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 email@example.com for more information on these opportunities.
We are in need of volunteers to prepare newspapers to be used with litters of puppies in their kennels, at foster homes and at the Rescue. Newspapers and rubber bands are provided. Volunteers will pick up items in West Des Moines, prepare the papers at home, then return the completed rolls to West Des Moines. An instructional video will be texted to volunteers.
The papers need to be opened, removing half sheets and ads, then stacked to about 5/6 inches high. The stack is rolled into a tube and rubber banded. Volunteers must include a note on their completed bundles with their name and time spent before hours will be approved. To sign up, please contact Teri Nizzi Helt at 515-971-1919 or email Teri.firstname.lastname@example.org and include your cell number.
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!
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.
Northwest Youth Football is a non-profit, developmental program with the goal to encourage football participation through high school and beyond. We provide age-appropriate games for youth in kindergarten through 7th grade. We are looking for students who can assist our program in a variety of ways! We will pay for youth volunteers to be coaching certified through the USA Football League. We also need volunteers to help with reffing, keeping score, running clocks and cleaning up after sessions. Not all positions require football experience! Please email email@example.com for more details and to sign up!
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.
•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
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.
Kiwanis Miracle League provides children and adults with physical or mental challenges a safe and spirited environment where they can hit, run, and catch on a baseball field. Every player is matched with a “buddy” to help with hitting, catching, fielding, or throwing the ball, and to provide encouragement and assistance as needed. Buddies provide safety first; they enthusiastically play baseball with their special player; and encourage the player to have fun! Buddies will receive a brief orientation – no experience required!
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.
We need your help packaging life-saving meals for the hungry in Iowa, across the nation and around the world at the Meals From the Heartland packaging center in West Des Moines. Most people package over 400 meals during their two-hour shift, so you are making a huge difference in the lives of lots of children. We have a variety of shifts available Tuesday through Saturday each week. Individuals (ages 8-105), small teams and large groups are all welcome! Bring your friends, teams, coworkers and family. People work as a team to scoop dry food ingredients into bags, weigh and seal them and put them in boxes.
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.
This is an 8-week long session teaching basic volleyball skills. Participants can look forward to developing several of the lifelong values we discuss at the beginning of practice, as well as developmental skills and gameplay that will help them grow on and off the field.
The Library is looking for volunteers to help with a monthly group service project. We will perform a variety of tasks. No experience or training necessary! Projects are for students in grades 9th-12th, and registration is required.
This is an 8-week session focusing on basic volleyball skills. Participants can look forward to developing several of our lifelong values that we discuss at the beginning of practice, as well as developmental skills and gameplay that will help them grow on and off the field.
Are you looking for a fun and rewarding service opportunity throughout the school year? Consider volunteering at our therapeutic horse riding program based in Dallas Center, just a quick 15-20 minute drive from Waukee! Interested? Check out our Rhythms of Grace Volunteer Opportunities flier for detailed information.
Can Play increases the positive impacts on youth through the growth and evolution of adaptive and no-cost sports programs, giving underserved youth the opportunity to play and build self-confidence. No experience required! Sign up for the dates that work for you!
Courage Programs provide year-round activities for children and adults who aren’t able to go full speed due to a physical, cognitive or emotional disability. See all Courage programs at https://signup.com/go/zQhAFDz.
Des Moines Children’s Museum relies on volunteers to help us provide an affordable and high quality experience for children and families that visit our museum. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their friends! You will help us tidy the museum and assist in our thorough cleaning procedures to keep everyone safe and healthy. We couldn’t provide children an exciting place to learn through play without our volunteers!
Students are welcome to show up and volunteer for two hours at any time during regular business hours! Sign-ups are also available:
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.]
We have a variety of volunteer needs at our Panora shelter! We are looking for students who can spend time giving extra attention to our cats and kittens. Volunteers can also work on special projects such as organizing supplies, light cleaning, painting, window washing, etc.
