You can make a huge impact in our community

What are you passionate about? What skills do you have that you could share? United Way has a variety of ways to get involved in the community. You can volunteer virtually, at home, at work, or possibly even in person. Check out the opportunities below and make a difference today!

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MAGIC READING CARPETS

Before October 15, 2021

 

Create Book Buddy students their very own Magic Reading Carpet -- small blankets that they can sit on or hold while they are reading. They will use their Magic Reading Carpet twice weekly throughout the school year and will get to take it home with them upon completion of the program.
 
 
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DAY OF ACTION

September 14, 2021

Day of Action is a day when our nonprofit partners team up with corporate volunteers to help accomplish projects, big and small. Join us as we harness the volunteer spirit of Central Iowa.
 
Small-GroupCollection-DriveHands-On Opportunity

SCHOOL HYGIENE DRIVES

Carlisle Community School District
Des Moines Public Schools
Perry Community School District

Saydel Community School District

September 14, 2021

 
Many families struggle to afford hygiene items like shampoo or deodorant. This can cause teasing or make kids skip school. To combat this, many schools offer hygiene pantries to provide kids in need with essential personal care items. You can make a difference by hosting a school hygiene drive at your workplace.
 
 
Collection-Drive

WELCOME BACK WALKS

Des Moines Public Schools

August 2 to August 13 (8 walks over 2 weeks)

 
Help welcome Des Moines Public School students to the 2021-2022 school year. 
As a Welcome Walk volunteer, you will be paired with a Des Moines Public Schools staff member to visit the homes of students at one of our Des Moines schools.
 
 
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BACK 2 SCHOOL BASH


Back 2 School Iowa

August 22, 2021

 
Volunteer with United Way partner Back 2 School Iowa to help inspire and empower young people to reach their full potential at the Back 2 School Bash. The annual event provides backpacks with school supplies and offers attendees free lunch, haircuts, sports clinics, resources, and more.

 

Hands-On OpportunityFamily-Friendly Opportunity

HOMELESSNESS EDUCATION PANEL & DONATION EVENT:
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.

 

Family-Friendly OpportunityVirtual OpportunityCollection-Drive

ADVOCACY LETTER WRITING:
ON-DEMAND VIRTUAL EVENT 

During this one-hour recorded event, Advocacy Officer, Dave Stone, walked through the issues in play during the 2021 legislative session, helped determine your local legislators, and provided guidance for writing your own letter.
 
Family-Friendly OpportunityHands-On OpportunityVirtual

UNITED 55+ (Americorps Seniors)

Always available

UNITED 55+ is a grant-funded partnership with AmeriCorps Seniors Program. The program provides support and guidance to volunteers aged 55+. Benefits include mileage reimbursement and networking opportunities.
 
 
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LITERACY KITS

Always available

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 workday while connecting with their fellow co-workers.
 
Small-Group OpportunityHands-On Opportunity

NOTES OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Always available

Show people in central Iowa how much you care and how much they matter by writing a note of encouragement. We will share your messages with our partner organizations.
 
Family-Friendly Opportunity Virtual Opportunity

LeadershipLink

An online portal that connects individuals in central Iowa seeking leadership roles to nonprofit organizations that have opportunities.
Small-Group Opportunity

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERING

Select one of United Way of Central Iowa's focus areas below to find volunteer opportunities on our Central Iowa Volunteer Hub volunteer portal, which connects you with local nonprofits that need you and your time.
 
Family-Friendly OpportunitySmall-Group OpportunityHands-On Opportunity

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK
next event: April 2022

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice, and resources to meet the critical needs of our community. United Way has created a toolkit for you to recognize your employees.

 

VirtualCollection-Drive

STUFF THE BUS

next event: May 2022

Stuff the Bus is our annual book drive. Together last year we collected nearly 24,000 books. Sign up to help Stuff the Bus and we will provide you with resources and tools to help make it a success.
 
Family-Friendly OpportunityCollection-DriveHands-On Opportunity