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. Other opportunities include working alongside children, youth, and young adults in our programs, helping plan and staff events like Reggie’s Sleepout, and more!

If the opportunities listed below are not the best fit for your skills and talents, fill out an on-going/ skills-based application and we will find the right opportunity for you!  

Administrative Services- Finance Department
Ames: Administrative Services- Front Desk Reception and Clerical Support
Mason City: Administrative Services- Front Desk Reception and Clerical Support 
Client Services Support
Communication Support- Grant Writing
Communication Support- Editor and Author of Articles
Community Engagement Support- Donor Database and Development


Student Volunteers

High school and college students looking to complete required service learning hours serve YSS in a variety of ways. Some opportunities for student volunteers include:
– Filing/scanning for finance or the Family Life Center clinic
– Childcare with our littlest participants
– After school programs Kids Club (K-5th grades) or Teen Club (6th-8th grades)
– Events: Holiday Giving, Teen Maze, Reggie’s Sleepout
– Weekly donated goods delivery

Fill out a student volunteer application to let us know what opportunities you’re interested in!

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

Short-term Volunteers

Those looking to volunteer occasionally are highly beneficial to YSS and serve in a variety of ways. Opportunities include: executing Holiday Giving, Teen Maze, and Reggie’s Sleepout, assisting with projects (outdoor/indoor facilities), and delivering ongoing, weekly goods to name a few! While most of these opportunities are on an as-needed basis, we ask to please be flexible.

Fill out a short-term volunteer application to share your interests and we will connect with you!

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. You can find a list of needed items here. If your group is interested in donating food or making a meal, please contact Morghan Carney at mcarney@yss.org or Matthew Voorhees at mvoorhees@yss.org.

Fill out a short-term volunteer application to let us know what your group is interested in!

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.

Apply by filling out a mentor volunteer application and visit our mentoring page to learn more!