Volunteer in the Community

A number of area agencies and organizations were contacted and informed of our intention to produce a list (below) of area volunteer opportunities. This is by no means a complete listing of all volunteer opportunities that exist. If you know of an organization that you think might want to be included in this alphabetized list, please email St. Boniface Communications Coordinator at Mkemmet@stbonifacechurch.org with the volunteer organization name and website URL.

 

Amanda the Panda Family Grief Center

Location: 1821 Grand Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50324

Mission Statement or Purpose: To restore grieving children and families back into the mainstream of their lives through innovative services that provide hope and healing. Services include: weekend/day camps, support groups, fun days, family nights, school visits and holiday support.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families: ALL

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Carmen Elliott, 515.223.4847,

carmen@amandathepanda.org or visit our website at www.amandathepanda.org

 

Arbor Springs of West Des Moines

Location: 7951 EP True Parkway, West Des Moines, Iowa

Mission Statement or Purpose: Inspired by our understanding of the elderly who need assistance, and in order to personalize our response to the holistic concerns of our residents and families, we shall create a compassionate and viable community that enhances the quality of life for those who live and work with us.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families: Opportunities within the activities department- pet visit, children visit, reading/storytelling, share a hobby, sing songs/play instruments, one-to-one conversations, games, walks, Nintendo Wii, etc…

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Katie Parker, 515.223.1135, k.parker@arborsprings.org or visit our website at http://arborspringsdesmoines.com/

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa

Organization Location: 9051 Swanson Boulevard, Clive

Mission Statement or Purpose: To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-on-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever..

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families: There are two core programs, Community Based Mentoring and School Based Mentoring. School Based Mentoring occurs once a week during the school year at the child’s school. Community Based Mentoring allows mentors to meet twice a month with a child in the community. In both programs, the focus is on building a relationship to increase the child’s self-confidence, thus giving them a brighter future. There are also options for multiple individuals to be mentors—Big Duos or Big Families. (A minimum 4 hour/month time commitment is required.)

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Sarah Robbins, 515.288.9025×232, srobbins@bbbsia.org or visit our website at http://www.bbbsia.org/

 

Broadlawns Medical Center

Organization Location:  1801 Hickman Road, Des Moines

Mission Statement or Purpose:  To serve the hospital needs of Polk County residents.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families:  Currently in need of Way Finders in our hospitals and clinics.  Volunteers are needed (particularly during business hours) to help patients and visitors find their destination.

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Jill MacNaughton, 515.282.2323, jmacnaughton@broadlawns.org or visit the website.

 

Central Iowa Shelter & Services 

Location: 1420 Mulberry St., Des Moines, IA

Mission Statement or Purpose: Our mission is to provide free shelter and meals to homeless adults regardless of physical or emotional conditions, and to facilitate their move toward self-sufficiency.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families: Mostly for adults and older children with adult supervision.  There is always a need to help with special projects,

serving meals, and regular volunteer opportunities including cleaning, sorting incoming donations, organizing in the

Clothing Closet, and assisting at the hygiene window.

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Jorie Landers, 515.564.5752, jlanders@centraliowashelter.org or visit the website

 

Catholic Charities

Location: 601 Grand Ave. Des Moines (main offices); www.CatholicCharitiesDM.org

Mission Statement or Purpose: Guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church, we serve all people in need with compassion, competence, advocate for justice, and encourage all people of good will to join in these efforts.

St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter, 1535 11th Street, D/M

[GROUP OPPORTUNITY] Meal Providers: Volunteers can provide a dinner at the homeless shelter for families in several ways: come to the shelter with the ingredients to prepare the meal, or prepare the meal ahead of time and deliver it to the shelter by 6pm on your assigned evening.  Volunteers are welcome to stay and eat with the guests and staff.  The average number of guests is about 30.  (Please keep the maximum number of volunteers cooking at the shelter to 5.) Call Dixie or Celeste at 515-282-1235 for more information or to sign up to prepare a meal.

