Current Volunteer Opportunities

VOLUNTEER LISTINGS AS OF SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015

NOBODY CAN DO EVERYTHING, BUT EVERYONE CAN DO SOMETHING.

NEW CAROUSEL OPERATORS

STORY CITY GREATER CHAMBER CONNECTION

The Antique Carousel in Story City is celebrating its grand opening for the season on May 2, and they are in need of volunteers to help run the carousel throughout the summer. All necessary training will be provided.

 


UPCOMING  iCAN BIKE CAMP

THE ARC OF STORY COUNTY

iCan Bike is a week-long camp that teaches individuals with special needs how to ride a standard, two wheeled bicycle. Each camper will have at least two volunteers with them to help encourage and support them. Camp will be held the 1st week of June at the All-Iowa Attack West Towne Courts in West Ames. We can accommodate up to 35 riders. Each rider attends a 75 minute session for five days and volunteers will work with the same rider each day. The parent organization provides special bikes that are accommodated to help facilitate balance and independence in the riders. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.


Childcare Assistant

LUTHERAN SERVICES IN IOWA, AMES

LSI's People Place offers support for parents of young children. Help care for children while their parents participate in parent education support groups and classes. Help provide a warm, caring and positive atmosphere modeling patience, encouragement and respect.   Currently, we are seeking volunteers who are available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9:30-11:30am and/or every other Monday from 6:00-8:00p.m.  Volunteer Orientation is REQUIRED.


UPCOMING CAMPUSTOWN SHINE

CAMPUSTOWN ACTION ASSOCIATION

Make Campustown Shine, presented by The Fighting Burrito, was organized by the Campustown Action Association as a monthly program to make our district attractive and welcoming for our customers. Whether your organization is looking for community service opportunities, team building exercises or you are interesting in volunteering with other organizations in our community, our Make Campustown Shine program is for you. We provide the cleaning products; we just need you to provide the volunteers! The clean-up usually takes 2-3 hours, depending on how many volunteers we have each month. Visit vcstory.org for a list of all the dates! 

 

UPCOMING - CHILD CARE VOLUNTEERS

WOMEN WITH INTIATIVE – UNITED WAY OF STORY COUNTY

Volunteers are needed to care for a group of children, infants through elementary school age while their mothers attend financial education workshops. Three to four volunteers are needed for a one time evening session on Thursday, April 16th. Volunteers are also needed weekly for a six week evening series beginning on Wednesday, April 29th and ending on Wednesday, May 27th. Volunteers will assist with supper and age appropriate activities. Volunteers may be required to lift infants and toddlers, and play on the floor. Diaper changing may be required. Experience working with children helpful. Volunteers must be high-school age or older. Willingness to work with a small group of children ranging in age from infancy to 12 years of age. Positive, outgoing, patient and caring personality.

 

UPCOMING - HICKORY GROVE TRIATHALON

HICKORY GROVE TRIATHALON

We are a triathlon in Nevada, Iowa to encourage people to compete and become healthy. The triathlon takes place on May 17, and volunteers are needed to help pass out water and direct runners.

 

UPCOMING - O.W.L.S

STORY COUNTY CONSERVATION

Story County Conservation offers monthly programs for O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors) during the months of September – June. The programs are held the first Tuesday of each month starting at 11 a.m. at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park, 56461 180th St., northeast of Ames. An optional luncheon follows the program at 12 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help SCC staff set up and tear down for each O.W.L.S. program. Responsibilities will include setting up chairs and tables, prepping for lunch, helping serve lunch, and clean up and put away chairs and tables afterward.
Upcoming O.W.L.S. dates include: May 5, and June 2.

 

FEATURED - AMES LITTLE CYCLONE CAMP

SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

United Way of Story County, in collaboration with Ames Community School Districts, is sponsoring a summer meal and enrichment program. Students K-8 will participate in STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities and will be provided with breakfast, lunch, and snack. Volunteers are needed for food service positions, as well as Enrichment positions working directly with the children. Positions are available for morning and afternoon hours, as well as over lunch breaks during the work week. The 6-week program runs from June 1-July 9. All volunteers are subject to background checks. All volunteers will be required to attend an orientation, which will be offered several times before and during the program.

