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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.

Ankeny Centennial High School - Boys/Girls Basketball Concessions - Jan. 24

We thank you in advance.  We have some spots to fill at our concession stand shifts tonight for the home game against Waukee.

Boys and Girls Basketball Concession Stand Volunteers – CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Thank you and GO JAGS!

Ankeny High School - Wrestling Concessions - Jan. 26

The following dates / times are available to earn SilverCord Hours working in the Ankeny Booster Club Concession during home Wrestling events at AHS. You will receive free admission to the event and SilverCord credit from the Concession manager on duty. Fun and easy way to earn your Silver Cord Hours close to home!

If you are interested in volunteering please email your name and phone number with the dates/ times you are available to work to:

Thursday January 26th vs SEP

Concession 6pm-830pm – need 4 volunteers

Girls on the Run / Indoor Triathlon - January 29

Tri for a Cause (Indoor Tri) Benefiting GOTR of Central Iowa

When: January 29

Where: Walnut Creek Y

Time: Varies by shift

Tasks: timing swimmers, bikers and runner


Drake University Concessions - dates in Jan., Feb., and March

If you have friends who are working toward Silver Cord or would just like to have fun volunteering, please share this with them or sign them up!!!

For Silver Cord, please email me at

Follow this link:

Please review the available slots at

If you would like to carpool to the game, please add that to the comments so we can make sure we have enough seats!

Thank you!

Can Play Courage Sports - dates in Jan. and Feb.

We are 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

We are looking for volunteers for our Courage Ankeny soccer and flag football program. Join participants who are eager to have fun and learn new soccer and flag football skills and techniques! Sign up for one date or come each day, whatever fits best into your schedule.

Dates: January 9th – January 30th

Day: Mondays

Time: 4:45 PM – 6:15 PM

Location: Prairie Ridge Church; 825 NW 36th St, Ankeny, IA 50023

Courage on the Court 2023

We need your help! Join Can Play for this fun and competitive three-on-three wheelchair basketball tournament allowing individuals to play from a different perspective.  Your help will support our ability to raise funds for underserved youth in our community.

Dates: February 24th and 25th

Day: Friday and Saturday

Time: 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM (1st Shift); 2:45 PM – 5:15 PM (2nd Shift)- Friday

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM (1st Shift); 9:45 AM – 12:15 PM (2nd Shift)- Saturday

Location: MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex; 6500 Grand Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Ankeny Service Center - Elderly Assistance

The Ankeny Service is looking for volunteers to help with the needs of the elderly. Our program is focused on helping seniors who live at home do everyday tasks.  Tasks vary from taking out the garbage all the way to explaining the remote.  The requests from seniors come in all the time and having volunteers willing and ready to help is a great way for us to quickly help with needs.

We are located at

You can turn in your application to volunteer online or in our office at
641 S. Ankeny Blvd., Suite H
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

For more information please contact us at

Ankeny High School - Boys/Girls Basketball Concessions

We thank you in advance – each slot filled by a silver cord volunteer helps keep parents in the gym watching their athlete!

Boys and Girls Basketball Concession Stand Volunteers – CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Thank you and GO HAWKS!

Southview Middle School - Concessions

Hawk Students – Students interested in earning Silver Cord Hours can contact Mr. Bakker ( at Southview for hours between the times of 4:00 & 6:30 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays throughout the winter working at the Southview concessions stand.

Let’s Go HAWKS!

Night to Shine - Feb. 10th

Get involved in a unique opportunity to be part of a worldwide movement while impacting your community and some of its most deserving residents at the same time!

On February 10, 2023 from 6:00pm-9:00pm, Rising Sun Church of Christ will host Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.  Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs.  In this 8th year, the event is expected to serve more than 100,000 people with special needs through 200,000 volunteers and 600 host churches in all 50 states and 42+ countries around the world.

Every guest of Night to Shine enters this complimentary event on a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi. Once inside, guests receive the royal treatment, including limousine rides, professional photography, hair and makeup stations, corsages and boutonnieres, shoe shines, a catered dinner, karaoke room, a Respite Room for parents and caretakers, and, of course, a dance floor… all leading up to the moment when each guest is crowned a king or queen of the prom.

As you can imagine, to pull this off, we need LOTS of volunteers.  If you are interested, check out addtional information and/or signup at:

Red Flannel Run - Feb. 11th

This year we are having our 34th annual Red Flannel Run on February 11th at 9:00AM and are in need of many volunteers for various positions to help things run (pun intendedJ) smoothly.

To both register as a volunteer or a runner, the link below can be used.

Heritage Elementary - Feb. 18th and 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 (remaining dates):

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.

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.

Northeast Elementary Family Fun Night - Feb. 25

The Northeast Elementary Family Fun Night needs volunteers from 5:00-8:00 (running game rooms, monitoring gym activities, and running the concession stand.). All volunteers will receive a ticket for a free meal.

Contact: Katie Ingle at

Westwood Elementary Family Fun Night - April 1

The Westwood Elementary Family Fun Night needs volunteers from 4:00-7:00pm.  We will need volunteers to help at our game stations and food stations.  Students can signup to help for 1 hours, 2 hours, or 3 hours. Thank you in advance for helping to make Westwood fun night a success!!

Signup at:

Contact: Contact with questions.

Johnston Public Library

Volunteers Needed for Tech Help with Teens:

Johnston Public Library is seeking volunteers to participate in our new Tech Help with Teens program. Volunteers should be in Grades 10 -12, available at least one Saturday afternoon every other month, and have significant experience with computers and related technology. Tech Help with Teens is scheduled to begin in December 2022 with a training session in November.

Types of Help Include:

Working with

  • Apple products – iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple iOS
  • Microsoft products – Windows, Android iOS
  • Kindle, Nook, eReaders, and other tablets
  • Browsing, searching, and downloading content on the internet
  • Setting up and using Email including Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook
  • Password Management / Google Chrome Password Manager
  • Cloud Storage / How to Save to Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, etc.
  • Microsoft Office Products / Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • First time laptop setup
  • Customer Service / Working with a diverse group of people / Clearly communicating with patrons / Must show a clean and respectable appearance

Training will be provided for all volunteers before the start of the Tech Help with Teens program. In addition to training on the above technology basics, training will include:

  • How to understand Patron needs
  • How to find the answer
  • How to teach the Patron to find resources for future use
  • Privacy and Confidentiality in the Library

Tech Help with Teens will NOT provide the following assistance:

  • Troubleshooting Hardware/Software Issues
  • Physical Repairs
  • Consumer Product Advice/Internet Shopping Product Suggestions
  • Malware/Virus Detection and Repair

If interested in volunteering for Tech Help with Teens, please fill out the application which can be
found at
Any questions regarding the program and/or volunteering can be sent to Stephanie, Public Services Librarian, at

Des Moines Public Library

The Des Moines Public Library has the Rosie Reader Outreach and Simple Steps early literacy initiative that provides early literacy activity bags for DMPS preschoolers. The downtown library is looking for students who could commit to a couple of hours each week to help prepare 1,300+ bags.

Interested students can email Ashley Molzen at the DMPL to learn more:

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.

Contact Us

Nick Nelson Profile
Student and Building Support Specialist