structured and unstructured activities for you to do with children will be provided. 

    Dates: 08/22/2022-12/22/2022 

    Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM 

    Location: Learning Resource Center Preschool Room
    3550 Mills Civic Pkwy 

    How to sign up: Complete the Google Form to Register for dates that you are available. https://forms.gle/QzECNskfTQsgwuLN6 

    Contact:
    Emily Brott
    brotte@wdmcs.org
    515-633-5028

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  • VHS - Booster Club - Concession Stand

    Assist in the Valley Booster Club concession stands at home athletic events. Assist with serving hot dogs, popcorn, and other concession food and beverage items

    Dates: 08/25/2022 -

    Location: Various Valley athletic facilities

    How to sign up: https://signup.com/go/VqZRnAp

    Contact:
    Lori Brieiholz
    vtbcvolunteers@gmail.com

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Metro Volunteer Opportunities

  • Botanical Garden - Winter Break Volunteering

    Welcome guests and help them learn about tropical topics. Activities are easy to learn and instructions provided.

    Dates: 12/27/2022-12/31/2022

    Time: See additional information for shift times  

    Location: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
    909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 

    How to sign up: Complete application on our website 

    For more information, visit:
    https://www.dmbotanicalgarden.com/support/volunteer/ 

    Additional information: Volunteers can assist with one or multiple shifts any day or days. Great for those comfortable interacting with the public and enjoy learning! Four different activities are available per shift. 

    Dates and shifts: 12/27 – 12/30:10 – 1:30 & 1:30 – 5PM 

    12/31: 10:00 – 12:30 & 12:30 – 3PM 

    Contact:
    Kathy Bernreuter 
    volunteer@dmbotanicalgarden.com
    515 323-6293

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  • Can Play - West Des Moines Community Programming 

    We are looking for volunteers for our evening kids and adult programming in West Des Moines! Join participants who are eager to have fun, learn new sports skills and be physically active! Sign up for one date or come each day, whatever fits best into your schedule. 

    Dates: 01/12/2023-02/02/2023 

    Time: Thursdays: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM 

    Location: RecPlex
    6500 Grand Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266 

    How to sign up: Sign up through our Signup.com link:https://signup.com/go/PWsdBVV

    Contact:
    Jackson Waters
    jackson@can-play.org
    515-494-5725

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  • Can Play - West Des Moines Community Programming 

    We are looking for volunteers for our evening kids and adult programming in West Des Moines! Join participants who are eager to have fun, learn new sports skills and be physically active! Sign up for one date or come each day, whatever fits best into your schedule. 

    Dates: 12/08/2022-12/22/2022 

    Time: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM 

    Location: RecPlex
    6500 Grand Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266 

    How to sign up: Sign up through our Signup.com link: https://signup.com/go/zTTjeQF

    Contact:
    Jackson Waters
    jackson@can-play.org
    515-494-5725

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  • Can Play - Opportunity Des Moines Basketball and Dance 

    We are looking for volunteer coaches for our 2023 Opportunity Des Moines Basketball and Dance program. Join 1st through 5th-grade participants who are eager to have fun and learn new basketball and dance skills and techniques! Sign up for one date or come each day, whatever fits best into your schedule. 

    Dates: 01/05/2023-02/23/2023 

    Time: Thursdays: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM 

    Location: Pioneer-Columbus Community Recreation Center
    2100 SE 5th St, Des Moines, IA 50315 

    How to sign up: Sign up through our Signup.com link:
    https://signup.com/go/wbuTHrm

    Contact:
    Jackson Waters
    jackson@can-play.org
    515-494-5725

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  • Meals from the Heartland - MLK Day of Service

    Together with the City of West Des Moines, we announce the 2023 MLK Jr. Day of Service on January 16.

    Join us at our West Des Moines Packaging Center for a 1.5 hour packaging shift to help feed starving children.

    Dates: 1/16/23

    Location: Meals from the Heartland
    357 Lincoln Street | West Des Moines, IA 50265 

    How to sign up: http://community.mealsfromtheheartland.org/site/Calendar/848867562?view=Detail&id=105384


    For more information, visit:
    https://mealsfromtheheartland.org/get-involved/ways-to-volunteer/

    Contact:
    Sandy Niland
    Sandy.Niland@mealsfromtheheartland.org
    515-473-9530

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  • Respite Connection - Holiday Bowling Party 

    Volunteers are needed for a large bowling party this Sunday!  This is a really fun event!  We serve people of all ages with disabilities and this party is for their whole family!  There will be Santa, free pizza (for you too), crafts, karaoke, face painting/tattoos, etc!