 

FEATURED -  NEVADA FOOD FOR THOUGHT

SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

The Food for Thought program ensures that children are safe, healthy, and engaged in learning during the summer. Children are given opportunities to explore, develop hypothesis, test theories, and form conclusions as they participated in a variety of STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) enrichment activities. The six-week enrichment program includes breakfast and lunch helping to combat hunger during the summer months. The program runs Monday through Thursday mornings from June 8 through July 16.  Volunteers are needed for food service positions, as well as Enrichment positions working directly with the children. All volunteers are subject to background checks. All volunteers will be required to attend an orientation, which will be offered several times before and during the summer program.

 

Tour Guides

REIMAN GARDENS

Youth and Adult Tour Guides give tours of Reiman Gardens to children in pre-school through high school or adult community groups.  Tour guides talk to the groups as they walk around the garden and enjoy the many different beauties!

 

GIFT SHOP ASSISTANT

BOONE AND SCENIC VALLEY RAILROAD

Our gift shop is open from Memorial Day weekend through October 31, Noon-4pm weekdays except Fridays when it is open until 5:30pm for our dinner train. Saturday hours are 10am-6pm. Sundays 10am-4pm. It is also open for charter trains which can include schools or tour groups. Time commitment is usually a four-hour shift. Allow an additional half hour for closing procedures and any lingering guests. Additional volunteers are needed during Thomas weekends to man the outdoor tent as well as the depot shop. Gift shop volunteer duties include: using a cash register, handling money (counting change), using a credit card machine, restocking selves, bagging merchandise and answering guest questions. A helpful, polite attitude is a must!

                                                                                                               

Reading Tutor

RAISING READERS IN STORY COUNTY

Raising Readers of Story county is sponsoring a FREE tutoring program to promote literacy skills for K-3rd grade students. Volunteer tutors will meet with students at various community sites 2 times/week (Mon/Wed OR Tues/Thurs). 45 minutes per session.

 

OUTDOOR HORTICULTURE VOLUNTEERS

REIMAN GARDENS

Outdoor Horticulture Volunteers do a variety of jobs. We are currently looking for volunteers to help plant thousands of bulbs and assist with a few fall garden cleanup projects. With beautiful weather, it's a great time to volunteer at Reiman Gardens! No training required. Will learn when they arrive to volunteer day of.

 

HOME MEAL DELIVERY VOLUNTEERS

HEARTLAND SENIOR SERVICES

An ongoing need is for volunteers to deliver hot, nutritious meals to seniors in their homes over the noon hour in specific areas of Story County. Volunteers pick up the meals at a specified location after 10:30 am and deliver the meals to individuals in their homes. A list of recipients and directions are provided. The meals need to be delivered within one hour of being picked up, so that they remain food safe. The communities needing volunteers are Cambridge, Collins, Colo, Gilbert, Huxley, Kelley, Maxwell, McCallsburg, Nevada, Roland, Slater, Story City, Zearing and rural Ames. Volunteers need a car. They must provide a copy of a valid driver’s license and proof of car insurance. They consent to background checks.

 

 

TAX COUNSELORS

AARP TAX AIDE

Prepare and file income tax returns. A typical volunteer is a person who likes to do his/her own income taxes, feels comfortable with both the U.S. and IA Form 1040, and enjoys working with others. Training is to be provided through texts and classes. Typically the texts become available in November and classes are held in January. There is a test that must be passed in order for a volunteer to be certified.

 

COMMUNICTIONS SUPPORT SPECIALIST

VOLUNTEER CENTER OF STORY COUNTY

The Communication Support Specialist will support the VCSC staff with any ongoing partner agency and volunteer communication efforts, including but not limited to social media and monthly newsletters. The candidate, once comfortable with the position, may occasionally work from home. Specific job duties: •Promote service opportunities and VCSC activities through social media, Ames Tribune postings, and bi-monthly newsletters •Create and send bi- monthly newsletters to volunteers •Create and send monthly newsletters to partner agencies •Assist with maintaining email correspondence with partner agencies and potential volunteers •Maintain social media presence and use Hoot Suite to regularly update postings

 

 

HORSE LEADER

ONE HEART EQUESTRIAN THERAPY

Lead a horse used to provide therapy for a person with disabilities. Follow instructions of therapist or instructor. Work with the team toward achieving a rider's goals. Must have knowledge of horse behavior, must be able to follow instructions of therapist or instructor, control the motion and speed of a horse while leading. Keep a horse standing still during class, mounting, and dismounting. Training sessions will be April 8, May 29, or Sept 4.

