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Volunteer Opportunities

A variety of opportunities are listed below, but your opportunities are not limited to just those listed below. Some opportunities are once per year while others are ongoing. There is usually much more information available than we can post here. Use the contact information to get more details.

Anyone wishing to post information about volunteering may contact one of our Silver Cord Coordinators: Will Dotson (ACHS) via email and Nick Nelson (AHS) via email.

You will receive your Silver Cord at Senior Spotlight Night.  If you are unable to attend you will then receive your Silver Cord during graduation practice.

Volunteer Opportunities

Can Play Opportunities - Sept. and Oct.

Can Play is looking for volunteers to help with some of our upcoming programs. Our programs are focused on giving underserved and special needs youth an opportunity to participate in youth sports programs, as many of our participants would not otherwise have the chance. More information about the programs is listed below. Please let me know if this is something you would be interested in passing along to students or if you have any questions!

Courage Ankeny Fall Soccer and Flag Football

Volunteers will come dressed and ready for physical activity. Volunteers will join participants, who have special needs and/or chronic health issues, and who are eager to have fun and learn new soccer and flag football skills and techniques!

Dates: September 12 – October 3
Day: Mondays
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Ankeny Miracle Park; 310 NW School St, Ankeny, IA 50023

Can Play 2022 Game for Good

We are seeking volunteers for Can Play’s 2022 Game for Good, a charity softball game, at Principal Park on October 2, 2022. The event will feature an opportunity for our program participants to play on the field as well as an adult slow-pitch softball game to raise money to support our mission. Volunteer responsibilities vary, from coaches to station managers, photography/videography, and setup/teardown of the event.

Date: October 2
Day: Sunday
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Principal Park; 1 Line Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309

Ankeny Fire Department - Oct. 9, 10, and 12

The Ankeny Fire Department is requesting volunteers for the following dates and times in October:

Sunday, October 9: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Open House set up

Help set up displays in our training room for our upcoming Fire Prevention Week Open House. Help hang up Fire Prevention Week posters from elementary students.

Monday, October 10: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Open House set up

Help move displays to the truck bay for our upcoming Fire Prevention Week Open House. Help set up displays. Help hang up Fire Prevention Week posters submitted by elementary students.

Wednesday, October 12: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Assist at our annual Fire Prevention Week Open House. Dinner will be served to firefighters and volunteers at 5:00, and we’ll finalize job assignments and set up. The event runs from 6:00-8:00. Volunteers for this evening will also get a t-shirt.

Anyone wishing to volunteer, or who has questions can reach out to Karen Peters at If anyone is wanting to volunteer, but cannot make these days and times work, they can reach to Karen Peters, and we can see if other times work.

Reggie's Sleepout - Oct. 29

During Reggie’s Sleepout, campers sleep overnight on the field at Drake Stadium for one night (Oct. 29) and learn more about this critical cause. Work together as a team to raise funds and awareness for the 600 youth in central Iowa who are currently or at risk for homelessness. All proceeds benefit programs for transition aged youth at YSS and Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (ages 16-24 and their families). The event is named in memoriam for Reggie Kelsey who is a former foster youth who passed away in 2001 after battling homelessness.

Students can visit to learn more, register and start a team. If students are interested in volunteering at the event they can visit our sign up page here.

Art Display - Prairie Trail Elementary - Oct. dates

The Prairie Trail Art teacher is in need of assistance to take down/put up artwork for a reoccurring event at Prairie Trail Elementary. This person will have to sometimes use a ladder, roll tape, unattach artwork carefully, put up artwork neatly, and work independently at times. The dates are fixed but the times you help are flexible. A Silver Chord volunteer can help once or can help multiple times.

The open times are any school day between 7:40 – 4:00. Plan on this task taking 1 – 2 hours each date.

