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.

Updates to Silver Cord During COVID-19 Closures

We are experiencing a challenging time, and we do not want Silver Cord requirements to add to your stress. For this reason, we are making temporary changes to Silver Cord guidelines to give you opportunities to serve your families and community while staying safe and healthy.

Completing Silver Cord Hours

For students who still have hours to complete, we are relaxing Silver Cord guidelines until further notice. You can now:

  • Volunteer in your own home
  • Volunteer for your family or someone else in need that is not an official non-profit organization
  • Have a parent serve as the supervisor for a volunteer activity

Visit the Volunteer Opportunities page for more information about volunteer opportunities to complete at home.

COVID-19 Impact on Silver Cord Deadlines

Class of 2020: Please submit any outstanding hours you have completed as soon as possible.  We want you to know where you are in terms of hours currently. Continue to submit hours through May 1, 2020.

For 9th, 10th, and 11th gradersYou will have the same temporary changes to the Guidelines as the seniors until the end of the school year. If your hours from the 2019-20 school year are complete by June 1, 2020, any new hours will be applied to the 2020-2021 school year. If you have not completed your hours for the 2019-20 school year by June 1, 2020, you will have a grace period of until June 30 to complete these hours.

For incoming 9th graders (Fall of 2020)You will be notified when your participation in the WDMCS Silver Cord program can start. 

Stay Safe and Healthy

We encourage you to use all safety precautions as advised by Governor Reynolds, including social distancing, or self-quarantine, if necessary. As is always the case, if you have extenuating circumstances regarding your Silver Cord hours you may contact Mrs. Bonus, Silver Cord coordinator, bonusc@wdmcs.org


Frequently Asked Questions

Student Manual

Silver Cord Login

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

Log into Your Account

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