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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 Baseball Concessions - May 16th to July 8th

The Ankeny Booster Club manages and operates the concession stand for all athletic events. The money generated goes directly back to help support your student in their activities and athletics. Each season, we ask that parents of these students work 2 concession stand shifts during that season. That can be both parents helping once or one parent volunteering twice. Please Note: volunteers are responsible for finding their own replacement if they are not able to fulfill the time slot they committed to.

Thank you in advance for supporting Ankeny Centennial Jaguar Athletics and Activities!

Click HERE to sign up for Concessions

This post was updated May 2024.

Ankeny Baseball Concessions - May 16th to July 5th

The Ankeny Booster Club manages and operates the concession stand for all athletic events. The money generated goes directly back to help support your student in their activities and athletics. Each season, we ask that parents of these students work 2 concession stand shifts during that season. That can be both parents helping once or one parent volunteering twice. Please Note: volunteers are responsible for finding their own replacement if they are not able to fulfill the time slot they committed to.

Thank you in advance for supporting Ankeny Hawks Athletics and Activities!

Click HERE to sign up for Concessions

This post was updated May 2024.

UGRA Softball - Concession Volunteers - May 20th to June 19th

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

In the event of inclement weather or if you have any questions please reach out to Chelsea (515) 490-9485.

Click HERE to sign up for Concessions

This post was updated May 2024.

UGRA Softball - Battle of the Burbs - May 31st to June 2nd

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

Click HERE to sign up for Concessions

Crew members will work together to flip fields between games : water the field with sprinklers, rake around all bases, rake and tamp the pitching mound and batter’s box, drag the field (must be 16 to drive the field drag), chalk all lines, fill chalk and gas as needed.

Click HERE to sign up for Field Crew

In the event of inclement weather or if you have any questions please reach out to Chelsea (515) 490-9485.

This post was updated May 2024.

Music Under the Stars- June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

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 75th summer season.

Location: Iowa State Capital (west side) June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Lauridsen Amphitheater July 7

Times: 5:30pm – 9:00pm Sunday

Dates: June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and July 7

Duties:

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

Volunteers are encouraged to dress comfortably, bring water, lawn chairs,etc.

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 75th summer season.

Website: www.starmusicdm.org

Contact:  jkendeigh@tarbell.com or 515-707-4594

This post was updated April 2024.
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Discover your next volunteer opportunity at our non-profit volunteer fair June 8! This event provides a one-of-a-kind platform for nonprofit organizations and potential volunteers to come together, engage in face-to-face interactions, and foster collaborative efforts. See flyer for more details or contact Deb Longseth at (515) 225-6000.

This post was updated May 2024.

2024 Iowa Senior Games - June 5th - 9th

We are currently preparing for our 2024 Iowa Senior Games events taking place in June, and we are hoping to spread the word about our volunteer opportunities that come with these events.

Event Title: 2024 Iowa Senior Games
Event Dates: June 5 – 9, 2024
Event Locations: Des Moines/Waukee area
Volunteer Sign Up Link

All Volunteers receive a commemorate t-shirt. No expertise or knowledge of the event is necessary to volunteer!

Below is a list of volunteer positions that we are seeking.

FRIDAY, May 31, 2024 – Iowa Senior Games Softball Tournament – Raccoon River Park, West Des Moines

4:00-6:00 PM | Registration Table | 2 spots available

4:00-9:30 PM | Scorekeepers | 6 spots available

TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2024  Athlete Packet Assembly – Location TBD

9:00-11:00 AM | Athlete Packet Assembly | 8 spots available 

Shuffleboard – Indian Hills Junior High Gym o 2:00-4:00 PM | Event Setup | 8 spots available

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024 

Registration Table – Dinks Pickleball – Merle Hay Mall

6:30 AM-Noon | Athlete/Volunteer Check In & Awards | 2 spots available

Noon-6:00 PM | Athlete/Volunteer Check In & Awards | 1 spot available 

Pickleball – Dinks Pickleball, Merle Hay Mall

7:00 AM-Noon | Results/General Assistance | 5 spots available

Noon-6:00 PM | Results/General Assistance | 5 spots available  Shuffleboard – Indian Hills Junior High Gym

7:30 AM-Noon | Scorekeeping/Results | 10 spots available

Noon-4:00 PM | Scorekeeping/Results | 10 spots available 

Help Where Needed – Will be assigned to help where ever it is needed that day o 7:00 AM-Noon | General Volunteers o Noon-5:00 PM | General Volunteers

This post was updated April 2024.

