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:

Senior Expo 2022: 

The Senior Expo provides an opportunity to connect Story County older adults and families with area agencies that provide services. They are looking for volunteers for a variety of positions: Distribute flyers, Booth check-in, Greeters, Registration table and Lunch setup and cleanup. This event is October 13th 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please call 515-292-8890 if you have questions and if you are interested in volunteering.

Raising Readers:

Raising Readers in Story County is looking for volunteers who are interested in tutoring students and promoting early literacy skills beginning in their fall programming that promotes literacy development of children.   There are a variety of times and location of which to choose.   

Youth & Shelter Services, Story County:

As a mentor, you are a friend, advocate, self-esteem builder and role model to a 5-17 year old student in your community! A mentor is committed to investing one’s time to support and encourage positive youth development of the mentee. Mentor Role Mentors meet with their mentee regularly to model and establish a healthy, trusting relationship through clear communication and setting appropriate boundaries. The mentor’s role is to support their mentee by acknowledging their strengths, talents and gifts and encouraging them to find ways to use them.  There are both in-school opportunities (weekly for 30-60 minutes for a minimum of 9 months), as well as Community-Based (Meet at least 4 hours per month for a minimum of 12 months).

Ames Library:

Volunteers are needed for book donations/sales support. RSVP volunteers are needed to help process withdrawn material and donations for the library. Tasks include sorting, cleaning, and labeling books; boxing/storing inventory; organizing various book sales. Shifts are generally 2 hours a week. They have a variety of shifts available. Ames Library encourages volunteers to work on a consistent basis. For more information on volunteer times and locations within the hospital contact the Ames RSVP office at 515-292-8890 

Salvation Army:

Volunteers are needed in multiple capacities. Clerical support Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays from 9am-12pm to help at the front desk with check distribution. Food pantry support Monday-Friday from 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm sorting bread/eggs, making snack pack for kids, and filling food boxes for distribution. Drivers to deliver food boxes on Thursdays from 12pm-3pm. To learn more or get involved call RSVP at 515-292-8890 

Mary Greeley Hospital:

Volunteers are needed on Fridays at the West Information Desk. Tasks vary from greeting visitors, and patients, directing patients and visitors, and answering questions. At this location the volunteer will monitor Ambulatory Care Services patients being discharged as they wait for the support person to pick them up.  Shifts are typically 2-3 hours. For more information on volunteer times and locations within the hospital contact the Ames RSVP office at 515-292-8890 

Good Neighbors:

Volunteers are needed for Clerical support Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 11am- 2pm. Assist at the reception area, answer phones, assess client needs, and distribute vouchers. A cheerful attitude and ability to respect the confidentiality of all those who visit Good Neighbors is a must.  You can volunteer for one or both days. For more information, please call RSVP at 515-292-8890.

 

Reiman Gardens:

NEW

Spirits in the Gardens community Event:

*Pumpkin Stenciling (October 14-16)--Volunteers needed to stencil designs onto pumpkins

*Pumpkin Carving (October 19-21)--Volunteers needed to carve and gut the pumpkins

*Autumn Planting (October 10-28):  Volunteers needed to help planting tulip, hyacinth, and daffodil bulbs, as well as autumn ground tending.

*Spirits in the Gardens (October 22 and 23)--Volunteers to help with passing out candy at the event.

 

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 10:00-6:00. Perfect for individuals and couples. To learn more contact RSVP at 515-292-8890

Habitat for Humanity:

  Volunteers needed to help provide customer service, help with showroom arrangement, cleaning and organizing.  Donation assistants are needed to help sort and prep the donations. Store hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays  9am – 3pm, Thursdays 10am – 6pm. Shifts are preferred to be 4 hours. For more information, please call RSVP at 515-292-8890.

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

Overflow Thrift Store:

Volunteers needed in the North and South stores to help sort, clean, and stock donated merchandise.  Shifts are Monday-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. 

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.