 

Brain Boosters Math Activities

COMMUNITY HOUSING INITIATIVES

Brain Booster is a program that supports a child's understanding of numbers and math.  Each week we use different tools to explore math and numbers.  Commonly used tools are food, Legos and games.  We are seeking consistent volunteers to help staff math sessions.  Duties include setting up the room, assisting kids with the activity, encouraging positive behavior and clean up.

 

VOLUNTEER AS GUARDIAN OR CONSERVATION

IOWA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

The Department of Human Services is currently in need of volunteers to serve as guardians or conservators for Wards of the State. Wards of the state are typically individuals with mental illness, disabilities, or dementia. In some cases, family members of the ward are not able to serve as guardian or conservator, and we look to caring community members for help.

 

Make a Blanket for Children in Need

PROJECT LINUS OF STORY COUNTY

Make a blanket and share it with a child in need by donating it to Story County Project Linus.  Your new, handmade, washable blanket or afghan will be given to a child who is seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need.  All sizes and types are happily accepted!  Ames Sewing and Vacuum Center accepts Project Linus blanket donations during their regular business hours (9-5 weekdays & 9-3 Saturdays).

 

Outreach & Public Relations

KHOI FM HEART OF IOWA COMMUNITY RADIO

KHOI is seeking volunteers to assist with outreach and public relations.  The tasks include:  * Marketing * writing, editing, newsletter, mailings, flyers, brochures and other promotional materials, email blasts, web site content, social networking * Membership database management, on-air pitching, phone banks * Events and speaking engagements.

 

Habitat Sale Committee

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF CENTRAL IOWA

Habitat sales are held every third Saturday of the month at our warehouse on 928 North 4th in Ames, Iowa. Donated housing and building materials from individuals and businesses in the area are sold at the sales and the funds raised are then used to build more houses for Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers are needed to help on the day of the sale as well as organize and set up the warehouse prior to the sale date.  Picking up donated items from individuals and businesses and delivering them to the warehouse a few times a week is another needed opportunity.  Schedules are flexible. 

 

Youth Mentor

LUTHERAN SERVICES IN IOWA, AMES

Provide appropriate, healthy activities for youth in care and maintain agreed upon contact with youth on a regular basis. This volunteer position prefers a minimum of 6 months commitment, meeting with the youth a minimum of one hour per week.

 

Adopt-A-Room

ACCESS (ASSAULT CARE CENTER EXTENDING SHELTER & SUPPORT)

ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support) is seeking community members and volunteer groups to renovate and rejuvenate living space.  Spaces include but are not limited to: bathrooms, hallways, donation closets, and bedrooms.  For more information about our Adopt-A-Room program please contact Emily or Monica at 515-292-0500.  To learn more about ACCESS please visit assaultcarecenter.org.

 

Food Pantry/Family Development Assistant

MID-IOWA COMMUNITY ACTION

Volunteers are needed to help weigh food donations, organize them onto the food pantry shelves, sort them into packages of different sizes for different families, and distribute food packages.  Family Development Volunteers also greet families as they arrive or answer the phone as necessary if they are interested.

 

SERVICE LEARNING COORDINATOR

VOLUNTEER CENTER OF STORY COUNTY

The Service Learning Coordinator will work with VCSC staff to establish service learning clubs in school districts throughout the County to start Fall 2015 and develop an infrastructure for establishing clubs in other school districts. The coordinator will assist with development of a Service Learning volunteer management training, recruit community volunteers for SL clubs, work with local educators to build SL curriculum, identify and connect with school districts to implement SL clubs, and build ongoing sustainability for current and future SL clubs. These responsibilities could be shared among several volunteers.

 

Court Appointed Special Advocates

CASA, COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASAs are regular everyday people who care enough about abused and neglected children to get involved... and make a huge difference in their lives.  Katie was one of our first CASAs and a young mom here in Ames and her husband a post-doc student in Vet Med.  Her schedule was already really full with 2, then 3 little ones... but Katie became a CASA and served a little girl here in Story County who had had to drink toilet water to stay alive when her own mom locker her in the house and left for days at a time… that little girl is alive and flourishing today because a busy mom got involved.  CASA’s have about 30 hours of training before they take a child abuse case.  CASA work can be very, very emotionally demanding.

