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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) or Lamont Muhammad (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

ARL Iowa Dog Jog - Now until Sept. 19

The Iowa Dog Jog is Iowa’s biggest dog party brings in hundreds of humans and their Fidos to celebrate all things dog – but it’s not possible without the help of dedicated volunteers who make a difference in the lives of pets at the ARL. That’s why we’re asking for your help. Now through September 19 we have several opportunities that will play a vital role in making this event a success.


Now – September 17; anytime between 9 am and 7 pm.

  • stuffing packets*
  • organizing event supplies*
  • placing event branding around the ARL*
  • set up*
  • packet pickup*
  • other tasks that may arise *

Saturday, September 18; anytime between 9 am and 6 pm.

  • setting up tents and tables*
  • setting out dog pools and other supplies *
  • placing signage around the ARL*
  • set up*
  • other tasks that may arise *

Sunday, September 19; shifts vary with some starting as early as 7:30 am and some ending as late as 2 pm.

  • parking attendants*
  • dog washers
  • agility course personnel*
  • check-in*
  • bark-tenders+
  • kitten wranglers
  • set up*
  • tear down*
  • dog park monitors
  • other task that may arise

* Denotes shift can be filled by public/one-time volunteers
+ Denotes must be 18 years of age or older

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the ARL Events Team. Can’t help with any opportunities listed above? Help us spread the word by sharing these opportunities with your family, friends or even posting at your workplace for your coworkers to see.

Touch a Truck Event - Sept. 18

The Des Moines Children’s Museum are having their 2nd annual Touch-A-Truck event Saturday, September 18th and need volunteers to help set up, run, and tear down the event. This is a free outdoor community event where families can come experience trucks and participate in activities.

Please contact if you need any more information, have any questions, or just want to let us know we have been added to your list.

Touch-A-Truck Sign Up

Volunteer Anytime

Ames Grand Prix - Sept. 18-19

Ames Velo is looking for volunteers for the 2021 Ames Grand Prix. There are a variety of positions available and no prior experience is necessary. Volunteers will be provided with refreshments. Saturday will be the Downtown Ames Criterium on Main Street, and Sunday will be the ISU Research Park Circuit Race.

Sign up to volunteer 

Race website

If you have any questions please email Jason Quinn at Ames Velo, or call 515-509-9971

Polk County Conservation Events- Sept. 25 & Oct. 9

Saturday, September 25, National Public Lands Day

  • Location: Easter Lake Park Beach
  • Time:  1PM – 4 Pm
  • Volunteer Activity: Trail resurfacing, garden maintenance, litter cleanup, seed harvest
  • Extras: 4PM – 5 PM Meal provided & 5PM – 7PM Free kayak, canoe, paddle board rentals
  • Limited space, must sign up. This is a public event.
  • National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. This celebration welcomes thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country. The theme for 2021 is “More Ways to Connect to Nature”. We invite you to join staff in a park beautification project before we gather for a later afternoon of fun, food, and opportunities to connect you to the recreational amenities at Easter Lake Park.


Saturday, October 9

  • Location: Jester Park Equestrian Center
  • Time: 3 PM – 5 PM
  • Volunteer Activity: Painting picnic tables & benches, garden/grounds beautification
  • Please forward your interest to Directions to the meeting location will be provided in a reply email. Both of these events are overseen by Julie Perrault, Polk County Conservation Volunteer Coordinator.

Pedal for a Moment - Sept. 18

Please consider volunteering for support MS Moments, a local charity for MS families on Saturday, September 18th at our Pedal for a Moment event. The event is a bike ride on the Trestle Trail from Woodward to Ankeny and back. Visit our website and click the “Volunteer to help” section to reserve a spot,  or if you love to bike and want to register for the event, that’s great too!

Volunteers needed for:

  • Set up
  • Registration
  • Support Tent #2 (earlier shift)
  • Passport punchers at one of the 3 bars along the trail (riders can get their passport punched at each stop)

Jag/Hawk 5K Run - Sept. 25

We are looking for volunteers to help with our Annual Jag/Hawk 5k Run. Volunteers will be placed at certain spots along the run to help guide runners.  We are also look for 2 “push” runners.  They would follow the last of the runners/walkers.  Pickup any signs they may have been missed along the route.  When they cross the line we know all runners have finished the race.

Sign-up to Volunteer 

NAMI Walks - Sept. 25

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) Iowa is looking for volunteers for their upcoming walk on Saturday, Sept 25.

NAIMI Walks website

NAMI Iowa website

Volunteer Sign-up

Walk to End Alzheimer's - Sept. 25

Schedule of Events:
Registration at 8 a.m. | Ceremony at 9 a.m. | Walk at 9:30 a.m.

Iowa State Capitol | 1007 E Grand Ave Des Moines, IA 50319

 We need volunteers! Starting at 6am on walk day and going till 2pm, we will need volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up, registration, water stops, Promise Garden and so much more. All interested volunteers should visit our volunteer page for more information about event day roles and responsibilities.

