Pre-Approved Activities

District Volunteer Opportunities

  • VHS - Valley Orchestra Guild - Volunteering

    October 6 Orchestra Concert Help: We need 2-3 volunteers to sit in the PAC entrance and sell shirts before and after the orchestra concerts.

    Date:  10/06/2022

    Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Location: Valley High School PAC Entry

    How to sign up: Please email Stephanie
    at wdmvalleyorchestra@gmail.com

    Contact:
    Stephanie Waters
    wdmvalleyorchestra@gmail.com
    515-661-7881

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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 entire school year.

    Contact:
    Cyndi Bonus
    bonusc@wdmcs.org

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  • VHS - Valleyfest 

    Volunteers are needed to help with the biggest fundraiser for Valley Bands. There are a variety of opportunities for students and adults. All students should sign up for a "Student Slot" 

    Dates: 10/08/2022 

    Location: Valley Stadium
    4440 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265 

    How to sign up: Use the Sign Up Genius Link to sign up!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49acad22a7fdc16-valleyfest1 

    Additional information: Please use the vfvolunteers email for Silver Cord Approval. 

    Contact:
    Karla Willis
    vfvolunteers@valleybands.org or  kvserio15@gmail.com
    515-729-2155

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  • Hillside Elementary - After School Clubs 

    We are looking for volunteers to help at Hillside's After School Clubs. The Clubs run on Mondays, 10/3, 10/17, 10/24, and 10/31 from 3:55 to 5:00 p.m. at Hillside Elementary. There will be Legos, Art, Robotics, Coding, and more. If you like working with elementary-age students, this opportunity is for you! 

    Dates: 10/03/2022-10/31/2022 

    Time: 3:55 PM - 5:00 PM 

    Location: Hillside Elementary School
    713 8th Street, WDM 

    How to sign up: Please email Katie Hoover: hooverk@wdmcs.org

    Contact:
    Katie Hoover
    hooverk@wdmcs.org
    515-633-6271

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

    Assist Junior High Football Officials with chains and down markers.

    Dates: 09/012/2022-10/11/2022

    Time: Varies 

    Location: Valley Stadium Or Tiger Field 

    How to sign up:
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a4aa4ac28a6ff2-8thgrade1

    Additional information: Very Easy, but Very Needed! 

    Contact:
    Zac Sinram
    sinramz@wdmcs.org
    515-633-4700

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  • VHS - Orchestra Guild - Rental Night Help Needed 

    We need volunteers to help during rental night. You will move instruments out of lockers, help teachers get instruments, assist parents by handing out contracts/pens/clipboards, help direct parents where to go from the PAC to the orchestra room. You will also help clean up at the end of the event. 

    Dates: 09/08/2022

    Time: 4:00 pm-8:15 pm 

    Location: Valley Orchestra Room
    Valley High School 

    How to sign up: email Stephanie at wdmvalleyorchestra@gmail.com

    For more information, visit: www.wdmvalleyorchestra.org 

    Additional information: You do not have to volunteer for the entire time. We will take help even if it is for an hour. 

    Contact:
    Stephanie E Waters
    wdmvalleyorchestra@gmail.com
    515-661-7881

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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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  • 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: 09/18/2022-11/106/2022 

    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 westridgeperformance@gmail.com  with volunteer interest

    Contact:
    Amy Borness
    westridgeperformance@gmail.com
    515-480-6167

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  • 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. 

    Dates: 08/08/2022-08/10/2022 

    Time: 11:45-3:15 

    Location: Valley High School Band Room
    3650 Woodland Avenue, West Des Moines 

    How to sign up: via sign-up genius:
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044EABA628A31-marchmaster

    Contact:
    Jill Curry
    jillcurry7701@yahoo.com
    515-250-1915

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Metro Volunteer Opportunities

  • Daughters of Norway - Taste of Norway 

    Volunteer to help at the event: help vendors carry in their wares (8:00-9:00), sell baked goods or work at the cafe (9-3), help clean up (3-4). 

