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Pre-Approved Activities

The organizations-opportunities listed below are currently seeking volunteers. All of the organizations-opportunities listed below are pre-approved activities and can be found in the drop down box when submitting your hours for credit. you DO NOT have to submit an individual pre-approval form for these items.

WDMCS District Volunteer Opportunities

Community Education – English Language Learner Volunteer   Training – March 24

Want to make a real difference in the lives of new Iowans who are learning English? Now you can! We invite you to help your neighbors by assisting in an adult language learning classroom.  Under the direction of the instructor, you will assist beginning English learners in improving their language skills. Desired qualifications; 16 years old or older, a near native fluency in English (Native speakers of Spanish, Arabic, and Chin are encouraged to volunteer), strong interpersonal communication skills, patients and respect for individuals with diverse backgrounds, and a willingness to commit to one classroom for the duration of the class. Before helping in the classroom you must attend a pre-service training scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 9:00a – noon, at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway in WDM. Once trained you can chose to help at one of three class sites, WDMCS Community Education, WDM Human Services, or Clive Community Services. To sign up for the training session or for more information contact Karen Crosby at

Crossroads Elementary – Spirit Night  April 6 and 7

Crossroads Elementary is hosting a carnival style family night Saturday, April 7 and they need lots of volunteers to make it happen!  Volunteers are needed two days, Friday, April 6 to help with set up, and Saturday, April 7 to help during the carnival. The theme is Heroes – Super Heroes and Everyday Heroes. All high school students that enjoy working with elementary kids are encouraged to sign up!  To sign up use the SignUp Genius page  Questions? Contact Mary Wilson at

Western Hills Elementary- Carnival    April 7

Come have fun at the Western Hills Carnival and get some Silver Cord hours! The Carnival is scheduled for Saturday, April 7 from 4:00p-8:30p. Volunteers will be helping with games, food, and more!  It’s a fun-filled evening and it supports a great cause!

For more info or to sign up use the following link:

Questions? Contact Marcie Stouse at

VHS – Evening Volunteer – Drake Parent Night Orientation Childcare    March 8

Volunteers are needed to help with childcare at the Drake Parent Night Orientation. Duties include playing board games, coloring with children, and reading books. This event will be held on Thursday, March 8th from 6:00p-7:00p in the Valley High School cafeteria. To volunteer sign up through the SignUpGenius link

For more information contact Rosa Pagan at

VHS Dance Marathon – Children’s Miracle Network  March 30

The Valley Dance Marathon is scheduled for March 30th from 5:30p – 10:00p. Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving more than 450 colleges and high schools across the county.  All money raised goes to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and brings awareness to pediatric illness. In order to participate students must pay a $10.00 admission fee (tee-shirts and prizes included) and must raise at least $20 which needs to be turned in at the event. The event will have food, a photo booth, karaoke, inflatables, wax hands, dodgeball, silent disco, and so much more!  Receive 4 silver cord hours just for participating and staying the entire duration of the dance. Packets are available in the main office starting Feb. 12th.  For more information contact Leah Kain at

Community Education – ESL Child Care Helpers

You can make a difference in the lives of dedicated adult English language students by helping with child care during class. Volunteers are needed in the Learning Resource Center every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:15p – 8:00p.   At least two volunteers are needed each evening to assist the child care provider. You will be responsible for helping play games, reading books, and other various tasks while parents learn. Come have fun! You must be at least age 16, love children, and be patient with and have respect for individuals with diverse backgrounds. To volunteer sign-up through the link  For more information contact Karen Crosby at

The Learning Resource Center is located at 3550 Mills Civic Pkwy.

Valley Honors Project –  Westridge Readers Book Club  ongoing through spring

Each Tuesday at Westridge Elementary third and fourth grade students are given an opportunity to take part in the Westridge Readers Book Club. The book club runs from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm and volunteers are needed to help with the discussion and keep readers on task. Volunteers will receive one hour of Silver Cord credit each week they are present at the club. To volunteer contact Linh Tran at   For more information on the program check out the flyer.

(VHS) Honors Project for Ariz Keshwani  – Deerfield Performing Arts Program

Valley/VSW student musicians are invited to showcase their talents at the Deerfield Retirement Community on Sunday’s from 3:00p-4:00p. This activity will run during the school year from October 8 – May 4.  To sign up to volunteer please contact Ariz Keshwani at  Deerfield is located at 13731 Hickman Road in Urbandale.

Fairmeadows Lego Club

Each Friday (3:30p-5:15p) from October through May, students will play, create and learn about Legos. Silver Cord volunteers are needed to help set up and put away Legos as well as help students find Lego pieces and make creations. To volunteer please e-mail Mr. Cameron Gale at or check in with him in VHS room 1603. Fairmeadows Elementary is located at 807 23rd Street in West Des Moines.

