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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

Camp Kindergarten (Formally Sneak Peek) July 16-27

The Western Hills Camp Kindergarten class needs two volunteers July 23 – 27. Volunteers must be available the entire week. Tasks include helping with snacks and working and reading with small groups of children. This volunteer opportunity will run Monday – Friday, 8:45a – 12:15p

SignUp here:

Science Exploration: Lunch Helper  July 23-27

Four lunchroom volunteers are needed July 23 -27 at Crossroads Park Elementary.  Duties include helping students get seated, keeping track of time, clean-up, and supervision during a short recess.  This activity will take place Monday – Friday from 12:00p-1:15p.

Sign up here:

Science Exploration: end of week clean up crew  July 27

Two volunteer are needed to help clean up six classrooms at Crossroads Park Elementary after Science Exploration on Friday, July 27 from 4:00p-6:00p.  Duties will include moving chairs and tables, cleaning tables, throwing away classroom trash, and carrying and loading Science Exploration supplies. This opportunity is great for someone needing to add an organization or a freshman new to Silver Cord. Two hours of service credit will be awarded even if the work gets done in one hour!  Sign up here:

Stretching Minds – Water Daze   July 20

The WDMCS Stretching Minds program needs a BUNCH of (20 to be exact!) Silver Cord volunteers to assist with a fun activity called Water Daze. Water Daze will be held Friday, July 20 from 8:00a to 11:30a. Volunteers need to be prepared to get a little wet while they help teachers with water activities to celebrate the last day of summer school for our elementary students. To volunteer please contact Tamara Tjeerdsma at Water Daze will take place at Hillside Elementary 713 8th Street in WDM.  This is a great FIRST volunteer opportunity for our newest Silver Cord volunteers!

Valley High School – Tiger Tough Camp June 11 – July 19

Are you a Tiger athlete who enjoys weight training and conditioning? Volunteers ages 16 and above are needed to help with the Tiger Tough Camp, a junior high strength and conditioning program to be held at Valley High School in the weight room/fitness center. Volunteers will be helping incoming 7th and 8th graders with age appropriate exercises which include mobility, flexibility, core control, stability, running, upper and lower strengthening, power, agility, and plyometrics. The camp will be held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday June 11 – July 19 from 4:00p-6:00p. Four volunteers are needed each day.

Questions? Contact Zac Sinram at To volunteer use the link:

Community Education Summer Classes  

Volunteers are needed for several Community Education Summer of Learning classes including Baking Adventures – June 18 -22, Be the Boss – July 9 – 13, Art Adventures – July 16 – 20, Creative Little Hands – July 16 – 20, and Science Exploration – July 23 -27.  For more information regarding volunteer opportunity dates, times, and class locations, please check the link. Each class will be listed in Silver Cord Online under Community Education and will include the name of the class. (example: Community Education – Baking Adventures) For additional information contact Sue Otte at

Community Education – English Language Learner Volunteer Training – July 28

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; WDMCS students 16 years old or older, with a near native fluency in English (Native speakers of Spanish, Arabic, and Chin are encouraged to volunteer), Interested volunteers should have strong interpersonal communication skills, be patient and respectful of individuals with diverse backgrounds, and a have a willingness to commit to one classroom for the duration of the ESL class. Before helping in the classroom you must attend a pre-service training scheduled for Saturday, July 28, 9:00a – noon, at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway in WDM. To sign up for the training session use the following link

For more information contact Karen Crosby at

Community Education – ESL Child Care Helpers Summer

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 5-6:30 p.m.   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.

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

Silver Cord volunteers are eligible to help in 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 (one) Silver Cord student can also volunteer in any shift that is not assigned to their own VHS/VSW team. Only One Student Per Shift Can Sign Up, No Pairs Or Groups. Effective Immediately, The Only Concession Spots That Silver Cord Students Can Sign Up For Are Labeled Silver Cord Only. All Other Shifts That They Sign Up For Will Be Deleted. This Will Be For All Sports Seasons. The shifts are two hours long 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

Children’s Cancer Connection Blankets—Sept. through May Only—No Summer Drop Off

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

The Center for Social Ministry – Rummage Sale   July 22 – 28

The Center for Social Ministry is in need of several volunteers for their annual rummage sale. The sale will take place July 26-28 and there are daytime and evening volunteer opportunities. Duties include unloading and sorting donations, tear down/clean-up. Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart is located at 510 East First Street, Ankeny, Iowa.


