The Volunteer Center of Story County connects people of all ages with volunteer opportunities, promotes volunteering and recognizes volunteers. For additional information, to volunteer, or to list volunteer needs visit www.vcstory.org, call (515) 268-5323, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 110 Crystal St, Ames, IA 50010.
PHOTO INVENTORY VOLUNTEER
AMES HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Ames Historical Society is looking for volunteers to help us with a large inventory of our photograph collections. Volunteers will assist the Collections Manager in inventory, organizing, and light paperwork. Volunteers will be fully trained on proper museum handling and procedures. Volunteers can work on this project anytime from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
AMES CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU
Be part of welcoming guests to the community in our very own ISU/Ames Visitor Information Booth. Serve as a CYtes Ambassador; answering questions, issuing visitor parking passes, and pointing people in the right direction. Shifts are from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The ideal candidate would have a strong understanding of ISU campus facilities and the Ames community as a whole.
SPRING WORK DAY
THRESHOLD LEARNING CENTER
Every spring, there are many things we need to get ready for our busy summer. On Saturday, April 21, help us clean the ditches and creek, clear trails, prep the putt-putt course, care for our gardens, clean the barn, and more — there is plenty to do for any age, skill level and interest. Lunch will be available for our helpers. Our annual Earth Day Celebration is a free event for families. We always need extra hands for setting up, clean up and running stations such as crafts, hikes, games, planting trees, tie dye and more.
EARTH DAY PLANTING
MUSTARD SEED COMMUNITY FARM
The Mustard Seed Community Farm will plant broccoli, cabbage, beets and other cool temperature vegetables and could use your help on Saturday, April 21. Two shift will are available with one in the morning and one in the afternoon. A potluck lunch will be from noon to 1 p.m. if you would like to stay.
YCWA AMES-ISU BOARD MEMBERS
The YWCA Ames-ISU is recruiting board members for the 2018-19 academic year. Board meetings are once per month September to April. The Y’s mission is to eliminate racism, empower women and girls, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Please go to our website at www.ycwaames.org for details on YWCA programming.
STORY COUNTY READS
Serve healthy meals to youth. We are seeking volunteers to help with meal service and clean-up during out summer enrichment program, “Little Cyclone Camp” held at Meeker Elementary School and Collins Elementary School. Training is offered on-site. This opportunity is perfect for service clubs, groups, and individuals who are looking to support our program, which is part of the education initiative called “Story County Reads.”
Volunteers will assist with activities and instruction with a class of students, working alongside and supervised by the lead classroom teacher. Volunteers should be comfortable interacting with young children and with a certain amount of flexibility in the daily schedule. Volunteers are encouraged to service on a regular basis to foster building strong relationships with the young students (i.e. one day a week, two times a week, or the full week (Monday through Thursday). Volunteers are needed from kindergarten fourth grade from June 4-19.
FOOD PANTRY ASSISTANT
Help assist customers, stock and refill items and provide general assistance with our Food Pantry. Hours are from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Background check is required.
Volunteers will assist with activities and instruction with a class of students, working alongside and supervised by the lead classroom teacher. Each day, staff members will review the schedule prior to the start of the day. Volunteers should be comfortable interacting with young children and a certain amount of flexibility in the daily schedule. Volunteers are encourage to serve on a regular basis, to foster building strong relationships with the young students. Locations include Little Cyclone Camp at Edwards Elementary School and Food For Thought at Nevada Central Elementary School with availability in grade kindergarten through eighth from June 11 to July 27.
SUMMER READING BUDDIES
RAISING READERS IN STORY COUNTY
Raising Readers in Story County coordinates a free six-week summer tutoring program to promote literacy skills for children finishing kindergarten through 3rd grade who need a little extra help over the summer to maintain skills. Every child signed up will be paired with a trained reading tutor and will meet twice per week for 45-minute sessions. Volunteers can submit an application by May 25 to volunteer and background checks will be conducted.
KHOI is looking for someone with quality writing skills to help us with creating monthly newsletters. Our newsletters get sent out to those who subscribe online and during the fund drive. We use MailChimp to format the newsletter. Newsletters should be sent out once a month.
GIRL SCOUTS OF GREATER IOWA
All it takes is the determination of one individual to step up and make a difference in girls’ lives with the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. As a volunteer, you’ll introduce girls to new experience that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined. They’ll each find their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker Leader) after all.
MARY GREELEY MEDICAL CENTER
This volunteer is the first person to greet many patients and visitors to the medical center and requires very good customer service. Volunteers direct visitors to patient rooms and other areas of the medical center and answer a multitude of questions. Main contact is with patients and visitors. Volunteers are needed in the West Wing and ICCU.
THE SALVATION ARMY
A volunteer is needed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to pick up food from Kum & Go on Lincoln Way and South Dakota Avenue and deliver it to Ames High School. Must be done by 1 p.m., preferably in the morning. The food is delivered in totes and weigh between 100 to 200 pounds at a time; volunteers should be comfortable with this.
RESOURCE GUIDE RECORDER
STORY COUNTY HUMAN SERVICES COUNCIL
The Story County Human Services Council keeps up a resource guide of information about contacting and services available to residents in Story County. A volunteer is needed to assist with keeping information up to date and maintain it on the website. Interested candidates should be familiar with using online documents and Wordpress websites. This is a remote position with support provided by Human Services Council members. All training will be provided.
AMES WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S PLANNING COMMITTEE
Lend your talents to organize the Alzheimer’s Association signature event. The Walk Planning Committee meets once a month from March until the walk event. Planning Committee members get the opportunity to work on event planning, sponsorship, fundraising, recruitment, marketing and more. The walk event will be Oct. 6.