Can Play Sports - Sept 13-Oct 25

For our Opportunity programs we have volleyball on Mondays starting Sept. 13 through Oct. 25 at Cornell Elementary school from 5:30-7:00. Our Opportunity programs are with children who live in low income households

Opportunity Programs

For our Courage programs we have football/soccer/cheerleading on Mondays starting Sept. 13 through Oct. 4 at Ankeny Miracle League Field from 4:30-6:00. As well as football/soccer on Saturdays starting Sept. 18 through Oct. 9 at Ankeny Miracle League Field from 8:30-10:00. Our Courage programs involve children with disabilities.

Courage Programs

We like to have our volunteers arrive 30 minutes before programming starts. Also as of right now, we require volunteers to wear a mask during all of our indoor programs. Masks are optional for outdoor programming.


Ronald McDonald House Charities - Family Service Learner

Stipend: Unpaid Service Learning
Dates of Position:  2 month minimum- 6 month maximum
Time Commitment: 6-10 hours a week; flexible based on needs of the student
Supervisor: Caroline Baker, Volunteer Coordinator (
Requirements:   Must be 16 years of age or older

Job Purpose:
Assist House Manager and Volunteer Coordinator in day to day tasks for the organization.


  • Welcome families, shadow check in procedure and make families feel at home.
  • Assist with House operations and upkeep.
  • Assist intake and documentation of donations.
  • Assist with managing volunteer groups.


  • Thorough writing and communication skills.
  • Computer aptitude and knowledge.
  • Developed organization and attention to details.

Childcare for Heritage PTO Meetings

Jessica Johnson will be offering childcare for toddler-school age children for parents attending Heritage Elementary PTO meetings. Care will take place in the gym adjacent to the cafeteria where the meetings will take place. Heritage Elementary is at 301 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy (Near DMACC).

  • Sept. 13 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • Oct 11 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • Nov. 8 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • Dec. 13 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • Jan. 10 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • Feb. 7  6:30pm-7:30pm
  • March 7 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • April 11 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • May 9 6:30pm-7:30pm

Jessica Johnson
Facebook: @AnkenyHeritagePTO

Concession Stand - Jaguar Football
Concession Stand - AHS Fall Sports

Thank you in advance for supporting Ankeny Hawk Athletics and Activities. All concession stand volunteers receive FREE admission to the game they work. Please sign up below.


If students are interested in working another slot outside their activities they can sign up for Silver Cord hours and have Mike Bakker, AD Director at Southview, sign off on the Silver Cord Hours. The Football Concessions is managed by the Ankeny Hawk Football Team on behalf of the Ankeny Booster Club.

Uptown Ankeny Farmers Market - Now through Sept. 25

We will have opportunities for silver cord students to volunteer at our market this year, helping out with distributing our to-go kids’ activities. Due to the pandemic, we are foregoing our usual hands-on crafts and readings in favor of take-home activities for kids.

We will have volunteer opportunities for 1-2 students every Saturday from May 22-September 25th, excluding July 10th, during which we will be closed for Summerfest. Students would be required to wear masks and would have a folding table between themselves and the public.

Please send any interest to

Reggie's (Virtual) Sleepout - Sept. 24-Oct 3

We have in-person volunteer opportunities for students to help with a meal or sorting donations at our center and learn more about Reggie’s Sleepout. Reggie’s Sleepout is a virtual hybrid event that asks participants to fundraise and sleepout in their own backyards to raise awareness and funds to support homeless youth here in Des Moines. This year’s event will run from Sept. 24 to Oct. 3.

Sign up to volunteer

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 to volunteer. .

AHS Peer Tutoring

This volunteer opportunity would be providing tutoring to peers at AHS. Students will be paired with a student in the academic area of their choice. Students that apply should be passing all of their classes.

Contact Lamont Muhammad or Mallory Zielinski.

Please complete this Volunteer Questionnaire and we will work with you to determine what student and subject area will be a good fit.

HART-Harvesting for the Arts

HART Harvesting for the Arts is a central Iowa nonprofit organization that combines agriculture and support of the arts to benefit the community. We grow fresh produce to give to the community for a suggested donation. These funds are then utilized as scholarships for arts opportunities for students in need. We will be accepting volunteers within the months of June- August. Students will be doing the following tasks to volunteer for HART:

  • Helping to weed the garden (this task will be done weekly)
  • Helping to water the garden (this task will be done every couple of days)
  • Helping to harvest all produce in late August to early October

These tasks will be done outdoors. If a student has any allergies or medical conditions which these tasks will affect, HART will take that into consideration and look for other jobs of which they can complete. These would include helping to deliver produce/ products to customers in the community. If students have any questions or would like to volunteer for HART Harvesting For The Arts, please contact us at this email:

Project Silence No More Internship

Project Silence No More is looking for high school juniors and seniors interested in mental health awareness to help expand our initiatives in their communities. Some of these initiatives include funding suicide prevention training, sharing resources via social media, giving scholarships, and hosting our annual mental health awareness concert. Past internship projects have included:

  • Researching resources and training programs
  • Writing press releases for our major announcements
  • Designing/posting informational social media content
  • Overall planning of our annual concert
  • & so much more!

More details can be found on our website, and all questions can be directed to Anjali Dhawan.

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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