To volunteer use the link:

Questions?  Email

Montessori Children’s House – Summer Volunteer    flexible hours in July

Montessori is switching some classrooms before the start of the new school year and they need some strong volunteers to help move furniture sometime during the month of July. This volunteer opportunity is very flexible and will probably only take a few hours (between 8:00a and 3:00p). This is a two person job so friends should sign up together. To volunteer contact Denise Springer at BUSINESSMANAGER@THEMONTESSORICHILDRENSHOUSE.NET

City of Clive – Clive Festival  July 19-21 July 19-21

The Annual Clive Festival, held at the Clive Aquatic Center, needs volunteers July 19-21.  Some of the opportunities include managing the inflatables, assisting in the food tent, working with Kids at the Kids Corner, or assisting with miscellaneous items to help the Festival run smoothly Interested volunteers can sign-up through!/showSignUp/8050945afa82ea13-20182.    For additional information contact Lindsey Bahr at


Illumifest – City of WDM Fall Festival of Lights  September 22

Illumifest, a City of West Des Moines Fall Festival, is needing 45 volunteers to help on Saturday, September 22  at various events throughout the day. volunteer spots are organized  into two different 5 hour shifts. Students can sign up to either help assist with set-up or with the various activities which include the lantern painting project, assisting with the Royal Promenade around the pond, assisting with crowd control near the hot air balloon ride line and helping with the inflatables/games.  To volunteer please sign-up through the link: For more information contact Courtney Bench at   Illumifest will be held at the WDM City Hall campus.

Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines – Home Show Expo July 7 – July 29

The Home Show Expo is a street of dreams where six builders build a home to be on display for the public to view.  Event coordinators are needing volunteers to work in the ticket trailer selling tickets and helping with other activities in the show including stuffing bags, and working at the entrance of the bike trail welcoming people in. The show will be held four days a week July 7 – July 29 and located at Angel Park in Clive. There will be a shuttle to take volunteers and visitors from Waukee High School to the H.S.Expo. There is no on site parking, you must park at the high school and take the shuttle. Volunteers should be 16 or older and should include full name, email address, and cell number when signing up. To volunteer use the SignUpGenius link.

For more information contact Melisa Cox at

Iowa Sports Foundation – Athlete Jamboree    July 20

The Athlete Jamboree is an event held every year in support of the Iowa Games. Volunteers are needed to help with ticket taking, lining up athletes, and distributing players cards for the parade. To volunteer use the link  This event will be held July 20 from 5:00p – 8:00p, 1732 S 4th Street in Ames. For more information contact Kayla Leibfred at

Alzheimer’s Association  Walk to End Alzheimer’s    August 25

The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, August 25 from 6:00a-1:30p. There are tons of volunteer openings and each person that helps receives an event tee-shirt. To sign-up use the Volunteer Local Link. This event will be held at the Iowa State Capitol. Volunteers are encouraged to park at the Capitol Complex Parking Garage. Volunteers must be 16 or older. For more information please contact Madalyne Rutledge at

Waukee Community Closet – Volunteer

High school volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis to help at the Waukee Community Closet. Duties include organizing and helping during shopping and donation hours. To learn more check out the Waukee Community Closet web page and look for the volunteer tab. The Waukee Community Closet is located at 77 Carefree Lane in Waukee. Questions? Contact Cindy Torvic at

AAU Junior Olympics    July 25 – August 4

The AAU Junior Olympics Games will bring to central Iowa an estimated 40,000 visitors including 14,000 athletes. To help make this a FANtastic event for Des Moines hundreds of volunteers will be needed. Some of the events needing volunteers include registration, baton twirling, jump rope, karate, sports staking, strength sports, swimming, taekwondo, track and field, trampoline, and wrestling. Now is your chance to see top junior athletes do their thing up close! Sign up with friends or help as a family. Each volunteer will receive a free t-shirt and a credential to get into the facility. Most events take place at Drake Stadium and The Iowa Events Center. To learn more about all of the volunteer opportunities check out the VolunterLocal link

For additional information contact Gabriel Henderson at

The Youth Tribe – RipRoar Youth Triathlon  July 14

RipRoar Events Summer Youth Triathlon Series needs volunteers to help at the Youth Triathlon to be held in West Des Moines the morning of Saturday, July 14. Duties include course marshall, finish line crew, Friday packet pick-up, Saturday packet pick-up, and transition. To volunteer use the VolunteerLocal link  For more information contact Cheyanne Lepird at

Variety – The Children’s Charity – Polo on the Green  July 14 and 15

Polo on the Green is scheduled for the weekend of July 14th and 15th. To help prepare for the event volunteers are needed to set up on Saturday, July 14 and also clean-up on Sunday, July 15.  This activity will take place at the Powder River Ranch, 4504 Adams Street, Cumming, Iowa 50061. To volunteer use the Volunteer Local signup link

