NOTICE: After approximately 12 p.m. on July 15, 2016, all YSS email domains will change to @yss.org. Please update the contact information you have for our staff accordingly. Thank you!

 
 
Youth & Shelter Services, Inc.

Volunteers

Volunteers make all the difference 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! It’s in large part to the generous contributions of volunteers, we are able to make such a significant impact on the lives of the youth, families and communities we serve.

Our commitment to you is to provide meaningful opportunities that match your interests, skills and availability.

View a full list of current volunteer opportunities.

Training is available each month to volunteers and interns and count toward volunteer hours. 

View the most updated class schedule

 

Logging your volunteer hours

The time you give is valuable, to you and to us. We record and report volunteer time, as this important information is regularly reported to our donors, and often required by our grantors.

Please use our new My Volunteer Page to log in to your account and enter the time you volunteered with us. For help in using this resource, we have created a tutorial to help you learn how to log your hours. 

 

New Volunteers

In order to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being, we require that all individuals who are interested in ongoing volunteer service must participate in an application process. This process may take several weeks and includes the following steps:

  • Create an account on My Volunteer Page
  • Complete an application
  • Participate in volunteer training/orientation (includes background check)
  • Reference check

An interview is required for interns and work study participants.

 

Internships 

All YSS internships are unpaid, however our internships will allow you to bring your classroom knowledge into a professional work setting and broaden your knowledge through hands-on application in a non-profit environment. Students should expect to gain hands on-experience to build portfolio and professional contacts. We offer flexible scheduling and are able to accommodate interns depending on school credit requirements.

All ongoing YSS Volunteers/Interns are required to complete a New Volunteer Orientation Training and background check.

Please submit your application through My Volunteer Page according to the following deadlines:

  • Summer: By March 31
  • Fall: By July 31
  • Spring: By October 31

Internship opportunities are available in the following program areas:

Ames & Surrounding Areas

Des Moines

One intern per program, per semester. All Des Moines interns must complete a final project. Click here for more information about internships in Des Moines.

  • Lighthouse Transitional Living Program 
  • Street Outreach Program
  • Iowa Aftercare Service Network 

 

For more information

Ames & Surrounding Areas

Deanna Wheeler
Volunteer Coordinator
515-233-3141 ext. 4451

 

Des Moines

Taylor McKee
IHYC Volunteer Coordinator
515-883-2379 ext. 8614

 

For copies of volunteer administrative directives and policies, you may access our Dropbox.

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