Youth & Shelter Services, Inc.


Volunteering at YSS

Holiday Opportunity sign-up here and details below! 

Volunteers are special individuals who give without asking anything in return. Please consider sharing your time and talents to help youth in your community.

Opportunities Include

  • Activity Leaders
  • Outreach Workers
  • Mentors
  • Drivers
  • Arts and Recreation
  • Peer Support
  • Youth Workers
  • Child Care
  • Special Events
  • Internships, Practicums and Service Learning

YSS is happy to assist students at all levels of education with opportunities to learn about the various programs and career opportunities with in the organization.  Internships, Practicums and Service Learning opportunities are available in almost every program.

Please indicate the nature of your volunteer experience on your volunteer application.  A link to the application is provided below. 


Support needed for Holiday 2014!!!! 

Volunteers still needed for Holiday Gift Collection December 2nd through the 12th at the Family Life Center- various shifts throughout the day still need to be filled- to sign up click on the link below. YSS needs lots of volunteers to help out with accepting gifts that are from members of the community are dropping off for  YSS Holiday Giving, thanking these folks, taking pictures and making sure they fill out the appropriate paperwork. The location will be at the Family Life Center 125 S. third Street, Ames.   Please click on this link to sign up for open shifts!


 Volunteers are needed now through 12th of December. Shifts are a minimum of one hour, and volunteers can sign up for multiple days and hours.  Please consider volunteering yourself and encourage family, friends and co-workers to do the same.  

*Also: December 11th Holiday Recognition Luncheon we could use some volunteers to help out with greeting guests, being table hosts, and helping to direct people where to go.  If folks are interested in doing this than please contact Rosa Jennings or email

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities for large and small groups on an ongoing basis or as a day of service can be arranged. 

Community Service
 Some positions can qualify for community service hours. Please ask the Volunteer Coordinator for more information about this program.


How To Apply

Please download and complete the application.

Volunteer Coordinators are located at the Jacobson Youth and Family Center, at 420 Kellogg Avenue in Ames or at the IHYC, Buchanan Center, at 1219 Buchanan Street in Des Moines.

Special Event and Ongoing Opportunities

For a listing of ongoing volunteer opportunities please visit



Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Rosa Jennings, at or

(515) 232-4332 ext. 4451 for questions or more information.


For internship opportunities please contact Public Information Officer, Christine DeCoudreaux, at or (515) 232-4332 ext. 4466.


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