For more information contact Megan Gran at

Polk County 4H – Clover Dash 5K  July 21

Volunteer at the Clover Dash 5K by helping with race set-up, distribute water, help with post race food, directing runners on the race route, cheering runners on, helping with recycling and any place that help might be needed. To volunteer please use the Sign-up Genius link. This event will be held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 21 from 7:00a-11:00a.  Questions? Contact Larry Osthus at

Clive Community Services – ESL Class  June, July, August

Clive Community Services is seeking Junior & Senior aged Silver Cord Volunteers to serve as Classroom Assistants for ESL (English as a Second Language) classes this summer. Classes are scheduled for every Monday, 12:00 – 1:30 PM and Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:00 AM in June, July, and August. Classes will be held at Clive Community Services, 2190 NW 82nd Street, Suite A.  You need not speak any languages other than English since students may speak different languages and it may vary by day.  However, CCS serves many Chin speakers and so Chin speaking students who are proficient in English may be interested. Please contact Pam Mohr, Education Director at with questions.  Or visit our signup via our signup genius site:

DMACC Foundation – Wild West 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament  July 28

Des Moines Area Community College West Campus is seeking volunteers for the 14th annual Wild West 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament scheduled for Saturday, July 28 from 7:30a to 5:00p.

The tournament is an annual event to help raise money for the scholarship and grants fund at the West Campus of Des Moines Area Community College, 5959 Grand Ave. in West Des Moines. Volunteers are needed to help run the tournament. Students who sign up to help will receive a free t-shirt and breakfast or lunch. To volunteer, complete the registration form on the DMACC West Campus web page (   There are two shifts available, morning shift is 7:30-12:30 and afternoon shift is 12:00-5:00. Questions?  Contact Rick Dawson at  (515) 633-2443

BizTown – Junior Achievement Camp Helpers  June 25-29 and July 9-13

JA BizTown Camp is an indoor, academic camp geared towards kids ages 10-13 that combines classroom-style teaching with hands-on activities. JA is looking for volunteers/Junior Camp Counselors this summer for camp! There are three week long camp sessions; June 11-15, June 25-29, and July 9-13. Junior Camp Counselors need to be available for the at least one full session, from 8:40a-3:00p each day. Volunteers will be assisting the JA staff in educational and recreational activities. They will also be serving as positive role models to campers ages 10-13. JA BizTown Summer Camp is located at 6100 Grand Avenue in Des Moines. To sign up contact Shannon Gerard at  In your e-mail please include your name, contact phone number, and the week you are available to volunteer.  

Opportunity on Deck – Flag Football   Tues/Thurs July 17 – August 16  

Volunteer helpers are needed to help teach the sport of flag football to elementary students who have never had the chance to participate in organized athletics before (not a whole lot of football experience is needed). Coaches will assist our head coach in running drills, leading groups, playing games and working with the kids at practice. The goal is to teach young participants football skills while instilling the values of hard work, teamwork, and dedication. Practices and games are held on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Colby Park (6900 School St, Windsor Heights, IA 50324). Sign up to reserve your spot as a volunteer coach or helper for one or more of our practices.

Questions? Email Dylan DeClerck at

Iowa State Fair – Little Hands on the Farm  August 9 – 19

Volunteers are needed for Little Hands on the Farm, an interactive exhibit at the Iowa State Fair. Little Hands on the Farm teaches children the importance of agriculture and how it affects their daily lives. Volunteers help children with farm activities which include a garden, grain bin, apple orchard, chicken coop, tractor shed, sheep barn, dairy barn and farmers market. Volunteers are asked to work a four hour shift – the morning shift is from 8:30a to 12:30p, the afternoon shift is from noon to 4:00p and the evening shift is from 3:30p – 8:00p. Volunteers receive free fair admission and parking, plus a tee shirt! To volunteer please contact Emily Wynn at and let her know the date and shift time you are available to work.  The 2018 Iowa State Fair will be held August 9-19.

WDM United Methodist Church – State Fair Food Stand  August 7 – 19

The Iowa State Fair is the undisputed greatest state fair anywhere, and of course it’s known for great food. There’s one location where the food comes along with an even greater sense of purpose where the proceeds are given to a variety of wonderful causes. Serving fair goers since 1949, The WDM United Methodist food stand is a thriving example of what careful planning, teamwork and awesome cooks can accomplish. This year the Iowa State Fair will be held August 9-19 and volunteers are needed daily starting Tuesday, August 7 during two eight hour shifts. 5:45a-2:00p and 1:45p-10:00p. To sign up use the link State Fair Food Stand. (please read the “before you sign up” guidelines). Volunteers must be 16 years old or older. If you sign up and your plans change, please go online and remove your name so the vacancy can be filled or send an e-mail to Nancy Sample at

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  To volunteer use the online registration form Volunteer at Meals from the Heartland

Kiwanis Miracle League – Angels in the Outfield  2018 season

The 2018 Kiwanis Miracle League season is now underway. 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”.