 

Technology & Grounds

KHOI FM HEART OF IOWA COMMUNITY RADIO

KHOI is seeking volunteers to assist with technology and grounds needs.  Volunteer tasks include:  * Equipment: recordings, board operator, database, tech support and   maintenance * IT: Internet service, in-office computer network, streaming, web site structure * Facilities: grounds keeping, building maintenance and repair, studio visual art,  * Broadcast engineering.

 

PATIENT VISIT VOLUNTEER

CARE INTIATIVE HOSPICE

Hospice patient living in an assisted living facility in Ames would like a volunteer to visit him. He has many interests and is enjoyable to visit with. He loves music and sports. He reads the newspaper daily. He is an Army vet and retired Ames city employee. Volunteers will attend a 2 hour training session in Ames. Volunteer must have an updated TB test, which we will provide. Volunteers must be 18 years and older

Sorter/Pricer

OVERFLOW THRIFT STORE

This person helps in the back room by sorting donations, pricing items and restocking shelves out in the store.  Typically volunteers work for 2-3 hours at a time.  This can happen on Monday - Saturday 10-6 (some later hours are available upon request - such as Thursday evenings when we are open until 8pm and some other days).

 

HUMAN RESOURCES GENERALIST

VOLUNTEER CENTER OF STORY COUNTY

The HR Generalist will work with VCSC staff and Board to develop a volunteer manual, create agency policies, and develop job descriptions as necessary. The specialist will also assist with the development of the Volunteer Management Training curriculum, support professional development efforts for Story County Volunteer Coordinator’s Coalition (SCVCC), and work with staff to create job descriptions for possible volunteer positions. 

 

Data Entry Volunteer

AMES HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Ames Historical Society is looking for a volunteer who is interested in data entry. We need someone to enter information on photo negatives we have into our museum software program. We are looking for someone willing to come in on a fairly regular basis, preferably one day a week if possible but if you can do more that's great! This would be a great opportunity for someone looking for some data entry experience.

 

Photographer

AMES C.ART

A lot of what we do is visual - from murals to art and craft based events. After two years we've realized that we habitually forget our cameras, or when we do remember, we forget to actually take photos! We need someone who would be willing and able to stop by events and take a few photos to be used on the website, Facebook, and our archive.   Once a month we'd also like to start taking photos of new ArtVend items before they are placed in the machine.  Schedules are flexible, but volunteers should be available the third Tuesday of each month to shoot new ArtVend items and occasional events and workshops.

 

COMMUNITY RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT VOLUNTEER

YOUTH & SHELTER SERVICES

Plans, coordinates, and implements major donor and staff events, the in-kind (non-monetary) donation process and other resources related projects. Position requires maturity, excellent written and verbal communication skills, Microsoft Office skills, organization skills, the ability to work with people at all levels of the organization and to work independently. All majors are accepted, the following majors are preferred: any Business major (especially Management and Marketing), Communication, and related fields.

 

HORSE GROOMER AND ARENA ASSISTANT

ONE HEART EQUESTRIAN THERAPY

Prepare horses for therapeutic riding. Catch, tie, groom, occasional warm-up riding horses and ponies prior to therapy classes. Tack horses. Assist instructor by setting up arena for events and classes, retrieving appropriate tack on request, open gates, lead horses to assigned classes. Age 12 and up. Be prepared for lifting and carrying assorted equipment associated with horses. Dress appropriately for all weather. Enthusiasm and sensitivity for horse behavior and personality. A training session will be held April 8.

 

TICKET SELLERS

BOONE AND SCENIC VALLEY RAILROAD

Using a computerized ticket system, ticket sellers start selling tickets one hour prior to the first train departure time. Fifteen minutes prior to opening the ticket window, sellers arrive to receive information regarding special groups that will be attending and the money to set up their window. After the train leaves the station, the ticket seller balances their bank and closes out the report. During the week, the time commitment is 90 minutes and during the weekend it is 4 ½ hours. If two volunteers would like to split hours in half for Saturday or Sunday let us know. Volunteers must be comfortable with handling money—counting change back, processing credit cards and using a computer. Ticket sellers need to be polite. Ticket sellers need to be able to handle money and run credit card machine. Training will be provided.

