District Volunteer Opportunities
WDM Lacrosse Club - Tiger Launch information tables
Represent the club and give information at Tiger Launch events at the elementary schools
Time: Varries by school
Location: WDMCS Elementaries Schools
How to sign up: Signup Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084EADA82BABF49-lacrosse
Indian Hills Jr. High - Tiger Launch
Assist with welcoming students, giving tours, finding and opening lockers, and handing out supplies as needed.
Time: 8am-3pm in two hour shifts
Location: Indian Hills Junior High School
9401 Indian Hills Drive, Clive, IA 50325
How to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4aaca62eaaf8c43-indian
Parenting With Love and Logic Class - facilitated by Jillian Robbins and Gina Lewis
We have 4 children of parents attending our Tuesday night classes who will need supervision while their parents are in class. Children are ages 10, 8, 4, and 2.
Location: Learning Resource Center (first 2 classes) Westridge Elementary Media Center, all other classes
LRC: 3550 Mills Civic Pkwy WDM, IA 50265
Westridge Elementary 5500 EP True Pkwy WDM, IA 50266
How to sign up: Email Gina Lewis email@example.com
Additional information: This is a parenting class facilitated by Jillian Robbins, 1st grade teacher at Westridge Elementary. Gina Lewis is partnering with Jillian in running the classes and both will be present and supervising for each meeting. There are two Westridge families signed up to take the course that need supervision for their children (4 total). There are a total of six 2-hour sessions. Students interested can sign up for any or all sessions. We will use 2 students per session.
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.
Time: Every Sunday 12:30-3:30
Location: Westridge Elementary lunchroom
5505 EP True Parkway West Des Moines, IA 50266
How to sign up: email firstname.lastname@example.org with volunteer interest
Valley High School PTO - Valley Sophomore/New Student Tours
Valley Junior & Senior students - We need your help giving Valley tours to sophomores and other new students to Valley High School. Cell phones will need to be put away during your shift. Enter Valley at Performing Arts Center (PAC) doors.
Time: Monday, August 15 9am-2pm; Tuesday, August 16 12-6pm
Location: Valley High School - Use Staplin Performing Arts entrance
3650 Woodland, West Des Moines
How to sign up: Sign up for a shift using the Signup Genius link:
Valley High School PTO - Tiger Launch - Student Volunteers
Tiger Launch will be held on Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 23 at Valley High School. We need student and adult helpers to make this event run smoothly. Please enter through the Performing Arts Center (PAC) entrance. Volunteers will be assigned to positions upon arrival in the following areas: check-in, parking, student IDs, and Valley tours. No cell phone use during your shifts, please.
Time: Monday, August 22 11am-6pm; Tuesday, August 23 8am-3pm
Location: Valley High School - use Staplin Performing Arts entrance
3650 Woodland, West Des Moines
How to sign up: Sign up to volunteer in a Student slot using the Signup Genius link:
VHS - Orchestra - Help with uniforms
We need 6-8 helpers to sort and organize clean uniforms in preparation for uniform fittings.
Time: 3:00 pm-6:00 pm
Location: Valley orchestra room -Valley High School
How to sign up: email Stephanie at email@example.com
Additional information: We will be sorting and organizing clean uniforms in preparation for uniform fittings.
VHS - MarchMasters Uniform Prep or Fittings
You will be helping marching band students with uniform try-ons in the uniform room and in the band room. We need help with fitting shoes, gauntlets, hats, and getting uniforms in bags properly and hung on the correct rack so they are ready to go for the season. This is a good opportunity for band students who are already familiar with the uniforms, but any student can help with this activity.
Location: Valley High School Band Room
3650 Woodland Avenue, West Des Moines
How to sign up: via sign-up genius:
Valley Southwoods - VSW Tiger Launch
Outgoing 9th grade students will lead incoming freshmen on individual tours of the building highlighting key areas to know in the building as well as walking them through their schedules.