Crestview North Side Band Set-up  Ongoing

Volunteers are needed to help set up for the North Side Band every Tuesday morning.  Set up begins at 7:00a and ends at 7:30a. This is easy work and a solid consistent Silver Cord Opportunity. To help out contact Jerilyn Kobberdahl at This volunteer activity will take place at Crestview School of Inquiry located at 8355 Franklin Ave in Clive.

Booster Pak – Webmaster Volunteer  

Booster Pak is looking for an individual with graphic design and/or web development skills. Volunteer would work with Board Members and Booster Pak Leadership to make updates to the existing Web Site (WordPress) and implement new features. Volunteer would also assist with implementing the organization’s social media campaign.  Expected commitment would be up to10 hours a month and very flexible. Experience with WordPress, Facebook and Twitter required. To apply contact Melanie Menkin at

VHS- Booster Club-Concession Stand

Every year hundreds of volunteers are needed to run the various concession stands at Valley and VSW sporting events.  Each time the concession stands are open a sports team is responsible for providing volunteers.  To help fill the gaps Silver Cord students can also volunteer in the concession stands as long as the event/shift is not assigned to their team.  The shifts are two hours long, it’s an easy way to work on the (one of three organization) requirement, and it’s fun to be a part of the action!  To sign-up use the link:  For more information contact the Volunteer Coordinator at

Clive Learning Academy-PTO Meeting Childcare    Monthly starting Sept 12

Clive Learning Academy holds monthly Parent Teacher Organization meetings in the school media center. Parents attending this meeting will often bring their elementary aged children. The Clive PTO is looking for 2 Silver Cord individuals to join us in the Media Center to watch over the children during the meeting. This will be a monthly opportunity on the second Tuesday of the month during the school year and the shift is from 6:45p-8:30p. To volunteer for one or more dates use the SignUpGenius link

For additional information contact Laura Schieber at

VHS – Classroom Peer Assistant/Study Hall

The Classroom Peer/Assistant will have the opportunity to serve as a peer and/or assistant in a special education classroom in the high school setting. Peer assistants are paired with a student with special needs. Activities include reading to student, engaging in art activities, playing games, or taking walks in the high school setting. In addition, Peer assistants also help the classroom teacher organize materials, shred old material, and laminate projects. This is a perfect opportunity for students interested in exploring the field of special education. This is a very rewarding experience and a great way to serve your community!  For more information or to sign up contact Denise Dieter at

Children’s Cancer Connection Blankets

The Children’s Cancer Connection is collecting blankets to send with kids to camp. Handmade polar fleece tie blankets for both boys and girls ages 5-18 are needed. Please put the blankets in a bag and drop off at the Valley Counseling center or the VSW main office. Make sure to include a note with name, grade, and date. Two hours of Silver Cord Credit can be earned by purchasing the fleece, making the blanket and turning it in to Mrs. Bonus at VSW or her office in the VHS Counseling Office.  Students can make one blanket a month.  PLEASE note: in order to get credit you must remember to cut off the salvage of the fleece as well as make sure you knot the strips (not just tie them once). To learn how to make a blanket please review the attached directions. Blankets will not be accepted after May 31st.  Blankets will again be accepted September 1st.


Metro Area Volunteer Opportunities

Botanical Gardens – Spring Break Family Activities    March 13-16

If you want to earn Silver Cord hours over spring break this is a fun way to do it!  Volunteers are needed at the Botanical Garden March 13-16. Duties include welcoming guests and helping with activities. Shifts are 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and/or 1 – 4 p.m. plus check-in and training time. For ages 14+. If you are interested in applying or have questions contact Susan Cory at If you have specific dates or shifts that you are interested in, please indicate or state that you are flexible.

Opportunity on Deck – Soccer Mentors  Saturdays March 24 – April 28

Soccer mentors/volunteers are needed to teach the sport of soccer to girls and boys ages 6-13 who have never had the chance to play organized athletics before. Duties include teaching basic soccer techniques, lead drills, play games, and organize scrimmages. Mentors must enjoy working with children and be willing to serve as positive role models for the participants. The clinics wills be held Saturday mornings, March 24 through April 28.  There are two clinic locations, Hillside Elementary or Crestview School of Inquiry and volunteers can sign up by the week. All practices will be outside so dress according to the weather.

To volunteer at Hillside: use this link

To volunteer at Crestview: use this link

For more information please contact Dylan DeClerk at

Living History Farms – Easter Party  March 31

Come out to the Living History Farms Saturday, March 31st from 8:30a – 12:30p and have fun by helping children engage in games and contests!  Volunteers are needed to help with the Easter Bonnet Relay, the Toy Hunt or assist pre-school children at Bunnyland.

Sign up through the link:  Please note, teens 15 years old and younger need to volunteer with a parent or guardian.  For more information contact Jan Milroy at

WDM Fire Fighters Association – Egg Hunt   March 31

Volunteers are needed at the WDM Fire Fighters Association Easter Egg Hunt. This event will take place at the DMACC West Campus on Saturday, March 31st from 9:00am to 12:00pm.  Volunteers are needed  to face paint, move furniture and move it back into place, putting up signage, and assisting the Fire Fighters with whatever may be needed. To volunteer please contact Ciel Friess at The DMACC West Campus is located at 5959 Grand Avenue, WDM.

