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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 – 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.

Clive Learning Academy – Tiger Cubs Preschool, Family Fun Night   January 25

Volunteers are needed Thursday, January 25 from 5:00p – 6:30p to help at the Clive Learning Academy Tiger Cubs Family Fun Night. Duties include helping with activities and games such as Alphabet Bingo, reading a story using props, and making name necklaces. To volunteer contact Angie Matthews at Clive Learning Academy is located at 1900 73rd Street in Clive.

Clive Learning Academy – Book Fair      February 3

Clive Learning Academy is planning a Book Fair at the Barnes & Noble on University Avenue in West Des Moines. To help with the success of this event volunteers are needed to at the VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR photo booth. The book fair is scheduled for Saturday, February 3 from 12:00p-1:00p. To volunteer sign up through the link

For more information contact Laura Schieber at

Barnes & Noble is located at 4550 University Ave, West Des Moines.

Stilwell – Band Solo Festival    February 12

The Stilwell Band Solo Festival is scheduled for Monday, February 12 from 3:15p-7:40p.  Volunteers are needed to serve as center monitors who will assist soloists and judges, ballot runners who will collect ballots, and office helpers who will organize ballots and post ratings. Volunteers are needed as early as 2:45p to as late as approximately 7:40p. Students can work the whole night or in shifts. Shift times are approximately 2:45p/3:00p-5:30p and 5:30p-7:40p and volunteers can work one or both shifts. If interested, please contact Mr. Lewis at Volunteer openings will be filled on a first come first served basis, six volunteers are needed for each shift.

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.

Crossroads Park – Open House and Pancake Feed

Volunteers are needed on Thursday, January 18 from 4:00p-8:00p to help with the Crossroads Park Open House and Pancake Feed.  Duties include setting up tables, making and serving beverages, cleaning tables, taking out the trash and clean-up.  To volunteer contact Janelle Bailey at

WDMCS/Community Ed – Personal Care Donations, Volunteer

The week of February 12-16 WDMCS schools will be collecting personal care items to be donated to local organizations that serve families in the school district. Interested volunteers will be responsible for one school and will decorate and drop off a donation box, distribute PR materials to the school, count and collect donations, and pack the donations so they are ready to be pick-up by the district on Friday, February 16. Volunteers need to be available to volunteer several days in February and after school on Thursday, February 15.  All supplies will be provided and volunteers will earn 5 hours of Silver Cord credit for this service opportunity.  To sign-up please use the link:

Questions?  Please contact Rosemary Brandt at

Jordan Creek Elementary – Tiger Cubs Family Night   January 23

Jordan Creek Preschool is having a Family Night and they need volunteers to assist with the event. Duties include setting up, running games and activities, serving snacks, helping with crafts and clean-up. To volunteer use the link

Tiger Cubs Family Night is scheduled for Tuesday, January 23 from 5:30p-8:00p. For more information contact Terese Gallentine at

(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

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.

Animal Rescue League – Gourmet Valentine’s Apples

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is looking for volunteers to help make and assemble gourmet apples for their Valentines Day fundraiser. Responsibilities will vary throughout the day and include helping with setup, decorating apples and assembling apples. Volunteers younger than 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and all volunteers will need to fill out a liability waiver (students will need a parent or legal guardian to sign the waiver). The waiver can be found on the volunteer signup pages.  


Saturday, February 3 from 12:00p – 3:00p at Loffredo Produce in West Des Moines

Sunday, February 4 from 9:00a – 3:30p at the ARL Main location, 5452 NE 22nd Street in DM.;?view=Tickets&id=103238

Please note: The third date is tentative if Feb 3rd does not fulfill the production needs.

Saturday, February 10  Loffredo Produce in West Des Moines

If you are a current ARL Volunteer, simply login and register in Volgistics.  Registration will be needed for each person attending to assure even scheduling.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Kevin Buton, Volunteer Coordinator (515) 473-9110  or

Children & Families of Iowa’s – Kidsfest

Volunteers are needed for Children & Families of Iowa’s 2018 Kidsfest, presented by Veridian Credit Union that will be held March 2-4, 2018 in the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Volunteers are needed with children’s games and activities, hand out goodie bags, face paint, help exhibitors and assist with other activities during this three day long event. Below is a link with detailed information about all of the volunteer options.    Questions?  Contact Heather Lee at

Webster Elementary – Family Fun Night

Webster Elementary in Urbandale will be hosting a Family Fun Night carnival on Saturday, Feb. 24. Volunteer work includes running games, selling and serving food and drinks, taking tickets, helping with the silent auction, face painting and more. There are shifts between 3:00p-8:30p. This is a great way for students to earn hours…it’s simple and fun!  To volunteer sign up here. Questions? Contact Webster Elementary is located at 12955 Aurora Ave, Urbandale.

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.

Opportunity on Deck – Basketball Coaches/Mentors (Winter 18)

Opportunity on Deck will be hosting a basketball league at Crestview Elementary School for students in 1st through 6th grade. To provide the best experience for the participants,volunteers and needed to help run drills, teach the fundamentals, lead games and coach participants through scrimmages. No coaching experience is necessary, just a positive attitude, some basketball knowledge and a willingness to help kids! The league is held on Mondays and Saturdays starting  Monday, January 15 and running through Saturday, February 17.  To volunteer use the link  For more information contact Dillon DeClerk at

Opportunity on Deck – Dance Teachers (Winter 18)

Volunteer dance teachers are needed to help teach dance to elementary students who have never had the opportunity to take an organized dance class. The dance clinic will be offered on Mondays and Saturdays for 5 weeks, January 15 – February 17. Volunteers will be assisting the head dance coach with stretches, warmups, games, and lessons. To volunteer use the link  The classes will be held at Crestview Elementary in Clive.  To learn more contact Dillon DeClerk at  

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

Girls on the Run – YMCA  January 28

Volunteers are needed Sunday, January 28 to help with the Ice Breaker Triathlon being held at the Walnut Creek YMCA. Shift times are 5:30a-10:00a and 6:00a-11:00a. To volunteer use the following link:  

Duties include helping set up, timing participants, and cleaning up. For more information contact Christa VanderLeest 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

HCR Manor Care- 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 Brittney Kass at  HCR ManorCare is located at 5010 Grand Ridge Drive in West Des Moines

Clive Community Services

Clive Community Services is seeking two regular volunteers to help unload a weekly food delivery truck, mark a checklist of what was on the truck, and either shelve the items or backstock the items. Attention to detail and to procedures is a must. The delivery is every Wednesday at 3:15 PM. Roughly 1-2 hours per occurrence. 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

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