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 15: Fall Bulb Mart
  • 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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Decoding Dyslexia Iowa Student Advisory Board

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Decoding Dyslexia Iowa is looking for a group of 5-7 students that will create our very first DDIA Student Board. Your mission will be to create a safe and welcoming environment for students to ask questions, and share their experiences with dyslexia (think: TikTok and other social media platforms). Meetings will take place virtually, once a month. Student board members will also have opportunities to earn volunteer hours working on small projects, with flexible hours.

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Tech Help with Teens

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Johnston Public Library is seeking volunteers to participate in our new Tech Help with Teens program. Volunteers should be in Grades 10 -12 and have significant experience with computers and related technology. Tech Help with Teens is scheduled to begin in December, with a training session scheduled for Wednesday, November 2nd from 2-4 pm.

Applicants should be available on the following dates from 1:45 to 4:15 pm:

  • December 10th
  • January 7th
  • February 4th
  • March 4th
  • April 1st

Tech Help volunteers will be trained on a variety of technology and customer service basics. Please click below for more details and to apply!

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

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Equity, Diversity, Accessibility & Inclusion Advisory Board

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This advisory board is integral in ensuring DMPA’s messaging and programming is representative of its community and continues to challenge and expand perspectives culturally and artistically. Members of this board play a vital role in helping DMPA learn how best to serve various aspects of our community. The social and educational benefits to participants are great in that they will work alongside other community members to help guide decisions and practices for DMPA as they pertain to EDAI.

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Summer Camp Jr. Counselor

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If you enjoy science and working with children and are 14 to 18 years old, volunteer as a Jr. Counselor! Get career-building experience assisting with science activities as you learn leadership, communication and teamwork skills. Earn an SCI membership after 40 hours of service!
Please note: A two-week commitment is required from 8:30 am- 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday.

https://www.sciowa.org/upl/downloads/library/junior-camp-counselor-description-2023.pdf

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