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District Volunteer Opportunities

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  • Hillside Elementary - After School Clubs 

    Silver Cord students are needed to help classroom teachers during the after-school clubs. There are a variety of clubs, such as; legos, board games, kickboxing, running, animals, debate, and art. 

    Dates: 10/02/2023-10/30/2023 

    Time: 3:55 to 5:00 p.m. 

    Location: Hillside Elementary School
    713 8th St., WDM 

    How to sign up: 

    Sue Otte

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  • Children's Cancer Connection - Fleece Blanket Transporter (10th-12th grade only)

    Mrs. Bonus, Silver Cord Coordinator, is seeking a responsible Silver Cord student to pick up the fleece blankets from her office monthly throughout the school year.

    Blankets need to be taken to The Children's Cancer Connection (5701 Greendale Rd, Johnston) weekdays during business hours (9:00am-4:00pm, M-F).

    Mrs. Bonus is looking for someone to commit to the rest of the school year.

    Cyndi Bonus

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  • Western Hills Elementary - Camp Read S'more 

    Have fun while supporting families, teachers and students in engaging in reading/camping-themed activities. We will also need your help to set up before and clean up afterwards. 

    Dates: 10/05/2023

    Time: 5:30 PM 

    Location: Western Hills Elementary
    600 39th Street, WDM Iowa 50265 

    How to sign up: 

    Bea Songer

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  • Westridge Elementary - Sprout Garden Volunteer

    Assist with soil amendment. Help replenish the soil and plant cover crops. 

    Dates: 10/07/2023

    Time: 10AM-Noon 

    Location: Westridge Elementary
    56th Street behind Westridge 

    How to sign up: Email: 

    Additional information: Wear clothes and shoes to work with soil. 

    Christine Andersen

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    VHS - Booster Club - Concession Stand

    Concession Stand duties include but not limited to rolling hot dogs, making hamburgers/ cheeseburgers, making walking tacos, and cleaning up throughout your shift and at the end of your shift. 

    Dates: 08/22/2023 - 8/1/2024

    Location: Valley High School, Tiger Field, or Valley 

    How to sign up: 

    Michaela Holmes

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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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  • Westridge - School Play

    Westridge Elementary produces a school play every year. We need volunteers to help students learn lines, make costumes, work on sets, apply makeup, etc. We have weekly rehearsals available for volunteer opportunities. 

    Dates: 09/17/2023-11/105/2023

    Time: Sundays 12:30-3:30, Tech Week (10/31-11/2) 5:30-8:00 

    Location: Westridge Elementary
    5505 EP True Parkway West Des Moines, IA 50266 

    How to sign up: email  with volunteer interest

    Amy Borness

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  • VHS Honors Project - Leah Thomas - Gemini – Non-profit Tutoring Program

    Students will have the opportunity to help other students with school subjects to help each other succeed in their classes. 

    Dates: 09/12/23-07/31/2024 

    Location: Location may vary (some people may work online, or may be in person at school on other days).  

    How to sign up: bZmHHDanAebrFueLOtCc_og/viewform?usp=sf_link 

    Leah Thomas 

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  • VHS - Debate Tournament

    Help at the Valley Debate Mid America Cup Tournament.

    Students are needed to help set up, run, and take down the concession stand that will run from 7:00 am-3:00 pm in the VHS cafeteria during the Valley
    Debate Mid America Cup Tournament. We also need a team of students to help with the final clean up on the last day of the tournament.

    Dates: 09/23/2023-09/24/2023

    Time: Varies shifts all day (see sign up link)

    Location: Valley High School Cafeteria
    3650 Woodland Avenue, West Des Moines, IA

    How to sign up:

    Danielle Stull

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

    Volunteers are needed to supervise children while their parents participate in parent-education classes.

    Dates: 10/24/2023-05/29/2024

    Time: 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

    Location: Learning Resource Center
    3550 Mills Civic Pkwy

    How to sign up:

    Additional information: Please sign up for only the sessions that you will be able to help out with. If you sign up to volunteer, please know that your attendance is very important. Several volunteers are needed for each session. If your schedule changes, and you are no longer able to volunteer, please let
    me know as soon as possible so that we can find a replacement for you.

