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Center for Social Ministry – Packing and Moving

July 19-July 26 American Friends House
Our small office is moving to the second floor and we need help packing and moving.
American Friends House
4211 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312
Jamie Loggins-Evans
(515) 782-3054

How to sign up: Contact Jamie Evans via email at

Shift Times: Times are flexible. Please email with availability during Friday, July 19-Friday, July 26.

Volunteer Age Requirement 14+

Additional Information Need to be able to lift at least 40 pounds and walk up and down stairs. This activity can be found in Silver Cord Online under Center for Social Ministry.

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Metro Area Summer Vacation Bible Schools

June 10-August 2 shift time vary locations vary
Summer 2019 VBS: The following churches are hosting summer VBS and are already pre-loaded in the Silver Cord online system and can be found as listed; Grace Lutheran Church-VBS, Faith Lutheran Church-VBS, Lutheran Church of Hope-Vacation Bible School, Lutheran Church of Hope- Downtown City Branch VBS, Lutheran Church of Hope- Johnston Grimes VBS, Plymouth Church - VBS . If you are planning to be a VBS leader at a different church please submit a personal pre-approval through Silver Cord Online.
locations vary
Must contact churches directly. Check in with the Children's Coordinator

How to sign up: If you do not see your church listed please log into Silver Cord Online and submit a pre-approval before your VBS session starts.

Shift Times: Various weeks through out the summer

Additional Information To help get your hours approved faster: Students volunteering for VBS may be working along side an adult whose contact information is not pre loaded in the Silver Cord Online drop down list. When volunteering please check in with your church or direct supervisor and get their name, email and phone number and if the pre loaded contact information is different you can change it. The exception is WDM Lutheran Church of Hope where volunteers sign in electronically and all hours are documented through that system. WDM Lutheran Church of Hope has a Silver Cord specific email address used for all VBS volunteers.

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Shepherd of the Valley – Thursday morning childcare (summer)

July 11-August 29 9:30 am - 11:30 am Shepherd of the Valley Church - nursery
SOV is seeking 1-2 high school youth to help with childcare during a summer ladies study. Student would assist an adult in watching children play, help serve snack, assist on outdoor playground, and other various tasks as needed with those kids present.
Shepherd of the Valley Church - nursery
3900 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Angie Spann
(515) 556-6508

How to sign up: Please email OR text Angie at 515-556-6508 to sign up.

Shift Times: Thursday mornings 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Volunteer Age Requirement 16 years or older

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Shepherd of the Valley – ESL Childcare Helper

September 3-May 14 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Shepherd of the Valley Church
Volunteers are needed at Shepherd of the Valley every Tuesday and Thursday to help with childcare during ESL classes. Classes are held from 7:00p-9:00p and will run through the school year. Two volunteers are needed each evening to play games, distribute snacks, read books, and take attendance. Students may sign up individually or as a pair if they so choose.
Shepherd of the Valley Church
3900 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Angie Spann
(515) 556-6508

How to sign up: Students may sign up by emailing OR text at 515-556-6508

Shift Times: Tuesday evenings 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Thursday evenings 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Additional Information Please note that our first semester classes will end on December 12th. We will take a short break during the holidays and then resume again in January.