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, Iowa 50010.
ERP BACKYARD MULCHING
The Emergency Residence Project is in the process of revitalizing our back yard area. At this time, we would like a group of volunteers, anywhere from six to 10 people would be ideal, who would move mulch with wheelbarrows throughout the yard and spread it. Mulch delivery will be scheduled once we have a group signed up, so we would like to identify our volunteer group as soon as possible. If any youth are involved, there need to be enough adults present to supervise and assist as this is a physical job. Feel free to contact email@example.com if you have any questions. Thanks.
BELOIT YOUTH MENTOR
LUTHERAN SERVICES AMES IOWA
Youth mentors develop healthy, trusting relationships with a young person, modeling healthy boundaries and reliability. They provide fun outlets at the campus (or off campus, with special permission) to engage youth in positive activities that empower them as they go through treatment and counseling. To learn more, visit the need on the Story County Volunteer website. The Beloit Residential Treatment Center is located at 1323 Northwestern Ave., in Ames.
MARY GREELEY MEDICAL CENTER
The Caring Hands Program uses trained volunteers to provide non-therapeutic hand massage to patients and/or family members at the William r. Bliss Cancer Center. The volunteer will provide an opportunity for patients/family members to receive a voluntary, complimentary, hand massage using gloved hands, with gentle massage. Volunteers will introduce themselves and the service to the patient/family member. This is a weekly shift from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays. You can start volunteering after an interview and other requirements have been completed. This shift is ongoing and requires a minimum six-month commitment.
HELP A WOMAN WITH ALS
ALS ASSOCIATION IOWA CHAPTER
A woman in Ames living with ALS is looking for volunteers to help with cleaning, household chores, laundry, organizing, meal preparation, pet care, grocery shopping, errands, hobbies and visiting for a few hours each week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays. This opportunity is part of our Volunteer Family Assistance Program. Find out more about this program by visiting tinyurl.com/alsafap.
AMES WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S
The Ames Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be from 6 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Ames Middle School. Volunteers will be needed that morning for a variety of tasks including set-up, greeters, registration and tear-down at the end of the event.
EMERGENCY RESIDENCE PROJECT
We have a need for a small- to medium-sized group of volunteers to come in and clean a couple of apartments that have just turned over in our transitional living program so we can move new families in. While there is no set date for the project, we would like to have the apartments cleaned as soon as possible. Duties would include vacuuming, washing windows, cleaning appliances, washing walls, cleaning bathrooms, possibly cleaning carpets - basically any job you would think of when readying a home for a family to move in.
EMERGENCY RESIDENCE PROGRAM
Typically, a group will prepare a meal for anywhere from eight to 12 people. Most volunteers bring in meals already prepared, but occasionally a group will choose to cook the meal here. We are able to work with you individually to choose the option best for your group. Most groups provide their own food ingredients, but if you decide to prepare something here and wish to be creative with whatever you find on hand, you may be able to do that, too, if our food inventory is plentiful enough at the time. Volunteers arrive shortly before dinner time, which is at 5:30 p.m., to drop off the prepared meal. If the group chooses to serve the meal and eat with the shelter guests, they arrive early enough to set up the dining room, serve the meal, then clean up after.
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 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.
Individuals or groups choose a designated area and care for it throughout the season.
OVERFLOW THRIFT STORE
We are looking for friendly faces to receive and sort donations as they come in. In this volunteering opportunity you’ll be the first to see all the stuff we get at the store, sort through items, and get them to various departments for processing and pricing. It requires some training, so we ask those wanting to volunteer longer than one season apply.
RECOVERY AND WELLNESS 5K WALK
COMMUNITY AND FAMILY RESOURCES
Join the voices for recovery during Community & Family Resources’ sixth-annual Recovery & Wellness 5K run/walk on Sept. 15, at Ada Hayden Park in Ames. In addition to the 5K run/walk, there will be a variety of family-friendly activities following the race (including free chair massages, Spin Art, yard games, awards ceremony, healthy snacks, giveaway bags, and behavioral health resources). Volunteer opportunities are available during the 5K as well as during the activities following the race. There are several different types of volunteer jobs and shifts available! (All volunteers will receive an event T-shirt as well)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 on Oct. 6, 2018.
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.
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.
BALLARD CLOTHES PANTRY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE SALVATION ARMY
A volunteer is needed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 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 and 200 pounds at a time; volunteers should be comfortable with this.
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, and volunteer time should be within that frame if possible.
CREATIVE COUNSELING SERVICES
Creative Counseling has two openings on its 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.
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. 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 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.
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 email@example.com.