For more information contact Jan Burch at

Video: Kiwanis Miracle League Video

Application: Miracle League Application

Directions: 529 Southwest 5th Street, Des Moines, IA – Google Maps


Summer 2018 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, Walnut Hills United Methodist Church-VBS.   If you are planning to be a VBS leader at a different church you can request a pre-approval through the online system. PLEASE NOTE: Before you leave your volunteer job make sure you get good contact information especially the e-mail address and phone number of a supervisor, leader, or coordinator.

Iowa Senior Games  June 1 – July 20

The Iowa Senior Games, held annually in West Des Moines, encourages healthy living and friendly competition for Iowans 50 and over. To make this community event a success many volunteers will be needed June 1-July 20. Volunteer opportunities include golf, shuffleboard, pickle ball, disc golf, and volleyball, refreshments and registration. To see the events, dates, and times click here. Interested volunteers must create an Iowa Senior Games volunteer account . Once your account is set up you will be able to sign up to volunteer. For additional information contact Matt Beatty, Iowa Senior Games Director at 888-777-8881 or at

Children and Families of Iowa – Summer Event Intern

The Foundation for Children & Families of Iowa is looking for a Summer Event Intern.  This volunteer opportunity will be for 4-8 hours per week starting in June and concluding the first week in August.  Duties will include data entry, customer service, organizing and sorting donations, creating signage and flyers, and helping at three summer events.  Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs, stand for an extended period of time and have a valid driver’s license. Interested students can email Heather Lee at  Only one person will be chosen to fill this position so a cover letter and a short resume outlining your skills and experiences is strongly encouraged. The selected student will need to submit a pre-approval through their online Silver Cord account.

WDM Library – Summer Student Volunteers (applications being accepted)

The West Des Moines Public Library is in need of summer volunteers to help make the Summer Reading Club run smoothly. Volunteers help with children’s programs, assist with check in and shelving of materials, and keep the library clean and tidy. Summer volunteer positions are limited so turn in your application soon.  Pick up an application at any of the Library service desks or print an application from our website.  For more information please contact Courtney Bench at (515) 222-3412.

Des Moines Performing Arts – Summer Swing Camp Counselor

Do you have a passion for Drama, Musical Theater or Show Choir? Des Moines Performing Arts is seeking HS volunteers as swings/camp counselors for 2018 summer camps. What does a swing/camp counselor do? You will prepare different roles in a musical theater show, rehearse with students in grades 3-8, assist these students as they prepare a musical in a week, assist with teaching workshops, and perform as needed. Develop your triple-threat talents and your leadership skills at the same time. Learn more at There are six sessions and volunteers must be able to make at least one week long commitment, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. With a Friday night performance 4:00 PM – 7 PM. You may volunteer for 1 or more weeks out of six possible sessions: Session 1, June 18-22; Session 2, June 25-29; Session 3, July 9-13; Session 4, July 16-20; Session 5, July 23-27; Session 5 July 30-August 3. To volunteer contact Lynnae Lathrop at LYNNAEL@DMPA.ORG  DMPA is a non-profit organization and the camps will be held at the Temple for the Performing Arts, 1011 Locust Street in Des Moines. For additional information check out the DMPA Camp Counselor Flyer

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.

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,

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.

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


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.

Beverdale 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. 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—Summer 2018

Clive Community Services has summer volunteer slots available!  Many of our adult volunteers cannot work as much in the summer, so we would appreciate Silver Cord help!  Please visit  to sign up for a shift.  After you sign up, you will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator, who will give you instructions.  For more information on our organization, visit .  For inquiries, contact Executive Director Lisa Earles at 257-8550. Clive Community Services is located at 2190 NW 82nd Street, Suite A, in Clive.

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

Food bank of Iowa     

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. Shift times are Tuesdays 3:30p – 7:30p. Qualifications: able to stand, move, bend, and lift 25 lbs, able to safely use box cutters, packing tape, and packing tools. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.  Go to to sign up directly on our volunteer calendar. The Food Bank of Iowa is located at 2220 E. 17th Street in Des Moines. For more information contact Michaela Devaney at

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

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 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