Living History Farms – Junior Counselor applications being accepted now

Living History Farms is now accepting applications for Summer Day Camp Junior Counselors.  Junior Counselors are responsible for assisting with crafts and activities, maintaining a safe environment for the campers, and proving general support to the Camp Counselors.  To be considered for a position, volunteers should enjoy working with children, be flexible, energetic and willing to have fun with the campers.  For additional information, check out the Living History Farms Junior Counselor webpage.

Decoding Dyslexia 5K –  DJ, band, or musicians wanted

Decoding Dyslexia of Iowa is hosting a charity 5k run and need some live music at the event. If you are a DJ, in a band, or a musician, and interested in building your fan base, send a sample of your work to .  Links to band YouTube videos or Facebook pages are also acceptable. The band or DJ will need to be available to play on Saturday, April 28 from 9:00a – 11:00a. This event will take place at the Raccoon River Park, 2500 Grand Ave. in West Des Moines. If Silver Cord volunteers are selected for this awesome opportunity they will need to submit their own pre-approval before submitting hours for credit. For more information contact Patty D   

Science Center – Spring Break  March 9-19

Are you staying home for Spring Break? Well here is a great opportunity to invest your down time and get TONS of Silver Cord hours! The Science Center of Iowa needs at least 6 volunteers March 9-19, This year theme is all things DINO with Jurassic Park type activities. There are two shifts, 9:30a-1:00p and 12:00p – 3:30p.  Sign up for one or more.  To volunteer go to the Science Center volunteer page and click on the “special events volunteer” link  For more information contact Kayleen Vande Kamp at

Science Center of Iowa – Summer Camp Jr Counselor  Applications due March 16

Applications are being accepted through March 16th for Summer Science Center Jr Counselors at the Science Center of Iowa.  If you enjoy science, working with children and are 15-18 years old, this is a great way to earn lots of Silver Cord credit. Selected candidates will be interviewed, must attend a mandatory training, and will need to commit to at least one full week of camp, Monday through Friday 8:30AM-4:30PM. For more information check out the webpage on how to become a Jr. Counselor The dates of each camp session are on the application. For more information contact Kayleen Vade Kamp at

Girls on the Run -YMCA       May 5 and 6

The Walnut Creek YMCA is hosting the Girls on the Run 5K. Volunteers are needed Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th. Duties include packet pick-up, post race food service and set-up and teardown. To sign-up to help use the following link This event will be held at 2400 George Flagg Pkwy in Des Moines, 50321.  For more information contact Christa Vander Leest at

Race for Hope – 5K Run/Walk  May 11, 12

Did you know May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month?  Race for Hope DSM- 5K Run/Walk is an important event inspired by Nicolas Lovan, a WDMCS student diagnosed in 2012 with an inoperable brain tumor. This year the 6th annual Race for Hope will be held on Saturday, May 12 at Water Works Park with volunteer opportunities starting Friday for packet pick-up at Aspen Athletics located at 4100 Merle Hay Rd in DM. To volunteer click The Race for Hope volunteer link.  For more info go check out the Race for Hope  website or contact Kathleen Sparks at


Shepherd of the Valley – Shepherd’s Flock Twice Blessed Consignment Sale  April 5-7

Volunteers are needed to help at the SOV Twice Blessed Consignment Shop Thursday, April 5 through Saturday, April 7. Students will help the organizers prepare for the sale by organizing sale items, assisting shoppers as they check-out, and sorting items after the sale is over.

To volunteer use the link

Shepherd of the Valley is located at 3900 Ashworth Road in West Des Moines. Questions? Contact Rosalyn Roberts at

Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens – Summer Discovery Tour leaders

The Botanical Gardens is seeking summer Discovery Tour Leaders. Duties include introducing groups of young children to the Botanical Garden through interactive activities based on botanical and horticultural concepts. The activities take place indoors and  outdoors and are offered in a tour like style. Teen volunteers will co-lead with another teen or adult. The groups will consist of no more than 25 elementary school aged youth and their adult chaperones. To be considered for this volunteer position students must fill out a leader application.There are eight one-week (five days) summer camp offerings. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one camp (approximately 37-40 hours) and may request multiple camps if they wish. Training will be held in early June.  For additional information contact Susan Cory at

Applications are due April 13

Botanical Garden – Summer Camp Assistant

Youth volunteers provide support and assistance for day-to-day programs and activities of the Botanical Garden Summer Camp Program. If they desire, they are given the opportunity to design and lead elements of the programming.  This role is ideal for students who enjoy environmental sciences, teaching, speech/public speaking, working with children or a combination of all. The position description and application is available under “For prospective summer youth volunteers” at:

The application and a reference is due by April 13th.