 

Fair Trade Store

WORLDLY GOODS

Worldly Goods retail store is looking for reliable, professional, socially aware volunteers who have a passion for learning about Fair Trade and teaching others about it. The main roles of our Volunteers are to provide sales staffing, process sales, and greet customers and inform them about the Fair Trade products in the store, and the artisans who make them. Volunteer with also help maintain the appearance of the store, and stock as needed.  The successful volunteer will support Fair Trade as an economic development strategy, and will have fun engaging customers and telling them about the benefits of Fair Trade.  A volunteer orientation that takes about one hour is required.

 

HORSE SIDEWALKER

ONE HEART EQUESTRIAN THERAPY

Accompany rider with disabilities during therapy. Facilitate instructions given by therapist or instructor. Will be trained for appropriate holds and contact. Interact with rider and members of the team working toward rider's goals. Lots of walking, some jogging. Age 14 and older. Must follow instructions given by therapist or instructor. Be prepared for all weather conditions. A training session will be held April 8, May 29, Sept. 4.

 

GRIP MENTORS

Youth & Shelter Services, INC.

Grip (great relationships in pairs) is a school-based mentoring program for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade in Boone and Story Counties.  Volunteers should be enthusiastic about working with youth and have a desire to help by becoming a friend and trusted adult.  There is a huge need for MALE MENTORS for young boys.  The program is school-based, meaning meeting take place in the school, during the day, usually over lunch or recess time.  Scheduling is flexible.  Mentors are sked to spend 30-45 minutes a week with their mentee for the course of one school year, ending in May.  Matches are made throughout the year.  A two-hour training session is required before starting, and a facilitator is available at each school for support.

 

FIRST AID/CPR INSTRUCTORS

AMERICAN RED CROSS, LINCOLN WAY CHAPTER

We invite you to join our team of outstanding Health and Safety Volunteer Instructors. As a Red Cross Volunteer Instructor, you'll teach high quality, trusted First Aid and CPR Programs to the community. Plus, you'll have the unique opportunity to make a difference in your community.   Volunteers should have:   *  Passion for teaching lifesaving skills; * Comfort presenting material; * Ability to be able to get up and down off the ground to show skills; * Weekend availability or week night availability either/or once a month ; * Ability to navigate computers; * Reliable transportation to the closest chapter location – Des Moines, * Ability to work autonomously.  The following steps are required to become a Volunteer Instructor:
* Visit wwww.redcross.org/support/volunteer. Click on "Volunteer in your Community", enter your Zip code and select "Preparedness and Health & Safety" as your interest. Click "Apply now" to begin intake process.  Once completed the intake process, and you successfully complete an interview, the team will work with you in completing a basic level CPR Class and then a two day Instructor course. You will be paired with someone to co-teach.

 

AGENCY CONTACT REPRESENTATIVE

VOLUNTEER CENTER OF STORY COUNTY

Agency contacts are responsible for maintaining listing contact information, reminding partner agencies to review and update opportunity postings through the Volunteer Center. Volunteers will connect partner agencies with resources and tools to develop listings and opportunities that best describe their volunteer needs. Agency contacts will also be key support professionals as the listing database is updated and converted to a new system in 2015. Agency Contacts should be comfortable using a computer, accessing the internet and using a multi-line phone. Scheduling is flexible; volunteers should be available Monday-Friday, between 9am-5pm for shifts of 2-4 hours.

 

Sexual Assault Crisis Line Operator

ACCESS (ASSAULT CARE CENTER EXTENDING SHELTER & SUPPORT)

This is an opportunity to be a part of social change in your community. As a Sexual Assault Crisis Line Operator, you can provide empathetic support to survivors of sexual violence on our 24/7 crisis line.   After training you will be able to provide support, crisis counseling, and resources to shelter residents. Community members passionate about housing and economic justice highly sought for this volunteer opportunity.

 

Development & Fund Raising

KHOI FM HEART OF IOWA COMMUNITY RADIO

KHOI is seeking volunteers to assist with development and fund raising.  Volunteer tasks include organizing, event planning and set up, develop invitations and mailers, photographing, taping, fund drives and donor relations.

 

Adopt Campus Program Volunteer

KEEP IOWA STATE BEAUTIFUL

The Adopt Campus Program is designed for groups of people (ISU students, faculty, staff) to remove litter from areas of campus. Recruit your student organization members, your staff, your offices, your departments to help beautify campus.