    Emily Brott

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  • ASAP, the After School Arts Program 

    Looking for two After School Art Class Studio Assistants. Volunteers will assist ASAP Teaching Artist in a 4-week (Tuesdays) after school art class for a dozen elementary students. Set up and manage art
    supplies, assist and encourage students, and help clean up the art room after class. No art experience is necessary. Must commit to all 4 weeks.

    Dates: 09/26/2023-10/17/2023 or 10/24/23-11/14/23

    Time: 3:45 – 5:15 PM

    Location: Clive Learning Academy (Art Room)
    1600 73rd Street, Windsor Heights, IA 50324

    How to sign up: Email or Text/Call 515-770-3380

    Additional information: You are welcome to sign up for both sessions / all 8 weeks!

    Michelle Bolton King

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  • Indian Hills/Stilwell - 8th Grade Football Chain Volunteers 

    Assist Junior High Football Officials with chains and down markers.

    Dates: 09/o5/2023-10/10/2023

    Time: Varies 

    Location: Valley Stadium Or Tiger Field 

    How to sign up:

    Additional information: Very Easy, but Very Needed! 

    Zac Sinram

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  • VHS - Tiger Football Team Meal Help

    Assisting team parents with team meal, events and special events for the Sophomore Football Team

    Dates: 08/1/2023 - 11/30/2023

    Time: Prior to games and after games.  

    Location: Tiger field and various meal pick up locations  

    How to sign up: Email Lori at

    Additional information: Thank you!! 

    Lori Herzberg

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  • Jordan Creek PFC - STEAM Team

    A monthly STEAM Club one Wednesday a month with community partners. Volunteers will assist students with STEAM Lab activity.  

    Dates: Oct. 4;  Nov. 1; Dec.6; Jan. 3; Feb.14;  March 6; April 10

    Time: 3:15 - 4:15 pm

    Location: Jordan Creek Elementary STEAM Lab 
    4105 Fuller Rd, West Des Moines 

    How to sign up: Please email Heidi Fahler

    Heidi Fahler

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  • Volunteer Recognition through United Way

    The United Way of Central Iowa is piloting a program called Wayfinders Destinations.  This program will benefit students in the following ways:
    • Promotes community involvement.
    • Raises awareness of issues facing the community
    • Provides the opportunity to earn a United Way pin and certificate award.
    • Enhances work, career, and college/scholarship applications.
    • Shares the work and impact of United Way of Central Iowa

    Students register for the program, get a guardian's signature; attend a virtual/in-person orientation event; connect with selected community partners; and then virtually log service hours. United Way will provide each participant with an online tracking form to record all volunteer hours. All hours must be verifiable and supported with the signature of a supervisor. Students must complete 15 hours between March 1 and August 30th. See Volunteer Interest Form:

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Metro Volunteer Opportunities

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  • Kindness Kafe - Celebration of Life + Kindness

    This is a celebration of life and we're giving food and gift cards free to the community. Assistance is needed with setting up, tearing down, and serving food, etc.

    Dates: 10/02/2023

    Time: 5 pm-8:00 pm is when I need assistance with setting up and serving food 

    Location: Broadlawns Medical Center
    1801 Hickman Road Des Moines 

    How to sign up: text or call me Lisa Locoh 515-553-3301 or email me at 

    Lisa Locoh

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  • Hope Agency - Special Olympic Sport Practice 

    During practice, we are looking for volunteers to help coaches teach participants how to play a specific sport and work one on one with participants. Several different sports are played with Hope Agency like basketball, football, bowling, swimming, softball, and more. 

    Dates: 09/27/2023-12/31/2023 

    Time: 4:30 pm 

    Location: Location varies on time and sport 

    Locations will be sent out once volunteer information is received.

    How to sign up: 

    Toni Ness

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  • Make-A-Wish Iowa - Jolly Holiday Lights Wish Shop Volunteers 

    Volunteers will help keep the Wish Shop open and running during the holiday season at the Outlets of Des Moines! Volunteers will help with greeting guests, assisting Santa, collecting donations, and selling merchandise. 

    Dates: 11/17/2023-01/07/2024 

    Time: there are multiple shifts per day to choose from 

    Location: Outlets of Des Moines
    801 Bass Pro Dr, Suite 634, Altoona, IA 50009 

    How to sign up:

    Additional information: All individuals or groups of individuals under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by one adult 

    Kacie Ballard

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  • Waukee YMCA - Truck or Treat 

    Waukee YMCA's Truck or Treat is a fun family event with opportunities to touch and explore a variety of vehicles from the community while trick or treating along the way. Volunteers will help with a variety of tasks such as set up/tear down, dressing up in costumes for kids, vendor set up, face painting, and overall operations of the event. 

