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 e-mail volunteer@vcstory.org or visit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 110 Crystal St, Ames, IA 50010.


STREET OUTREACH TEAM


EMERGENCY RESIDENCE PROJECT


Early morning hours on a twice-monthly basis. Year around, outdoors. Volunteers will accompany an experienced core team into the outlying areas of the community. This team will identify and supply resources to individuals experiencing homelessness who may not have contact with mainstream agencies on a regular basis. This position is ideal for veterans, individuals who have experienced homelessness in the past, community members, and some college students. Required training is provided. Volunteers must exhibit a non-judgmental and empowering attitude, ensure confidentiality, and provide a welcoming environment to all participants. Effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills are a must.


LIFELINE INSTALLATION


MARY GREELEY MEDICAL CENTER


This volunteer job involves installing LifeLine equipment, an at-home device that helps allow independence and people to stay in their homes. LifeLine is an emergency medical alert system that if need be will notify emergency services and follow up with listed emergency contacts. Volunteers assist by helping to install the equipment in homes and explain how each device works.


AMES RAGBRAI


AMES CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU


A Storm is Brewing. RAGBRAI is rolling into Ames July 24-25. An estimated 500 volunteers are needed to welcome the riders and host the scheduled events and activities during their stay. Opportunities include route guides, campground supervisors, entertainment support, information keepers.


STOCKING SHELVES


OVERFLOW THRIFT STORE


We are looking for a couple weekly volunteers who will be trained to help stock our shelves with donations ready for sale. This person needs to be able to pay attention to detail and have a eye for making displays look neat and attractive. We schedule in increments of two hours (unless you want more).


PLAYING IN THE GARDENS


IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY REIMAN GARDENS


Play at Reiman Gardens this summer. Reiman Gardens is looking for several friendly and energetic volunteers to help with various children’s education programs and workshops during the summer months. Volunteers will assist with setup and cleanup, deliver information and/or instruct various activities, including arts and crafts, storytelling, and other hands-on activities. Programs may include Plant Pals, Kids’ Story Time, Water Days and Homeschool Days. Other opportunities may be available throughout the season.


ZOMBIES NEEDED


STORY COUNTY CONSERVATION


We are looking for folks who want to get dressed up like zombies and stagger/crawl/run/jump around McFarland Park on Tuesday, July 10, at McFarland Park (56461 180th St., Ames). Sounds fun, right? Kids participating in the camp will work to identify what species of zombie you are (the zombie species are related to nature and kids will use a “die”chotomous key to figure out what species of zombie you are), learn skills to survive in the wild like tracking and snare building, prepare antidotes to cure the zombies, etc. Volunteers who help with this camp need to be very animated, energetic and willing to be silly. This camp is not meant to scare.


WARM VEGGIE PLANTING


MUSTARD SEED COMMUNITY FARM


We will be planting tomatoes, peppers and eggplants from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19.


ARTIFACT PHOTOGRAPHER


AMES HISTORICAL SOCIETY


The Ames Historical Society is in search of someone to photograph our artifact collections. Volunteer opportunities are available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Volunteers will be trained on proper museum handling and procedures.


K-9 READING BUDDIES


RAISING READERS IN STORY COUNTY


Children living at Eastwood Apartments (450 E. Seventh St., Ames) would like to practice their reading skills by reading to therapy/comfort dogs. Reading Avenue meets in the Community Room from 3 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday.


SUMMER LEARNING


STORY COUNTY READS


Literacy is the foundation of education and self-sufficiency later in life. Research shows that youth who do not read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Opportunities are available on either a weekly or occasional basis to fit your schedule. Opportunities for individuals or groups include classroom assistants, activity assistants, mentors (Ames only), reading partners, meal servers, conversation partners. Locations include Nevada, Collins, Ames and Huxley.


BOARD MEMBERS


YWCA AMES-ISU


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.ywcaames.org for details on YWCA programming.


