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Current Volunteer Opportunities
The following volunteer activities, events, and resources are available to help individuals and organizations consider volunteer activities in central Iowa.
Holiday Helping Hand
Use our guide to volunteer or organize giving opportunities with your family, friends, co-workers, or church or social group this holiday season. Explore opportunities in many categories, including adopting a family or child, donating canned food, donating toys or books, and much more
Central Iowa Volunteer Hub
Connect with hundreds of volunteer opportunities posted by local nonprofits. You'll find ongoing initiatives, like reading with students, to one-time opportunities like helping distribute food and everything in between.
Book Buddy is a 1:1 reading program that pairs volunteers with preschoolers for regular reading. The caring adult reads in person to the student at a local childcare center. You may pair up with a friend to share this weekly volunteer opportunity.
Power Read is a literacy mentor program that pairs volunteers with grade school students for regular reading. The caring adult reads in person to the student at a local elementary school over the lunch hour.
Notes of Encouragement
Show people in central Iowa how much you care and how much they matter by writing a note of encouragement. We will deliver your notes to the people who need them the most, including teachers, students, home-bound senior citizens, healthcare workers, and more.
School Hygiene Drive
Many families struggle to afford hygiene items like shampoo or deodorant. This can cause teasing or make kids skip school. Make a difference by hosting a school hygiene drive. We have opportunities to support Des Moines Public, Saydel, Carlisle, and Perry.
VITA Tax Preparation
United Way offers free tax preparation to eligible individuals. Each year in the summer/fall, we look for enthusiastic individuals to serve as Greeters, Tax Preparers, or Quality Reviewers. People over age 55 may also qualify for mileage reimbursement to/from volunteering. No experience is necessary.
Corporate Volunteer Training
ON-DEMAND VIRTUAL EVENT
United Way of Central Iowa team members led this interactive online information session to help corporate teams develop a plan to use their volunteer time off. We describe on-site, hybrid, holiday, and 55+ volunteering.
Corporate Giving Gardens
A corporate giving garden is located on land set aside in the green space surrounding a company’s offices, where employees use volunteer time to grow fruits and vegetables that are donated to local organizations that serve the food-insecure in central Iowa.
An online portal that connects individuals in central Iowa seeking leadership roles with nonprofit organizations that have opportunities. Find listings for Boards of Directors, Committees, Task Forces, Councils, Ad Hoc Steering Committees, and more.
United Way is in the process of building a skills-based volunteering program. We are looking for interested volunteers to help us develop the program. If you are interested in participating in listening and learning sessions, please let us know by emailing Joy Talmon.
Advocacy Letter Writing
ON-DEMAND VIRTUAL EVENT
This event focused on essential needs and giving back to youth and adults experiencing homelessness. This is a two-part event. Part one is education, part two is a call to action with a hands-on volunteer/donation activity. Recording of the event is available to use on-demand.
Literacy kits are used in elementary schools and at early childhood centers to help inspire a love of learning and reading. Employees say making literacy kits is a meaningful break in their workdays while connecting with their fellow co-workers.
UNITED 55+ is a great way for adults to get involved in the community. A partnership with AmeriCorps Seniors Program, the program provides support and guidance to volunteers aged 55+. Benefits include mileage reimbursement and networking opportunities.
Stuff the Bus
Stuff the Bus is our annual book drive. Together last year we collected more than 30,000 books. Sign up to help Stuff the Bus and we will provide you with resources and tools to help make it a success.