    Dates: 10/15/2022

    Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm

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

    How to sign up: Contact annmhanigan@gmail.com  

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

    Contact:
    Ann Hanigan
    annmhanigan@gmail.com
    515-975-3182

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  • Tallgrass Theatre - Behind the scenes theatre help 

    Looking for students to help in the way they feel most comfortable. They can usher, work concessions, build sets, or work backstage. 

    Dates: 10/01/2022-05/30/2022 

    Time: Varies 

    Location: Tallgrass Theatre Company
    2019 Grand Ave. West Des Moines, IA 

    How to sign up: Contact Lisa Richards: lisa@tallgrasstheatre.org

    Or, you can go to the website’s volunteer section https://tallgrasstheatre.org/volunteer/ and sign up there. 

    For more information, visit:
    Tallgrasstheatre.org 

    Additional information: This is ongoing throughout the school year. Lots of choices! 

    Contact:
    Lisa Richards
    Lisa@tallgrasstheatre.org
    515-779-7804

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  • Shalom Community Impact Center - After-school program

    Helping students with homework and reading and math K - 7th Grade

    After-School Program focuses on educational development for reading, writing, math, science, language, and the arts while at the same time providing students with after-school structure and supervision, positive role models, and nutritious snacks

    Dates: 09/12/2022-05/20/2023 

    Time: 5 pm-7pm 

    Location: Urban Heights Covenant Church (SCIC)
    7605 Aurora Avenue Urbandale, Iowa 50322 

    How to sign up: ekiruhura@scicdsm.org 

    For more information, visit:
    www.shalomcommunityimpactcenter.org 

    Additional information: We really need help 

    Contact:
    Eugene Kiruhura
    ekiruhura@scicdsm.org
    515-525-7801

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  • Iowa European Cultural Connection - Christkindlmarket

    Iowa European Cultural Connection (IECC) invites you to be a part of something great: Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Volunteers are integral to a successful community event. We need your help, and we have several opportunities to choose from..

    All volunteers must be at least 16 years old when they report for their volunteer shift. Silver Cord hours cannot be earned for serving alcohol, so do not sign up for those activities.

    Dates: 11/26/2022-12/05/2022 

    Location: Principal Park
    1 Line Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309 

    How to sign up:
    https://iowaeuropeanculturalconnection.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=66

    For more information, visit:
    https://christkindlmarketdsm.com/

    Contact:
    Suzanne Hull
    christkindlmarketdsm@gmail.com 515-250-6366

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  • Living History Farms - Family Halloween

    Help us celebrate a safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses in the 1876 town of Walnut Hill. Volunteer to hand out treats, assist with games like pumpkin ring toss and candy corn bowling. 

    Living History Farms will offer “teal pumpkin” stops safe for trick-or-treaters with allergies. 

    Volunteer positions are available to those 16 years and older. Volunteers between the ages of 10-15 years are welcome when accompanied by an adult volunteer. 

    Dates: 10/15/2022-10/29/2022

    Time: Fri. & Sat. 5:00 pm-8:00pm and Sun. 4:00 pm-7:00pm 

    Location: Living History Farms
    2600 111th Street Urbandale, IA 50322 

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

    Contact:
    Stacie Hooker
    shooker@lhf.org
    515-278-5286 ext.158

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  • Dance Without Limits

    Dance Without Limits is a non-profit organization that provides dance classes for children with disabilities. Volunteers are paired with a dancer and help them participate in dance class each Sunday. Experience in dance or with individuals with disabilities is not required.

    Dates: 09/18/2022-11/13/2022 

    Time: 12:30-5 pm

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

    How to sign up:
    Email: volunteer@dancewithoutlimits.org 

    For more information, visit: http://www.dancewithoutlimits.org

    Contact:
    Alexandra Walker 
    volunteer@dancewithoutlimits.org
    515-707-2431 

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  • Johnston Public Library - Tech Help with Teens

    Johnston Public Library is seeking volunteers to participate in our new Tech Help with Teens program. Volunteers should be in Grades 10 -12, available at least one Saturday afternoon every month, and have significant experience with computers and related technology. Tech Help with Teens is scheduled to begin in October 2022 with a training session scheduled for October 1st. 

