More than 130 volunteer and giving opportunities from nonprofits in central Iowa

Use this guide to volunteer or organize giving opportunities with your family, friends, co-workers, or church or social group this holiday season. Explore opportunities in the following categories:


Adopt a Family or Child   |   Donate Canned Food   |   Donate Clothes   |   Donate Toys or Books

Donate Items for Food Baskets   |   Help with Holiday Parties   |   Help with Holiday Projects

Provide a Feast   |  Visit the Elderly   |   Volunteer to Drive


To learn more about or sign up for a potential opportunity, contact the organization directly through the information provided.

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Other United Way Holiday Opportunities

HOPE for the Holidays 


Dates: November 26 - December 5

Drop-off Location: United Way of Central Iowa, 1111 9th St., Suite 100, Des Moines
With just a little support, you can help 55 in need families stretch their budget for other basic needs, including housing and transportation—and allow them to spend the holidays with their kids in peace and joy instead of worry. 

United Way of Central Iowa is collecting food, cleaning products, and toiletries for families in our HOPE for Stable Families program. 

Sign up to Donate Items

Give Back with Books

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What: Barnes & Noble Book Drive

Dates: November 1 - December 31

Location: Barnes & Noble, 4550 University Ave, West Des Moines

Purchase books for kids ages birth through young adult who attend more than 40 schools, early childhood centers, and after-school programs partnering with United Way that are in need of quality books.

Learn more about   the book drive