CYtes AMBASSADORS


AMES CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU


Join the Bureau in providing excellent registration check-in assistance for a variety of events at Ames and ISU campus facilities. Duties include: checking in guests, handing out nametags and materials, providing directions and giving information in a friendly manner. A majority of shifts take place between 7 a.m. to noon, typically in two- to four-hour increments. There are occasional afternoon, night and weekend shifts. This is an on call as needed position and requests are typically no less than two weeks out. Ideal for those who like flexibility in their hours but are quick to sign up when given the chance.


ARBORETUM ASSISTANTS


IOWA ARBORETUM


There are opportunities available in many different areas including: horticulture, adopt-a-garden, mowing, gift shop, special events and weddings and maintenance.


VC HANDS


VOLUNTEER CENTER OF STORY COUNTY


This team of volunteers works to plan, prepare and pull of the VCSC Days of Service, special events and customized service projects. The team meets from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the VCSC Office, 110 Crystal St., Ames. The group will be planning the 2018-19 schedule over the next few months.


CO-LEADERS


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 experiences 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.


NEWSLETTER WRITER


KHOI FM HEART OF IOWA COMMUNITY RADIO


KHOI is looking for someone with quality writing skills to help us with creating monthly newsletters. Our newsletters get sent out only to those who subscribe online or during the fund drive. We use Mail Chimp to format the newsletter. Newsletters should be sent out once a month. Quality writing skills are a must. Please provide three short writing examples of any variety.


YOUTH PROGRAM PRESENTER


ISU EXTENSION & OUTREACH — STORY COUNTY


Story County ISU Extension & Outreach offers pre-kindergarten through 12th grade youth programs throughout Story County. The opportunity for staff and volunteers to co-present is welcome for current or future programs. Opportunities can be further identified by volunteer interest and availability. Youth programs require a minimum of two adults that have successfully completed the ISU Extension & Outreach background check. Training available. ISU Extension & Outreach program resources available to develop programs in partnership with volunteers.


FOOD DELIVERY


THE SALVATION ARMY — STORY COUNTY


A volunteer is needed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to pick up food from the Kum & Go at Lincoln Way an South Dakota Avenue and take it to the Ames High School. Preferably in the morning, but to be done before 1 p.m. The food is delivered in totes and weighs between 100 to 200 pounds at a time, so volunteers should be comfortable lifting up to 50 pounds.


BUS CLEANING


HIRTA (HEART OF IOWA REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY)


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.


FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS


MID-IOWA COMMUNITY ACTION


Mid Iowa Community Action is seeking volunteers to help in its food pantry in Ames, for flexible shifts between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and 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. MICA will conduct a background with all potential volunteers.


DOG FOSTER PARENTS


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.


KIT MAKERS


DAYS FOR GIRLS


Volunteers are welcome to join this group to cut, sew and assemble hygiene kits to be sent all over the world to help young girls and women meet basic hygiene needs and be able to stay in school and at work. The group meets the second Tuesday or fourth Thursday of each month at St. Cecilia Church in the St. Mother Teresa Room (formerly the Sun Room).


CUSTOMER SERVICE


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF CENTRAL IOWA


Customer service in the store, deliveries and pickups of donated items, prepping donated items to sell, etc. Our store hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.


HARVESTORS


MUSTARD SEED COMMUNITY FARM


Volunteers are needed to help harvest at Mustard Seed Community Farm. Looking for committed individuals interested in working on the farm from 7 to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays from early May through harvest (late October to early November). Volunteers will be eligible to receive a CSA box of vegetables and herbs with service.


ALZHEIMER’S ADVOCATES


ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION


Eliminating Alzheimer’s disease is our priority. Most people, including many of our elected leaders, are unaware of the growing Alzheimer’s epidemic. It is our job to educate and urge them to advance positive public policies that are essential to address the needs of those diagnosed in Iowa. Advocate volunteers can help the fight against Alzheimer’s in many ways: writing letters, sending tweets, emailing state and federal legislators, attending events and more. Come lend your voice.