    Dates: 10/21/2023 

    Time: 8am-1pm 

    Location: Waukee YMCA 
    210 N Warrior Ln #100, Waukee, IA 50263 

    How to sign up: #/ 

    Gretchen Stanger
    (515) 783-7103

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  • Meadowview of Clive - Grand Opening Reception

    Volunteers will help serve and clean up 

    Dates: 10/12/2023 

    Time: 4:00pm to 7:00pm 

    Location: Meadowview Of Clive
    3300 Berkshire Parkway Clive Iowa 50325 

    How to sign up: or call 515-644-8740

    Additional information: Meadowview of Clive is a non-profit senior living community which offers a range of living options. 

    Mark Cabulagan

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  • WDM Library - Monthly Group Service Project 

    The Library is looking for volunteers to help with a monthly group service project. We will perform a variety of tasks. No experience or training necessary! The project is for students in grades 9th - 12th.  

    Dates: 09/37/2023-04/24/2023 

    Time: 3 PM - 5 PM 

    WDM Public Library (Story Room)
    4000 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265

    How to sign up:
    Sign up for the event date would like using the following link: 0project&age_groups%5B9%5D=9

    Hailey McKinney

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  • The Freestore - Assist with Warehouse Tasks

    The FreeStore was started in 2001 to provide furniture for women leaving the domestic violence shelter in Des Moines. As the community learned of our mission, it responded generously and we were able to expand our services to referrals from all Iowa DV agencies and other Des Moines human services agencies, schools and churches. The first year, 2001, we gave furniture to 7 families. Now we serve over 250 families a year with over 200 tons of furniture. Items we can’t use are passed to other agencies, whenever possible.

    Assist in the warehouse with various tasks such as putting together modular furniture, sorting donations, organizing stock, cleaning donated furniture, etc.

    Dates: 10/02/2023-09/19/2024

    Time: Saturday Mornings or No School Days 9-11am

    Location: The Freestore (Warehouse)
    841 11th St., Des Moines, IA 50309 

    How to sign up: Please reach out to us at or for any questions you may have or to schedule a volunteer time. 

    Additional information: Please contact Kathy or Sharon in advance so that
    we can make sure you will have something to do. Also, please give us a few
    days notice.

    Kathy Frank or Sharon Steffen or
    Kathy - 515-326-0355

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  • West Des Moines Chamber - Raccoon River Rally

    A wide variety of volunteer opportunities, from set-up and tear-down to helping with the Family Fun Zone. The only opportunity not allowed for students is the beverage tent. 

    Dates: 10/13/2023 - 10/14/2023

    Location: Raccoon River Park
    2500 Grand Ave., West Des Moines 

    How to sign up: 

    For more information, visit: 

    Additional information: This is a great event for the entire family and there are many ways to volunteer! 

    Bobbie Areges

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  • Montessori Children's House - Fall Carnival 

    Help set up and clean up the carnival as well as help with games.

    Dates: 09/28/2023

    Time: 4:45pm-7:30pm  

    Location: Montessori Children's House
    1505 42nd Street 

    How to sign up: Email:  

    Additional information: Sign up with a friend!

    Denise Springer

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  • Can Play - Opportunity Clive Basketball

    We are looking for volunteer basketball coaches for our 2023 Opportunity Clive Basketball program. Join 1st through 6th grade participants who are eager to have fun and learn new basketball skills! Sign up for one date or come each day, whatever fits best into your schedule. 

    Dates: 10/28/2023-12/16/2023 

    Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m. 

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

    How to sign up: 

    Additional information: Can Play’s Opportunity programs strive to serve our communities by providing no-cost athletic and youth development opportunities for our participants. Our goals are to teach valuable athletic skills and techniques, provide positive role models, instill life-long values, and promote diverse communities amongst youth. 

    Amy Tagliareni

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  • Can Play - Opportunity Dance - Clive 

    We are looking for volunteer coaches for our 2023 Opportunity Clive Dance program. Join 1st through 6th grade participants who are eager to have fun and learn new dance skills and techniques! Sign up for one date or come each day, whatever fits best into your schedule. 

    Dates: 10/28/2023-12/16/2023 

    Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. 