If there are questions or comments call Susan Cory, Volunteer Coordinator,


Blank Park Zoo – Zoo Crew Member       Deadline: March 1

Zoo Crew is a special opportunity for youth ages 13-17 to volunteer at the Blank Park Zoo! The purpose of the Zoo Crew programs is to engage young adults in volunteer opportunities, instill knowledge about the zoo, and inspire an appreciation for the natural world.  First year Zoo Crew volunteer opportunities include: assisting Summer Safari camp counselors with preschool campers, providing information about the zoo as guest service and education/conservation guides, and keeping the zoo beautiful.  Zoo Crew volunteers are also encouraged to volunteer during family friendly special events!

The zoo is now accepting applications for the 2018 season! Please click here for an application and more information! The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018.  Questions? Please email Chris Eckles at or call at 515-974-2551.


West Des Moines Lions Club – Volunteer Webmaster

The West Des Moines Lions Club is looking for a student or students to help keep the local Lions Club website up to date. Duties will include working with Lions Club International on building and enhancing the website and showcasing the local clubs activities, pictures, and upcoming events. To be considered for this position please contact Mike Hammen, Club President, at The hours for this volunteer opportunity are flexible and the work will be done at Mike Hammen’s office, Advantage Financial Services, 1776 22nd Street, West Des Moines, Iowa.

Shepherd of the Valley – ESL Child Care Helpers   Spring Session Jan. 16 – April 5

Volunteers are needed at Shepherd of the Valley every Tuesday and Thursday starting January 16 through April 5  to help with childcare during ESL classes. At least two volunteers are needed each evening. You will be responsible for helping play games, distributing snacks, reading books, taking attendance and other various tasks while playing with the children. Its super easy and lots of fun!  Students may email Angie Spann at to sign up for one or more dates to volunteer. Students may sign up individually or as a pair if they so choose. Shepherd of the Valley is located at 3900 Ashworth Road in West Des Moines.

Des Moines Children’s Museum – Museum Volunteer  Ongoing

Des Moines Children’s Museum is a 501 (c)(3) 100% volunteer run organization with the long term goal of opening a permanent location. Our mission is :The Des Moines Children’s Museum will provide a fun, safe, and educational environment for young children and their families to explore the arts, nature, and the world around them. We will provide hands-on exhibitions and programs to encourage a love of learning, and be a positive resource for parents, children, and the surrounding community. Volunteers will assist with the day-to-day operation of the museum.  Tasks will include things like welcoming visitors, sanitizing toys, and keeping exhibits tide. The Des Moines Children’s Museum is located at Valley West Mall.  To volunteer sign up on the Des Moines Children’s Museum volunteer page Questions?  Contact Julie Burtnette at

American Parkinson Disease Association Iowa Chapter June 15, 2018

The annual Iowa Parkinson’s Disease Conference will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018. This event will take place at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, Iowa. The event will run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Registration will start at 8:00 a.m.)

The focus of this conference is to empower patients and caregivers with medical and practical advice on how to live well with Parkinson’s disease. We expect 500-600 attendees at this conference. To learn more about volunteer shifts click this link.  To volunteer contact Kylie Thompson at

West Des Moines Community Equity DiscussionsOctober through July 

Silver Cord volunteers are invited to participate in a series of community discussions on the issue of equity and the development of an anti-bias community. Beginning in the spring of 2016, a group of West Des Moines Valley parents met to discuss ways to support the West Des Moines school district and community on the issue of equity and the development of an anti-bias community. The parents reached out to the administration of Valley High School, City Government and to West Des Moines elected leaders with an expression of support and a desire to help. Valley Administration, West Des Moines City Government and West Des Moines elected leaders responded with interest and the idea of holding community discussions was formed. The focus of the 2017-2018 discussions will be based on the Welcoming America – Building a Nation of Neighbors Program ( For additional information contact Mark Hillenband at

The discussions are open to the public and will be held at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway in WDM on the 2nd Thursday of the month beginning October 12 from 7:00p-9:00p. Students who participate in the discussions can sign-in when they arrive and will receive two hours of Silver Cord credit.

Discussion Dates: October 12, November 9, January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12.

Plymouth Place Senior Living-Tech Time  ongoing

A team of two volunteers are needed after school on Wednesday’s (3:00p-5:00p) and/or Saturday’s (10:00a-noon) to help during Tech Time at Plymouth Place Senior Living.  located at 4111 Ingersoll Ave. in Des Moines. Duties include answering questions and helping seniors use phones, iPads, iPods, and laptops. Most tech questions will be very simple  like how to turn off/on WiFi or finding apps and using apps. Interested volunteer teams need to be patient, have a heart for the elderly, and the ability to explain things very clearly. To get on either the Wed. or Sat. schedule contact Carla Moon at
Plymouth Place Senior Living is located at 4111 Ingersoll Ave. in Des Moines