 

Clothes Pantry Volunteer

BALLARD COMMUNITY CLOTHES PANTRY

Organize, sort and help in a free clothes pantry during open hours.  Sat. 10-12 AM, Sun. 1 -3 PM, Wed. 4 -6 PM

 

Volunteer Management

KHOI FM HEART OF IOWA COMMUNITY RADIO

KHOI is looking for individuals to help with Volunteer Management. The individuals will recruit volunteers, assemble packets of volunteer needs, respond to potential volunteers, assist in conducting interviews, maintain records and manage volunteer relations including meetings, parties and thank you notes.

 

Customer Service Representative

CLOTHING THAT WORKS

This is an opportunity to help those who need clothing and accessories in order to begin a new job or successfully continue in a job.  We serve a range of clients with limited or no income (from college students to retirees), basically anyone who needs clothing or access to computers to be productive and engaged in the community.   Volunteers greet and assist clients, process donations, and keep the space organized.  Volunteers will work in pairs for two-hour shifts or more on Wednesdays, between 2:00 and 6:00p.m.  The space is not handicap accessible and on-the-job training will take place.

 

Programs & Production

KHOI FM HEART OF IOWA COMMUNITY RADIO

KHOI is seeking volunteers to assist with programs and production.  Tasks include: * production * managing broadcast schedule and automation system, audio editing, creating and editing PSA's, promos, and underwriting credits, manage music libraries * Production of KHOI signature programs * reporting and interviewing, assembling programs in pre-production, assist with on-air hosting, scheduling guests and interviews, help train new volunteers.

 

Administration & Office Management

KHOI FM HEART OF IOWA COMMUNITY RADIO

KHOI radio is seeking volunteers to assist with the administration and office management duties of the station.  Tasks include reception, phone, email, booking events, update the station calendar, manage office traffic and develop manuals.

 

Shelter Victim Counselor

ACCESS (ASSAULT CARE CENTER EXTENDING SHELTER & SUPPORT)

This is an opportunity to be a part of social change in your community.  As a Victim Counselor you can provide empathetic support to survivors or domestic and/or sexual violence.    After training you will be able to provide support, crisis counseling, and resources to shelter residents.  Community members passionate about housing and economic justice highly sought for this volunteer position.

 

BUTTERFLY DOCENTS

REIMAN GARDENS

Reiman Gardens is always looking for volunteers to help in the butterfly wing. This position is simple and relaxing. Volunteers monitor the butterfly wing and assist visitors with opening doors as they go in and out, give them the "do's and don'ts", share some facts and stories about the butterflies and garden in general, and just socialize with the visitors. There is a short training done by Reiman Garden staff in order to become a butterfly docent. It consists of watching a video and a quick tour of the butterfly wing.

 

Child Advocates Needed

CASA, COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED…His chaotic life was further turned upside down when he was removed from his home because of the abuse he suffered.  Clutching his prize possession, a worn teddy bear, he waits staring out the window of the temporary foster home where he now lives.  He stands there waiting for his mom to pick him up.  Hours pass.  A tear rolls down his cheek.  The foster parent knows the sad truth – mom probably won’t be coming to pick him up.  Children are the innocent victims in the world of abuse and neglect.  They desperately need your help.  CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, is looking for volunteers to work with children and teens that have been removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years hold, high school graduates or GED, and invest 30 hours of training before signing on to a juvenile court child abuse case.

 

Story/Craft Activity With Children

COMMUNITY HOUSING INITIATIVES

Story Time/Craft Activity is held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Ames. This activity engages preschool and school age children directly in the neighborhood we serve. Story Time is provided in collaboration with Raising Readers in Story County. A Raising Readers volunteer reads stories with a common theme to the children. Afterwards they create a related craft to take home.  This activity encourages and supports children to read in a fun way.

 

Reading Avenue

COMMUNITY HOUSING INITIATIVES

Reading Avenue is a program that incorporates literacy with fun activities such as reading games and reading sessions with a trained animal assisted therapy dog. Reading Avenue occurs at our Ames location.    We are seeking a few regular volunteers to assist us with staffing the reading sessions. All sessions occur on-site at Eastwood Apartments in Ames. Duties would include setting up the room for the dogs and kids, ensuring each child is allowed their allotted time, encouraging children to read for their entire appointment, playing games with waiting children and cleaning up after the session.  Volunteers who have a certified, therapy dog are being sought to serve as “Rovers.”