St. Mary Family Center, food & clothing pantry, 1815 Hubbell, D/M

Between 300-500 people come to St. Mary’s each day for assistance. Volunteers are needed to facilitate the clothing desk, distribute food boxes and sort donations during shifts Mon.-Fri. 10a.m.-1:00p.m and 12:30 – 3:30 pm. Contact Brooke at 515-262-7290 or BMcGivern@catholiccharitiesdm.org.

Refugee Resettlement

A refugee is a person who is forced to flee their home and country because of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, political opinion or social group. Volunteers can help welcome this resilient and courageous population through setting up apartments, providing bus training, teaching English classes and sorting donations. Contact Sinishaw at 515-393-5231 or siticha@catholiccharitiesdm.org

Hispanic Community Outreach

Spanish speaking volunteers can assist during our bilingual computer classes for Spanish-speaking adults. Volunteers are needed during spring, summer and fall sessions for both day and evening classes. Contact Mireya at mramirez@catholiccharitiesdm.org or 515-237-5047.

Special Events & Fundraising

There are a variety of fundraising events with various tasks for volunteers. We need help with everything from decorating, recruitment, collecting auction items, planning, sponsorship, and cleanup. Events include Bishop’s Catholic Charities Golf Classic (last Monday of August), No Room at the Inn (first Friday of December), and Catholic Charities St. Patrick’s Gala in March. Contact Beth at 515-237-5078 or bgibbins@catholiccharitiesdm.org.

Collections

[GROUP OPPORTUNITY] Volunteers can take up a collection for various programs.  Collections can include baby items, kitchen supplies, personal care items, cleaning supplies, new children’s socks/underwear, etc. Please contact individual programs to find out their current urgent needs (see program contact information above).

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Pat Nestvedt, 515.237.5019, pnestvedt@catholiccharities.org or visit the website.

 

Children & Families of Iowa’s Domestic Violence Services

Location:  Confidential Location near downtown Des Moines – Must call for directions

Mission Statement or Purpose:  To offer safe shelter to victims of domestic violence and their children as well as provide outreach services to victims living in Polk and Warren Counties.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families:

For Individuals – Organize and accept donations for our Clothing Closet, assist with office projects or help with childcare for evening groups.

For Groups – Organize our Clothing Closet, Hold a collection drive for needed items such as personal care items or blankets, Provide a one-time meal for our monthly Serenity Seekers group (approx 20-25 people on the 2nd Thursday of the month), or Adopt a client room by providing the labor and materials to paint a client room and put up new curtains and wall decorations.

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Catherine Gerdes, 515.471.8699 x114, Catherine@cfiowa.org or visit the website.

 

Children’s Cancer Connection

Location: 2708 Grand Avenue Des Moines, IA 50312 Mission Statement or Purpose: To enhance the quality of life for families touched by childhood cancer through programs for recreation, education, and support.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families: Our opportunities vary based on the age of the volunteer and the time of year, but we typically have the following:

– Clinic or Office volunteer

– Support group children’s activities volunteer

– Special Event Volunteer (checking in families at events, staffing water stops at races, etc.)

– Camp Day or Weeklong Volunteer

– Group sponsor of event or meal at camp

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Shana Johnson, 515-243-6239 ext. 1106 Shana@ChildrensCancerConnection.org or visit the website.

 

ChildServe

Organization Location:  5406 Merle Hay Road, Johnston

Mission Statement or Purpose:  To partner with families to help children with special health care needs live a great life.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families:  Visit our website at www.childserve.org for current opportunities.  Volunteers 13 and younger must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of 20 hours and to have a flu shot since our children are so medically fragile.

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Kaylene Steele, 515.331.8139, kaylens@childserve.org or visit the website

 

Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center (CIAC)

CIAC is a private non-profit agency that has been providing domestic and sexual abuse intervention and prevention services since 1991.  Our advocacy program is designed to respond to victims of sexual assault, dating violence, stalking domestic abuse and homelessness.  The Center offers a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment in which victims and/or survivors can receive support, explore options, set priorities, and make decisions as they begin their healing journey.

