AHeinz57 at-home opportunity

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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.nizzi@aheinz57.com and include your cell number.

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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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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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Meals From the Heartland

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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.

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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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WDM Library Group Service Project

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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.

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Rhythms of Grace Therapeutic Riding Center

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

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.

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Can Play Athletic Programs

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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.

Opportunity Programs provide free-of-charge athletic activities for children. See all Opportunity programs at https://signup.com/go/gZMOdUL.

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Des Moines Children's Museum

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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:

  • Wednesdays between 3:30-6:30pn
  • Saturdays between 10:00am-4:00pm
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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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Panora P.E.T.S. Saturday Shelter Volunteer

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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.

Please email panora_pets_volunteers@yahoo.com with any questions or to request a volunteer application!

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Waukee Public Library Teen Advisory Board

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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 kweston-stoll@waukee.org with questions!

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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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West Des Moines Library Teen Advisory Board

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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.

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Des Moines Playhouse Guest Services

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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!

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Food Bank of Iowa

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Volunteer at our Warehouse

Food sorting

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.

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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.

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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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Service Learning Program at Ronald McDonald House

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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.

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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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Broadlawns Medical Center Gift Shop

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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.

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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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Adaptive Sports Iowa Split the Pot Raffle

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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!

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Discovery Parties at Des Moines Performing Arts

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Discovery Parties take place in the hour prior to a public performance in the Civic Center lobbies and are intended to provide young audiences and their families with interactive experiences that are culturally and/or thematically tied to the performance they will attend. Guests will be invited to explore, learn and create. Each Discovery Party is unique to the performance it precedes. Volunteers will be asked to greet guests (mostly youth and their families), provide directions, help with art stations (minimal “messiness” expected) and provide general assistance throughout the event.

The time commitment for volunteers is 2.25 hours + the performance time, which we hope you will stay and enjoy. 

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Clive Youth Basketball League

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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!

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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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Admission Desk and Garden Shop Assistant

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Learn to process admission and gift shop transactions, engage with guests, assist with various duties in the shop. Volunteers should be able to assist A MINIMUM OF 1 – 2 TIMES A MONTH. TRAINING PROVIDED. Perfect for those who enjoy working with the public and assisting others.
Weekend shifts: 10 – 1:30 or 1:30 – 5 (Jan – Mar on Sunday afternoons assist during our Blues concert series!)
Dome After Dark, Friday evenings, Dec – Mar, 5:45 – 8PM (2) & 5:45-9PM (1)

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Food Rescue

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Food rescue is the process of gathering donated, excess food that would otherwise be thrown away from food service providers and giving it to hungry people.

Eat Greater Des Moines rescues food as a core part of our services. We act as a bridge between those with extra food and those in need.

When a company has a pallet of oranges in need of a home, or dozens of pre-packaged day-old sandwiches that would otherwise be thrown away, we send drivers to pick it up.

It’s then transported to local organizations to distribute, such as libraries, homeless shelters, youth programs, and schools.

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Pre-Intern Program

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The Playhouse has an active apprentice program that pairs responsible teen volunteers with instructors in the education program. Students can gain experience in the classroom and hone theatre skills at the same time. Requirements include availability to attend each class session, an interview with the education director, and a training session at the beginning of the semester.

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Opportunity Grimes Basketball

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Please arrive 20-30 minutes before programming starts. Come dressed appropriately to play with kids and be active.

Join participants who are eager to have fun and learn new skills as a volunteer.

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Grimes Community Programming & Teen Night

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Please arrive 20-30 minutes before programming starts. Come dressed appropriately to play with kids and be active.

Join participants who are eager to have fun and learn new skills as a volunteer.

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West Des Moines Community Programming

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Please arrive 20-30 minutes before programming starts. Come dressed appropriately to play with kids and be active.

Join participants who are eager to have fun and learn new skills as a volunteer

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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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Break Time

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As a volunteer at Break Time, you will have an opportunity to make a loving impression on the kids who attend while having a lot of fun! By contributing to the success of Break Time, you allow single parents time for a much-needed break to recharge, and you show them that there are people who recognize their needs and want to contribute in helping to meet them. You have the opportunity to show love to a great group of kids by engaging them in a variety of activities like games, crafts, and snacks.

Break Times occur once a month and we will continue to add dates to our website as the year goes on.

Volunteers 18 and older are required to complete a background check prior to serving.

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Red Flannel Run

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The 34th annual Red Flannel Run is the Wellmark YMCA’s largest fundraiser! Taking place Saturday, February 11, 2023, all proceeds go towards making the YMCA facilities and programming accessible to ALL so everyone has the opportunity to be healthy. Runners, walkers, and joggers of all ages can be a part of the movement by participating in either the 5K or 10K portion.