As one can imagine our buses get used a lot and we often do not have the time or staff to do deep inside cleaning on a regular basis. We would greatly appreciate having a group of volunteers who don’t mind working inside our buses giving them a good cleaning, from ceiling to seats to floors.
STORY CITY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
We are looking for volunteers to help digitally scan our photographs and 35mm slide collectors. Easy to use scanning equipment is available at our museum and volunteers will be trained on how to properly use the equipment. We are open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Volunteer time should be within that frame if possible.
POLK COUNTY SUPPLEMENTAL FOODS
We are in need of a volunteer to deliver commodities to homebound seniors in Ames, Huxley and Cambridge. You will need to pass a criminal background check, adult/child registry check and driving record check. Our program is a once-a-month delivery and you will be reimbursed for mileage.
LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES IN IOWA
People Place offer 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. We are seeking volunteers who are available from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
FUNDRAISER RUN ORGANIZER- EVENT MANAGEMENT
IOWA ABLE FOUNDATION
The Iowa Able Foundation’s largest fundraiser is the “Iowa Able Run” which is held in June at Ada Hayden Heritage Park in Ames. This internship opportunity will be focused around planning this event and all aspects involved. Job duties include event coordination, partnership with sponsors and donors, marketing, and volunteer correspondence. All college levels are welcome to apply, but juniors and seniors majoring in sports management, business administration, event management or related field are encouraged to apply.
VOLUNTEER CENTER OF STORY COUNTY
Join our team and have a “hand” in carrying out the Days of Services, special events, and project offered by the VCSC. Team members will provide leadership, logistical support, and ideas. Specific responsibilities include: securing funding and donations, volunteer recruitment, event promotion, and providing leadership/ support the day of event. Monthly meetings will be at 4:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF CENTRAL IOWA
The Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa store is growing, and we need your help. Donations assistants are needed to help sort donations, repair gently used items and go to homes to receive/ deliver donations to customers. Heavy lifting is required.
ON CALL DISASTER SUPPORT
AMERICAN RED CROSS, IOWA REGION
Provide on-call support to American Red Cross disaster respondents in the field. Open client cases using Client Assistance Software (CAS), load client assistance cards and provide technical assistance to in-field respondents. This volunteer position requires some online training be completed before volunteer placement. This is a virtual position that can be done from anywhere in the state of Iowa.
PILLOWCASE PROJECT PRESENTER
AMERICAN RED CROSS, IOWA REGION
The pillowcase project is a free interactive preparedness program designed for youth ages 8 to 11. The program aims to increase awareness and understanding of natural hazards, teach safety and emotional coping skills, as well as importance of preparedness. Students learn the best ways to stay safe during disasters and how to create their own emergency supply kits using a pillowcase. Pillowcase Project presenters will receive training prior to placement.
CREATIVE COUNSELING SERVICES
Creative Counseling has two openings on our board of directors. Our boards meets a minimum of quarterly and meetings are generally from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. We are looking for individuals who are looking to make a difference in our community. We provide substance abuse and mental health services in Story County. We are a nonprofit agency, and 70 percent of our clients utilize Medicaid.
BALLARD CLOTHES PAINT
Help sort clothes and get the pantry organized. To arrange a time to volunteer or to learn more about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Jeriann McLaughlin at email@example.com.
OVERFLOW THRIFT STORE
We are looking for mature, trustworthy, friendly volunteers to operate our registers during business hours. Volunteers will be trained on how to use the Square system. Volunteers should enjoy working with people, be able to work relatively quickly, and be unashamed to ask for help from a manager if a question arise that needs additional support.
STORY COUNTY LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE
STORY COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
The Story County LEPC is in need of a volunteer to assist the LEPC with improving their ability to plan for emergencies. The volunteer will contact businesses in Story County that work with hazardous chemicals to verify emergency contact information and to encourage participation in the LEPC organization. This is a volunteer position. Hours are flexible but would need to be during office business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS
MID IOWA COMMUNITY ACTION, FAMILY DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Mid Iowa Community Action is seeking volunteers to help in its food pantry in Ames from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday on an ongoing basis depending on volunteer availability. Volunteers will greet and assist families coming into the Family Development Center, help stock food pantry shelves and maintain the pantry and work closely with the front office staff. Volunteers under the age of 18 must volunteer with an adult. Flexible shifts are available each day the pantry is open.
TEAMMATES MENTORING – NEVADA CHAPTER
Tom and Nancy Osborne founded TeamMates in 1991 in an effort to provide support and encouragement to school-aged youth. The goal of the program is to see youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. To reach this goal, youth met once a week, at the Nevada Middle School, with a caring adult who serves as a mentor. Mentors give youth a sense of hope, purpose and vision.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY CHILDCARE
If you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer in the community join the University Community Childcare Board of Directors. The private, board of directors governs non-profit corporation, University Community Childcare with membership consisting of parents with children attending the center, the program advisor from the Iowa State University Department of Residence and members of the community at-large. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOG FOSTER PARENT
TAYSIA BLUE RESCUE
Fostering is the core to our rescue. Each pup that enters rescue is placed in an appropriate foster home. While in foster the rescue pays for all medical and food costs. All you need to do is provide your time and tender loving care. With every foster home we can save many more husky and malamute lives. Fostering is an amazingly rewarding volunteer opportunity.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF CENTRAL IOWA
The Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa Store is growing and we need your help. Volunteers are needed to assist customers, help with showroom arrangement, and cleaning. Shifts are available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with the hopes of being open extended hours soon. Please call us at (515) 232-2335 or email at email@example.com.
GUARDIAN OR CONSERVATOR
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. For more information please contact volunteer coordinator Mackenize Bartusek at (515) 725-2743 or firstname.lastname@example.org