Counties Served:  Adair, Adams, Clarke, Dallas, Decatur, Guthrie, Madison, Ringgold, Taylor and Union; Home Office: Adel Iowa; however, we have offices in every county and we will travel to meet victim/survivors

Mission Statement or Purpose: Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center believes that all people deserve the right to live their life free from violence and oppression.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families:  Office Assistance, Cleaning, Mentoring, Fundraising Events, Donations, Childcare, Transportation, Maintenance,

Presentations, Training, Group Facilitation, and so much more. (Some training may be required.)

Contact for Inquiries:  Kacey Barrow, Kacey@ciac91.org; Johna Sullivan, johna@ciac91.org; Megan Hockemeier, Volunteer Coordinator – megan@ciac91.org; Business Line: 515-993-4095; 24 Hour Domestic Abuse Crisis Line 1-800-400-4884 and 24 Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line 1-800-550-0004.

CIAC is a private non-profit agency that has been providing domestic and sexual abuse intervention and prevention services since 1991.  Our advocacy program is designed to respond to victims of sexual assault, dating violence, stalking domestic abuse and homelessness.  The Center offers a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment in which victims and/or survivors can receive support, explore options, set priorities, and make decisions as they begin their healing journey.

Counties Served:  Adair, Adams, Clarke, Dallas, Decatur, Guthrie, Madison, Ringgold, Taylor and Union counties

Home Office : Adel Iowa; however, we have offices in every county and we will travel to meet victim/survivors

Mission Statement or Purpose: Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center believes that all people deserve the right to live their life free from violence and oppression.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families:  Office Assistance, Cleaning, Mentoring, Fundraising Events, Donations, Childcare, Transportation, Maintenance, Presentations, Training, Group Facilitation, and so much more. (Some training may be required.)

Contact for Inquiries:  Kacey Barrow, Training Director – Kacey@ciac91.org; Johna Sullivan, Executive Director – johna@ciac91.org; Tina Arceo, Volunteer Coordinator – support@ciac91.org; Business Line: 515-993-4095; 24 Hour Crisis Line 1-800-400-4884

 

Chrysalis Foundation

Organization Location:  300 East Locust Street, Suite 245, D/M

Mission Statement or Purpose:  To strengthen the lives of girls and women in central Iowa through education, grant making, and philanthropy.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families:

-Serving on a committee (Committees include Philanthropy, Finance, Education, and Grants).

-Hosting a small group gathering to educate others about the organization.

-Help promote Chrysalis events and activities.

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Terry Hernandez, 515.255.1853, thernandez@chrysalisfdn.org or visit the website

 

Deerfield Retirement Community

Organization Location:  13731 Hickman Road, Urbandale

Mission Statement or Purpose:  To create a community that celebrates the lives of seniors and creates limitless possibilities of senior life.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families:  Singing; playing musical instruments; one-on-one or small group visiting; playing games/cards; sharing a program (i.e. about a trip, a topic of knowledge, etc.); assisting staff with outings in the community; assisting with decorating for special functions or seasonal occasions; assisting with parties; leading current events or memories from the past discussions; oral readings; decorating bulletin boards; simple baking/snack making one-on-one or with a small group; leading an art/craft session; leading a creative writing session; leading exercises; playing the Wii; teaching basic computer skills; other ideas welcome!

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Jeanne Altman, 515.331.6906,  Jeanne.altman@lifespacecommunities.com or visit the website

 

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

Organization Location: 2200 East Euclid Ave., Des Moines

Mission Statement or Purpose: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families: Group and individual opportunities available most Monday – Saturdays throughout the year.

Build with Us! Assist Habitat with some construction and neighborhood revitalization projects. Construction skills welcome, but not required! Majority of volunteers learn everything they need to know onsite. Full day (8:15 – 4pm) commitment usually required.

At the Habitat Restore you can help prepare donations for display, assist customers, unload trucks, keep the store clean and organized, help with special events and tradeshows. Individuals and groups are welcome. Minimum three hour commitment.

We also offer opportunities to serve as a volunteer receptionist and/or data entry specialist, serve on a variety of committees, help lead activities as a Crew Leader and more.

