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Center for Social Ministry – Packing and Moving

July 19-July 26 American Friends House
Our small office is moving to the second floor and we need help packing and moving.
American Friends House
4211 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312
Jamie Loggins-Evans
(515) 782-3054

How to sign up: Contact Jamie Evans via email at

Shift Times: Times are flexible. Please email with availability during Friday, July 19-Friday, July 26.

Volunteer Age Requirement 14+

Additional Information Need to be able to lift at least 40 pounds and walk up and down stairs. This activity can be found in Silver Cord Online under Center for Social Ministry.

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VHS Booster Club – Concession Stand

January 1-July 31 Various Concession Stands
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.
Various Concession Stands
Volunteer Coordinator

How to sign up:

Shift Times: The shifts are two hours long and it’s fun to be a part of the action!

Additional Information 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.

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WDMCS School Community Relations – Summer Website/YouTube Updates

January 1-August 2 Learning Resource Center
We need a student to help with website updates and caption updates on YouTube for the WDMCS communications department. This is an ongoing need.
Learning Resource Center
3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Laine Mendenhall-Buck
(515) 633-5023

How to sign up: Students can email or contact Laine, Alexandra, or Aaron in the SCR dept.

Shift Times: Over the summer students can volunteer anytime between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday

Additional Information When submitting hours for this activity locate "WDMCS School Community Relations" in the drop down list in Silver Cord Online.

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Metro Area Summer Vacation Bible Schools

June 10-August 2 shift time vary locations vary
Summer 2019 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, Plymouth Church - VBS . If you are planning to be a VBS leader at a different church please submit a personal pre-approval through Silver Cord Online.
locations vary
Must contact churches directly. Check in with the Children's Coordinator

How to sign up: If you do not see your church listed please log into Silver Cord Online and submit a pre-approval before your VBS session starts.

Shift Times: Various weeks through out the summer

Additional Information To help get your hours approved faster: Students volunteering for VBS may be working along side an adult whose contact information is not pre loaded in the Silver Cord Online drop down list. When volunteering please check in with your church or direct supervisor and get their name, email and phone number and if the pre loaded contact information is different you can change it. The exception is WDM Lutheran Church of Hope where volunteers sign in electronically and all hours are documented through that system. WDM Lutheran Church of Hope has a Silver Cord specific email address used for all VBS volunteers.

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Crestview – Kindergarten Round-Up

January 1-August 15 6 PM - 7 PM Crestview School of Inquiry
We are looking for silver cord students to kid-sit during Kindergarten Round-up at Crestview. Parents often bring children with them, which makes it difficult for the parents to concentrate on the information being presented. So, the parents will be in the building, but I am not sure what the set-up will be yet. If you can speak Spanish or Hahka it will be helpful, but not necessary.
Crestview School of Inquiry
8355 Franklin Avenue, Clive, IA 50325
Jane Hallman

How to sign up: Contact email.

Shift Times: Just one shift for an hour. 6PM-7PM.

Volunteer Age Requirement 16-18

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Indian Hills – Tiger Launch (Back to School Registration)

August 14-August 15 Indian Hills Cafeteria
Silver Cord Students will assist new and returning students and families pick up schedules and supplies and orient themselves to the building.
Indian Hills Cafeteria
9401 Indian Hills Drive, Clive, IA 50325
Christine Andersen
(515) 333-1879

How to sign up: Interested students should email Mrs. Andersen ( directly to sign up for shifts. Students can sign in and out with Mrs. Andersen to receive instructions and volunteer credit.

Shift Times: Wednesday August 14, 3-5:30 PM or 5:00-7:30 PM. Thursday August 15, 8-11 AM.

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Shepherd of the Valley – Thursday morning childcare (summer)

July 11-August 29 9:30 am - 11:30 am Shepherd of the Valley Church - nursery
SOV is seeking 1-2 high school youth to help with childcare during a summer ladies study. Student would assist an adult in watching children play, help serve snack, assist on outdoor playground, and other various tasks as needed with those kids present.
Shepherd of the Valley Church - nursery
3900 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Angie Spann
(515) 556-6508

How to sign up: Please email OR text Angie at 515-556-6508 to sign up.

Shift Times: Thursday mornings 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Volunteer Age Requirement 16 years or older

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National Speech and Debate Association

January 1-December 31 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:

Shift Times: This is a flexible volunteer opportunity.

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West Des Moines Lions Club – Volunteer Webmaster

January 1-December 31 Advantage Financial Services
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
(555) 555-5555

How to sign up: To be considered for this position please contact Mike Hammen, Club President, at

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.

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Iowa Lutheran Hospital-Volunteer Program

12/31/19 2:00 pm Iowa Lutheran Hospital Unity Point Health
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:

Additional Information For more information please contact Brad Fuglsang.

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Beaverdale Estates Retirement Community – “My Story” Interviews

12/31/19 2:15 pm
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

Additional Information A brief orientation is required before being assigned to a resident.

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Operation Christmas Child-Shoe Box Room

12/31/19 3:00 pm 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
Urbandale, IA
Heather Rowley

How to sign up: Sign up for project work or to organize a packing party by calling or emailing Heather Rowley.

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Shepherd of the Valley – ESL Childcare Helper

September 3-May 14 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Shepherd of the Valley Church
Volunteers are needed at Shepherd of the Valley every Tuesday and Thursday to help with childcare during ESL classes. Classes are held from 7:00p-9:00p and will run through the school year. Two volunteers are needed each evening to play games, distribute snacks, read books, and take attendance. Students may sign up individually or as a pair if they so choose.
Shepherd of the Valley Church
3900 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Angie Spann
(515) 556-6508

How to sign up: Students may sign up by emailing OR text at 515-556-6508

Shift Times: Tuesday evenings 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Thursday evenings 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Additional Information Please note that our first semester classes will end on December 12th. We will take a short break during the holidays and then resume again in January.