Seen as the unofficial kick-off to the outdoor race season, the Red Flannel Run brings together runners and Y supporters to raise awareness of the Wellmark YMCA and is credited with being the longest, consecutively produced race in the Des Moines area. Participants are encouraged to dress up in their most original red flannel attire to show their support of the YMCA’s mission.

Depending on what task the volunteer chooses and their availability, the link will have details of each position and window of time.

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Dance Without Limits Spring Session

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Assist dancers with disabilities in a dance program designed just for them.

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Courage on the Court 2023

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Please arrive to the RecPlex before your volunteer shift starts to check-in and get trained on your role for the event.

You will be responsible for keeping the ball in play during the game and/or keeping score for each of the games.

We are a Silver Cord approved organization for those high school kids looking to complete hours. Share this information with anyone you think might be interested!

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City Of Clive: Youth Basketball 3-on-3 Tournament Set Up

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This volunteer shift will help set up tables, chairs, scoreboards, and signage for Clive Parks and Recreation’s annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.

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Discovery Party - 123 Andres

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Discovery Parties take place in the hour prior to a public performance in the Civic Center lobbies and are intended to provide young audiences and their families with interactive experiences that are culturally and/or thematically tied to the performance they will attend. Guests will be invited to explore, learn and create. Each Discovery Party is unique to the performance it precedes.

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2023 NCAA Men's Basketball

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This opportunity is for the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Tournament. Your responsibilities would be to help fans get to the arena and assist them with any questions they might run into about Des Moines. We will provide you with maps to help you out!

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Children's Volunteer for Healthy Dating 101 Workshop

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By volunteering to help care for the children of parents attending this workshop, you allow single parents to participate who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend. You help provide them the opportunity to focus on exploring and absorbing this vital information related to healthy dating and relationships, knowing their children are well cared for. Additionally, you show single parents that there are people who recognize their unique needs and want to contribute in helping to meet them.

Volunteers 18 and older must complete a background check prior to the event.

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2023 Fight For Air Climb Des Moines

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The 20th Anniversary Fight For Air Climb – Des Moines, presented by EMC Insurance Companies will be held on March 26, 2023, and will return to being a four-building climb in Downtown Des Moines!

Volunteer help is needed from 6:30am – 1:30pm (hours may vary based on number of participants and will be confirmed with volunteers prior to event day) as well as for event set up on Saturday, March 25th. Volunteers will meet for volunteer check in a the Wellmark YMCA (501 Grand Ave, Des Moines). A confirmation email will be sent to all volunteers in February and again in March 2023.

Volunteers are needed in the following areas: pre-event packet prep, pre-event packet pickup, event day packet pickup, event set up, start line monitoring, stairwell cheerleaders, skywalk volunteers, finish line celebration, registration & check in, course monitors/cheerleaders, and many other fulfilling options!

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2023 Fight For Air Climb Des Moines

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The20th Anniversary Fight For Air Climb – Des Moines, presented by EMC Insurance Companies will be held on March 26, 2023 and will return to being a four building climb in Downtown Des Moines!

Volunteer help is needed from 6:30am – 1:30pm (hours may vary based on number of participants and will be confirmed with volunteers prior to event day) as well as for event set up on Saturday, March 25th. Volunteers will meet for volunteer check in a the Wellmark YMCA (501 Grand Ave, Des Moines). A confirmation email will be sent to all volunteers in February and again in March 2023.

Volunteers are needed in the following areas: pre-event packet prep, pre-event packet pickup, event day packet pickup, event set up, start line monitoring, stairwell cheerleaders, skywalk volunteers, finish line celebration, registration & check in, course monitors/cheerleaders, and many other fulfilling options!

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Discovery Party - Air Play

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Discovery Parties take place in the hour prior to a public performance in the Civic Center lobbies and are intended to provide young audiences and their families with interactive experiences that are culturally and/or thematically tied to the performance they will attend. Guests will be invited to explore, learn and create. Each Discovery Party is unique to the performance it precedes.

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Sensory Friendly Discovery Party - Air Play

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Discovery Parties take place in the hour prior to a public performance in the Civic Center lobbies and are intended to provide young audiences and their families with interactive experiences that are culturally and/or thematically tied to the performance they will attend. Guests will be invited to explore, learn and create. Each Discovery Party is unique to the performance it precedes.

Sensory-friendly performances are geared towards those on the autism spectrum, individuals with other sensory sensitivities and their families. These dedicated performances will contain all the joy of a typical theater setting with a few adjustments to help those in attendance feel more comfortable. This will include alterations to light and sound, a variety of seating options, an environment that will encourage movement and breaks when needed, ASL interpretation, and inclusive staff that will welcome guests from the moment they arrive. Families who do not require these accommodations are still welcome to attend.

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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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IRONMAN Des Moines

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