AMES OFFICE

110 Crystal Street 

 Ames, IA  50010

515-292-8890

515-292-9202 (fax#)

STORY CITY OFFICE

503 Elm Avenue 

Story City, Iowa 50248
515-733-4917
515-733-4448 (fax #)

STORY COUNTY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

RSVP--Ames:

CALL (515) 292-8890 TO VOLUNTEER OR GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT

 

THESE VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENTS.   

NEW

Reiman Gardens:

NEW-- Winter Wonderscape Holiday Light Show: Reiman Gardens is currently recruiting volunteers with holiday cheer for our second annual holiday light show, Winter Wonderscape! Volunteers assist horticulture staff with setting up the show and with staffing during the event. Show installation begins around the last week of October and continues into November. Staffing for the light show is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings starting December 2 through January 1. Show setup and event staffing take place outdoors. Volunteers receive two complimentary tickets to the light show each time they volunteer! Call RSVP at 515-292-8890 for more information.

Butterfly Wing Docents:  Volunteer among the butterflies! Volunteers are needed to help with monitoring the space to ensure that USDA regulations are followed and the butterflies are contained within the exhibit. These volunteers, also known as Butterfly Wing Docents, interact directly with the public answering questions about the butterflies and plants in the exhibit. All new Butterfly Wing Docents are required to attend one training session. Prefer 2-hour commitments with both weekday and weekend opportunities available between 9:00-4:30. Perfect for individuals and couples. To learn more contact RSVP at 515-292-8890

Ames Public Library:

Project Smyles Outreach Program:  This is a program involving Ames area daycares/preschoolsfocusing on early literacy skills. Volunteers will assist Youth Services staff by selecting materials based off of pre-planned, early literacy guidelines.  No special experience is needed but an interest in children’s literature or a familiarity with our children’s book collections would be helpful. Selected books will be temporarily deposited at each center and remain there for a month at a time. Volunteer time is flexible. Contact RSVP at

515-292-8890 to get involved.

NEW Library Bags: Looking for a good opportunity to sit and chat with a friend while also doing service? Ames Public Library is looking for a couple volunteers who would be interested in folding donated grocery bags to fit into dispensers for library customers to use. Folding can be done at the library or at home (bags provided). Volunteer time is flexible to your schedule! Call RSVP for more information 515-292-8890

Habitat for Humanity:

  The Ames store is looking for volunteers to help Tuesday-Saturday between the hours of 10 AM - 4 PM.  Any amount of time put in would be appreciated.

 Please contact RSVP at 515-292-8890 for more information.

Suncrest Home Health and Hospice:

Letter Writers:  Here’s an opportunity to make a difference by writing letters to hospice patients during this time of isolation. Suncrest Home Health and Hospice in West Des Moines is currently looking for people to write letters or send cards to patients. So many are feeling lonely and need something to look forward to.  Contact RSVP at 515-292-8890 for more information.

Hospice Pet Visits: If you have a dog with a friendly demeanor and up to date vet records Suncrest would enjoy having you bring them to visit patients. Dogs do not need any certifications, just be well-mannered and always remain on a leash. Call RSVP for more information at 515-292-8890

Fidget Blankets: Suncrest is looking for volunteers to make fidget blankets to help Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients who become agitated, refocus on something else. Blankets should be lap size and have 5-7 eye catching activities (zippers, pockets, velcro, ribbon, etc). No small objects that could be choked on please!

Call RSVP to get involved with this opportunity 515-292-8890

Food at First:

Want to support a local food bank working hard to keep Story County families fed? RSVP assists with two of the many shifts available each month. We are currently seeking volunteers for the second Monday to prepare and serve food from 3:00-5:00 PM and again on the fourth Thursday to repackage food and staff stations at the market place from 3:00-6:00pm. If you are interested in helping with these shifts,

call RSVP at 515-292-8890.

Overflow Thrift Store:

Volunteers needed in the North and South stores.  Shifts are Tuesday-Friday 10-6 PM and Saturday 10-4 PM. Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of a two-hour shift of during those time frames. The biggest need at both stores is register help, but other opportunities include: Bin Pricing/Stocking, Electronics testing, Electronics Pricing, Clothing Sorting, Clothing Hanging, Clothing Stocking, Toys processing, Shoe processing, Special Price processing and Donation sorting. 

For more information, please call RSVP at 515-292-8890.

RSVP Volunteer Driver Transportation Program:

You can make a difference in the lives of Story County residents by joining a pool of volunteers willing to provide occasional rides to individuals for essential services such as medical, dental, and vision appointments. Volunteers use their own vehicles. Drivers in the Nevada area are especially needed. Please call RSVP at 515-292-8890 for more information.

Salvation Army:

Food Pantry & Doing the Most Good Market: Shifts are available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00- noon and Monday- Friday from 12:30-3:30pm. Volunteers need to be able to walk and stand for long periods of time (we can provide chairs for breaks), lift up to 20lbs and once the process is learned, be self-directed. Contact RSVP to get involved with this opportunity at 515-292-8890.

NEW Money Counter: Volunteers needed to help count money coming in from donations. Shifts are every week Monday and Wednesday-Friday starting at 9am. Depending on the need it can take any where from 30 minutes to a couple hours. Call RSVP for more information and to get involved 515-292-8890