Student rules for Tech Time at Plymouth Place

Volunteer Application for Plymouth Place

Beverdale Estates Retirement Community- “My Story” Interviews  Summer 17

Beverdale Estates is seeking volunteers to work with seniors for a project titled: “My Story”. This would involve interviewing residents one on one  helping them capture their life stories to put together for their families. They would also like the possibility of capturing interviews of the residents on video and/or taking photos of the residents. Interviews would be conducted during business hours, they are open 7 days a week. A brief orientation is required before being assigned to a resident Contact Katie at Beaverdale Estates to get involved in the project at

WDM Library- Teen Advisory Board

Are you interested in making the library a better place for teens? Then the WDM Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board is for you! By becoming a member of TAB you can take a leadership role in your community, give input in teen activities, and help develop the collection of young adult materials at the Library. TAB members also host fundraisers for teen programming at the Library, participate in community activities, help with Children’s programs at the library and more. TAB meets September through May on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Library’s Classroom. Interested student must apply.  For more information regarding the application process contact Jenna Ehler at

 Manor Care (HCR ManorCare) – Activities Volunteer

HCR ManorCare is looking for students to volunteer at their facility in West Des Moines. Volunteers will assist with fun activities such as: bingo, arts and crafts, cards, board games, trivia, Wii games, name that tune, and more! They also have a piano where volunteers may play songs for our residents. The hours are flexible through the end of the school year; M-F to 6:00p and Sat-Sun 9:00a-6:00p. To volunteer please e-mail Amy Gochanour   HCR ManorCare is located at 5010 Grand Ridge Drive in West Des Moines

Clive Community Services

Clive Community Services is seeking regular volunteers to help in our Food Pantry & Clothing Room. Pantry volunteers will work with clients as they shop.  Clothing volunteers will assist & monitor clients as they shop.  Clive Community Services is located at 2190 NW 82nd Street, Suite A in Clive. This is near the intersection of 86th & Hickman and near Crestview Elementary. Please contact Linda Shanks at or 515-480-4027 for more details. Sign up at

WDM Library-Monthly Group Service Project

The Library is looking for volunteers to help with a monthly group service project. A variety of tasks will be performed to help out the Library including cleaning and straightening shelves, organizing materials, preparing program supplies, and more. No experience or training necessary! Project is for students age 14-18. To participate an application must be filled out and approved. To obtain the application or for more information please contact or 515-222-3412.

Make A Wish- Office Assistant

Make a Wish is recruiting an office helper on Wednesday’s after school from 2:30p-4:30p.  Volunteer duties will include scanning, filing and shredding.   To volunteer please email Rachel or call and speak with her at the office, 515-334-2636.  This volunteer position will run through the month of March, interested candidates must by 17 or older.  If you are a junior or senior needing to get service hours done this is a great pre-approved opportunity.

Ongoing Opportunities

National Speech and Debate Association    

Volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis to help prepare honor society mailings and certificates for students and coaches participating in speech and debate across the county.  This is a flexible volunteer opportunity. To arrange volunteer shifts contact Amy Seidelman at The National Speech and Debate Association is located at 401 Railroad Place in West Des Moines.

GiGi’s Playhouse-Adult Percussion Group

GiGi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome achievement center located in Windsor Heights, would like to start a percussion group by partnering Valley band percussion students and GiGi adults who are interested in playing a percussion instrument. Student volunteers would need to bring their own instruments (tambourine, bells, moroccas, snare drum; instruments that are easily transportable) Times for this activity have not been determined. This is flexible, as it could be weekly or biweekly or during the fall and spring.  For more information please contact Lisa Woiwood, GiGi’s Playhouse board member at

Botanical Garden – Plant Pot Washer

The Botanical Garden is in need of volunteers to wash plant pots! This is an easy task to learn and one that allows you to put in your ear buds or just get lost in thought while earning Silver Cord hours. It is also a very needed volunteer role!

Lots of pots are used at the Botanical Garden and these need to be sanitized before reusing to prevent the possibility of spreading any disease or contaminates. This is a simple process of brushing out excess dirt, dunking the pot in a cleaning solution and setting it out to dry. Volunteers may also be asked to put away clean pots.

The chemical used to sanitize is Zerotol and it is diluted in water. It is very similar to diluted bleach. Botanical Garden staff will prepare the solution. Rubber gloves and safety glasses are available for use. Staff is happy to discuss the solution composition with anyone who has questions.

This role can be done any day except for Sunday and within these time restrictions.

Weekdays: Be able to arrive no later than 2:30 p.m.

Saturdays: Be able to arrive between 8 and 10 a.m.

Please plan to assist for a minimum of 2 hours. If volunteering only short-term, we ask that volunteers commit to helping a minimum of four hours (over two sessions).

To enquirer about volunteering e-mail Susan Cory at and provide your contact information plus the days and times your are wanting to volunteer.

Susan G. Komen of Iowa –Office Assistant

The Susan G. Komen of Iowa office is in need of volunteer office assistants.  Duties include answering the phones and other administrative tasks as assigned by the Operations and Finance Director. Students can sign up by contacting Tracy Greene at The shift times are flexible, anytime between 9:00a and 5:00p. Weekend and weeknight hours may be available upon request.  For a  detailed job description click the link.  The Susan G. Komen of Iowa office is located at 3850 Merle Hay Road, Urbandale.

Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community

Volunteers are needed to help serve clients in our food pantry and clothing closet. Volunteers will help clients select food, pack and carry out to their vehicles. Responsibilities will also include restocking shelves, counting/sorting donations and daily cleaning. Volunteers must be at least 16 to volunteer without a parent. First-time volunteers need to arrive 5 minutes early to receive a brief orientation. Shift times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-Noon

Saturdays 10am-2pm.  The Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community  is located at 5870 Merle Hay Rd Suite D in Johnston, Iowa. To volunteer please sign up through the link  

Questions? Contact Andrea Cook at

Arbor Springs Skilled Care -Elderly Visits

Arbor Springs is a skilled care nursing facility specializing in people with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. The are looking for volunteers to visit with residents for 45 min-1 hour.  The visits can include simple conversations with the residents, reading the newspaper/books, ipad games, jigsaw puzzles, craft projects and listening to I-pods.  Interested students can contact the Activity Assistant Teawna Stark at  To learn more check out the Connect With Seniors Video. Arbor Springs is located at 7951 EP True Pkwy in WDM.

Walnut Creek YMCA-Learn and Play Center

The Walnut Creek YMCA is looking for students who are interested in helping with childcare at the Learn and Play Center. This is an ongoing volunteer opportunity with flexible hours making it a great Silver Cord opportunity for busy students. To volunteer please apply through the YMCA website

Iowa Lutheran Hospital-Volunteen Program

Unity Point Health-Iowa Lutheran Hospital-Volunteen Program gives high school students an opportunity to volunteer in a hospital.  Volunteen duties might include making health folders, talking with patients, making floral arrangements and delivering flowers, magazines, and beverages to patients.  To be considered for this opportunity please visit the Unity Point-Iowa Lutheran Hospital-Volunteer webpage For more information please contact Brad Fuglsang at

Valley Volunteen Testimony: I like helping the patients feel better by giving them flowers and magazines. I am learning to work with other people, and also how to be a part of a team.

Children and Family Urban Movement-Supper Club

Children and Family Urban Movement Supper Club provides an evening meal Monday-Saturday for 120-180 adults and children. Many of the guests that come to Supper Club are among the growing number of working poor that live in the metro area.  Each evening 6-10 volunteers are needed from 4:15p-6:16p to help set-up, serve food, and clean-up. To volunteer please contact WesLynn Caldwell at  Children and Family Urban Movement is located at 1548 8th Street in Des Moines.

Operation Christmas Child-Shoe Box Room

Volunteers are needed year round to prepare the gifts for the annual collection which occurs each year third week of November. In addition, volunteers may assist in or host community and church “packing parties” where items are pooled together and gifts are packaged corporately. Hundreds of hours are spent locally preparing items for inclusion in the boxes for these events in and around central Iowa. Candy needs to be bagged. Soaps and washcloths need to be bundled together. Pencils need to be sharpened. School supplies, toys and stuffed animals need to be gathered. Boxes need to be wrapped. Project work of this nature is based out of “The Shoe Box Room” in Urbandale.  Sign up for project work or to organize a packing party by calling Heather Rowley 515-333-1237 or email

Meals from the Heartland NEW WDM Packaging Center

Meals from the Heartland is excited to announce the opening of their new office/packaging center at 357 Lincoln Street in West Des Moines. Beginning in April there will be meal packaging several times a week and also on Saturdays.  For more information check out the Meals from the Heartland website To volunteer use the online registration form  Volunteer at Meals from the Heartland

Valley Church-The Respite Event/Hand in Hand

Volunteers are needed to spend a little time with a child with special needs during fun safe events.  Duties include setting up, serving as a one-o-one buddy with a child and cleaning up.  Interested students need to e-mail Beth Castile at and she will contact you regarding the dates and times.  The Hand in Hand events usually take place on Saturday’s.

Help a Heart Support Group

Volunteers are needed the second Monday of each month from 6:15p-8:45p  to help with childcare for parents who are attending a support group for children with heart defects.  Volunteers will watching the children, keeping them entertained, taking them to the bathroom if needed and assisting with snacks. This support group meets at the Westview Church, 1155 SE Boone Drive, Waukee.   Help a Heart offers support to families of children with heart defects and it is VERY important that volunteers are healthy. (no coughs, fevers, or illnesses 24 hours before volunteering)  To volunteer please contact Kasey Vermillion at

Catholic Charities-St Joseph Emergency Family Shelter

Volunteers are needed each Saturday and Sunday from 1:00p-3:00p  to help organize donations, clean the shelter and garage, and help with yard work.  Student volunteers must complete and return the attached consent for minor form to participate.  To volunteer contact the Shelter Coordinators, Celeste Egger or Dixie Webb  The St Joseph Emergency Shelter is located at 1535 11th Street in Des Moines.