    Applicants must be available on the following dates from 1:45 to 4:15 pm:
    October 15th,
    November 12th, &
    December 10th

    Dates: 10/01/2022-12/10/2022 

    Time: 1:45-4:15 pm 

    Location: Johnston Public Library
    6700 Merle Hay Road Johnston, IA 

    How to sign up: Fill out an application at johnstonlibrary.com/techhelpteens 

    For more information, visit: johnstonlibrary.com/techhelpteens 

    Additional information: There is potential for the program to extend into the new year depending on participation from volunteers and patrons. 

    Contact:
    Stephanie Gibb-Clark
    gibbclark@johnstonlibrary.com
    515-278-5233

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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: 10/08/2022

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

    How to sign up:
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4aaca823a4f9c07-2022

    For more information, visit: https://wdmchamber.org/raccoon-river-rally/ 

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

    Contact:
    Bobbie Areges
    bobbie.areges@legacybridgepfo.com
    515-225-6009 (Chamber office)

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  • IMT Des Moines Marathon

    Various locations to volunteer throughout the race.

    Dates: 10/14/2022-10/16/2022 

    Time: Friday packet hours-3pm-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm:
    Iowa Events Center Hy-Vee Hall-C
    Sunday the 16th: 6am-3pm check-in Hy-Vee on Court Avenue Parking lot on 4th Street

    Location: downtown Des Moines 

    How to sign up:
    https://imtdesmoinesmarathon1.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer

    For more information, visit: www.desmoinesmarathon.com 

    Additional information: there are a variety of opportunities to volunteer so the student has something he or she prefers 

    Contact:
    Chris Burch
    cburch@desmoinesmarathon.com 
    515-288-2692

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  • WDM Library - Teen Advisory Board (TAB) 

    TAB meets every second Wednesday of the month from 3 PM-4PM in the Teen Center. 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. See what it's all about - stop by a meeting! No registration required. 

    Dates: 09/14/2022-04/12/2023 

    Time: 3 PM - 4 PM 

    Location: 4000 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265 

    How to sign up: No registration required! 

    For more information, visit: https://www.wdmlibrary.org/volunteer

    Contact:
    Hailey McKinney
    hailey.mckinney@wdm.iowa.gov
    515-222-3576

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  • Can Play - 2022 Game for Good 

    We are seeking volunteers for Can Play's 2022 Game for Good, a charity softball game, at Principal Park on October 2, 2022. The event will feature an opportunity for our program participants to play on the field as well as an adult slow-pitch softball game to fundraise money to support our mission. We have various areas available for volunteers, from coaches to station managers, photography/videography, and setup/tear down. 

    Dates: 10/02/2022 

    Time: 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM 

    Location: Principal Park
    1 Line Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309 

    How to sign up: Through the Signup.com link:
    https://signup.com/go/xQCBUGw

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

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  • Can Play - Courage Urbandale Fall Soccer and Flag Football 

    Volunteers will come dressed and ready for physical activity. Volunteers will participate in fun fitness games and exercises with our participants, who have special needs and/or chronic health issues. Join participants who are eager to have fun and learn new soccer and flag football skills and techniques on Saturday mornings! 

    Dates: 09/24/2022-10/22/2022 

    Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM 

    Location: Urbandale Miracle League
    4871 78th St, Urbandale, IA 50322 

    How to sign up: through the Signup.com link:
    https://signup.com/go/pivLadq

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

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  • Can Play - Courage Evening Programs 

    We are looking for volunteers for our 2022 Courage evening programs in Grimes (Tuesdays) and West Des Moines (Thursdays)! Volunteers will come dressed and ready for physical activity. Volunteers will participate in fun fitness games and exercises with our participants, who have special needs and/or chronic health issues. Join participants who are eager to have fun and learn new skills.. 

