Meals from the Market

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Meals From The Market offers vendors and patrons at the Des Moines Farmers’ Market an opportunity to give back to the community by providing fresh food to the homeless and hungry. We need 12 volunteers each Saturday, stationed in different zones throughout the market, to connect with vendors and transport donated items in carts. Volunteers will also help DMARC staff load donations into a truck. Detailed information and a map of the market will be provided in an email after signing up!

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

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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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Living History Farms Fall Events

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  • Now – October 14: “American Farmer” exhibit host
    • American Farmer features portraits and interviews with farmers across the US. This is a great volunteer experience for those who are sensitive to heat (exhibit is located in a climate controlled building with available seating).
    • Volunteer as an Exhibit Host
  • October 1 : Applefest 
  • October 15-16, 21-23 and 28-29: Family Halloween
    • Help us celebrate a safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses in the 1876 town of Walnut Hill. Volunteer to hand out treats and assist with games at our saf, non-scary trick or treating event.
    • Volunteer at Family Halloween
  • November 12: LHF Race
  • Living History Farms is bringing back our annual off-road race, giving runners the opportunity to immerse themselves in rural Iowa landscapes and travel through history on foot.

All volunteer positions are available to those 16 years and older. Volunteers between the ages of 10-15 years are welcome when accompanied by an adult volunteer.

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Northwest High School Landscaping

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Northwest High School is looking for students to help with weeding and cleanup of the landscaped areas around the building. Please email Associate Principal Tierney at ktierney@waukeeschools.org for more information and to sign up!

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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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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Brenton Arboretum Halloween Drive-Through

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We are looking for a few volunteers to help set up displays and run stations during our Halloween Drive-Through event. Visitors will be driving along the fall prairie, viewing spooky scenes around the gravel loop and scenic fall vistas in between. To sign up, email Megan at memberships@thebrentonarboretum.org.

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