Boys Scouts of America: Summer Field Days - June 6th, 11th, 13th, and 17th

We have summer field days planned for several daycares from the metro area on June 6, 11, 13, and 17 at the Fred Maytag II Scout Center in Des Moines.  We’re looking for volunteers who can help run stations such as STEM, water balloons, kickball, fishing, and planting seeds.  The volunteers can sign up for 1 or more days and would need to be at the Maytag Scout Center from 9 AM to 4pm.  Lunch (probably pizza) for volunteers is provided.

Please let me know if this volunteer event would qualify for the Ankeny Silver Cord and whether you could pass the information to your high school students and parents.  Students can signup using this link or by contacting me directly.

Note that while most of the stations just need a couple energetic volunteers able to provide instructions, willing to work with kids, and to help set up and tear down stations; some  stations listed in the signup such as archery and BB guns require personnel to be a certain age and/or have training and certification to run them.

Anyone who signs up for these slots will be contacted to provide the proper credentials prior to volunteering.

Signup by heading to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0945ABA822A2F9CE9-48437326-field

Contact: Jennifer Banh at 815-341-4593 or Jlbanh@yahoo.com

This post was updated April 2024.

Certified Piedmontese Beef IRONMAN 70.3 Des Moines 2024 - June 9th

We would love to have volunteers from local high schools come out and volunteer!

This post was updated April 2024.

Summer Art Class - June 10th - 14th

We’re looking for a few volunteers that’d like to work with 6th – 10th graders. We’d need assistance with papermaking, spin art, plaster casting, and bookmaking. The class will have a variety of opportunities for students to pursue what medium they’d like to work with and will not be a set project they “have to make” but more choice based. Anyone that has had me as a teacher knows that I like to do a variety of things and I want you all to have the chance to help and learn to make projects alongside the younger students. Our big thing is we’d like positive role models to help with mentoring our 6th-10th graders.

The summer class will be held at Prairie Ridge Middle School (in Mr. McColley’s art room) June 10th – 14th from 10am – noon. If this section fills we’ll add another section from noon – 2pm. Do not feel obligated to help all days and/or time slots. Please email me at: kevinmccolley1@gmail.com if interested in helping with this summer class.

This post was updated May  2024.

National Debate Tournament - June 13th - 21st

We are looking for student volunteers to help set up and work various jobs June 13-20. They would be helping set up rooms before and during the event, helping run concessions, directing people to rooms. It is a great opportunity to get service hours. If you have any questions please let me know.

NSDA National Tournament Volunteer Form

This post was updated May  2024.

2024 USATF-Iowa Association Junior Olympic Track and Field Championship Meet - June 15th and 16th

We have a need for assistance at every function at the track meet. Volunteers will be able to assist at any event they choose. Examples of these might be putting up the high jump bar, retrieving shot puts, etc. There is also the need for help with meet management functions. Some examples of these tasks would be escorting athletes from check-in tent to starting line, helping with awards, etc.

We understand that volunteers may be available for one of both days and may not be available for the full time period. We can be very flexible with volunteer help shifts.

Event: 2024 USATF-Iowa Association Junior Olympic Track and Field Championship Meet
Date: Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 **
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM **
Location: Cyclone Sports Complex
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Contact: Jim Walczyk
Jim.walczyk@gmail.com
515-771-4246

This post was updated May 2024.

UGRA Softball - J-Hawk Jamboree - June 14th - 16th

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

Click HERE to sign up for Concessions

Crew members will work together to flip fields between games : water the field with sprinklers, rake around all bases, rake and tamp the pitching mound and batter’s box, drag the field (must be 16 to drive the field drag), chalk all lines, fill chalk and gas as needed.

