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 the 2020 -2021 school year, Silver Cord volunteers will need to complete 50 hours of service work for three different organizations by May 31, 2021.

We are operating under relaxed Silver Cord guidelines until further notice. In addition to volunteering for non-profit organizations in the community, 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

Examples of this could include yard work, making a blanket for Children’s Cancer Connection, or assisting with a remote project for a non-profit.

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

Stay Safe and Healthy

Prioritize your health and safety while volunteering for Silver Cord! We encourage you to practice social distancing and wear a mask, especially if you will be less than 6 feet away from others. As is always the case, if you have extenuating circumstances regarding your Silver Cord hours, you may contact Mrs. Bonus, Silver Cord coordinator, at bonusc@wdmcs.org.

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.

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