The dates are:
October 6th (Thursday)
Oct. 7th (Friday)
Oct. 11th (Tuesday)
Oct. 14th (Friday)
Oct. 20th ((Thursday)
and Oct. 26th (Wednesday)

Contact Kim Bingham,  K – 5 Art Teacher Prairie Trail Elementary, at

Santa's North Pole Village Annual Craft Sale - Nov. 4-5

Volunteers needed Nov. 4 & 5 to help at Prairie Ridge Middle School Gyms for the Santa’s North Pole Village Annual Craft Sale! This event generates funding for the Ankeny Art Center and Ankeny After Prom. Two-hour shifts involve set up, admissions table tasks, or event tear down. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. You may sign up for as many shifts as you would like. Silver Cord students, adults, and children 12 and up are welcome to volunteer. Thanks!

Heritage Elementary - various dates

Child Care – Heritage PTO meetings – various dates

Watching toddler-school-age children for parents attending Heritage Elementary PTO meetings. Care will occur in the gym adjacent to the cafeteria where the meetings will occur. Heritage Elementary is at 301 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy (Near DMACC).

When the activity would take place:

Sept. 12 6:30pm-7:30pm / Oct 10 6:30pm-7:30pm / Nov. 14 6:30pm-7:30pm / Dec. 12 6:30pm-7:30pm

Jan. 9 6:30pm-7:30pm / Feb. 13  6:30pm-7:30pm / March 6 6:30pm-7:30pm / April 10 6:30pm-7:30pm

May 8 6:30pm-7:30pm

Students should contact to sign up.

Monster Mash Bash – Thursday Oct. 13th

Jobs can be helping set up games, running a game as students/parents come in to play, passing out food, helping with a dance party, or cleaning up at night’s end. Volunteers should start coming at 4 and if can stay till 7:30 (this is to help with set up and or clean up as the actual event is 5-7), but volunteers are welcome to come any time they can help.  The longer they can stay the better, but it is understand they may not be able to get there right away for setting up or stay later for cleanup. Whatever amount volunteers can stay is welcomed.  Students should contact to sign up.

Heritage Carnival – Saturday Feb. 18th

Jobs can be helping set up carnival games in classrooms, running a classroom game as students/parents come in to play, passing out food, prize room, or cleaning up at night’s end. Volunteers should start coming at 3 and if can stay till 7:30 (this is to help with set up and or clean up as the actual event is 4-7), but volunteers are welcome to come any time they can help.  The longer they can stay the better, but it is understand they may not be able to get there right away for setting up or stay later for cleanup. Whatever amount volunteers can stay is welcomed.  Students should contact to sign up.

Additional Contact Information

Heritage’s address is 301 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy (near DMACC)

Contact number:  Jessica Johnson  515-291-2146

Facebook: @AnkenyHeritagePTO

For them to sign up for this event they can call, text, email, or message us on Facebook – however, they would like and be easier for them.

Ankeny High School - Concessions

Hawk Athletes and Parents – The Ankeny Booster Club manages and operates the concession stand at all of our athletic events. The money generated at these events goes directly back to our activities department and helps to support your student in his/ her activities and athletics.

Each season, parents of student-athletes in all sports are expected to work one concession stand shift per sport in which their student participates. Some sports or activities do not offer concessions during their events; parents and/or students (14 years of age or older) in those sports or activities are asked to work a football concession stand shift.

Please sign up for one shift on your team’s assigned date. Thank you in advance for supporting Ankeny Hawk Athletics and Activities.


If students are interested in working another slot outside their activities they can sign up for Silver Cord hours and have Candice Pippett, Booster Club Concessions Coordinator – will sign off on the Silver Cord Hours.

The Football Concession sign is managed by the Ankeny Hawk Football Team on Behalf of the Ankeny Booster Club.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Let’s Go HAWKS!

Broadlawns Medical Center Gift Shop

Your time makes a difference! Join our fun crew as a cashier in the Broadlawns Medical Center’s Gift Shop!