    • Sign up for all or part of the day – the party is 2 pm to 5pm. We rent the WHOLE bowling alley for this party.
    • We need volunteers starting at 1 pm to help set up, until 5:30 pm to help clean up after.

    Dates: 12/11/2022 

    Time: 1 pm to 5pm 

    Location: Val Lanes Recreation Center
    63rd and Ashworth, WDM 100 Ashworth Rd. WDM 

    How to sign up: email or text Missy - missy@respiteconnection.com 515.577.7129 

    For more information, visit:
    https://www.respiteconnection.com/event/respite-connection-holiday-bowling-party/

    Additional information: send me the times you can come - any time 1 pm to 5:30 pm! Free pizza, crafts, cookies, karaoke, etc - fun! 

    Contact:
    MIssy Ringgenberg
    missy@respiteconnection.com
    515.577.7129

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  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden - Admission Desk / Garden Shop Assistant 

    Admission Desk and Garden Shop Assistant: Learn to process admission and gift shop transactions, engage with guests, assist with various duties in the shop. Volunteers should be able to assist A MINIMUM OF 1 -2 TIMES A MONTH. TRAINING PROVIDED. Perfect for those who enjoy working with the public and assisting others. 

    - Weekend shifts: 10 – 1:30 or 1:30 – 5 (Jan – Mar on Sunday afternoons assist during our Blues concert series!) 

    - Dome After Dark, Friday evenings, Dec – Mar, 5:45 – 8PM (2) & 5:45-9PM (1) 

    Dates: 12/09/2022-03/31/2023 

    Location: 909 Robert D Ray Dr.
    909 Robert D. Ray Dr.

    How to sign up: New volunteers fill out a volunteer application: https://www.dmbotanicalgarden.com/support/volunteer/  
    Returning volunteers sign up on your online account:
    https://www.volgistics.com/ex2/vicnet.dll?From=141178 

    For more information, visit:
    https://www.dmbotanicalgarden.com/support/volunteer/ 

    Additional information: These openings should be considered an ongoing commitment 

    Contact:
    Kathy Bernreuter 
    volunteer@dmbotanicalgarden.com
    515-323-6293

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  • Bidwell Riverside Center - Bidwell Holiday Toy Pantry 

    Volunteers are needed to welcome families into the event and help them find toys for each of their children. 

    Dates: 12/10/2022-12/17/2022 

    Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm 

    Location: Bidwell Riverside Center
    1203 Hartford Avenue, Des Moines IA 50315 

    How to sign up: Volunteers can sign up at https://signup.com/go/ePvbpDA

    For more information, visit:
    https://signup.com/go/ePvbpDA 

    Additional information: The Bidwell Toy Pantry is getting brand new toys, stocking stuffers, stuffed animals, hats and gloves, and blankets for over 1500 children for the holiday season this December. Volunteers are needed to welcome families in to the event and help guide them through the building to find toys and gifts for their children. Bidwell has been helping families in need during the December Holidays since 1954. 

    Contact:
    Missy Reams
    missy@bidwellriverside.org
    515-244-6251

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  • Science Center of Iowa - Noon Year's Eve Celebration

    Volunteers will help blowup 3,000 balloons with an air compressor in preparation for the annual Noon Year's Eve event. 

    Dates: 12/29/2022-12/30/2022 

    Time: 9am-12pm and/or 12:30-4:00pm 

    Location: Science Center of Iowa
    401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. 

    How to sign up: email volunteer@sciowa.org 

    For more information, visit:
    https://www.sciowa.org/programs-and-events/special-events/noon-year-s-eve/

    Contact:
    Kayleen Leetch
    Kay.leetch@sciowa.org
    (515) 274-6868

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  • Girls on the Run - Santa Run 

    Santa Run 5K Volunteers 

    Dates: 12/10/2022

    Time: 9:15 AM-11:15 AM 

    Location: Fleet Feet Des Moines
    521 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309 

    How to sign up:
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094ea5a923abfec25-santa 

    For more information, visit:
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094ea5a923abfec25-santa

    Contact:
    Christa Vander Leest
    christa.vanderleest@girlsontherun.org
    515-777-6868

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  • Girls on the Run of Central Iowa - Tri for a Cause 

    Indoor Triathlon Volunteers 

    Dates: 01/29/2023

    Time: Varies by shift 

    Location: Walnut Creek YMCA
    948 73rd St., West Des Moines, IA 50265 

    How to sign up:
    https://www.pinwheel.us/register/index/tri-for-a-cause-2023-volunteers

    For more information, visit: https://www.gotrcentraliowa.org/tri-for-a-cause

    Contact:
    Christa Vander Leest
    christa.vanderleest@girlsontherun.org
    515-410-9845

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  • Greater Des Moines Partnership - East Village Holiday Promenade 

    Do you like acting? Dress up and become a book character during Storytime at the Holiday Promenade. Volunteers will dress in a costume and greet kids and families during two Storytimes that are indoors. 

