Welcome a family to their new home!

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Help USCRI Des Moines welcome newly arrived refugees! Help set up apartments and make Des Moines feel like home. Activities include moving furniture, setting up bedrooms and kitchens, cleaning as needed, and putting personal touches on apartments to feel like home. Age requirements: 13+, families welcomed.

Other opportunities available to assist in general office operations, donations, grocery shopping, and more! Email volunteer@uscri-desmoines.org for more information on these opportunities.

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Military Museum Video Production and Education Programs

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Interview Veterans and work with museum artifacts to create videos to inform the public about the military history of Iowa. Final work will be posted on the museum’s YouTube Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/IowaGoldStarMilitaryMuseum

Create hands on activities for youth to learn about the military history of Iowa and Iowans.

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GirlPower Peer Mentoring

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GirlPower is an initiative of the Chrysalis Foundation to help end violence toward girls in the  community. The project will bring healthy relationship awareness and education to young women  participating in Chrysalis After-School programs. Adventures in Social Drama Training is optional,  but encouraged.

Fall
•10+ training sessions after-school or sometimes on weekends to learn the GirlPower curriculum Spring
• Teach 1-2 four-week virtual GirlPower lessons at a local middle or elementary school (after school
hours, usually from 2:30-4:30 pm, one time per week)
• Meet 3-4 times with Project Coordinator to check-in and update

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Many Hands Thrift Markets

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PERFECT SCHEDULE for Silver Cord and student volunteers! Come any time during store hours at one of our three locations 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 toward local and global missions. We are a thrift store with a purpose that provides a better way of donating and serving.

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Reshelve Library Books at NWHS

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Volunteers will put returned library books back to the correct spot on bookcases. Please email Ms. Rechkemmer 24 hours in advance before coming in.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

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Volunteer at the Garden!

Ongoing opportunities:

  • Admission Desk/Garden Shop Assistant: Saturdays & Sundays, 10AM–1:30PM or 1:30–3PM. Greet guests and process admission, gift shop sales and provide an awesome guest experience! Learn how to work with the public and a point-of-sale system.  Volunteers should be involved a minimum of 1–2 times per month.
  • Robert D. Ray Asian Garden: Sundays through October, 9–11AM.  Work with a small group of volunteers to remove weeds and debris and help this new garden space thrive and look its best!
  • Activity Tables: Saturdays, 10AM–12:30PM or 12:30–3PM. Entice guests to learn about the world of plants a little more by demonstrating and providing information on some easy to learn activities. Examples include how to create a terrarium, plant petting zoo, scented geranium leaves and more.
  • Drop-in Activities: Saturdays, 11AM–1PM or 1–3PM, once a month. Greet and assist guests who wish to take part in these make-and-take activities. Volunteers take payment, provide instructions and keep supplies available.
  • Other horticulture based activities may be available. Please contact us to learn more.

Upcoming events:  More details will be available at a later date. Let us know if you are interested!

  • October 29: Trick-or-Trees (a variety of roles to support this family event).
  • November 18: Champagne & Chocolate (assorted roles to support this evening event) .
  • December 27 – 31: Winter Break Activities  (volunteers for day camps and drop-in activities). Volunteer for one or more shift.

If you are interested in volunteering fill out an application at:  https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=540237079. Be sure to provide as much information as you can in regard to your availability and interests. Questions? Email volunteer@dmbotanicalgarden.com or 515.323.6293.

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Community Youth Concepts Youth Volunteer Corp

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Youth Volunteer Corps is a youth-led volunteering group where youth identify issues in the community that they would like to address through service projects. YVC is open to students in middle and high school regardless of what school you go to or district you live in. Flier

Meetings are in-person, every other Wednesday, from 5:30-7:00pm.

For more information about the program or to join, contact Taylor Tompkins at taylor@cyconcepts.org.

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ENGin English Practice for Ukrainian Youth

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ENGin is a non-profit organization that pairs Ukrainian youth with English speakers for free online conversation practice and cross-cultural connection. Ukrainian students are ages 13-30, and volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Volunteers commit to a one-hour virtual meeting with their partner each week, for at least 10-12 weeks. Training is provided, but volunteers do not need to teach English or grammar. Just chat with your Ukrainian student!

