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Volunteer Opportunities

A variety of opportunities are listed below, but your opportunities are not limited to just those listed below. Some opportunities are once per year while others are ongoing. There is usually much more information available than we can post here. Use the contact information to get more details.

Anyone wishing to post information about volunteering may contact one of our Silver Cord Coordinators:  Will Dotson (ACHS) or Lamont Muhammad (AHS) via email.

You will receive your Silver Cord at Senior Spotlight Night.  If you are unable to attend you will then receive your Silver Cord during graduation practice.

Volunteer Opportunities

Latino Film Festival - June 18-20

We need volunteers for the first annual Des Moines Latino Film Festival. The festival is free and will be held June 18-20, 2021 at Riverview Park in Des Moines.

Volunteer sign-up

GiGi's Playhouse -Various days in June and July

Various days in June & July – Summer Program Assistants for many different program types: cooking, art, fitness, etc.

Sign up here

Please feel free to reach out to Jessica Lane or Program Director Taylor Pierce with any questions.

IRONMAN 70.3 - June 17-20

This Summer, Des Moines will be hosting the IRONMAN 70.3 Des Moines Triathlon and we’d love to have Ankeny student’s volunteer!  There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer throughout the weekend and we are happy to sign off on silver cord/volunteer hours.  IRONMAN believes the safety and health of each volunteer is the number one priority and masks will be required for volunteers and athletes as well as all athletes will be temperature checked.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to be part of a world-class sports atmosphere, a sweet volunteer t-shirt and a lot of air high fives this is the volunteer opportunity for you!  Sign-up today and join us for an exciting weekend of top-notch triathlon excitement while you gain silver cord hours.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to

Uptown Ankeny Farmers Market - Now through Sept. 25

We will have opportunities for silver cord students to volunteer at our market this year, helping out with distributing our to-go kids’ activities. Due to the pandemic, we are foregoing our usual hands-on crafts and readings in favor of take-home activities for kids.

We will have volunteer opportunities for 1-2 students every Saturday from May 22-September 25th, excluding July 10th, during which we will be closed for Summerfest. Students would be required to wear masks and would have a folding table between themselves and the public.

Please send any interest to

Music Under the Stars - Sundays in June and July

We need volunteers for Music Under the Stars! Music Under the Stars provides free concerts on the west steps of the capital, featuring the Des Moines Metro Concert Band and Jazz Band.  We are beginning our 72nd summer season.

Location:  Iowa State Capital (west side)
Times:  5:30pm  – 9:00pm Sunday
Dates:  June 13, 20, 27 and July 4 & 11

Concert set-up & tear down; help with sound equipment, distribute programs to audience members, other duties as assigned.  There will be downtime to listen to the concert.

Volunteers are encouraged to dress comfortably, bring water, lawn chairs, etc.  Please bring a mask (if needed, one will be provided) – volunteers will not need to wear a mask during set-up and tear down – we will also provide gloves for the program distribution.  Social distancing will be required  – hand sanitizer will be provided. Please email John for more information on volunteering. Music Under the Stars website.

Iowa Games Triathlon - July 8, 2021

We need volunteers this summer on Sunday, July 8 at Big Creek State Park. Some jobs include course support, information/check-in, and body marking. View the link below to sign up.

Volunteer at Iowa Games

Clowns at the Carousel - Sunday, August 1

Looking for volunteers to work at our Clowns at the Carousel event. This will be our 18th year. The event will be Sunday, August 1 from 4-7 pm is held in Union Park in Des Moines.  Clowns at the Carousel is a free event and targets families who may not be able to attend other community events or carnivals because of financial constraints.  We offer inflatable rides, food, entertainment, rides on the Heritage Carousel, clown entertainment and Health & Safety Street all at no cost to children and their families.  Our attendance is approximately 1,000-1,500 people.  We rely heavily on volunteers to assist with waiver forms for the inflatables, hand out lemonade and water, deliver water to people on Health & Safety Street and clowns, hand out yogurt, make and serve popcorn, and keep the park tidy.  We highly encourage our volunteers to take a break and go for a carousel ride, grab some pizza and lemonade and visit the exhibitors on Health and Safety Street.