Volunteer Form

Courage League Sports

Volunteers are needed to serve as  Courage League Sports “Team Mates” to  children and adults not able to go “full speed” due to disability, illness, or emotional challenges.   Team Mate volunteers  offer  minimal to moderate assistance with sports leagues, fitness classes, and special events. The population served consists of toddlers age 2-6,  school-aged youth age 7-18  and adults with special needs.   Volunteers will be helping participants developing new skills, meet new friends, build self-confidence, and have fun!  Courage League Sports is located at 4405 121st Street in Urbandale, Iowa.

Available Shifts:

Date Time
Monday – Thursday: 4:30-6:30 PM Saturday: 9:15 AM – Noon
Monday – Thursday: 5:30-7:30 PM Saturday: 12:15 PM – 3 PM

If interested in volunteering at Courage League Sports, please check out their website  volunteer flyer or volunteer submission form

For questions or to sign-up directly please email Porshia Perkins: or call 515-421-4020

Susan G. Komen of Iowa –Office Assistant

The Susan G. Komen of Iowa office is in need of volunteer office assistants.  Duties include answering the phones and other administrative tasks as assigned by the Operations Manager.  Students can sign up by contacting Tracy Dubon at The shift times are flexible, anytime between 8:00a and 5:00p. Weekend and weeknight hours may be available upon request.  For a  detailed job description click the link.  The Susan G. Komen of Iowa office is located at 3850 Merle Hay Road, Urbandale.

Office Assistant Description

Botanical Gardens-Green Thumbs Teen Volunteer Corps

The Botanical Gardens in Des Moines is seeking summer volunteers  interested in environmental sciences, speech/public speaking, theater/drama or a combination of all three to serve as Green Thumbs Teen Volunteers.  Green Thumb Volunteers offers multiple opportunities throughout the gardens.  Volunteers are selected through an application/recommendation process.  To apply please use this link   This volunteer opportunity is for students ages 15 and older.

Green Thumbs

 Urban Bicycle Food Ministry-Burrito Rides

The Urban Bicycle Food Ministry goes out on to the streets of Des Moines to provide radical hospitality! We will be riding our bikes into the downtown Des Moines area to provide burritos, peanut butter sandwiches, water, fruit, cookies and bug spray while building a relationship with those who are in need.  To find out more go to the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry Facebook page where the dates and rides are listed.

Students under the age of 18 will need to ride/volunteer with a parent or other responsible adult.

Vine Street Children’s Center-After school volunteer

Is  looking for individuals after school  who are passionate about children and enjoy working with them, playing with them, and caring for their needs!  In order to volunteer  with the children, all volunteers under age 18 will need to bring in a written permission slip from your parent/guardian giving us permission to run a background check. To volunteer please contact Mandy Lechtenberg at

Central Iowa Shelter Services

Central Iowa Shelter Services (CISS) provides free shelter and meals to homeless adults regardless of physical or emotional conditions.  Volunteers are needed in many different ways including the food pantry, clothing closet, food prep and meals, food rescue, and garden help.  For more information check out the CISS volunteer page.  To get involved contact Jorie Hidri at or 515-564-5752

Gigi’s Playhouse-Ongoing Programming Help

GiGi’s Playhouse has volunteer opportunities to leading and/or assisting with programming, serving on fundraising committees, helping on the day of events and fundraisers, & much more! As a helper you will You will help the program host in many ways including greeting, welcoming, and signing in participants. You will engage and assist participants during activities.

Before signing-up all new volunteers must fill out the Volunteer Registration Form (fill out here: and attend a Volunteer Orientation which provides an overview of our organization, programming, events, and fundraising. We want each and every individual, family, and volunteer to have the best possible experience at Gigi’s Playhouse.

Community Youth Concepts- Youth Volunteer Corps

Youth Volunteer Corps of Des Moines (YVC-Des Moines) is a supervised, team-based service-learning program hosted by Community Youth Concepts. We create volunteer opportunities to address community needs in Des Moines and to inspire youth ages 11-18 for a lifetime commitment to service. We strongly believe in Youth VOICE, Youth CHOICE- so students who come to meetings are the ones who choose what projects they want to do, and it is students who plan and implement those projects with the help of an adult facilitator. Students can receive Silver Cord hrs. from attending meetings, since meetings themselves consist of service activity planning and preparation!

Simply visit and fill out the volunteer information request form. We will email you a list of upcoming activities you may be interested in attending. Students can also send an email to and request to be added to our email list. Or, simply show up on a Wednesday for our weekly meetings from 4-5:15 PM!


This opportunity allows students to assist with Lutheran Church of Hope’s weekend children’s program–HopeKids. HopeKids is a high-energy program for 3 year olds through 5th grade. Student volunteers will help engage kids in worship and breakout activities. This is a fun way to invest in the next generation!  Students can sign up by emailing Lyndsay Korte at

WDM Human Services-Clothing Closet

West Des Moines Human Services, 139 6th Street in West Des Moines, is seeking volunteers in their Clothing Closet to accept donations, sort and straighten items, and assist clients as needed.  Hours are flexible, anytime Monday through Friday between 8 am and 4 pm.  Volunteers must be age 14 or older.  Please contact Mindy Hotovec at or call 222-3663.