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Jeff Thompson, 515.471.8686, ext. 111; jthompson@gdmhabitat.org or visit the website

 

Hawthorn Hill

Location: 3001 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA

Mission Statement or Purpose:  To establish and operate housing programs for homeless families with children that help them obtain permanent housing and to provide services to help families achieve economic self-sufficiency. Hawthorn Hill fulfills its mission through two programs that assist homeless families with children:

(1) New Directions Shelter: Provides free, temporary, emergency shelter and services for homeless mothers and their children.

The Home Connection: Provides transitional housing and supportive services to homeless families with children with emphasis on attaining financial independence and home ownership.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families:

– Sponsor a weekend meal – Take a dinner to New Directions Shelter on a Saturday or Sunday evening. Dinner must be dropped off by 4:45pm and may be ready-to-eat or can be pre-cooked/heated at the shelter. It should serve approx 25 (2/3 children).

– Provide children’s activities – Read books, organize games, create art projects, plan a movie night or provide other projects for the children who are staying at the shelter.

– Organize a supply drive at your local church or work – New Directions Shelter has a wish list filled with products and supplies that are in need.

– Volunteer for weeknight activities – Bring in a speaker or be a speaker yourself. Educational, informational, or motivational, this is a great way to reach women who are homeless by giving them resources & support during their stay at the shelter.

– Work on the holiday project – Help match up families in need with donors and/or help maintain and organize donations throughout the holiday season.

– Work on the shelter or one of our homes – Gardening, painting, yard cleanup, etc to maintain the shelter and the homes we provide for The Home Connection families.

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Alissa, 515.243.7456, alissa@hawthorn-hill.org; or Kelsie 515.243.7456, kelsie@hawthorn-hill.org, or visit the website.

 

HCI Care Services/Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa

Organization Location: 2910 Westown Parkway, Suite 200, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Mission Statement or Purpose: Promoting dignity, independence and quality of life for all through education, compassion and effective community-based care.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families: Caring individuals are needed to assist in providing for the health needs of our community. Opportunities may include general office work, helping with community flu clinics, visiting homebound individuals, mentoring at-risk youth, and hosting a “baby shower” for the Stork’s Nest.  The Foster Grandparent Program and the Senior Companion Program seek volunteers 55 years of age and older who are low income.  (The Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion volunteers are eligible to receive a modest stipend for their services.) Volunteers are also needed at HCI Hospice Care Services to provide companionship or assistance to hospice patients in their homes or at the Kavanagh Houses or to participate in special volunteer programs such as Veteran-to-Veteran, Pet Peace of Mind, Life Review and Story Book. Volunteers are also needed at HCI Giving Tree thrift store, 3330 100th St., in Urbandale. Thrift store volunteers help sort donations, assist shoppers and clean donated items to be sold. All sales and donations at the store benefit hospice patients and their families.

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Linda Clauson 515.271.1308, info@hci-vns.org or visit the website

 

Iowa Homeless Youth Centers

Organization Location: 701 Grand Ave, Des Moines

Mission Statement or Purpose: To eliminate homelessness among children, youth and young mothers in Polk County. We believe, with support and assistance, homeless individuals and families can live independently and attain self-sufficiency.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families:  Helping with special events such as Reggie’s Sleepout in October;  Organize a food, hygiene and baby supply drive; Assist with child care on Thursday evenings from 5 – 8:30 at our Light House Host Home while mothers are at parenting class; Day of Service Volunteers (provide deep cleaning organization), Prepare and serve meals at our Transitional Living Centers.

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Toni Nicol, 515.265.1222, tnicol@yss.ames.ia.us, or visit the website.

 

Living History Farms

Location: 2600 111th St. Urbandale, IA

Mission Statement or Purpose: Share the changes in Midwestern agriculture and rural life.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families: We have a variety of opportunities including:

Teens who are at least 14 years old the week(s) in which they would volunteer can be a junior counselor (JC) for our Day Camp Program. We will begin taking applications for new JC’s on March 2nd. On that day or after you may click on www.LHF.org/NewJC.

Adults and teens 16 and older can participate by being a historical interpreter at one of our historic sites, or a family can help at special events throughout the year.

Adults can help by driving the tractor carts that transport our visitors from one area to another.