    Dates: 09/13/2022-10/04/2022

    Location: Grimes Community Center (410 SE Main St, Grimes, IA 50111) RecPlex (6500 Grand Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266)

    How to sign up: Click the included link!
    Grimes: https://signup.com/go/aNFvAHq
    West
    Des Moines:https://signup.com/go/vbLzLxu 

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

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  • Broadlawns Medical Center Foundation - Gift Shop Volunteer Customer Service/Cashier 

    If you're looking for a fun and rewarding place to give back to the community by helping those who truly appreciate your time and talents, then this is the place for you! A typical volunteer shift is 3 - 4 hours a week. We will provide our volunteers with all of the necessary training. Come share your smile with us!  Must be 16 years old

    Dates: On-going

    Time: 8:30am - 11:30am; 11:00am - 2:00pm; 1:30pm - 4:30pm 

    Location: Broadlawns Medical Center
    1801 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50314 

    How to sign up: https://www.broadlawns.org/careers/volunteers 

    Contact:
    Bonnie Bronson
    bbronson@broadlawns.org
    515-282-7775

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  • Please Pass the Love - Mini Golf Fundraiser Event -Please Putt the Love 

    We are looking for volunteers to help with our mental health fundraiser! Different volunteer shifts include: setting up, helping people register, "floating" around the event, tearing down, and helping with the silent auction and ball drop. 

    Dates: 10/01/2022

    Time:The event is from 11 am - 5 pm. Email what times you are avialable.

    Location: Toad Valley Golf Course
    237 NE 80TH St Pleasant Hill, IA 50327 

    How to sign up: Please Pass the Love employees have a sign up sheet. Please email: caitlinrbach@gmail.com 

    For more information, visit:
    https://www.pleasepassthelove.org/please-putt-the-love/ 

    Additional information: This is a wonderful opportunity for any student passionate about mental health! Thanks for the consideration! 

    Contact:
    Amanda Khader
    amanda.khader795@gmail.com
    319-651-0603

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  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden - Drop -in Activities 

    Greet and assist guests who wish to take part in these make-and-take activities. Volunteers take payment, provide instructions and keep supplies available. 

    Dates: 08/31/2022-08/31/2023 

    Time: Saturdays, 11AM – 1 PM or 1 – 3 PM 

    Location: Des Moines Botanical Garden
    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:
    Skill building: Build your skills, learning how to work in Guest Experience, interact with the public, handle admission and sales, and take care of plants, Learn: Each activity has instruction/training and, depending on the role, you are often working with another volunteer or small group. Prior experience is not typically required.

    Membership: Youth who complete 15 hours or more of volunteer service are eligible for a Botanical Garden membership! 

    Flexible scheduling: Many roles allow you to volunteer regularly or, as your schedule allows, as well as to self-schedule. We do ask volunteers to schedule mindfully and commit to what they sign up for. Volunteers are important and counted on to support activities at the Garden. Short-notice cancellation (with the exception of illness) can make it difficult for our lead volunteers and staff.

    Be sure to provide as much information as you can in regard to your availability and interests. Questions? Email volunteer@dmbotanicalgarden.com or 515.323.6293. 

    Contact:
    Susan Cory
    scory@dmbotanicalgarden.com
    515-323-6293

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  • 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 Library - Monthly Group Service Project 

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

    Dates: 09/07/2022-04/2762023 

    Time: 1st and 4th Wednesdays each month, September through April, from 3 PM - 5 PM (check calendar for availability).  

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

    How to sign up: 

    Use the following link to select your date, and register for GSP!
    https://www.wdmlibrary.org/events/upcoming?keywords=group%20service%2 0project&age_groups%5B9%5D=9 

    Contact:
    Hailey McKinney
    wdmlibraryvolunteers@wdm.iowa.gov
    515-222-3576 

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  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden - Robert D. Ray Asian Garden volunteer 

    Work with a small group of volunteers to remove weeds and debris and help this new garden space thrive and look its best! 