Time: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Location: Valley Southwoods
625 S 35th St
How to sign up: Google Form:
Jordan Creek PFC - School Supply Organization
Helping to organize and deliver school supply boxes to classrooms. 10a-12p on August 15 and 10a-1p on August 19. Sign up here: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30e0e4caaa72fa7fc1-school
Time: 10am-12pm August 15 and 10am-1pm August 19
Location: Jordan Creek Elementary
4105 Fuller Rd
How to sign up: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30e0e4caaa72fa7fc1-school
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or before signing up if you cannot stay the whole time.
Additional information: Thank you!!
WDMCS Print Shop - Help with Finishing Work for the Print Shop
You will help with laminating, Comb binding books or spiral binding books
Time: 9 am - 3:00 pm
Location: WDMCS Print Shop - Operations Building 2102 Delavan Dr. WDM
How to sign up: Just email Laurie Heald at email@example.com
Additional information: No shorts or sandals. You must be able to stand for long periods of time.
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
Location: Various Valley athletic facilities
How to sign up: https://signup.com/go/OAiYEUv
WDMCS Registrar's Office - Tiger Enrollment Volunteer
Greeting families or performing various tasks at Tiger Enrollment events
Time: Various times and locations (see SignUp.com
How to sign up: SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/QzFmAWd
Metro Volunteer Opportunities
Many Hands Thrift Market - Thrift Store Volunteer - Ongoing
PERFECT SCHEDULE for Silver Cord and Student Volunteers! Come Monday - Saturday, whenever the store is open for as long or as little fits into your schedule. At the thrift store, you can sort and process donations, tag clothing items, create displays, help with marketing, and much more. We want you to find the best fit for you. NO Scheduling...flexible hours! 100% of our proceeds go back towards local and global missions. We are a thrift store with a purpose that provides a better way of donating and serving.
Time: Monday-Saturday during store hours
How to sign up: Call, Email or Website
Clive Store: 8801 University Ave;
Des Moines Store: 4354 Merle Hay Rd
For more information, visit: https://www.manyhandsthrift.com/volunteer
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa - 2022 Iowa State Fair Volunteer
Some heroes wear capes… and some scoop ice cream! That’s right, Thin Mints aren’t the only sweet way to support the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. We are excited to be back for another year of partnership at the Iowa State Fair with the Midwest Dairy Association!
We've made some changes, including shortened shift times, and have exciting updates for this year. We need 75 volunteers every day (aged 14 +) of the 2022 Iowa State Fair to help us serve up smiles and ice cream for fairgoers. Roles are indoors in air conditioning and include scooping ice cream, mixing shakes, pouring milk, restocking cups, straws, napkins, order runners, and running the cash register.
All Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa volunteers get a free t-shirt, hat, and ticket to the Iowa State fair for the day. Oh, and did we mention free ice cream?!
We’re seeking individual volunteers as well as teams of friends and supporters! Proceeds from this partnership stay 100% local and fund critical Girl Scout programs across central Iowa.
Time: shifts: 3 shifts per day Monday - Thursday: Morning Shift: 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Mid-Day Shift: 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Evening Shift: 5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Friday - Sunday: Morning Shift: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Mid-Day Shift: 1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Evening Shift: 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Location: Iowa State Fair-Dairy Barn
Iowa State Fair-Rock Island Avenue
How to sign up: Through SignUpGenius
Additional information: We have a critical need for evenings-specifically Aug. 20th! Get a group of friends together, enjoy the fair, and scoop Ice Cream in support of Iowa Girl Scouts!
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
Science Center of Iowa - Des Moines Mini Maker Faire
Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects and more.
Volunteer Positions: 22 volunteers per shift needed
-10 Skill Station Volunteers (sewing, plastic fusing, and cardboard builds) -Four Wayfinding and Exhibitor Support Volunteers
-Four Innovation Lab Workshop Volunteers
-Four Experience Platform Volunteers
**Experience with sewing is a plus, but not a must. Training in each position will be provided before each shift.
Time: 8:00 AM- 12:30 PM and/or 12:30 PM- 4:15 PM
Location: Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, Des Moines, Iowa 50309
How to sign up: email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit:
ASAP, the After School Arts Program - Riverview Roundup
Assist children and families attending Young Variety's Riverview Roundup back-to-school outreach event. ASAP's tables will feature hands-on arts activities with make-and-take projects for kids. Volunteers will help set up, greet visitors, help them with their projects as needed, replenish supplies during the event, and clean up.