 

 

HISTORICAL RECORDS VOLUNTEER

LUTHERAN SERVICES IN IOWA

Help us organize our history! In 2014, LSI celebrated our 150th anniversary. To celebrate this occasion we compiled historical photos, books, newspaper clippings, and other artifacts documenting LSI’s story. We are seeking a motivated volunteer to assist in the preservation and archival of our collection. Duties will include making copies of materials, cross-referencing items, filing, digitizing, etc. No professional experience, training, or equipment required, only an interest in preserving history. This will be a short term project with a flexible schedule. Preferred commitment of 1-3 hours per week for a maximum of six months. Scheduling is flexible between the hours of 8am-5pm. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Must successfully complete a series of background checks and reference checks

 

Natural Resource Opportunities

STORY COUNTY CONSERVATION

Volunteers are needed to help our field staff out in the parks and areas with: Removing Honeysuckle, Buckthorn and other invasive species, and Hand Collecting Prairie Seed.

 

Visit Patient and spouse in Assisted Living Facility

CARE INITIATIVES HOSPICE - IA - AMES

Hospice patient living in an assisted living facility in Ames would like a volunteer to visit him and his wife.  He is preparing his wife to do things on her own.  He wants her to have someone to walk her to lunch, go to activities and pick up their mail.  This will all be done in the facility.

 

Volunteer Coordinator

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF CENTRAL IOWA

Habitat is a volunteer based organization. Because of the large number of eager workers, there is always a need for those willing to coordinate volunteers, make phone calls, correspond and send thank-you notes. Most of this work is done with help from the Habitat office.

 

AMES REPAIR AND CARE

VOLUNTEER CENTER OF STORY COUNTY

This program provides volunteer assistance to homeowners in Ames who do not otherwise have the means to maintain their residences due to age, disability or lack of financial resources.  Volunteers will help avoid the risk of citations for nuisance or maintenance violations and the associated costs.  Volunteers have the opportunity to form lasting relationships with homeowners as they can help with ongoing maintenance and assistance.  Homeowners are referred to the Volunteer Center by the City of Ames and matched with volunteers through the Volunteer Center.  Examples of volunteer activities include:  Removing yard debris and outdoor storage, trimming trees and shrubs, mowing tall grass and controlling weeds, snow removal, minor painting and repairing or installing exterior handrails and guardrails.

 

Building Committee

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF CENTRAL IOWA

The building committee works to define neighborhoods and communities to work with, and find available land to build on. The responsibilities include working with city offices, neighborhood associations, and property owners. Those who like to dabble in real estate would be natural members! The building committee also works to define the type of construction that best fits the needs of the local community and Habitat's goals.  The committee proposes guidelines to the board for the type of construction work that the affiliate will do, dealing specifically with the house design criteria, materials, plans and cost estimates.

 

VOLUNTEER SERVICES ASSISTANT/INTERN

YOUTH & SHELTER SERVICES

YSS is need of a Volunteer Services Assistant/Intern over Summer 2015 and then again in/or continuing through Fall of 2015. If you have a minimum of 8 hours to volunteer per week and want to gain experience in HR and volunteer management than this is a good volunteer opportunity for you. The Volunteer Services Assistant/Intern will help check volunteer references, conduct volunteer orientations, and help with volunteer recognition events. Volunteers/interns must complete a volunteer application and attend a volunteer/intern orientation. Volunteers must be age 16 and above and be able to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per week during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Science, Science! Enrichment activities with kids

COMMUNITY HOUSING INITIATIVES

Science, Science! is an enrichment activity for preschool and school age children in our Ames location. We explore the various areas of science by helping the children plan and conduct fun experiments followed by a discussion session. This activity engages all participants to be active learners.  Science, Science! Occurs the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 3:45-5:15pm.

 

LEGO League Coach (Ballard Middle School)

YOUTH AND SHELTER SERVICES, INC.

Seeking First LEGO League Coach for Ballard Middle School Students Ballard Teen Club is seeking a volunteer coach for the Ballard middle school's First LEGO League (FLL) team. Teen Club is an afterschool program sponsored by Youth & Shelter Services for 6th-8th graders that meets Monday through Thursday from 3:00-5:00pm. Historically, Teen Club has partnered with Ballard's FLL team in an effort to interest students in STEM activities, careers and programs.  Each year teams are issued a challenge that engages them in hands-on robotics design and scientific research.  Teams design, program and build their robot and prepare a research presentation.  Volunteers need access to reliable transportation to Huxley and complete the YSS Volunteer Application Process.