    Dates: 08/31/2022-10/30/2022 

    Time: Sundays , 9 – 11 AM 

    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: Benefits: 

    Skill building: Build your skills, learning how to work in Guest Experience, interact with the public, handle admission and sales, and take care of plants, Learn: Each activity has instruction/training and, depending on the role, you are often working with another volunteer or small group. Prior experience is not typically required.

    Membership: Youth who complete 15 hours or more of volunteer service are eligible for a Botanical Garden membership! 

    Flexible scheduling: Many roles allow you to volunteer regularly or as your schedule allows, as well as to self-schedule. We do ask volunteers to schedule mindfully and commit to what they sign up for. Volunteers are important and counted on to support activities at the Garden. Short-notice cancellation (with the exception of illness) can make it difficult for our lead volunteers and staff.

    Be sure to provide as much information as you can in regard to your availability and interests. Questions? Email volunteer@dmbotanicalgarden.com or 515.323.6293. 

    Contact:
    Susan Cory
    scory@dmbotanicalgarden.com
    515-323-6293

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

    Greet guests and process admission, gift shop sales and provide an awesome guest experience! Learn how to work with the public and a point-of-sale system. Volunteers should be involved a minimum of 1–2 times per month.

    Dates: 08/31/2022-08/31/2023 

    Time: Saturdays & Sundays, 10 AM – 1:30 PM or 1:30 – 3 PM 

    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:
    Skill building: Build your skills, learning how to work in Guest Experience, interact with the public, handle admission and sales, and take care of plants, Learn: Each activity has instruction/training and, depending on the role, you are often working with another volunteer or small group. Prior experience is not typically required.

    Membership: Youth who complete 15 hours or more of volunteer service are eligible for a Botanical Garden membership! 

    Flexible scheduling: Many roles allow you to volunteer regularly or, as your schedule allows, as well as to self-schedule. We do ask volunteers to schedule mindfully and commit to what they sign up for. Volunteers are important and counted on to support activities at the Garden. Short-notice cancellation (with the exception of illness) can make it difficult for our lead volunteers and staff.

    Be sure to provide as much information as you can in regard to your availability and interests. Questions? Email volunteer@dmbotanicalgarden.com or 515.323.6293. 

    Contact:
    Susan Cory
    scory@dmbotanicalgarden.com
    515-323-6293

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  • Adaptive Sports Iowa - Split the Pot Raffle 

    The Iowa Wild hockey team has invited Adaptive Sports Iowa to be the recipients of the "Split the Pot" raffle that takes place at all home games throughout the 2022-23 season. 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. 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. 

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

    For further questions, please contact us at 888-777-8881 ext. 714 or email:
    karlie.busch@iowasportsfoundation.org 

    Dates: 10/14/2022-04/12/2023 

    Time: Varies

    Location: Wells Fargo Arena 

    How to sign up: Sign Up Genius or contact Karlie Busch
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084cafa92ea5fd0-iowa9

    Additional information: There are many dates and times to choose from!

    Contact:
    Karlie Busch
    karlie.busch@iowasportsfoundation.org
    888-777-8881 ext. 714

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  • Can Play - Opportunity DES MOINES Volleyball 

    This is an 8-week session focusing on basic volleyball skills. Participants can look forward to developing several of our lifelong values that we discuss at the beginning of practice, as well as developmental skills and gameplay that will help them grow on and off the field. 

    Dates: 09/08/2022-10/27/2022 

    Time: 5:00-6:30PM 

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

    How to sign up: Click this link to see our SignUp: https://signup.com/go/eMUCdQn 

    Contact:
    Roy lee Lowery
    roy@can-play.org
    515-975-5068

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  • Can Play - Opportunity SAYDEL Volleyball Program 

    This is an 8-week long session teaching basic volleyball skills. Participants can look forward to developing several of our lifelong values that we discuss at the beginning of practice, as well as developmental skills and gameplay that will help them grow on and off the field.