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

    How to sign up: 

    Additional information: Can Play’s Opportunity programs strive to serve our communities by providing no-cost athletic and youth development opportunities for our participants. Our goals are to teach valuable athletic skills and techniques, provide positive role models, instill life-long values, and promote diverse communities amongst youth. 

    Amy Tagliareni

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  • WDM Girls Softball - Concession Stand Volunteer

    Come volunteer at the Holiday Park concession stand! It is a lot of fun and you can signup with your friends! Duties consist of helping stock coolers, serving customers at the window, general clean-up such as sweeping and doing dishes, and assisting with various other duties inside the stand.

    Dates: 09/15/2023-10/29/2023

    Location: WDMGS - Holiday Park Concessions Stand
    1700 Railroad Ave WDM 50265 

    How to sign up: Follow the link and sign up for the day and time you wish to volunteer:

    Alison Karr

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  • Urbandale Girls Recreation Association (UGRA) - Softball Tournaments

    Volunteers will work in the concession stand assisting with preparing and selling food, drinks, and fundraising items. Duties also include: stocking drinks, emptying the trash, cleaning at the end of the day. Please arrive on time for your shift. If, on the day of, you are unable to make it to your shift or are running late, please contact the concessions manager; Taylor Lawson (515)-669--8607. Please wear closed-toed shoes and have hair longer than shoulder length pulled back. 

    Dates: 09/16/2023-09/17/2023  and/or 09/22/2023-09/24/2023  

    Location: Urbandale Girls Recreation Association
    4451 104th St. Urbandale, IA 50322

    How to sign up: Use the signup links below:



    Taylor Lawson

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  • Clive Parks and Recreation - Clive Youth Basketball League

    The Clive Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball league is held on Sundays, beginning November 5th. This position will be setting up and/or tearing down tables and chairs, scoreboards, lowering hoops, etc. for youth basketball league play.

    Dates: 11/05/2023-02/18/2024

    Time: 10:30am-12pm and/or 7:30pm-9pm

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

    How to sign up:

    Jon Gibbs 

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  • Adaptive Sports Iowa - Split the Pot Fundraiser

    Students will help fundraise for Adaptive Sports Iowa (ASI) by selling raffle tickets at home Iowa Wild hockey games. The volunteers will assist in selling
    raffle tickets throughout the games up until the end of the second intermission. At that point, a drawing will take place and the proceeds raised during the game will be split between the winning ticket and Adaptive Sports Iowa to provide sports and recreation opportunities for Iowans with physical and visual disabilities. This is a tremendous fundraising opportunity for our organization that will have profound effects on our ability to serve our mission.

    The system in place for the volunteers is extremely user-friendly. Each volunteer will have a wireless device that will print the ticket as well as update
    a real-time amount ticker on the scoreboard. Students will be responsible for handling cash during their volunteer shift.

    Each volunteer will receive free admission into the game and a free ticket to another regular-season game!

    Dates: 10/13/2023-04/30/2024

    Location: Wells Fargo Arena
    233 Center Street, Des Moines
    How to sign up: SignUpGenius:

    Additional information: There are many different days/times available. Please
    check the SignUpGenius for the complete list of opportunities.

    Karlie Hunter

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  • Central Iowa Ultimate - USA Ultimate North Central Club Regionals

    Our event is the USA Ultimate North Central Club Regionals. There will be 40 teams between 3 divisions all competing to qualify to compete at the USA Ultimate National Championships. 

    Volunteers will help organize parking and direct individuals to fields, ensure water stations are filled.

    Dates: 09/30/2023-10/01/2023

    Time: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

    Location: James Cownie Soccer Complex
    2600 Hartford Ave, Des Moines, IA 50320

    How to sign up:

    Rebecca Crown

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  • Blue Believers 5K and Junior Believers Fun Run

    Support Iowans with cancer. Help set up registration table, hand out swag bags, water station, or course volunteers, or tear down.

    Dates: 09/23/2023

    Time: 8am-11am

    Location: Principal Park Des Moines 
    1 Line Dr
    Des Moines, Iowa

    How to sign up:

    Additional information: Enjoy Complimentary food, drinks, Kona Ice, live music and fun!

    Heidi Holsapple

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  • Daughters of Norway - Taste of Norway 

    Help out at a craft/bake show: replace bakery stock, sweep floors, carry food trays for elderly, hand out water to vendors.