    Dates: 11/18/2022-12/16/2022 

    Time: 5 PM - 9PM 

    Location: Historic East Village, Des Moines, IA 

    How to sign up:
    https://greaterdesmoinespartnership.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=68448 

    For more information, visit:
    https://www.dsmpartnership.com/downtowndsmusa/experiencing-downtown/festivals-and-markets/holiday-promenade

    Contact:
    Molly Atkins
    matkins@downtowndsmusa.com
    515-286-4915

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  • WDM Human Service - Holiday Toy Donation

    Volunteers can provide one new, unwrapped toy for a maximum of 1 hour of Silver Cord credit. Toys can be dropped off at the Human Services office between 8 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.  Please fill out a donation receipt and note "Silver Cord".

    Dates:  Deadline to donate a new unwrapped toy is Tuesday, December 13.

    Location: West Des Moines Human Services
    139 6th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265

    Contact:
    Melinda Hotovec
    Melinda.Hotovec@wdm.iowa.gov
    515-222-3663

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  • Kingdom Hoops - Basketball Concessions 

    Work in the best atmosphere ever! Concessions, selling, customer service, pos transactions, and have fun!!! 

    Dates: Weekend now - July 2023

    Time: 8am open - 9pm close (please be aware you can only volunteer up to 8 hours per day for Silver Cord)

    Locations: Des Moines: 6095 NE Industry Dr. DSM 50313
    and
    Grimes: 1120 NE Station Crossing, Grimes 50111

    How to sign up: call Lisa Heuer 515-210-3909 

    For more information, visit: https://www.kingdomhoops.com/

    Additional information: It’s fun, casual dress.

    Lisa Heuer
    lisaheuer11@gmail.com
    515-210-3909

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  • FAM Turkey Trot - Walk/Run Volunteer

    Race day walk in registration help 

    Dates: 11/24/2022 

    Time: 7:30-9:00am 

    Location: Raccoon River Park Coneflower Shelter
    2500 Grand Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50266 

    How to sign up:
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4aaca72ca75-famturkey1  

    Contact:
    Suzy Lowe
    melowe777@yahoo.com
    515-554-7643

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  • Montessori Children's House - Winter Wonderland

    Help parents set up prior to the event, help facilitate games and crafts during the event, and help clean up after the event 

    Dates: 12/06/2022

    Time: 3 shifts, 4:45-5:45, 5:45-6:45, 6:45-7:45--can do one or multiple shifts 

    Location: Montessori Children's House
    1505 42nd Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266 

    How to sign up: Email or text Jenny Johnson with your name and the time you are available 

    Additional information: This is the Winter/Holiday event for families who have children at Montessori Children's House. This volunteer opportunity is for high school students who like being around young children, as the students who make up Montessori Children's House are all under 7. 

    Contact:
    Jenny Johnson
    jenn.krause3@gmail.com
    515-988-1430

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  • WDM Human Service - Holiday Food Assistance Program

    Provide a $25 GROCERY GIFT CARD  (e.g., Hy-Vee, Fareway, Aldi, Walmart, Target) to assist a low-income household with a holiday meal. Gift cards can be dropped off at the Human Services office between 8 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday, or anytime in the drop-box attached to the front of the building. Limit of 2 cards for Silver Cord hours - 2 hours earned per card. Please fill out a donation receipt and note "Silver Cord", or if using the drop-box, include a note with your name and Silver Cord.

    Dates: 11/28/22 - 12/20/22 (deadline to turn in)

    Location: West Des Moines Human Services
    139 6th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265

    Contact:
    Melinda Hotovec
    Melinda.Hotovec@wdm.iowa.gov
    515-222-3663

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  • Dorothy's House - Holiday Hullabaloo

    We need "elves" to help families enjoy various holiday activities at this new indoor holiday event. 

    Dates: 11/25/2022-12/31/2022 

    Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM 

    Location: Horizon Event Center
    2100 NW 100th St, Clive, IA 50325

    How to sign up: https://dorothyshouse.volunteerlocal.com

    For more information, visit: https://dorothyshouse.volunteerlocal.com 

    Additional information: holidayhullabaloo.com. 3 shifts 10-12, 12-3, 3-6 Over a dozen activities/vol opps 

    Contact:
    Lorie Williamson
    volunteer@holidayhullabaloo.com
    515-802-1239

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  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Clive Parks and Recreation -Youth Basketball League 

    Youth Basketball League: Signup to help setup & put away tables, chairs, signage, set up scoreboards, sweep gym floors & bleachers, take out trash, etc.