For students who are 18 (or younger if accompanied by a parent), we have an ongoing need for monthly assistance. Volunteers will typically help one Saturday a month from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Responsibilities include completing onsite pre-approved and scheduled adoptions, handling kitten intakes, administering medications, accepting donations, communicating with the public, performing assorted cleaning tasks, and interacting and socializing with cats and kittens. An experienced shelter attendant will be on-site to handle feeding, watering, and cleaning shelter functions and will provide assistance to volunteers as needed.
Join our Teen Advisory Board to develop leadership skills, help choose and plan teen library programs, prepare materials for take-home programs, give input regarding the teen area of the library and suggest teen books to be purchased by the library. TAB meets most Monday afternoons during the school year. Registration is not required, but email Keri at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions!
Looking for volunteer opportunities in sports? Main duties are to assist the Program Leader with setting up equipment, instructing kids in how to play in a safe/positive environment, and cleaning up when done.
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.
Teen Advisory Board meets every second Wednesday of the month in the Teen Center. By becoming a member of TAB, you can take a leadership role in your community, give input in teen activities, and help develop the collection of young adult materials at the library. TAB members also host fundraisers for teen programming, participate in community activities, help with children’s programs and more. See what it’s all about – stop by a meeting! No registration required.
We need volunteers to help with ushering, monitoring restrooms, concessions, etc. The commitment is approximately 2-3 hours per night, and volunteers get to see the show for free. You can volunteer for one night or multiple nights!
We are looking for volunteers for our evening kids and adult programming in West Des Moines! Join participants with physical and/or cognitive disabilities who are eager to have fun, learn new sports skills and be physically active! Sign up for one date or come each day, whatever fits best into your schedule.
We receive donations of food items that need labeled, counted, and boxed. We need volunteer help to make this possible and opportunities are scheduled in advance before we know what the food items may be when they arrive. Help us accept more food! Here are some examples:
Packing BackPack sacks
Checking dates and food safety of food drive items
Bagging bulk produce
Age Requirement: For safety reasons, all volunteers in the warehouse must be 10 or older. and children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult guardian.
DIY T-Shirt Tote Bags
As Food Bank of Iowa mobilizes to meet the increased need for food, we are in need of bags to support the mobile pantries and school distributions that have adapted via drive-thru models. Food Bank of Iowa is in need of bags and YOU can help. Click HERE to read more about how to to create a t-shirt tote bag and donate it to Food Bank of Iowa.
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.
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.
Sign up below!
The volunteer Service Learner will assist the House Manager and House Service Associates in day-to-day tasks for the organization. Duties include welcoming families, shadowing check-in procedures and making families feel at home. Other responsibilities could include operations and upkeep, intake and documentation of donations, and management of volunteer groups. Start and end times are flexible based on the needs of the student. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
The Ronald McDonald House keeps families close by providing a home for families who travel to Des Moines while their children receive critical medical care not available in their home communities.
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 email@example.com or call 515-525-7801.
Please feel free to share this opportunity with others!
We are looking for volunteers for our Courage Urbandale soccer and flag football program Saturday mornings. Join participants who are eager to have fun and learn new soccer and flag football skills and techniques! Volunteers will come dressed and ready for physical activity and will participate in fun fitness games and exercises with our participants, who have special needs and/or chronic health issues. Sign up for one date or come each day, whatever fits best into your schedule.
We have a customer service/retail sales opportunity at our new gift shop! We are looking for volunteers who can commit to 3-4 hours per week for six months. Volunteers must be at least 16 and have the ability to count money and make change.
We have a great need for volunteers for our walk this year in Des Moines! Responsibilities include setup, registration, distributing water, assisting with merchandise sales and more. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt and plenty of refreshments and snacks during their shift.
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is full of flowers, each carried by someone committed to ending this disease. Because like flowers, our participants don’t stop when something’s in their way. They keep raising funds and awareness for a breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.
Visit Walk Details for more information, or click below to sign up!
We are looking for high school students and adults to fill many volunteer positions at the First Annual IowAbility Fair and Walk-N-Roll. There are a variety of shifts!
The IowAbility Fair is a free two-day event showcasing a vast array of adapted recreation and sport opportunities, as well as products and services designed for living with a spinal cord injury, spina bifida, or related mobility impairments. Walk-N-Roll is our biggest fundraiser of the year!