Click HERE to sign up for Field Crew

In the event of inclement weather or if you have any questions please reach out to Chelsea (515) 490-9485.

This post was updated May 2024.

National Debate Tournament - June 16th - 21st
The National Debate and Speech Association needs volunteers to set up, run concession stands, help with hospitality rooms, etc. at the National Debate Tournament hosted in Des Moines in June.

Dates/Times/Location:
Valley and Roosevelt HS and Hiatt- Monday and Tuesday 6:30am- 8pm
Johnston HS, DSM East, Waukee High School, Prairieview, Waukee Middle, Waukee Northwest- Monday-Thursday 6:30-8pm
Waukee Timberline and Waukee South- Wed-Thur 6:30-9pm
Convention center NSDA store- Mon-Friday (unsure on times)

Contact person- Marissa Kuiken, mkuiken@waukeeschools.org

Manner to sign up – https://www.speechanddebate.org/nationals2024/

This post was updated April 2024.

National Junior High Finals Rodeo - June 20th - 22nd

The National Junior High Finals Rodeo that will be held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, June 2024.  This event brings approximately 1,300 middle school students from 43 states, 5 provinces in Canada, Australia and Mexico.  We are looking for volunteers in multiple areas including assistance with check-in, stall assignment, vet check and more.

Volunteers – Sign up for shifts here: https://catchdesmoines.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=80222

This post was updated April  2024.

UGRA Softball - Fourth of July - June 21st - 23rd

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

Click HERE to sign up for Concessions

Crew members will work together to flip fields between games : water the field with sprinklers, rake around all bases, rake and tamp the pitching mound and batter’s box, drag the field (must be 16 to drive the field drag), chalk all lines, fill chalk and gas as needed.

Click HERE to sign up for Field Crew

In the event of inclement weather or if you have any questions please reach out to Chelsea (515) 490-9485.

This post was updated May 2024.

Cajun Fest - June 22nd

Cajun Fest relies on a team of volunteers to bring the event to life. With various roles to choose from, there’s a spot for you! All volunteers must be over the age of 13, and for certain positions (as noted in the description), 18 or older. Work your designated shift to receive your Cajun Fest ticket and volunteer t-shirt. Secure your shirt by signing up before May 30; it will be distributed upon your arrival for your shift. Thank you in advance for your willingness to help celebrate Cajun culture and support local charities! For any questions, please email Volunteer Lead Karter Smith at karterksmith@gmail.com.

Signup to volunteer at https://www.cajunfestiowa.com/volunteer.

This post was updated April 2024.

2024 Summer Iowa Games - July 12th - July 21st

The 2024 Summer Iowa Games is taking place in Ames and the surrounding communities. We have numerous volunteer opportunities ranging from course support to helping with participants getting organized before the event.

Please sign up to volunteer at this Sign-Up Link.

Agape Garden - multiple dates April - June

During the entire growing season at the Agape Garden, we need many volunteers to plant the seeds, maintain the garden, and harvest the produce that will be given to the Ankeny Service Center and then distributed to their clients. All levels of skills are welcome! Kids are welcome to come along with their parents…and we encourage that! There will always be leadership on site so you will get direction and instructions on what to do. Please note, there is no access to restrooms this year. Thank you so much for volunteering. Many hands make light work.

Here’s some more information regarding the volunteering:

  • Students will be outside gardening and anything that is included.
  • Volunteering is on Monday and Thursday nights from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. More shifts are on Saturday from 8 am to 12 pm.
  • Our point of contact’s name is Charity Mcevoy. Here’s her email address: Charity.mcevoy@ankenyfirst.org
  • We have a sign-up genius that we are giving out to coaches that they are passing on to their athletes.
    Here’s the sign-up genius we are using: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094BA4AE2FA7F85-48991838-agape#/

This post was updated April 2024.

Suites at Ankeny: Tech Talk - ongoing opportunity

We would love help assisting elderly population with tech issues.These issues have been: Assisting in programing a universal remote, helping set up Peacock and showing how to navigate the service, programing an alarm clock, trouble shooting a cellphone (do not disturb got turned on by accident) starting a Facebook account, helping fix pop up blockers on a laptop.