Time: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Riverview Park
710 Corning Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313
How to sign up: Sign-up Genius:
Michelle Bolton King
Iowa State Fair - Iowa State Fair Parade
The Parade is on Wednesday August 10, 2022. We need volunteers to help line up the entrants, monitor barricades and direct traffic around the Capitol grounds and monitor a section of the Parade route for patron safety. Please note: Students under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and have a waiver signed.
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Grand Avenue from the Capitol to Sculpture Garden in Des Moines, IA
How to sign up: For info on roles go to:
To sign up go to: www.isfparade.org/volunteer-sign-up
Additional information: All volunteers will receive a free ticket to the State Fair as well as a t-shirt to wear during volunteering. Ages 14-15 must be accompanied by an adult to volunteer.
Des Moines Menace - JFG Fall girls tournament
A Field Marshall for our soccer tournament at Cownie Soccer Complex. You will be assigned a game and will direct people to which field they need to be on, as well as send in the game scores to the head people!
Time: 8am - 6pm (will not work the whole time)
Location: Cownie Soccer Complex
2600 Hartford Ave, Des Moines, IA 50320
How to sign up: Email email@example.com and she will set it up for you!
For more information, visit: https://www.menacesoccer.com/jfgfall
Additional information: Email either one of us and we can provide you with more information! Thank you!
Prevent Blindness Iowa - A Shot in the Dark Night Golf Outing
A Shot in the Dark 2022, an annual night golf outing benefiting Prevent Blindness Iowa. Volunteers are needed to serve as Hole Marshals. Hole Marshals help keep the golfers on course through the challenges of golfing at night. All volunteers will be paired up, volunteers are encouraged to sign up with a friend.
Time: 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Location: Willow Creek Golf Course
140 SE Willow Creek Dr, West Des Moines, IA 50265
How to sign up:
Wesley Acres Senior Living - Resident Activities Volunteer
Location: Wesley Acres
3520 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312
How to sign up: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional information: Assist the Lifestyle Coordinators with resident activities. Activities may include: one-on-one interactions with Long Term Care and Memory Care residents; assisting with Artist's Corner; Crafting; Social Hours; going on walks outside with residents. If volunteers have special talents or musical abilities, we would love to host a program for the residents as well.
DMARC - Mobile Food Pantry
Volunteering at a DMARC Mobile Food Pantry is just like helping a friend shop for groceries! As a Mobile Food Pantry volunteer, you will meet at the mobile site and assist clients in selecting their food items after they have gone through the intake.
Time: Various shifts 10 AM-6 PM
Location: Different locations for each mobile pantry
How to sign up: Sign up through DMARC Volunteer portal:
All volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (18 and over) at all times during the volunteer shift.
Please dress appropriately for variable outdoor temperatures.
515-277-6969 X 220
Can Play - Opportunity Summer Camp
We are looking for volunteer coaches for our 2022 Opportunity Summer Camp. Join 1st through 6th grade participants who are eager to have fun and learn new skills and techniques! Sign up for one date or come each day, whatever fits best into your schedule.
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Linnan Park
8500 Alice Ave, Clive, IA 50325
How to sign up: Sign up using our link!
Iowa State Fair - Little Hands on the Farm
Volunteer at the different areas on the mock farm that families visit during the Fair. Volunteers receive an admission ticket, parking pass and a t-shirt.
Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds
3000 East Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317
How to sign up: Iowa State Fair Website. Under the participate tab, click volunteer tab and click volunteer https://iowastatefair.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=34075
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. After delivery, your parent can sign off on your service. Thank you!
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 director@
clivecommunityservices.com to make other arrangements.
Organization website: https://
Living History Farms - Exhibit Host
Help engage and monitor visitors in our newest traveling exhibit, "American Farmer". You will help to answer visitors' questions (information provided) and make sure visitors are following rules within the exhibit space.