Our mission is to improve Ukrainian youth’s spoken English and intercultural skills, leading to greater academic and professional opportunities. Each volunteer-student pairing is a thread tying Ukraine to the world, and will help create a generation of English-fluent, culturally competent young Ukrainians to rebuild our nation.

[Please note that student volunteers will need to track their service hours through ENGin and then the Silver Cord Program to get credit for this activity.]

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TECHS Cyber Help for Senior Citizens

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TECHS, which stands for Teen Electronics & Cyber Help for Seniors, is a program created to have high school volunteers meet with senior citizens living in retirement communities and help them with simple-fix technology questions. Volunteers need a general knowledge of common devices (Apple, Android, etc.) and the ability to problem-solve and research use of outdated devices. Volunteers will also complete a short training regimen.

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Habitat for Humanity ReStore

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Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity has an ongoing need for volunteers at their ReStore locations in Urbandale and Des Moines. Volunteers work alongside staff for a morning or afternoon of helping customers, processing donations, organizing the ReStore floor, or helping with special events. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to work hard and be part of Habitat’s mission. ReStore volunteers are essential to everything we do! Four-hour shifts are available Mondays-Saturdays.

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Clive Community Services Food Pantry

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Clive Community Services is seeking high school volunteers for Food Pantry shifts. Volunteers will assist one client at a time as they shop for food and personal care products (volunteers and clients will be required to wear a mask). We welcome students as young as 14.

We ask you to arrive 15 minutes before your first shift and 5-10 minutes before each subsequent shift. We also ask that you be prepared to stay about 10-15 minutes after pantry closes to help with cleanup.
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Shalom Community Outreach Program

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We are looking for volunteers to help with our Community Outreach Program for students of all ages who are refugees. Any time you could give will be a blessing to the kids. Choose the days that work for you. If you have any questions or would like to help, please email eugenekiruhura@yahoo.com or call 515-525-7801.

Please feel free to share this opportunity with others!

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Timberline Concessions

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Timberline is looking for help in their concessions stand during fall athletics. Dates are:

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Raccoon River Rally

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A variety of shifts are available for students interested in helping at the second annual Raccoon River Rally! Volunteer needs include setup and tear down and assisting with registration, bike ride, cardboard boat races and more!

Raccoon River Rally is a fall festival celebrating WDM’s community and outdoor recreation. Attractions for the event also include live music, a vendor fair with fun activities for kids, beverage tent and food trucks.

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Joppa Work Days

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We moved to a new location and are having work days to continue organizing our space with the help of volunteers. We will be assembling and hanging shelving, picking up furniture and accessories from donors, and sorting and organizing donations. Lunch is provided.

Upcoming dates:

  • Saturday, October 8
  • Saturday, November 12
  • Saturday, December 10
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Taste of Norway

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Taste of Norway is a bake sale/craft sale to support the non-profit organization, The Daughters of Norway. We need students to help vendors carry in their product from 8:00-9:00, to work at the bake sale and cafe from 9:00-3:00, and to help clean up after the event from 3:00-4:00. Students can work all day, half a day, or a few hours. Volunteers can come any time and stay for as long as they want! Email echo2960@yahoo.com to sign up!

Night Eyes at Blank Park Zoo

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Help us celebrate Night Eyes, October 20-23 and 27-30! We are looking for volunteers who want to have fun and celebrate Halloween at the Zoo!

 Volunteer Age Requirement:  13 & Up!

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Candy Runners
  • Treat Stations
  • Specialized costume characters
  • Zone Captains
  • Fun Zone Attendants

Shifts begin at 4:30 or 5:00 p.m. and run through 8:30 or 9:00 p.m.

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Waukee YMCA Truck-or-Treat

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Truck-or-Treat is a family-friendly event for the whole community, with opportunities to explore emergency vehicles! We are seeking volunteers to help make this a successful event. Please review the available slots below!

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