The student would go to each tenants apartment or they could meet in the common areas. This is dependent on the students comfort level.
Currently this is scheduled on Tuesdays with a flexible time depending on the students participation in sports. Nothing would be after 6pm.

Please Contact Michelle Hamilton at Michelle.Hamilton@sunnyviewcarecenter.com
A volunteer background check will need performed before the student is able to start the program.

This post was updated April 2024.

HOPE agency: help with basketball practice - beginning December 11

Hope Agency DSM supports adults with special needs in living independently and maintaining friendships with those around them. We also support them in Special Olympic sports like bowling, basketball, flag football, and more. We are looking for 1-2 volunteers for Monday nights for an hour to help at our basketball practices! If you interested in this opportunity, please let us know! If you have any questions please reach out!

Contact: Toni Ness / Team Mentor / Direct Support Professional at tonin@hopeagencydsm.org.

This post was updated April 2024.

Can Play Soccer Programs - April through May

Can Play is excited to be offering multiple soccer programs this April – May!

We love having our Silver Cord/Volunteer students helping out at these practices! We are looking for approximately ten volunteers for each of the eight practices in all four locations. Here is our Sign-Up link for the program: https://signup.com/go/gZMOdUL

The details for the soccer programs are as follows:

Clive Soccer

Dates: April 2 – May 21

Day: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 – 6:00, 6:00-7:30 PM

Location: Linnan Park

Participants: 1st-2nd, 3rd-6th

Waukee Soccer

Dates: April 3 – May 22

Day: Wednesday

Time: 5:00-6:00, 6:00-7:30 PM

Location: Ridge Pointe Park

Participants: 1st-2nd, 3rd – 5th

West Des Moines Soccer

Dates: April 6 – May 25

Day: Saturday

Time: 9:00-10:00; 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Location: Hillside Fields

Participants: K-2, 3-6

Junior High Soccer

Dates: Tuesday & Thursday in May

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Indian Hills

Participants: 7th & 8th grade

If you could get this opportunity out to your students looking for service hours, we would greatly appreciate it. If you have any additional questions, we would love to be of assistance. We appreciate your help in helping our program exceed!

This post was updated April 2024.

Can Play Programs - Multiple Opportunities in May through August
Can Play is excited to be offering a fun summer full of many program opportunities for our participants and volunteers! We love having our Silver Cord/Volunteer students helping out at these practices!
Our summer is consisting of eight-week programs for Clive Baseball and Waukee Flag Football. We also are offering Summer Camps for more specialty sports, such as our four-day Ultimate Frisbee Camp in Waukee and our four-day Lacrosse Camp in Clive. Finally, we are excited to have our HERS Program this summer for a four-day Softball Camp in West Des Moines! 
 
Please note that for our HERS program, we are only looking for female volunteers. Here is our Sign-Up link for the program: https://signup.com/go/gZMOdUL

This post was updated May 2024.

IAA Youth Board - dates in March through September

Are you ready to embark on an epic journey filled with creativity, impact, and a chance to make a difference? Look no further – the IAA Youth Board wants YOU!

What’s the IAA Youth Board? The IAA Youth Board is not just a board – it’s a powerhouse of young minds shaping the future! We’re on a mission to bring fresh ideas, energy, and enthusiasm to the Iowa Afterschool Alliance. If you’re between 14 and 20, this is your golden ticket to make a real difference! The Youth Board will be led entirely by youth.

From March to September 2024, members will convene monthly to develop a Day of Service project for September 11th. These meetings will be conducted virtually via zoom.

Why Join?

Make a Difference: Plan, develop, and lead a statewide Day of Service.

Connect: Forge friendships with like-minded youth statewide.
Level Up: Develop leadership skills and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Receive 10hrs of Silver Cord hours and Letter of Recommendation.
$250 Scholarship opportunity.

Apply here: Youth Service Board Application (google.com)

Contact: Kamryn Ryan, AmeriCorps Seniors & Capacity Building Officer – Volunteer Iowa at kamryn.ryan@volunteeriowa.org for additional information.

www.volunteeriowa.org

This post was updated February 2024.

