2020 WDMCS Silver Cord – UnityPoint Mask Making – Fabric Available – 3000 still needed
UnityPoint health is collecting handmade masks. We ask that you follow the pattern and instructions which are included on this page. If you have already made masks with another pattern that's OK.
Drop off location: Blank Children's Hospital Parking Garage
1200 Pleasant Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
How to sign up: Volunteers can do this project at home. When submitting hours through Silver Cord Online a parent or guardian can be used as the contact supervisor. We are using the honor system to track hours served at home. Thank you for helping our health care workers! Cotton fabric is preferred, but cotton/polyester blends are ok. T-shirt material is also ok. Need fabric? Contact Mrs. Weeklund at email@example.com.
Shift Times: Here is the link for the pattern: https://www.unitypoint.org/help
Additional Information NEW INFORMATION: APRIL 8, 2020. MASKS SHOULD BE FINISHED. Please disregard in the instructions that masks should be unfinished. We need them FINISHED, please. Masks do not need a filter inserted. Masks should not be prewashed – we will be laundering at our facility. Masks can be dropped off at our Donation Station at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Located in Parking Ramp – use Handicap Parking Entrance and you will see signage to the left. If you need someone to pick up masks, someone from our Volunteer Services team will try to do so. Please just let us know. If you have clean fabric, hair ties or elastic – those can be given to the Donation Station too. Or we can do our best to arrange for pick up.
2020 WDMCS Silver Cord – Des Moines Rocks!
On the Des Moines Rocks Facebook page there is a "forms" link which will take you to directions on how to paint rocks. May sure you take a picture of your rock and download it when you submit your hours online.
neighborhoods, walking trails and bike paths
Additional Information Des Moines Rocks is supported by community members, young and old, sharing joy and kindness by painting and hiding rocks to bring smiles to others in our community since 2016. Check out the Des Moines Rocks Facebook page or go to Pinterest for rock painting ideas.
AHeinz Pet Rescue – rolling newspapers for rescued pets – papers provided!
This is perhaps one of the easiest volunteer jobs ever! Rolls of potty-training newspapers are needed for puppies in foster care. A volunteer from AHeinz57 will drop off a stack of newspapers and rubber bands for you, and pick them up when you are done. All you do is roll the papers up! There is a short video available to teach you exactly what to do.
How to sign up: Contact Teri Nizzi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 971-1919.
Make-A-Wish Foundation – Messages of Hope
Step 1 - Create a message, video, photo, song, dance —whatever you can imagine — sharing a message of hope. Step 2 - Post to any social media channel, tag @MakeAWish (@MakeAWishAmerica on Instagram) & use the hashtag, #WishesAreWaiting. Step 3 -Tag and invite 2 or more of your friends to join in. Visit the web site for tips on what to include, or to see examples from around the country!
3705 Aspen, West Des Moines, IA 50265
How to sign up: After you share your video, make sure you let us know how we can find it through your Silver Cord Online submission for credit. This will allow us to also share your video on our WDMCS Silver Cord Facebook page.
Additional Information Every child deserves a childhood, but right now, more wishes are waiting than ever before. And in these challenging times, Make-A-Wish kids represent some of the most vulnerable of our population. While they wait for their wish to come true, help us do all we can to encourage them by sharing a message of hope.
2020 WDMCS Silver Cord – Letters to the elderly
Woodlands Creek and the Lodge of Ashworth are two of our community/school partners. Right now all senior living communities are not allowing visitors. This social change makes letters and cards even more important.
Woodlands Creek or The Lodge of Ashworth, both located in the WDMCS district
wdm, IA 50265
How to sign up: Check out the attached guide for ideas on what to write about in your letter.
Additional Information Letters can go to: Woodlands Creek, Attn: Jasna Beganovic, 12675 Woodlands Parkway, Clive, Iowa 50325. or Lodge of Ashworth, Attn: Brooke Avila, 909 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
2020 WDMCS Silver Cord – Volunteering at Home
Until local non profits are ready to recruit volunteers, WDMCS Community Education is allowing students to serve their families and the community through the Silver Cord program. Students can now volunteer in their own home for their family or someone else in need.Current ideas include making pet blankets for the ARL or for the Children's Cancer Connection, make homeless kits, write letters to health care professionals, write letters to seniors in retirement communities, paint Kindness Rock and put them outside for others to find, make a YouTube video reading a children's book, start a family game night, take your dog on a walk, write a letter to your grandparents or an elderly neighbor, do yard work for a neighbor in need. In the days to come we will be updating our pre-approved page with ideas and mare ways to serve.
At Student's Home
West Des Moines, IA 50265
How to sign up: When submitting hours please look for the activity called "2020 WDMCS Silver Cord - Volunteering at Home" Your supervisor will be your parent or another adult. You will need to type in their contact information so they can approve the hours for you. PHOTOS uploaded to Silver Cord Online ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED! Take a picture of your project, take a selfie while you are doing your activity. It's a great time to be of service!!
Volunteer Age Requirement 2019 - 2020 9th through 12th graders
Additional Information Service opportunities will be on the pre approved activities page and the drop down in Silver Cord Online. We will do our best to keep this lists updated. Thank you!!
Edgewater Retirement Community – Student/Senior Citizen Pen Pals
The residents of Edgewater would love to receive letters and write letters back. Make someone’s day by sending a letter telling about yourself and starting a new connection. You can write a letter and mail it or email it. Include your email address and your physical address so that residents can write you back in the method that they prefer.
Via email or mailing letters and
9225 Cascade Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50266
How to sign up: Mail a letter to: Edgewater Activities Dept Attn: Nicki Novak 9225 Cascade Avenue West Des Moines, IA. 50266 Or you can email it to Nicki at NNovak@wesleylife.org
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. COVID 19 UPDATE: Please hang onto your blankets until further notice. You can still earn 2 hours of credit for each month through June. When submitting hours take a photo of you and your blanket and upload it into Silver Cord online. Blanket drop off will most likely be in the fall when the counseling center is open.
Valley High School Counseling Center
Additional Information Two hours of Silver Cord Credit can be earned by purchasing the fleece, making the blanket. 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.