Kiwanis Miracle League – Angels in the Outfield
Miracle League Buddies (volunteers) act as “angels in the outfield” to assigned players who have physical or mental challenges. Volunteer duties include providing a safe experience and to be enthusiastic and encouraging during the game. Buddies will receive training and will commit to the “Buddy Pledge”.
How to sign up: Please submit the following application: http://kiwanismiracleleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2018VolunteerRegistrationReleaseForm.pdf
Additional Information For more information contact Jan Burch at email@example.com.
Valley United Methodist Church – Christian Development Helper
Help with Sunday School for Preschool to 6th grade. Assist with learning, leading activities, assisting kids with crafts, as well as setup and clean up.
Valley United Methodist Church
4201 Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265
How to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4DABAE2FABF94-christian
Shift Times: Sundays 10:20 am - 11:40 am class time is 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Food Bank of Iowa – Pantry Volunteers
Pantry Volunteers needed! Join Food Bank of Iowa as we assist community members shopping for food items in our on-site pantry! Volunteers in this role will help us with restocking the pantry and getting groceries out to the vehicles of pantry clients.
Food Bank of Iowa
2220 E. 17th Steet, Des Moines, IA 50305
How to sign up: Go to www.foodbankiowa.org to sign up directly on our volunteer calendar.
Shift Times: Tuesdays 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Volunteer Age Requirement 16
Additional Information Qualifications: able to stand, move, bend, and lift 25 lbs, able to safely use box cutters, packing tape, and packing tools.
Meals from the Heartland WDM Packaging Center
Did you know that the main Meals from the Heartland packaging center is located right here in WDM! It is located just south of Valley Junction at 357 Lincoln Street in West Des Moines! Severals times a week including Saturday’s Meals from the Heartland has open packing opportunities for volunteers. For more information check out the Meals from the Heartland website http://mealsfromtheheartland.org
Meals from the Heartland Packaging Center
How to sign up: To volunteer use the online registration form: https://mealsfromtheheartland.org/sign-up-now/
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.
National Speech and Debate Association
401 Railroad Place, West Des Moines, IA
How to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shift Times: This is a flexible volunteer opportunity.
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.
Advantage Financial Services
How to sign up: To be considered for this position please contact Mike Hammen, Club President, at email@example.com.
Shift Times: 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.
Des Moines Children’s Museum – Museum Volunteer
Des Moines Children's Museum is a 501 (c)(3) 100% volunteer run organization with the long term goal of opening a permanent location. Volunteers will assist with the day-to-day operation of the museum. Tasks will include things like welcoming visitors, sanitizing toys, and keeping exhibits tidy. The Des Moines Children’s Museum is located at Valley West Mall.
Des Moines Children's Museum at Valley West Mall
How to sign up: To volunteer, sign up here: https://dsmchildrensmuseum.com/volunteering/
Shift Times: Questions? Contact Julie Burtnette at firstname.lastname@example.org
Iowa Lutheran Hospital-Volunteer Program
Unity Point Health-Iowa Lutheran Hospital-Volunteer Program gives high school students an opportunity to volunteer in a hospital. Volunteer duties might include making health folders, talking with patients, making floral arrangements and delivering flowers, magazines, and beverages to patients.
Iowa Lutheran Hospital Unity Point Health
700 E University, Des Moines, IA 50916
How to sign up: To be considered for this opportunity please visit the Unity Point-Iowa Lutheran Hospital-Volunteer webpage: https://www.unitypoint.org/desmoines/teen-volunteer-opportunities.aspx
Additional Information For more information please contact Brad Fuglsang.
Beaverdale Estates Retirement Community – “My Story” Interviews
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.
How to sign up: Email Katie at email@example.com.
Additional Information A brief orientation is required before being assigned to a resident.
Operation Christmas Child-Shoe Box Room
Volunteers are needed year-round to prepare the gifts for the annual collection which occurs each year the 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.
Operation Christmas Child - Shoe Box Room
How to sign up: Sign up for project work or to organize a packing party by calling or emailing Heather Rowley.
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.
Valley High School Counseling Center
Additional Information 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.