Des Moines Farmers Market - ongoing May to October

The Downtown Farmers’ Market season kicks off Saturday, May 4, 2024, in the Historic Court District of Downtown Des Moines (DSM),and runs every Saturday morning from May – October.

The Market supports farmers, growers and artisan food entrepreneurs from all around the state of Iowa. The Market offers a variety of attractions and activities including shopping for fresh produce, eggs, meats and more, eating breakfast, enjoying live music, and meeting with family and friends.

Right now, the link to sign up to volunteer at the 2024 Downtown Farmers’ Market is live!

The link to sign up is here: https://greaterdesmoinespartnership.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=85319.

This post was updated April 2024.

Ankeny First United Methodist Church Kids Soccer League - June 2nd - 25th

Ankeny First United Methodist Church offers a Kids Soccer League each summer.

This league is open to kids ages 4 through 5th grade & gives them the opportunity to play soccer & be part of a team in a non-competitive, Christ-centered environment.

We are looking for people to help coach, serve concessions, paint lines on fields, set up & tear down goals and with our kick off day.

No soccer experience is needed to volunteer in this league.

Games are held Monday & Tuesday nights, June 3-25 with a Season Kick Off being held on Sunday, June 2.

Location is Ankeny First United Methodist Church-710 NE 36th St.

Register at https://ankenyfirst.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/2169631

Contact Marcie Mulford at marcie.mulford@ankenyfirst.org or 515-289-9153 with questions.

This post was updated February 2024.

Optimist Club - Avenue of Flags
The Optimist Club is looking for help with 1 or 2 routes during the year.
Each route covers 30-40 flags and takes maybe 1.5 hours in AM and the same in evening for pickup..
Our Optimist Club would like to team up with your students and support them financially.

Show your pride! Subscribe to have a U.S. flag displayed at your home or give as a gift to a friend. The flags are set by club members at dawn and taken down at dusk on these five holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veterans Day. Service is subject to weather permitting. Lightning or snow cover may cause delay or cancellation of delivery. The 3’x5’ flag is flown from a 10’ pole. They are placed in a permanent grommet set in your yard. The grommet is set low and will not interfere with mowing or activity. The poles and flags are property of the club and are stored and maintained by the club. Sign up with your neighbors and show your pride throughout your neighborhood. You can also purchase a subscription as a gift for a friend or family. A one year subscription is only $37 and Each additional flag is $35. 100% of the proceeds help support Ankeny’s youth and families.

For questions call: Mark Feilmann – ph# 641-485-1040 Ray Morley – ph# 515-964-8903 Interested in becoming a club member or a Friend of Optimist supporter?

Contact us at:  www.ankenyoptimists.org or ankenyoptimists@gmail.com.

This post was updated February 2024.

Living History Farm - Summer Opportunities

We are looking for Day Camp Junior Counselors to help with our Summer Day Camps. Eligible students must be entering 9th through 12th grades in the fall (or graduating from high school in spring).

More information and applications can be found here – https://www.lhf.org/junior-counselors/

Contact:  Stacie Hooker, Director of Community Engagement, with questions at (515)278-5286 x 158 or shooker@lhf.org.

This post was updated February 2024.

All City Play Day - August 1, 2024

If you’re looking to earn silver cord hours, we need volunteers for Ankeny’s All City Play Day on August 1, 2024. This free event welcomes residents of all ages to Hawkeye and Wagner Parks, next to City Hall at 410 W First Street. Volunteers are needed from 5:00 PM to 7:45 PM to help set up, run activities, and more. Volunteers will receive an event t-shirt. Learn more or sign up now, as an individual or group!

Ankeny Art Center - Ongoing Opportunities

The Ankeny Art Center values all our dedicated volunteers! Volunteering is a wonderful and fulfilling way for individuals and organizations to give to the arts and to the community. We have many different events and opportunities to volunteer at to help support a local non-profit!

View opportunities at: https://www.ankenyartcenter.org/opportunities

This post was updated January 2024.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

At the Ronald McDonald House, we aim to provide a home away from home for families with seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. Families need more than just medical treatment during this difficult time. Our goal is to provide them with a supportive and comforting environment where they can focus on their child’s health and well-being.

