Welcome to the Silver Cord Program

The Silver Cord Program began at Valley High School in the fall of 2001 as a graduation award which promotes volunteering and community engagement. The Silver Cord is a graduation award available to West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) seniors who volunteer each year of high school starting in 9th grade. To earn a Silver Cord students must volunteer a minimum of 50 hours a year at three or more non-profit organizations, events, or programs during all four years of high school.

WDMCS Community Education coordinates the Silver Cord program and each year over 1000 students from Valley, Valley Southwoods, and Walnut Creek Campus submit community service hours through the program. All WDMCS high school students are encouraged to participate regardless of their GPA, rigor of course study, artistic, or athletic ability.

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Manual

Getting Started

Students can sign-up by completing the online form to acquire their Silver Cord account.

All incoming ninth graders are invited to participate in the Silver Cord program beginning the summer following eighth grade. Please note: students cannot start their service hours until June 1.

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Silver Cord Login

Students can view hours, update profiles, submit hours for credit, and read important messages from the Silver Cord Coordinator.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Find a listing of organizations that are currently seeking volunteers and activities that are already approved and eligible for Silver Cord hours.

Discover Approved Volunteer Opportunities