If you could help us make this one of the coolest events in Iowa, please sign up as a volunteer! You will be contacted with more information as the event approaches.
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).
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.
We are seeking volunteers for Can Play’s 2022 Game for Good charity softball event. The day will feature an opportunity for our program participants to play on the field as well as an adult slow-pitch softball game to raise money for our mission. Volunteer responsibilities include coaching, station managers, photography/videography, and event setup and tear down.
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.
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.
The Science Center of Iowa is excited to prepare for the annual Spooky Science Event! We are looking for a group of students to combine a passion for engineering with the spooky season to create a giant spider web spanning the Upper Founders Hall oval opening. Students will have an opportunity to meet each other over FREE pizza and soda, and brainstorm a plan on Sunday, October 9 from 4pm-6pm before the big webbing on Sunday, October 23 from 4pm-6pm.
This is a great opportunity to meet other students that share a passion for engineering or just love science! Challenge yourself and make a difference with us as we continue our mission of engaging and inspiring Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning!
Who: Students ages 14-18 years old
What: Create a giant spider web and engineer a way to span it across Upper Founders Hall.
Where: The Science Center of Iowa
When: Sunday, October 9 (giant web planning with FREE Pizza) & Sunday, October 23 (official web installation, also with FREE pizza) from 4pm – 6pm each day
Why: Because you want other kids to be inspired by science, and you want to make the biggest spider web in all the land.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon includes a variety of activities over three days!
We need volunteers at the start and finish lines assisting with various tasks.
Volunteers are needed at the Sports & Fitness Expo to assist with packet stuffing, athlete registration, and athlete packet pick-up.
Athletes participating in the IMT Des Moines Marathon races appreciate the support of volunteers! Many volunteers report having a rewarding experience themselves. Plus, you get a long sleeve IMT Des Moines Marathon volunteer t-shirt! Every task and you assist with is vital to the overall athlete experience. Think of a friend, family member, co-worker, or group of people that can join you!
The Iowa Wild hockey team has invited Adaptive Sports Iowa to be the recipient of the “Split the Pot” raffle that takes place at all home games throughout the 2022/23 season. Volunteers will assist in selling raffle tickets throughout the game until the end of the second intermission. At that point, a drawing will take place and the proceeds raised during the game will be split between the winning ticket and Adaptive Sports Iowa. This is a tremendous fundraising opportunity for our organization that will have profound effects on our ability to provide competitive and recreational physical activities for participants with disabilities in Iowa.
The system in place for the volunteers is extremely user-friendly. Each volunteer will have a wireless device that will print the ticket as well as update a real-time amount ticker on the scoreboard.
Each volunteer will receive free admission and a free ticket to another game!
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!
Join us in the fight to end youth homelessness in Iowa! We need more than 50 volunteers throughout this event, where participants sleepout on the field at Drake Stadium for one night and learn more about this critical cause. Volunteer positions include assisting with set-up/tear down, serving in the food tent, and more. All volunteers will receive a free T-shirt. Reggie’s Sleepout is a great individual or group volunteer opportunity!
We provide a fun and immersive environment for kids- preschool through 9th grade – to learn, improve, and practice the German language! During the classes we explore different themes while playing games, reading stories, making crafts and doing a number of fun activities and projects.
We would love to welcome volunteers, currently enrolled in the German language program at their high school, who would enjoy practicing their own German language skills while helping our students! We are looking for student volunteers who would enjoy assisting our instructors in our younger classrooms, helping setting up classroom activities and projects, and supporting the instructor throughout the lessons. Volunteers can choose the dates that work best for them. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
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 email@example.com.
We are looking for help with set up and tear down during out youth basketball league. Volunteers will set up & put away tables, chairs, scoreboards and signage. You will also assist with sweeping gym floors & bleachers, taking out trash, etc. Volunteers can sign up for the morning or evening shift, or both!
Iowa European Cultural Connection (IECC) invites you to be a part of something great: Christkindlmarket Des Moines. We need your help and have several volunteer opportunities, whether you’re looking for just yourself or a group of friends! Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer at this event. Opportunities include assisting with setup and tear down, food distribution, social media, kids games and activities, parking, and more!