Email or call (515) 964-1925 or (515) 490-5205

Candeo - Serving Individuals with disabilities

Candeo is a non-profit organization with flexible options where students can choose their level of engagement with our clients. Many of our clients are looking for someone to hang out with or a mentor who will commit to seeing them. Volunteer opportunities may include playing board games, cooking, book reading or assisting with yard work around our clients home. This opportunity is in alignment with Candeo’s mission, to inspire individuals in service to achieve their personal goals. Please contact Gerald Cofie to volunteer. .

AHS Peer Tutoring

This volunteer opportunity would be providing tutoring to peers at AHS. Students will be paired with a student in the academic area of their choice. Students that apply should be passing all of their classes.

Contact Lamont Muhammad or Mallory Zielinski.

Please complete this Volunteer Questionnaire and we will work with you to determine what student and subject area will be a good fit.

Can Play

Can Play is seeking volunteers for upcoming programs. Please view more information in the links below.

Courage Programs

Opportunity Programs

AHS Baseball Concession Stand

Students needing Silver Cord hours can sign up to work in the AHS Baseball Concession stand using the link below.


HART-Harvesting for the Arts

HART Harvesting for the Arts is a central Iowa nonprofit organization that combines agriculture and support of the arts to benefit the community. We grow fresh produce to give to the community for a suggested donation. These funds are then utilized as scholarships for arts opportunities for students in need. We will be accepting volunteers within the months of June- August. Students will be doing the following tasks to volunteer for HART:

  • Helping to weed the garden (this task will be done weekly)
  • Helping to water the garden (this task will be done every couple of days)
  • Helping to harvest all produce in late August to early October

These tasks will be done outdoors. If a student has any allergies or medical conditions which these tasks will affect, HART will take that into consideration and look for other jobs of which they can complete. These would include helping to deliver produce/ products to customers in the community. If students have any questions or would like to volunteer for HART Harvesting For The Arts, please contact us at this email:

Children's Cancer Connection (CCC)

Camp Heart Connection

Each summer, Children’s Cancer Connection hosts two camps, Oncology Camp and Sibling Camp. We look for enthusiastic individuals and groups who are interested in spending a few hours in Boone, Iowa, at the YMCA Camp. Volunteer opportunities may include helping campers get checked-in, assisting campers with tie-dyeing, or running carnival games for families.

Day Camp

Day Camps happen in July at the Hansen Home for Hope in Des Moines, IA. Volunteers will assist with programming and activities with the children. Volunteers are asked to be available the entire week from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Special Events Volunteer

CCC hosts several fundraising events throughout the year, as well as receives tremendous support from the community in the form of fundraisers. These events range from auction events to 5Ks to car shows! Typical responsibilities for our special events vary by event, but could include selling apparel, registering guests, assisting with set-up and teardown, etc.

Make Fleece Tie Blankets

Don’t have time to volunteer at any of our programs or events? Here is an easy and fun way to help. We give each camper a fleece tie blanket at our Oncology and Sibling camps (that’s nearly 500 blankets). This is a great project for individuals or for groups. Blankets can be dropped off at our office at 2708 Grand Ave in Des Moines between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

To see all of our current volunteer opportunities, visit our signup page.

Project Silence No More Internship

Project Silence No More is looking for high school juniors and seniors interested in mental health awareness to help expand our initiatives in their communities. Some of these initiatives include funding suicide prevention training, sharing resources via social media, giving scholarships, and hosting our annual mental health awareness concert. Past internship projects have included:

  • Researching resources and training programs
  • Writing press releases for our major announcements
  • Designing/posting informational social media content
  • Overall planning of our annual concert
  • & so much more!

More details can be found on our website, and all questions can be directed to Anjali Dhawan.

Individual Band Lessons

Are you an accomplished band student that would be interested in delivering remote individual lessons for your younger peers? Please contact Christian Baughman.

Contact Us

William Dotson Profile
Student and Building Support Specialist