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-- Planting spring-blooming bulbs: Every October, Reiman Gardens plants thousands of spring-blooming bulbs throughout the gardens. Tulips and daffodils and hyacinths, oh my! A gardening or horticulture background or prior experience is not required to participate. Bulb planting is scheduled for October 12-15, 18, 20, and 21, morning and afternoon times available. Call RSVP at 515-292-8890 for more information.

NEW-- Stenciling, gutting, and carving pumpkins: Reiman Gardens is gearing up for our annual pumpkin stenciling and carving event this October. Every year, hundreds of jack o' lanterns are featured throughout the Gardens during our annual Spirits in the Gardens community event. Pumpkin stenciling is scheduled for October 8-10; pumpkin gutting (to get them ready for carving) is October 13 and 14; and pumpkin carving is October 13-15. Call RSVP at 515-292-8890 for more information.

NEW-- Spirits in the Gardens: Our popular fall celebration is back with even more spooky fun! Volunteers are needed during the event to distribute treats to event attendees. Volunteers will be stationed at our new Candy Factory on the Events Plaza all evening to share treats and non-candy items from our whimsical candy slides. Volunteers are needed the evenings of October 16 and 17. All volunteers are encouraged to dress in black or family-friendly costumes. Call RSVP at 515-292-8890 for more information.

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:

 

Home Delivery Program: Looking for one or two volunteers who will help deliver library materials to customers who are unable to make it to the main library. You could cover both or one of the following shifts: Third Monday of each month and/or the fourth Monday of each month.  A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle are required. Contact RSVP at 515-292-8890 to get involved.

 

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.

RSVP/Heartland Senior Services Grocery Delivery Service:

Delivery Volunteer:  Volunteers will be needed to assist elderly/homebound/disabled Story County residents with grocery delivery. Orders are placed by clients and drivers will pick up orders from one of several grocery stores in the county, then deliver to the door or just inside the door of client homes.  Volunteers use their own vehicles but may be reimbursed for mileage.  Volunteers must have a working cell phone and be willing to have a background check conducted.

Personal Shopper Volunteer (for clients who do not have access to a computer/device and internet):   Volunteers will be matched up with grocery delivery client(s) and provide technical assistance in getting an online account set up and/or assist the client in placing online grocery orders (this could possibly be done with the client over the phone).  Volunteers must have a computer, device, or smart phone with internet access

and willing to have a background check conducted.

 

Thrift Store:

The thrift store in Story City (Affordables) is seeking volunteers to help with working at the register, helping the customers, pricing items, staging floor displays etc… Shifts are Friday mornings from 10am-1pm and Saturdays from

either 9am-noon or noon-3pm.

If you are interested in this opportunity call the

RSVP office at 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:

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:

Volunteers needed for the Food Pantry & Doing the Most Good Market from 12:30 to 3:30. The Pantry is open Monday-Friday.  You can choose one day or multiple days to volunteer.   Your role is to prepackage the food for our guests.  This will mean bending, lifting and walking to accomplish this role.  When/if there is a lull, you can help in other areas like stocking shelves, cleaning up the spaces, etc. 

Contact RSVP at 515-292-8890 for more information on this volunteer opportunity.