    Dates: 10/21/23

    Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm

    Location: Valley High School cafeteria
    3650 Woodland Ave. West Des Moines, IA 50266-2053 

    How to sign up: Contact  

    Additional information: Students can volunteer for a full day, half day, or a few hours. 

    Ann Hanigan

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  • Clive Community Services - Food Pantry & Clothes Closet Shopper 

    Pantry volunteers walk alongside clients as they select their food and personal care products. Guide clients through the shopping area, let them know how many items they can select from each category, help clients with low English literacy identify products, bag groceries, help clients load items into their vehicle as needed, receive donations, and help tidy up at the end of the shift. Clothes closet volunteers call clients in one at a time, assist clients in finding what they need, and tidy up between clients. The minimum volunteer age is 14. Volunteer shifts are Mondays 3:45-7:15pm and Fridays 8:45am-12:15pm. Sign up for a shift here: 

    Dates: Ongoing

    Time: Mondays 3:45-7:15pm and Fridays 8:45am-12:15pm 

    Location: Clive Community Services
    2190 NW 82nd St, Ste A, Clive, IA 50325 

    How to sign up:

    Annabelle White

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  • Clive Community Services – Laundry Pod Packet (assembled at home)

    Silver Cord volunteers can earn 2 hours of Silver Cord credit per month for assembling laundry pod packets for our food pantry clients. Take one laundry pod, wrap in a dryer sheet, tie with a ribbon or twist tie and put in a Ziplock. Each Ziploc should have five laundry pods packets in it. Volunteers should plan to donate at least 8 Ziplock bags of five apiece.  Thank you!

    Dates: Ongoing

    Deliver completed donations to 2190 NW 82nd St Suite A, Clive, IA 50325, Monday 9:30am-7:00pm; Wednesday 9:30am-2:30pm or Friday 9:00am-12:00pm or email to make other arrangements.

    Organization website:

    Annabelle White
    (515) 257-8550

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  • Ahimsa Wildlife Medicine and Rehabilitation - Volunteer

    Wildlife patients are raised in specific ways to heal and return to the wild. You must be able to follow instructions and work as part of a team. Duties include but are not limited to: Preparing food, feeding animals, doing laundry, washing dishes, sweeping, restocking and organizing supplies. All volunteers will have the opportunity to attend the release of patients back into the wild. 

    Dates: 11/21/2021-06/21/2024

    Location: Bevington, IA
    3378 197th Ct Prole, IA 50229 (about 20 minutes south of West Des Moines

    How to sign up: Email or call/text 515-720-0751

    For more information, visit:

    Melinda Austin

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  • ASAP - Work-from-Home Projects 

    ASAP ( After School arts Program) provides quality arts programming free of charge for thousands of kids throughout the Des Moines area. ASAP has an ongoing need for volunteers to do a variety of tasks from home: preparing art supplies for classes; preparing kits for virtual programs; and other behind-the-scenes help. 

    Time: ongoing 

    Location: home 

    How to sign up: Email 

    For more information, visit:

    Stacie Couvillon, ASAP Program Manager

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  • Blank Park Zoo - Night Eyes

    Night Eyes is our merry, not scary volunteer event. We are looking for volunteers who want to have fun and celebrate Halloween at the Zoo!

    Volunteer opportunities include:
    Candy Runners
    Treat Stations
    Specialized costume characters
    Zone Captains
    Fun Zone Attendants

    Dates: 10/19/2023-10/29/2023

    Time: 5pm to 9pm

    Location: Blank Park Zoo
    7401 SW 9th Street Des Moines, IA 50315

    How to sign up:

    Erica Carnes

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  • Dance Without Limits - Dance Without Limits Fall 2023 Session

    Dance Without Limits is a non-profit that provides a dance program for children with disabilities who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the joy of dance. We run 7-10 week sessions each fall and spring and are seeking volunteers for our fall 2023 session! Dance experience is not required.

    Classes are held on Sunday afternoons at the School of Classical Ballet and Dance in West Des Moines. Each class is approximately an hour long and you
    can volunteer for up to three. Volunteers stay with their same class(es) throughout the session.

    Dates: 09/17/2023-11/12/2023

    Time: 12:30-5 (Only 1 hour required)

    Location: School of Classical Ballet and Dance
    1509 42nd St, West Des Moines, IA 50265

    How to sign up:

    Alexandra Walker

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