 

Donations Data Entry

YOUTH AND SHELTER SERVICES, INC.

Volunteers are needed to help with the Community Resource Development program at Youth and Shelter Services, in Ames, IA.  In-Kind donations of goods and services are received on a daily basis.  Accurate records of these items received is crucial to the efficient operation of our agency.    Volunteers in this position will be responsible for entering records of items and services received into a donations database.    Volunteers should be comfortable using an ACCESS database. 

 

Office & Administrative Volunteer

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF CENTRAL IOWA

This position would take place at the Habitat office doing general office work and bookkeeping. An average of 5 hours a week, very flexible schedule.

 

Family Selection Committee

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF CENTRAL IOWA

The Family Selection Committee works to carry out the board's vision by defining for the community the population in need to decent, affordable housing, and by developing processes and policies for selecting those in greatest needs. Once the application process has been approved, this group will work with families who have applied, making sure that the applicant families meet the established criteria.

 

Family Support Committee

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF CENTRAL IOWA

Habitat affiliates are committed to "the development and uplifting of families and communities, not only the construction of houses." Members of the family support committee will work to establish tools and procedures for accomplishing this task. This committee will work with families to be sure that the families know what is required in the area of sweat equity, and to help in the transition of true home ownership.  Each family is assigned an advocate that follows the family through the entire process.  Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa requires partner families to attend our education classes.  This committee oversees those classes.  There are five classes dealing with financial responsibility and ongoing home ownership.

 

Make-A-Wish Iowa Volunteer

MAKE-A-WISH IOWA

The Des Moines Area Committee is seeking interest volunteers to help with special events, fundraising, volunteer development, translator/interpreter, and wish granting.   Please see our volunteer application on our website for a further description of these volunteer opportunities.   

 

Post Fliers

BIRTHRIGHT OF AMES

We're looking for individuals and/or groups to distribute promotional fliers on campus in order to inform students and staff about the services that Birthright provides.  This volunteer event is EXTREMELY time-flexible.  After picking up the fliers during our office hours, volunteers can work at whatever time best suits their schedules.

 

Fund Development Committee

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF CENTRAL IOWA

The Fund Development Committee assumes the leadership for implementing the fund raising and public relations for our affiliate. The committee is divided into sub-committees or public relations, events, fund raising, faith relations, and grant writing.   *Public Relations: keeps HFHCI in the news and on the minds of the community members. This includes writing for newsletters, newspapers, advertising for special events and public speaking.  *Events:  includes fund raising activities such as golf events, car washes, parades, etc. and assisting in partnership with our ISU chapter. *Fund Raising:  this works with increasing our donor database.  This includes both individual and corporate donors.  *Faith Relations:  will seek to strengthen the support of the affiliate’s work by gaining volunteers, prayer and financial resources from community churches.  *Grant Writing: is usually completed in the office.  Volunteers are needed to research new grants, secure grants and assist in proofing and writing them.

 

NATURE CAMP

STORY COUNTY CONSERVATION

Story County Conservation hosts youth at McFarland Park in June and July for Nature Camps. Each camp has around 15 youth, and is 5 days long and runs for a couple hours in either the morning or afternoon each day. Volunteer duties depend on the camp, but could include assisting with arts and crafts, as well as a lot of outdoor exploration in the prairies, hiking trails and water at McFarland Park!

 

Marketing Specialist

WORLDLY GOODS

Worldly Goods is looking for someone to assist the board and Manager in helping to reach other markets and to find ways to market ourselves with little or no cost.  We need someone with creative ideas and useful tried and true techniques.  Would like to be able to be able to track what we are doing and to see if it is reaching the market groups we want and need to reach.

 

Meals on Wheel Volunteers Needed

MARY GREELEY MEDICAL CENTER

Volunteers for Meals on Wheels help by delivering meals to homebound Ames residents over the lunch hour. Typical routes include 5-10 stops that are arranged as much as possible by geographic location. First volunteers stop at MGMC to pick up the meals in carriers and the route information, deliver the meals, and then return carriers to MGMC. Volunteers find this experience to be very rewarding. Volunteers are needed on Sundays and Fridays starting at 11:30a.m.  Shifts last about 1-1 ½ hours.  Volunteers MUST provide their own vehicle and have proof of insurance.

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