A little bit about what you’ll be doing:
* Interacting with staff, visitors, and patients and helping them locate desired gift shop items.
* Operating a computerized register system.
* Answering the phone.
* Taking payment for purchases and making change when necessary.
* Assisting in stocking supplies when needed.
* Assisting in keeping the Gift Shop clean and tidy.
* Providing directions and giving non-medical information when requested.

What we’re looking for:
* Must be at least 16 years of age.
* Ability to volunteer for a weekly shift.
* 6-month commitment (two non-consecutive semesters for students).
* Ability to communicate with people of all backgrounds.
* Familiarity with principals of retailing is helpful.
* Ability to count money and make change.

If you’re looking for a fun and rewarding place to give back to the community by helping those who truly appreciate your time and talents, then this is the place for you! Come share your smile with us!

08:30 AM to 11:30 AM – Monday – Friday shifts available.
11:00 AM to 02:00 PM – Monday – Friday shifts available.
01:30 PM to 04:30 PM – Monday – Friday shifts available.
Students would need to start by filling out an application, which can be found here:

Foster SQUAD

Foster SQUAD is an organization that aims to support foster parents and children in our community. Every other month Foster SQUAD holds a support group for foster parents. We are looking for 2 volunteers every other month to provide child care during this support group. This volunteer opportunity would be available every other month for an hour and a half in the evening.  If you are interested in volunteering for the Foster SQUAD please email Tara.

Des Moines Botanical Gardens

Join a dynamic team that is helping the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden become one of the most beautiful attractions in Iowa! Volunteers are essential to our success and help carry out our mission by giving over 14,000 hours of service annually. Volunteers are involved in every area within the organization–share your enthusiasm for the natural world by connecting with guests, nurturing plants, educating or supporting events and activities.

Visit the Volunteer Opportunities page. 

Meals from the Heartland

Meals from the Heartland’s packaged meals help feed the hungry throughout the world. Meals are delivered directly to locations in Iowa, the U.S. and around the world — wherever people are undernourished or starving. When you volunteer to fight hunger with us, not only are you feeding hungry children, but meal packaging is an enjoyable, rewarding experience. We welcome individuals and teams from businesses, schools, churches, community organizations, clubs and more.

Sign up individually or with your business, church or civic group. Volunteer registration is available here.

Contact Volunteer Coordinator Sandy Niland with questions –

Many Hands

PERFECT SCHEDULE for Silver Cord and Student Volunteers!

Come whenever Monday – Saturday whenever the store is open for as long or as little fits into your schedule. At the thrift store, you can sort and process donations, tag clothing items, create displays, help with marketing, and much more. We want you to find the best fit for you. NO Scheduling…flexible hours!

100% of our proceeds go back towards local and global missions. We are a thrift store with a purpose that provides a better way of donating and serving.

Thank you!
Learn more at
Contact Kari McLaren – – 515.238.3482

Sunny View Care Center

Sunny View Care Center is looking for volunteers for the Fall. There are multiple opportunities available each month.

Please contact Michelle Hamilton for more information at or the Main phone number 515-964-1101.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

The Des Moines Ronald McDonald House is committed to improving the quality of life for children and their families through a variety of solutions. Hundreds of volunteers who share our concerns provide thousands of donated hours per year to help us achieve our goals.

Have any questions in regards to our volunteer opportunities? Please feel free to call (515) 243-2111 or email

Volunteer and Ronald McDonald House Charities

Candeo - Serving Individuals with disabilities

Candeo is a non-profit organization with flexible options where students can choose their level of engagement with our clients. Many of our clients are looking for someone to hang out with or a mentor who will commit to seeing them. Volunteer opportunities may include playing board games, cooking, book reading or assisting with yard work around our clients home. This opportunity is in alignment with Candeo’s mission, to inspire individuals in service to achieve their personal goals. Please contact Gerald Cofie or sign up here.

Individual Band Lessons

Are you an accomplished band student that would be interested in delivering remote individual lessons for your younger peers? Please contact Christian Baughman.

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