Shepherd’s Flock Early Learning Center

The Shepherd’s Flock Early Learning Center has an ongoing need for volunteers to help with the following; inventory children’s books, toys and games; enter books, toys and games into the computer data base, prepare bulletin boards and classroom decorations, assemble books for teachers, assist with teacher prep work, make photocopies, file, help with mailings, help with playground work day.  To volunteer please contact Diane Hensley at 225-1952 or e-mail her at  S.O.V. is located at 3900 Ashworth Road in WDM.

The HCI Giving Tree

The HCI Giving Tree (Hospice of Central Iowa), 3330 100th Street in Urbandale, is seeking volunteers to help sort clothes, accept donations, carry furniture to cars, and assist at the cash register.  Those interested in volunteering must be 16 years of age or older and willing to make a six month commitment.  For additional information go to the website   To volunteer please contact Katie Gosselink at

Wesley Acres Musical Entertainment

The residents at the Wesley Acres retirement home love to listen to live music of all kinds: singing, instrumentals, solos, quartets, old songs, new songs… everything! Stopping by to share your musical talents will brighten their day (and probably yours, too). Click Here for more information or contact Susan Skinner at 515-271-6789 or

Green and Sustainable Clive

Green and Sustainable Clive is dedicated to enhancing the natural environment and ecology of Clive’s parks and green spaces. With the help of the community, Green and Sustainable Clive plans to develop hands-on volunteer initiatives, provide sustainability educational opportunities and support the Walnut Creek Watershed Enhancement.  For more information or to volunteer please contact Jennifer Easler at 515-205-6222 or Flyer

Animal Rescue League

The Animal Rescue League is looking for four students (they must be at least 16) to volunteer a couple of hours each week working with their Behavior Manager program by creating enrichment toys and treats for the dogs and cats in our care. Students will be interviewed, We will be looking for 1 student to take the lead, who will also be willing to teach the next group coming in. We’re asking for a minimum of one semester commitment with the option of staying on a second semester.All students will need to complete our Volunteer Orientation and Dog Companion training, which we will “fast-track” in order to get them started quickly. They will also be asked to complete our volunteer application and pay the $20 one time fee. To volunteer contact Joy Talmon, Volunteer Coordinator at

After School Arts Program (ASAP)

Connects elementary and middle-school students in the heart of the city of Des Moines, Iowa, with enriching arts experiences. Since starting, ASAP has connected more than 800 students with teaching artists in studios ranging from ceramics, painting, and photography to West African drumming, drama, and dance. ASAP succeeds with the help of dedicated volunteers and generous supporters. To get involved, please contact Michelle Bolton King at

Des Moines Religious Council – Red Barrel Program, Food Pantry Network Warehouse, Sack Saturdays

Do you live near a Walgreens? Want to help out the Food Pantry in your spare time? You can help by volunteering to pick up from one of our Walgreens Red Barrels. Des Moines Area Religious Council: Ways To VolunteerContact John Robinson at 664-0394 for more information.

Food Bank of Iowa/Back Pack Buddies

The Food Bank of Iowa is a private, not-for-profit organization committed to the mission of alleviating hunger through food distribution, partnership and education. The Food Bank of Iowa strives to meet the critical needs of a diverse population through its network of partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, nonprofit day care facilities, residential care centers and child and senior programs. Food Bank of Iowa | Learn About Hunger Hunger in America 2010: Food Bank of Iowa

Hope Outreach

Volunteers are needed to help with Hope Outreach Night every Thursday from 3-7:30 p.m. Volunteers can either help serve a free family-style meal or they can volunteer in the gym and assist families while they “shop” for free clothes, food or other essentials. Hope Outreach is located at 925 Jordan Creek Parkway in West Des Moines. To volunteer sign-up at Hope Outreach Night.

St. Timothy’s Community Garden

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church is in need of volunteers to help tend to the community garden.  Tim Goldman, 223-1782 or

Move the Food DSM is inviting individuals, families, youth groups, work teams and others to actively join us in tending a healthy, strong community. Check out these fall volunteer events in Des Moines. For more information go to the Move the Food web site.

Catholic Worker House

Catholic Worker House needs help in food store or volunteer as needed. Location at 1310 7th Street , Des Moines, IA 50314. Help in food store or volunteer as needed 515-243-0765.

Freedom for Youth: 2301 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50310

Volunteers will be working in the garden, laying landscaping materials and cleaning up around the neighborhood. Contact: Esmerelda Kretzu 282-4822 or or website


Contact Information

Rosemary Brandt

Service Learning Coordinator
Learning Resource Center
3550 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50265

Cyndi Bonus

Silver Cord Coordinator
Valley High School
3650 Woodland Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266