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Jan Milroy, 515.645.9818,

JMilroy@lhf.org

 

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa

Location:  3024 – 104th Street, Urbandale

Mission Statement or Purpose:  The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families: Wish Granting, Special Events, Board Member, Office/Clerical, Area Committee Member

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Emily Aistrope, 515.334.2636, eaistrope@iowa.wish.org.

 

Mercy Medical Center Volunteer Program    

Location: 1111 6th Avenue, Des Moines (and various sites throughout the metro area)

Mission Statement or Purpose: The Mission of Catholic Health Initiatives is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church by bringing it new life, energy and viability in the 21st century. Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we move toward the creation of healthier communities.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families: At Mercy, volunteers are ambassadors of goodwill – serving staff, patients and visitors in many direct and indirect ways to enhance the quality of health care we provide.  Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the Mercy organization and responsibilities may include patient interaction or non-patient care related duties. Ongoing roles for Mercy volunteers include, but are not limited to, the following:

– Wayfinding

– Patient comfort and companionship

– Clerical or business-related services

– Hospitality services

– Pet therapy services

*Not all opportunities are available at all times. Volunteer placement is dependent upon the needs of each unit/department.

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Volunteer Service, 515.247.3246, www.mercydesmoines.org; Kathy Johnson,

kjohnson8@mercydesmoines.org

 

Polk County Conservation Volunteer Program

Location: 11407 NW Jester Park Dr., Granger, IA

Mission Statement or Purpose:  To provide the citizens of Polk County with quality outdoor recreation, conservation education, and long term protection of Polk County’s natural heritage.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families:

1. General park maintenance projects and events (available at most parks/areas):

– Dismantle picnic tables, sand and paint boards

– Rake and level sand in playgrounds (also remove rocks and debris from sand)

– Pull weeds in play areas, and along sidewalks, and plantings around playgrounds

– Refinish park rules and information kiosks (sand and brush on clear coat)

– Clean out fire rings

– Pick up trash and sticks throughout parks, trails and streams

– Leadership Opportunities (Stewards, Trail Ambassador, Park Ambassador, Adopt-A-Park…)

– Build split-rail fence and build bird nest boxes

– Special Events Volunteers (Brown’s Woods Clean-up, River Run Garbage Grab, Prairie Festival…)

– Trail maintenance (cut brush, repair water bars, re-chip trails…)

– Invasive species removal (remove Honeysuckle, Russian Olive, Oriental Bittersweet…)

– Hay field brush removal, fence line clearing

– Nursery care (mulch trees, install tree guards and arbor stakes/ties)

2. Leadership/Long-term Opportunities (Stewards, Trail Ambassador, Park Ambassador, Adopt-A-Park, Adopt-A-Trail…)

-Many of the tasks listed in #1 can be done in the categories listed in #2

3.  Special Events Volunteers (Brown’s Woods Clean-up, River Run Garbage Grab, Four Mile Creek Sweep…)

4. Jester Park Equestrian Center opportunities (must be 18 or older to handle horses)

– Assist Therapeutic Riding Program

– General equestrian barn duties/chores (cleaning stalls, etc…)

– General cleaning (sweeping, cleaning bleachers, bathrooms, etc…)

– Trail maintenance (pruning trails, removing invasive species, pick up trash, etc…)

– Jester Park Equestrian Center Special Events (Halloween Wagon Rides, Snowball Express to Santa…)

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Pat Spain, 515.323.5280, pat.spain@polkcountyiowa.gov or visit www.leadingyououtdoors.org

 

Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary & Rescue

Location: PO Box 312, Des Moines IA

Mission Statement or Purpose: To eliminate the neglect, abuse and abandonment of companion animals caused by human ignorance, intolerance and indifference. And to celebrate the joys created by the human-animal bond by education and example.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families: Our opportunities include animal caretakers (fostering), participation at fundraising events such as our annual Dog Walk and Portraits with Santa, educational opportunities in schools and around the community, opportunities with Young Hearts with Animals (specifically for youth).