There are a variety of ways that your students can get involved.

  • Baking or Making To-Go Meals for our families
  • General Deep Cleaning
  • Tab Tops Collection

We also offer Service-Learning Opportunities for students 16 years or older. This program is an excellent way for students to complete their Silver Cord hours. The student will assist the house manager and volunteer coordinator with daily activities. The duties include:

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

If you have any questions in regards to our volunteer opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact Maggie Siwinski at maggie@rmhdesmoines.org or 515-204-2005.

Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House Charities

This post was updated February 2024.

Freestore

Every day there are families recovering from dangerous and violent situations who wake up every morning wondering “how did we get here?”  They often are so perplexed it is difficult to plan for the most basic needs that most take for granted every day such as finding a safe place to live.

As a non-profit organization, the Freestore works with domestic violence and sex trafficking agencies, as well as multiple other human services agencies in the Des Moines area.  We provide donated furniture and household goods for families starting new and productive lives in a safe and secure environment, allowing them to focus instead on rebuilding their lives.

We are asking for your assistance in accomplishing our mission.  Volunteers are needed.

The Freestore is unique in that the organization is totally run by volunteers – no one at the Freestore receives a salary. With your help, many more families escaping abusive home environments will be able to move on with their lives.

There are a variety of ways for your company or organization to become involved!

  • Pick up donations or deliver furniture and other household goods to qualified families with the use of our trucks.
  • Assist in the warehouse with various tasks such as putting together modular furniture, sorting donations, organizing stock, etc.
  • Sponsor a “fill-up-the-truck” drive at your chosen location to receive gently used household goods or monetary donations for the purchase of much-needed items.

We need teams of 3-6 to assist either on an ad hoc basis (you pick the time and date that works for you) or on a regularly scheduled ongoing commitment as infrequently as once every 4-6 weeks.

One final thought – with Earth Day just around the corner, consider the positive impact the Freestore has on the environment.  Gently used furniture and household goods are going to some of the most vulnerable in our community instead of to a landfill!  The Earth Day theme this year is “Invest in our Planet”.  Why not consider investing in the Freestore as an Earth Day initiative?

Please reach out to us at Sharon.f.steffen@gmail.com or kfrank1214@gmail.com for any questions you may have or to schedule a volunteer event. We would love to have you on board!

This post was updated February 2024.

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 https://www.ankenyservicecenter.org/volunteer.

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 ankenyservicecenter@gmail.com

This post was updated August 2023.

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

Any questions regarding the program and/or volunteering can be sent to Stephanie, Public Services Librarian, at info@johnstonlibrary.org.

This post was updated April 2024.

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: ARMolzen@dmpl.org

This post was updated February 2024.

Broadlawns Medical Center Gift Shop

We are currently looking for volunteers to fill open shifts for our Gift Shop.   It would be most helpful for those volunteers to have some cashier experience, but not necessary.  It is primarily for comfort level with the process.  Most of our customers to our gift shop at this point are employees so far, so they scan their badges for transactions.  Our gift shop will only be a year old this November.

The shifts are either 8:30-12:30pm or 12-4pm.  Here is a description for the opportunity within this link alongside the application towards the bottom of the page.

https://www.broadlawns.org/patients-and-visitors/gift-shop

This post was updated February 2024.

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 at tara@fostersquad.org.
Des Moines Botanical Gardens - Summer Camp Assistants and Ongoing Opportunities

Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens is looking for volunteers to be Assistants for our Summer Camp Programs. A commitment for a week is required. Camps are held Monday through Friday from 8:30 till 4:30. A background check must be completed for these positions. Anyone interested needs to fill out the application at this link: https://www.volgistics.com/appform/1387062555. Emails will be sent to applicants the second week of March.

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. 

This post was updated February 2024.

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 – sandy.niland@mealsfromtheheartland.org

This post was updated February 2024.

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 MH4H.org
Contact Kari McLaren – kmclaren@mh4h.org – 515.238.3482

This post was updated February 2024.

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.

This post was updated February 2024.

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.

This post was updated February 2024.

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