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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

AFD Open House - May 17 & 18

Ankeny Fire Department is looking for volunteers for our Special Needs Open House on Tuesday, May 17 and our EMS Week Open House on Wednesday, May 18. Both events run from 6:00-8:00 p.m. You can arrive early to help set up and eat a light dinner (provided). You will be provided a t-shirt to wear at the event and to take home. Volunteers can help at either event or both, as schedules allow. There are a variety of areas at the Open House where you can help, and the Public Education Coordinator will give you several areas to choose from. Please contact Karen Peters for more information.
Can Play Programs - various dates

Courage Programs (adapted programming)

Courage Ames Evening Program: Join our new participants in Ames for our recreation program. Running Mondays from June 6- June 27.
Courage Ames Summer Camp: Join participants for our three day summer camp! We will work on sports skills, have super hero training, and have lots of fun!! Running June 6, 8, 10.
Courage WDM Summer Camp: Join participants for our three day summer camp! We will work on sports skills, have super hero training, and have lots of fun!! Running June 20, 22, 24.

Opportunity Programs (no-cost traditional programs)

Opportunity Lacrosse Camp: Join participants in our new lacrosse camp! Help them to learn new skills and have fun. Running from June 6, 7, 8, 9.
Opportunity Clive Baseball: Join participants who are eager to have fun and learn new baseball skills! Running from June 28- August 16.
Opportunity WDM Baseball: Join participants who are eager to have fun and learn new baseball skills! Running from June 29- August 17.
Opportunity Waukee Baseball: Join participants who are eager to have fun and learn new baseball skills! Running from June 30- August 11.
Can Play Events, 10 year Anniversary: Come join us in celebrating our 10 year anniversary! Help play games, run stations, and interact with our guests. Celebrate on June 20.

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Des Moines Women’s Half Marathon (As the charity beneficiary GOTR of Central Iowa coordinates volunteers for this event.)
When: May 6-8
Where: Jasper Winery

Girls on the Run 5K Presented by EMC Insurance Companies
When: May 20-21
Where: State Capitol Complex

Living History Farms - Summer Camp Counselors

We are looking for Junior Counselors to help with our Summer Day Camps. Students must be 14-18 years old and be available for at least one full week (Monday-Friday, 8:40 am – 4:10 pm) this summer. More information and applications can be found on our website.

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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.

Music Under the Stars - June 12, 19, 26, July 3 & July 10

We had several great students from Ankeny work with us in 2021 – we are looking forward to working with your students again this year.

Dates:  June 12, 19, 26, July 3 & July 10
Location:  Iowa State Capital (west side)
Times:  5:30pm – 9:00pm Sunday

Duties: Concert set-up & tear down; help with sound equipment, distribute programs to audience members, other duties as assigned. There will be downtime to listen to the concert.

Volunteers are encouraged to dress comfortably, bring water, lawn chairs, etc.   Please bring a mask (if needed, one will be provided) – volunteers will not need to wear a mask during set-up and tear down – we will also provide gloves  for the program distribution. Social distancing will be required – hand sanitizer will be provided.

Music Under the Stars provides free concerts on the west steps of the capital, featuring the Des Moines Metro Concert Band and Jazz Band.  We are beginning our 72nd summer season.

Kids Soccer League June 6-28

Ankeny First United Methodist Church is offering their Kids Soccer League June 6-28 for kids PreK – 5th  grade.

We are looking for people age 16+ to help coach teams. No coaching or soccer experience needed. You just need to love working with kids & provide encouragement to them.

We are also in need of youth of all ages to help assist adult coaches, help with concessions, and other various duties.

Games are held either Monday or Tuesday nights at 5:30, 6:30, & 7:30 pm.

Register Here

Please contact Marcie Mulford with questions.

Iowa Senior Games - June 8-12

We are seeking volunteers for the 36th annual Summer Iowa Senior Games in June 2022. Athletes from all over Iowa and the United States will travel to participate in the Ames and West Des Moines area. We have a wide variety of opportunities, and none of them require experience or knowledge in a particular event. Our volunteer Event Directors can train on site for all of the positions. All volunteers will receive a commemorative Iowa Senior Games t-shirt!

While the main weekend is June 8-12, we also have other volunteer needs throughout June and July. View all volunteer opportunities here. 

If you have any questions, please call our office at 888-777-8881 x3 or send us an email at

IronKids Run - June 11

Girls on the Run of Central Iowa is beneficiary of the IRONKIDS run on Saturday, June 11. Volunteers are needed from 8-11 AM at Principal Park. Register to volunteer. (scroll towards the bottom)

Volunteer duties include assisting with the IRONKIDS race packet pick up, course marshals, handing out water and medals, etc.

2022 Ironman Triathlon - June 12, 19, 26 & July 3 and 10

Des Moines will be hosting the 2022 IRONMAN Des Moines triathlon and we’d love to have local volunteers!  There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer throughout the weekend and we are happy to sign off on silver cord/volunteer hours. Shifts range from lifeguards, stationing our bike/run aid stations, to finish line helpers and everything in-between. If you’re looking for an opportunity to be part of a world-class sports atmosphere, a sweet volunteer t-shirt and a lot of high fives this is the volunteer opportunity for you!  Sign-up today and join us for an exciting weekend of top-notch triathlon excitement.

Volunteer Opportunities

Des Moines Art Festival - June 22-26
Each year we have a number of students at the Des Moines Art Festival who are wonderful volunteers, and we would love to have more! Students 15 and older are welcome to volunteer on their own.  All of our volunteer shifts are listed on our website.
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.

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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