    Dates: 09/07/2022-10/19/2022

    Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm 

    Location: Cornell Elementary School
    5817 NE 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50313 

    How to sign up: Sign up using our link!
    https://signup.com/go/sUfoTXp

    Contact:
    Roy lee Lowery
    roy@can-play.org
    515-975-5068

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  • ASAP - the After School Arts Program - Painting Studio Assistants 

    ASAP seeks committed studio assistants to support two 4-week painting classes this fall at Clive Elementary. First class takes place Sept 22, 29, Oct 6, 13. Second class Oct 20, 27, Nov 3, 17. You may sign up for one or both 4-week sessions, but not single days. ASAP's Teaching Artist leads the studio; assistants help manage art supplies, support students, and clean up the art room after class. The time commitment is 3:45–5:15 on Thursdays. No experience required. 

    Dates: 09/22/2022-11/17/2022 

    Time: 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM 

    Location: Clive Learning Academy Art Room 

    1600 73rd St, Windsor Heights, IA 50324 

    How to sign up: Email michelle@asap-dsm.org 

    Contact: 

    Michelle Bolton King 

    michelle@asap-dsm.org 

    515-770-3380

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  • IMT Des Moines Marathon - Children's Cancer Connection - Water Station O Volunteers 

    Children's Cancer Connection is the official charity partner of the IMT Des Moines Marathon. One of the ways we partner on marathon weekend is by hosting a water station. We will be back this year in Water Works park at water station O. This is a great spot that is easy to find. CCC will provide snacks and water, but we encourage volunteers to bring a sack lunch as well. Volunteers for this opportunity should be 13+ years old. 

    Volunteer duties include setting up the hydration station, tables, cups, and trash area. They will hand out water and make sure the area is kept clean. After the last runner, volunteers will teardown at the hydration station. When signing up on Volunteer Local, please scroll down until you find "Water Station on the Course- Water Station O- Children's Cancer Connection." 

    Dates: 10/16/2022 

    Time: 7:30 am to 2:00 pm 

    Location: Water Works Park, Water Station O
    Water Works Park, George Flagg Pkwy 

    How to sign up: Please go to the link provided.
    https://childrenscancerconnection.org/upcoming-volunteer-opportunities/overview.html/event/2022/10/16/imt-des-moines-marathon-water-station-o-volunteers/396561

    Contact:
    Christina McCleary
    christina@childrenscancerconnection.org
    515.243.6239 ext. 1114

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  • Blank Park Zoo - Night Eyes 

    Night Eyes is our merry, not scary Halloween event. 

    Dates: 10/20/2022-10/30/2022 

    Time: 5pm - 9pm 

    Location: Blank Park Zoo
    7401 SW 9th Street 

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

    For more information, visit:
    https://www.blankparkzoo.com/support-the-zoo/volunteer/night-eyes-2022-volunteer-information/  

    Additional information: We are looking for volunteers who want to have fun and celebrate Halloween at the Zoo! 

    Volunteer Age Requirement: 13 & Up! 

    Volunteer opportunities include:

    • Candy Runners 
    • Treat Stations 
    • Specialized costume characters 
    • Zone Captains 
    • Fun Zone Attendants 

    Contact:
    Erica Carnes
    elcarnes@blankparkzoo.net
    515-974-2543

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  • Meals from the Heartland

    Meals from the Heartland’s packaged meals help feed the hungry throughout
    the world. Meals are delivered directly to locations in Iowa, the U.S. and
    around the world — wherever people are undernourished or starving. When
    you volunteer to fight hunger with us, not only are you feeding hungry
    children, but meal packaging is an enjoyable, rewarding experience. We
    welcome individuals and teams from businesses, schools, churches,
    community organizations, clubs and more.

    Dates: On-goiing

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

    How to sign up: Click sign up to package, register to package, on our website
    calendar click on the shift that works best. Fill out the required information to
    reserve your spot on our packaging team


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

    Contact:
    Sandy Niland
    Sandy.Niland@mealsfromtheheartland.org515-473-9530

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  • WDM Girls Softball - Concession Stand Volunteer

    Duties consist of helping stock coolers, serve customers at the window, general clean-up such as sweeping and doing dishes, and assisting with various other duties inside the stand. 