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Julie Masimore, 515-577-1745, paws_4_fun@msn.com

 

Ronald McDonald House

Organization Location: 1441 Pleasant Street, Des Moines

Mission Statement or Purpose: to enrich the quality of life for children and their families.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families: Prepare a meal for resident families, organize a food/supply drive, help with household chores and yard work, bake treats. Visit us at http://www.rmhdesmoines.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Lynn Bohn, 515.243.2111, lynn@rmhdesmoines.org

 

Ruth Harbor

Organization Location:  534 42nd Street, Des Moines

Mission Statement or Purpose: Through grace, Ruth Harbor provides a Christ-centered home, programs and comprehensive services for women and teens with unplanned pregnancies resulting in positive life change.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families:  Transportation, Cleaning, Office Assistance (mailings, data entry, phone calls), Fundraising (Walk, Banquet), Seasonal Maintenance (flower gardens, leaf raking, lawn mowing)

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Sandy Braziel, 515.279.4661, sandybraziel@ruthharbor.org

 

Salvation Army

Locations:

Citadel Corps Community Center, 1216 East 25th Court, D/M

Temple Corps Community Center, 1326-1330 Sixth Avenue, D/M

Mission Statement or Purpose:  The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families:

– Prepare and bake breakfast casseroles for homeless breakfast feeding program

– Assist with mobile canteen breakfast feeding program, Tues and Fri, 5-8am

– Help pack food boxes at either of the Corps.

– Ring bells during the Red Kettle campaign (November & December)

– (Adults) Assist with holiday food and toy assistance program — help with sign-ups, help with food and toy distribution. (The location has changed and is not permanent as of right now. Information will be given if people are interested)

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Kathy Healy,  515-282-3599; Kathy_healy@usc.salvationarmy.org

 Recipe and Instructions for breakfast casseroles.

 

Waukee Area Christian Services

Location: 1155 SE Boone Drive (lower level of Westview Church), Waukee

Mission Statement or Purpose: Providing services to individuals and families in need in the community through a Food Pantry, Free Medical Clinic and Community Garden.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals or Families: A variety of serving opportunities are available for each ministry.  One time service, weekly, monthly and on call rotations are available.

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Melissa Stimple, www.WaukeeChristianServices.org

 

Young Lives of Greater Des Moines

Location: Please contact for information

Mission Statement or Purpose: Walking with teen moms through life’s uncertain circumstances with faith, grace and unconditional love. To intentionally walk life with teen families through one-on-one mentoring, furthering education and the Word of God.

Volunteer Opportunities: Transportation, Mentoring, Childcare during weekly meetings, meals, prayer team, 5-K Mommy and Me Fun Run.

Contact for Volunteer Inquiries: Clorrisa Brooks 515.371.7985 or Clorrisa@watermarked.us

 

Additional organizations that depend on volunteers to help fulfill their missions:

Adult Literacy Volunteer Tutor…………..        drake.edu/soe/projects

Animal Rescue League of Iowa…………..       arl-iowa.org

Bishop Drumm Care Center……………….        mercydesmoines.org/bishopdrumm

Blood Center of Iowa………………………..        bloodonor.org

Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa……….      bgcci.org

Children & Family Urban Ministries……        cfum.org

Children & Families of Iowa……………….       cfiowa.org

Culture Incorporated………………………..         cultureincorporated.org

Department of Natural Resources………         iowadnr.gov

Easter Seals of Iowa………………………….        ia.easterseals.com

Everybody Wins……………………………….        everybodywinsiowa.org

Food Bank of Iowa……………………………       myfoodbank.org

Freedom for Youth Ministries……………         freedomforyouth.org

Hope Ministries……………………………….          hopeiowa.org

Hospice of Central Iowa……………………         hospiceofcentraliowa.org

House of Mercy……………………………….         houseofmercydesmoines.org

MainStream Living……………………………        mainstreamliving.org

Mentor Iowa……………………………………         mentoriowa.org

Orchard Place………………………………….         orchardplace.org

Science Center of Iowa……………………..        sciowa.org

United Way……………………………………..        unitedwaydm.org

Volunteer Iowa………………………………..         volunteeriowa.org

West Des Moines Human Services……..         wdmhumanservices.com

Youth Leadership Initiative………………..        youthleadershipdm.org