Volunteer Opportunities

Skills-based opportunities

On-going/Skills-based volunteers commit to a minimum of 3 months providing service that capitalizes on their personal talents, core business skills, experience, or education. Opportunities include working alongside children, youth, and young adults in our programs, helping plan and staff events, and more!

Apply to be an on-going volunteer!

Student Volunteers

High school and college students looking to complete required service learning hours serve YSS in a variety of ways. Current opportunities for student volunteers include:
– Kids Club After School Program (K-5th grades) Minimum of 3 month requirement and consistent schedule 
– Teen Club After School Program (6th-8th grades) Minimum of 3 month requirement and consistent schedule 

If you’re looking for an internship, check out our internship page and how to apply!

Apply to be a student volunteer!

Mentoring Program Volunteers

Mentoring is the largest volunteer program at YSS serving 350 youth in the Ames and surrounding areas. School-Based Mentoring is a 40 minute/week commitment throughout the school year serving K-8th grades. Community-Based Mentoring is a 40 minute/week commitment throughout one calendar year serving youth in YSS Residential Addiction Treatment and Rosedale Shelter programs. We currently have 98 children in need of a mentor! Visit our mentoring page to learn more!

Apply to become a mentor!

Annual Event Volunteer Opportunities

Holly Jolly Holiday Party– December 3rd

Holiday Giving Gift Drop Off– December 5th, 6th, and 7th

Shop with a Firefighter: North Grand Walmart or South Duff Walmart – December 9th

Teen Maze April 2020 Be sure to check back for more information and how to volunteer!

Group Volunteers

Groups looking to volunteer at YSS  can get involved in opportunities that range from staffing events like Holiday Giving, Teen Maze, and Reggie’s Sleepout, to large projects (outdoor/indoor facilities) to holding a donation drive. If you choose a donation drive we will talk to you about our most-needed items, and then coordinate a time for you to bring in your collected donations.

Donation drive, donate food, or make a meal

Ames Rosedale Shelter, contact Emily Krapfl
Ames Adolescent Residential Addiction Treatment programs, contact Matthew Voorhees
Des Moines Iowa Homeless Youth Center (IHYC), register here.
Mason City Francis Lauer, contact Brodie Long

Recording Volunteer Hours

The time you give is valuable, to you and to us. Recording the time our volunteers give is important, as this information is regularly reported to our donors, and often required by our grantors.

Download the MyImpact app on your phone to easily clock in/out of your shift. Login and select the opportunity you are volunteering for.

To log your hours manually, go to MyImpactPage, login to your account and enter the time you volunteered with us. For help contact us with questions.