    Dates: 09/11/2022-10/16/2022 

    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:
    https://volunteersignup.org/84HRR

    Contact:
    Alison Karr
    alisonkarr@gmail.com
    561-632-2106

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  • 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. 

    Dates: On-going

    Time: Monday-Saturday during store hours 

    How to sign up: Call, Email or Website 

    Location:
    Clive Store: 8801 University Ave;
    Des Moines Store: 4354 Merle Hay Rd

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

    Contact:
    Kari McLaren
    kmclaren@mh4h.org
    515-238-3482

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  • Wesley Acres Senior Living - Resident Activities Volunteer

    Dates: 07/18/2022-12/31/2022 

    Time: Varies 

    Location: Wesley Acres
    3520 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312 

    How to sign up: Email mzeigler@wesleylife.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. 

    Contact:
    Maddie Zeigler
    mzeigler@wesleylife.org
    515-271-6508

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  • 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. 

    Dates: 07/11/2022-01/01/2023 

    Time: Various shifts 10 AM-6 PM 

    Location: Different locations for each mobile pantry 

    How to sign up: Sign up through DMARC Volunteer portal:
    https://dmarc.galaxydigital.com/agency/detail/MobilePantryProgram/

    Additional information: 
    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.

    Contact:
    Nisha Kishor
    nkishor@dmarcunited.org
    515-277-6969 X 220

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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.  After delivery, your parent can sign off on your service. 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 director@clivecommunityservices.com to make other arrangements.

    Organization website: https://clivecommunityservices.com/

    Contact:
    Lisa Earles
    director@clivecommunityservices.com
    (515) 257-8550

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  • Iowa Genealogical Society - Website data entry 

    Entering birth, death, marriage and cemetery records into a database.

    Dates: 06/02/2022-12/31/2025 

    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. 

    Contact:
    Nancy Kirchner or Tony Cupp, Librarian
    IGS@iowagenealogy.org
    515-276-0287

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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: 

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4faca62ba2fa7-food

    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 

    Contact:
    Lisa Earles 
    director@clivecommunityservices.com
    515-257-8550

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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. 

    Dates: 06/01/2021-05/31/2022 

    Time: ongoing 

    Location: home 

    How to sign up: Email stacie@asap-dsm.org 

    For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/ASAPdsm

    Contact:
    Stacie Couvillon, ASAP Program Manager
    stacie@asap-dsm.org
    515-707-2646

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  • (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! 

    Dates: On-going

    Time: Varied

    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 

    Contact:
    Emma Thompson
    wdmtechs@gmail.com
    515-419-4664

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  • 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.

    Dates: Ongoing

    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 holly@dsmchildrensmuseum.com, .

    Organization website: https://dsmchildrensmuseum.com/

    Additional information: Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

    Contact:
    Rachael McIntosh
    rachael@dsmchildrensmuseum.com
    (515) 419-6482


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  • 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.

    Dates: Ongoing

    Location: At home

    How to sign up: Contact Teri Nizzi at teri.nizzi@aheinz57.com or (515) 971-1919.

    Contact:
    Teri Nizzi-Helt
    teri.nizzi@aheinz57.com
    (515) 971-1919

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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 maaustin07@gmail.com or call/text 515-720-0751

    For more information, visit: www.ahimsawildlife.org

    Contact:
    Melinda Austin
    maaustin07@gmail.com
    515-720-0751

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  • 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.

    Contact:
    Karin Price
    westdesmoineslec@bickfordseniorliving.com
    515-327-9400

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  • 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.

    Dates: on-going

    Location: Ronald McDonald House of Central Iowa
    1441 Pleasant Street Des Moines

    How to sign up:

    https://www.rmhdesmoines.org/get-involved/volunteer

    For more information, visit: https://www.rmhdesmoines.org/

    Contact:
    Caroline Baker
    caroline@rmhdesmoines.org
    515-243-2111

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