"American Farmer" celebrates the living spirit of our heartland through the faces and voices of the people who keep it alive. Featuring forty-five full color and black-and-white portraits by Paul Mobley and interviews with farmers across the United States - from cattle ranchers to strawberry growers - "American Farmer" tells the honest and inspiring stories of the true stewards of our land.
This is a great volunteer experience for those who are sensitive to heat ( the exhibit is located in a climate-controlled building with available seating).
Time: 2 shifts available, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Living History Farms
2600 111th Street Urbandale, IA 50322
How to sign up: Please sign up for as many or as few shifts as you'd like using the link below:
Thrive Academy - Young Adult Club Volunteer
Assist teacher and associates during a curriculum-based social skills group for local young adults with intellectual disabilities.
Time: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Location: Valley Church Community Center in West Des Moines
4444 Fuller Road
How to sign up: Email email@example.com
Additional information: Thank you!
Iowa Genealogical Society - Website data entry
Entering birth, death, marriage and cemetery records into a database.
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM M-W-F-S; or 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM Tu & Th
Location: Iowa Genealogical Society
628 E Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA
How to sign up: Call 515-276-0287 or stop in
Additional information: We are a non-profit. Setting up a new website and want to get things into a database to be put onto the website. This project will take a few years to complete. We have records from all 99 counties. As you enter data, you may very well come across family members.
Nancy Kirchner or Tony Cupp, Librarian
Shepherd of the Valley Church - Thursday Morning Summer Childcare
Help is needed each Thursday morning during the Summer watching children aged 5 and below in our nursery. Seeking youth who are interested in children, can play and interact with children of all ages, help serve snacks and monitor a small playground. We are able to have up to 4 volunteers at a time so sign up with a friend!
Time: 9:15am - 11:30am
Location: Shepherd of the Valley Church 3900 Ashworth Road, WDM 50265
How to sign up: Sign up on the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F094BA4AF2EA0F85-summer
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden - Event set-up and tear-down for events
Activities may include setting up or taking down tables, chairs, wiping off tables, setting out signage, running extension cords, tent set-up, etc.
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 and/or 9 to 10PM
Location: 909 Robert D. Ray Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309
How to sign up: If prior volunteer, sign up on your Vicnet account. If new to volunteering, fill out the green application on the GDMBG website.
For more information, visit:
WDM United Methodist - State Fair Stand
Take food orders, collect money, serve food, clean-up the serving area, prep food (i.e. cut pies, biscuits)
Time: 4 and 8 hour shifts between 5:45 am and 9:30 pm
Location: Iowa State Fair Grounds
The food stand next to the sheep barn
How to sign up:
Additional information: Silver Cord students have always been an asset for this church food stand. Please note that students should be 16 or older to volunteer. Each volunteer will receive a free ticket to attend the fair on the day they volunteer.
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: now -12/29/2023
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: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4faca62ba2fa7-food
Can Play - Opportunity WDM Baseball
We are looking for volunteer coaches for our 2022 Opportunity West Des Moines Baseball program. Join 1st through 6th grade participants who are eager to have fun and learn new baseball skills and techniques!
Location: Holiday Park.
1701 Railroad Avenue West Des Moines, IA 50265
How to sign up: Sign up using our link!
Can Play - Opportunity Clive Baseball
We are looking for volunteer coaches for our 2022 Opportunity Clive Baseball program. Join 1st through 6th grade participants who are eager to have fun and learn new baseball skills and techniques!
Location: Linnan Park.
8500 Alice Ave, Clive, IA 50325
How to sign up: Sign up using our link!
Can Play - Courage WEST DES MOINES Evening Program
We are looking for volunteers for our evening 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: 01/06/2022-04/28/2022 & 05/05/2022 - 08/18/2022
Time: 4:30 PM- 6:00 PM
Location: West Des Moines MidAmerican Energy RecPlex
6500 Grand Ave., West Des Moines, IA
How to sign up: Please sign up using our links! https://signup.com/go/tPzMNmA
Can Play - Courage GRIMES Evening Program
We are looking for volunteers for our evening programming in Grimes! 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.
