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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

Kids Soccer League June 6-28

Ankeny First United Methodist Church is offering their Kids Soccer League June 6-28 for kids PreK – 5th  grade.

We are looking for people age 16+ to help coach teams. No coaching or soccer experience needed. You just need to love working with kids & provide encouragement to them.

We are also in need of youth of all ages to help assist adult coaches, help with concessions, and other various duties.

Games are held either Monday or Tuesday nights at 5:30, 6:30, & 7:30 pm.

Register Here

Please contact Marcie Mulford with questions.

Iowa Senior Games - June 8-12

We are seeking volunteers for the 36th annual Summer Iowa Senior Games in June 2022. Athletes from all over Iowa and the United States will travel to participate in the Ames and West Des Moines area. We have a wide variety of opportunities, and none of them require experience or knowledge in a particular event. Our volunteer Event Directors can train on site for all of the positions. All volunteers will receive a commemorative Iowa Senior Games t-shirt!

While the main weekend is June 8-12, we also have other volunteer needs throughout June and July. View all volunteer opportunities here. 

If you have any questions, please call our office at 888-777-8881 x3 or send us an email at

IronKids Run - June 11

Girls on the Run of Central Iowa is beneficiary of the IRONKIDS run on Saturday, June 11. Volunteers are needed from 8-11 AM at Principal Park. Register to volunteer. (scroll towards the bottom)

Volunteer duties include assisting with the IRONKIDS race packet pick up, course marshals, handing out water and medals, etc.

2022 Ironman Triathlon - June 12, 19, 26 & July 3 and 10

Des Moines will be hosting the 2022 IRONMAN Des Moines triathlon and we’d love to have local volunteers!  There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer throughout the weekend and we are happy to sign off on silver cord/volunteer hours. Shifts range from lifeguards, stationing our bike/run aid stations, to finish line helpers and everything in-between. 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 high fives this is the volunteer opportunity for you!  Sign-up today and join us for an exciting weekend of top-notch triathlon excitement.

Volunteer Opportunities

Des Moines Art Festival - June 22-26
Each year we have a number of students at the Des Moines Art Festival who are wonderful volunteers, and we would love to have more! Students 15 and older are welcome to volunteer on their own.  All of our volunteer shifts are listed on our website.
Music Under the Stars - June 12, 19, 26, July 3 & July 10

We had several great students from Ankeny work with us in 2021 – we are looking forward to working with your students again this year.

Dates:  June 12, 19, 26, July 3 & July 10
Location:  Iowa State Capital (west side)
Times:  5:30pm – 9:00pm Sunday

Duties: 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.

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.

Can Play Programs - various dates

Courage Programs (adapted programming)

Courage Ames Evening Program: Join our new participants in Ames for our recreation program. Running Mondays from June 6- June 27.
Courage Ames Summer Camp: Join participants for our three day summer camp! We will work on sports skills, have super hero training, and have lots of fun!! Running June 6, 8, 10.
Courage WDM Summer Camp: Join participants for our three day summer camp! We will work on sports skills, have super hero training, and have lots of fun!! Running June 20, 22, 24.

Opportunity Programs (no-cost traditional programs)

Opportunity Lacrosse Camp: Join participants in our new lacrosse camp! Help them to learn new skills and have fun. Running from June 6, 7, 8, 9.
Opportunity Clive Baseball: Join participants who are eager to have fun and learn new baseball skills! Running from June 28- August 16.
Opportunity WDM Baseball: Join participants who are eager to have fun and learn new baseball skills! Running from June 29- August 17.
Opportunity Waukee Baseball: Join participants who are eager to have fun and learn new baseball skills! Running from June 30- August 11.
Can Play Events, 10 year Anniversary: Come join us in celebrating our 10 year anniversary! Help play games, run stations, and interact with our guests. Celebrate on June 20.

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We are looking for Junior Counselors to help with our Summer Day Camps. Students must be 14-18 years old and be available for at least one full week (Monday-Friday, 8:40 am – 4:10 pm) this summer. More information and applications can be found on our website.

Iowa Gardening for Good - Summer 2022

Open every Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm for anyone that wants to show up during any part of that time range.  Groups are scheduled by appointment during the week with an average of 2 groups per week, but it varies.  You do not have to be part of a group to come.  We have hosted groups as big as 150 at a single time.  Kids of any age are very welcome, but need their parents or guardian to supervise them. While we welcome people to come as often as they want, we only ask for people to come for a single time.  This is a great way to get exposed without any long term commitment.

Iowa Sports Foundation - July 27-31

For the first time in the history of the Iowa Sports Foundation, we will be hosting the national Olympic-style sports festival, the State Games of America, July 27-31, 2022. This summer, the State Games of America will take place of the Summer Iowa Games for most sports. SGA will offer over 40 sports and we anticipate hosting over 16,000 athletes from Iowa and across the country. Our largest team sport is soccer and the largest individual sports will be bowling, figure skating, track and field, and pickleball. Due to the scale of this national event, we will have to utilize facilities in the Des Moines Metro for sports like swimming and figure skating.

With this event being even larger than the Iowa Games, we anticipate needing around 3,000 volunteers. There are several different opportunities to come and help with the event

View Open Positions

Or you can call Discover Ames to speak with Carly or Kim about registering.

Foster SQUAD

Foster SQUAD is an organization that aims to support foster parents and children in our community. Every other month Foster SQUAD holds a support group for foster parents. We are looking for 2 volunteers every other month to provide child care during this support group. This volunteer opportunity would be available every other month for an hour and a half in the evening.  If you are interested in volunteering for the Foster SQUAD please email Tara.

Des Moines Botanical Gardens - Summer

Summer Teen Volunteer Opportunity

Help needed with event set-up and tear-down during the summer months! Help a non-profit and enjoy membership at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.


  • Assist regularly with set-up for Music in the Garden (summer concert series), Thursdays, 3 – 4:30 PM (should be able to assist a minimum of twice a month June 16 – August or through September if possible)
  • Help with other set-up or tear-down requests as they come up. Ex: June 9, Garden Party tear-down (9 – 10 PM).
  • Activities may include setting up or taking down tables, chairs, wiping off tables, setting out signage, running extension cords, tent set-up, etc.


  • Volunteer in a beautiful setting (indoors and out!)
  • Build skills – become more involved and learn about event management if interested
  • Receive a student membership to enjoy the Botanical Garden (free admission, free concerts and more)
  • Volunteer with a friend! Two volunteers are needed for each Music in the Garden set up
  • Flexible scheduling (pick your Thursdays to help through your personal volunteer schedule)
  • If involved in Silver Cord – earn your hours!

To apply please fill out a Volunteer Application. Questions? or call 515.323.6293

Ronald McDonald House Charities

The Des Moines Ronald McDonald House is committed to improving the quality of life for children and their families through a variety of solutions. Hundreds of volunteers who share our concerns provide thousands of donated hours per year to help us achieve our goals.

Have any questions in regards to our volunteer opportunities? Please feel free to call (515) 243-2111 or email

Volunteer and Ronald McDonald House Charities

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 or sign up here.

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.

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