    Dates: 11/06/2022-03/03/2023

    Time: 10:30am-12:00pm and/or 7:30pm-9:00pm  Choose one or both

    Location: Waukee South Middle School
    2350 SE LA Grant Pkwy, Waukee, IA 50263

    How to sign up:  https://signup.com/go/PriyoXH 

    Contact:
    Jon Gibbs
    jgibbs@cityofclive.com
    515-867-5091

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  • WDM Historical Society - Holiday Open House 

    From 1-3pm you'll be helping at the Bennett School Museum (4001 Fuller Road) with family/childrens' crafts, serving cookies and hot cider, helping clean up. 

    Dates: 12/04/2022

    Time: 1pm-3pm 

    Location: Bennett School
    4001 Fuller Road 

    How to sign up: email gbrubaker@wdmhs.org 

    Contact:
    Gale Brubaker
    gbrubaker@wdmhs.org
    515-225-1286

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  • UnityPoint Health- Des Moines - Iowa Lutheran Volunteen Program 

    The teen program is offered Monday through Thursday from 4-6PM. During this time, volunteers help support the hospital by replenishing items like surgical towels in outpatient surgery, patient gowns on patient floors, and medical equipment. The Volunteen program will also be in charge of running the hospital's “Comfort Cart”, which will offer different items to patients to make their stay more comfortable! Volunteers will have interaction with patients and medical staff. Students will get a behind the scenes look in our hospital and all the things that need to be done to give the best care possible! 

    Dates: 06/02/2023 

    Time: 4:00-6:00 PM 

    Location: Iowa Lutheran Hospital
    700 East University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50316 

    How to sign up: Online Application:
    https://www.unitypoint.org/desmoines/teen-volunteer-opportunities.aspx 

    Additional information: We look for students who are able to commit to volunteering one day a week (two hours) for the whole school year. 

    Contact:
    Megan Delanty
    megan.delanty@unitypoint.org
    515-263-5475

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  • Historic Valley Junction Foundation - Pumpkin Walk - Kid Zone 

    We are looking for 2-3 volunteers to watch over the kid zone during the Pumpkin Walk in Valley Junction. There will be kids' activities in Railroad Park, including face painting, balloon art, and games. Also, we will need help loading and unloading hay from the hay ride before and after the event. 4 hours total. 

    Dates: 10/23/2022

    Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM 

    Location: Railroad Park, Valley Junction
    425 Railroad Avenue

    How to sign up: Email Larry at events@valleyjunction.com

    For more information, visit:
    https://www.valleyjunction.com/event/pumpkin-walk/

    Contact:
    Larry Kaster
    events@valleyjunction.com
    515-222-3642

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  • Can Play - Opportunity Clive Basketball and Dance Program

    We are looking for volunteer coaches for our 2022 Opportunity Clive Basketball and Dance program. Join 1st through 6th-grade participants who are eager to have fun and learn new basketball and dance skills and techniques! Sign up for one date or come each day, whatever fits best into your schedule 

    Dates: 10/31/2022-12/19/2022 

    Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM 

    Location: Crestview School of Inquiry Gym and Cafeteria
    8355 N Franklin Ave, Clive, IA 50325 

    How to sign up: Sign up using:
    https://signup.com/go/EZimqeo

    Contact:
    Jackson Waters
    jackson@can-play.org
    515-421-4021

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  • Can Play - Opportunity Waukee Basketball and Dance 

    We are looking for volunteer coaches for our 2022 Opportunity Waukee Basketball and Dance program. Join 1st through 5th-grade participants who are eager to have fun and learn new basketball and dance skills and techniques! Sign up for one date or come each day, whatever fits best into your schedule 

    Dates: 10/26/2022-12/21/2022 

    Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 

    Location: Maple Grove Elementary Gym and Commons
    1455 98th St, West Des Moines, IA 50266 

    How to sign up: Sign up using the  Signup.com link:
    https://signup.com/go/ZbozYnE

    Contact:
    Jackson Waters
    jackson@can-play.org
    515-421-4021

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  • Can Play - Opportunity WDM Basketball & Dance Programs

    We are looking for volunteer coaches for our 2022 Opportunity West Des Moines Basketball and Dance program. Join 1st through 6th-grade participants who are eager to have fun and learn new basketball and dance skills and techniques! Sign up for one date or come each day, whatever fits best into your schedule 

    Dates: 10/22/2022-12/17/2022 

    Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 

    Location: Walnut Creek Campus Gym and Cafeteria
    1020 8th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265 

    How to sign up:  or through the direct Signup.com link: https://signup.com/go/pYHfpvt

    Jackson Waters
    jackson@can-play.org
    515-421-4021

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