Time: 4:30 PM- 6:00 PM
Location: Grimes Community Complex
410 SE Main St, Grimes, IA 50111
How to sign up: Please sign up using our link! https://signup.com/go/FUtXgWs
Valley Community Center - Cafe Volunteer
Serve drinks and snacks at our cafe
Location: 4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265
How to sign up: Email RichardP@valleycommunitycenterdm.com
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.
How to sign up: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/ASAPdsm
Stacie Couvillon, ASAP Program Manager
(TECHS) Teen Electronics and Cyber Help for Seniors - Volunteer Events
Technology help for seniors living in senior living communities. No qualifications are needed except for a general understanding of technology and willingness to help out!
Location: Woodlands Creek
12675 Woodlands Pkwy, Clive, IA 50325
How to sign up: Go to wdmtechs.weebly.com and fill out the volunteer form. You will receive an email with instructions on how to volunteer at a TECHS event!
For more information, visit: https://wdmtechs.weebly.com
Additional information: TECHS is a program that hosts multiple events a year
Des Moines Children’s Museum – Museum Volunteer
You will help us keep the museum tidy and assist in our thorough cleaning procedures to keep everyone safe and healthy. You will also get opportunities to interact and play with children and their families. As a nonprofit, we are striving to provide an affordable place for families to go and keep our costs down with your help. Volunteers are required to wear masks and are encouraged to volunteer with friends. The Des Moines Children’s Museum is located at Valley West Mall.
Location: DSM Childrens Museum in Valley West Mall
1551 Valley West Dr, West Des Moines, IA 50226
How to sign up: Sign up using our sign-up form, https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a084da8a72ba5f58-volunteering email email@example.com, .
Organization website: https://dsmchildrensmuseum.com/
Additional information: Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.
URGENT NEED - AHeinz57 Pet Rescue
(Rolling newspapers for rescued pets - papers provided!)
This is perhaps one of the easiest volunteer jobs ever! Rolls of potty-training newspapers are needed for puppies in foster care. Newspapers need to be picked up and then the rolls are dropped back off. This can be done anytime. Instructions and the address will be emailed to you after you contact Teri Nizzi. All you do is roll the papers up! There is a short video available to teach you exactly what to do.
Location: At home
How to sign up: Contact Teri Nizzi at firstname.lastname@example.org or (515) 971-1919.
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.
Location: Bevington, IA
3378 197th Ct Prole, IA 50229 (about 20 minutes south of West Des Moines
How to sign up: Email email@example.com or call/text 515-720-0751
For more information, visit: www.ahimsawildlife.org
Bickford Senior Living - Regular Volunteer
Volunteers will come and assist the Activity Director with activities. Activities can include, but not limited to: one-on-one interactions with Assisted Living and Memory Care residents (who vary on the congnitive level spectrum of dementia); Manicures; Reading Aloud; Arts; Crafts; Social Hours; Decorating; Assisting with parties and social events. If willing, leading an activity or sharing musical talents; participating in scheduled activities and assisting residents to participate in those activities; building meaningful friendships and relationships; card games with residents; etc.
Dates: 12/16/2021 - ongoing
Time: M-F 6-7pm and Sat-Sun 9-12 and 12-4
Location: Bickford Senior Living-West Des Moines
5050 Hawthorne Drive, West Des Moines, IA 50265
How to sign up: Completed Volunteer Application: file:///G:/My%20Drive/Bickford%20Application%20Volunteer%20(1).pdf
Background Check form: (signed by a parent/guardian if applicant is a minor): file:///G:/My%20Drive/Bickford%20Volunteer%20Background%20Check%20(1).pdf
For more information, visit: Email Karin Price, Activities Director
Additional information: There is an expectation of volunteering 4 hours per month.
Ronald McDonald House of Central Iowa - Various Volunteer Opportunities
We offer a variety of different volunteer opportunities at the Ronald McDonald House. Some include: baking program, casserole club, meal program or deep cleaning.
Location: Ronald McDonald House of Central Iowa
1441 Pleasant Street Des Moines
How to sign up:
For more information, visit: https://www.rmhdesmoines.org/