VOLUNTEERING, INTERNING AND SERVICE LEARNING AT YOUTH AND SHELTER SERVICES
Volunteers, service learners and interns are special individuals who give without asking anything in return. Please consider sharing your time and talents to help youth in your community.
How To Apply
- Please click here to download the application. Once you have completed the application please e-mail to Rosa Jennings, Volunteer Coordinator, email@example.com or fax to: 515-233-2440.
- All volunteers/interns must attend a volunteer orientation. To sign up for a volunteer orientation please click here.
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.
Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Rosa Jennings, at RJennings@yss.ames.ia.us or
(515) 232-4332 ext. 4451 for questions/ information on volunteering/ internships in the Ames Area.
For Des Moines volunteer opportunities, please contact Emma Christianson, IHYC Development Coordinator, at EChristianson@yss.ames.ia.us
Please click here to check out our Time and Talent Newsletter which includes spotlights of our current volunteers, information about organizations we are partnered with, volunteer opportunities, and other informative information.
ONE TIME VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
(Ames and Surrounding Areas)
HOLIDAY GIFT COLLECTION AND ORGANIZING DECEMBER 7 TO 11, 2015 IN AMES
Each year Youth & Shelter Services' Holiday Giving Program provides gifts to around 300 deserving families that are in need. Volunteers are needed at the Family Life Center, 125 S. Third Street, to accept and organize these gifts. Volunteers are needed December 7th through the 11th. Shifts are from:
- 8:15- 10:05 a.m.
- 10:00-12:05 p.m.
- 12:00-2:05 p.m.
- 2:00-4:05 p.m.
- 4:00- 5:45 p.m.
This opportunity does require some light to moderate lifting of the gifts. If you would like to volunteer for this opportunity please click on this link to sign up: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0F4FA8AF23ABFE3-holiday2. For questions please contact Rosa Jennings, YSS Volunteer Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
SHOP WITH A FIREFIGHTER GIFT WRAPPING DECEMBER 8th
Youth and Shelter Services will hold their annual Shop with a Firefighter event on December 8th from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at The North Grand Wal-Mart located on 3015 Grand Ave and the Wal-Mart Supercenter on 534 S Duff Ave in Ames. During the Shop with a Firefighter event Ames Firefighters will take children who Youth and Shelter Services provides services to shopping for a present for one of their family members. Volunteers are needed to help wrap the presents that youth purchase for their family. Upon arrival at Wal-Mart volunteers should go to the Customer Service Counter to find out where they will be wrapping gifts. Please contact Rosa Jennings, Youth and Shelter Services Volunteer Coordinator if you have any questions. 515-233-3141 email@example.com
To sign up to volunteer for this opportunity, please click on this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4fa8af23abfe3-shop.
ONGOING VOLUNTEER, INTERNSHIP AND SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
YSS offers multiple unpaid internships each semester. Individuals can do an internship for university credit or to gain more experience. For more information regarding our internships, click on each program title for more complete descriptions and details. WE STILL HAVE SPRING 2016 INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE WITH AMP, RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT, PUBLIC RELATIONS, KIDS CLUB, COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND ROSEDALE, Apply today! Internships can be done with the following programs/departments:
Residential Treatment Facilities- working with youth who are recovering from drug and alcohol addictions
Transitional Living Program- helping youth age 16 to 25, who would otherwise be homeless, learn how to successfully live on their own.
Rosedale Shelter- helping runaway, emergency placement and adjudicated youth.
AMP - Working with foster care and adopted youth to help them build skills and empower them.
YSS welcomes students who are looking to complete their service learning volunteer hours with us. At this time we only have two volunteer opportunities available for service learners with our Kids Club and Teen Club Program. Both opportunities require that you have your own car or can borrow a car, because the program locations are outside of Ames, where Cyride does not go. These opportunities also require that you be available to volunteer on the weekdays.
Kids Club- locations in Slater, Boone, Gilbert, Ogden and Story City. Can volunteer Monday through Friday starting around 3 p.m. to around 6 p.m. No weekend volunteer opportunities. Must have transportation to get to program site, other than Cyride. Kids Club after school programs provide a fun and engaging environment for children who are in K-5th grade. Volunteers, assistant with a variety of activities including playing with the children on site, and preparing snack. Volunteers are encouraged to gain leadership skills by leading activities, games and songs if they feel comfortable. In addition, volunteers are encouraged to share their own hobbies and interests with the kids.
Teen Club- locations at Ballard Middle School in Huxley and Collins-Maxwell Middle/High School in Maxwell. Volunteers will spend time with middle school aged teens in an after school setting, doing recreational activities, helping with homework and doing other activities that are planned by Teen Club staff like arts and crafts, cooking and board games. We are also very open to having volunteers and groups share their talents and expertise with our teens. Individuals or groups can volunteer Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 3 to 5 and Weds 1:30 to 5:00. No Friday or weekend availability. Volunteers must have transportation other than CyRide.
CHILLY CHILI CHALLENGE VOLUNTEERS
Do you love to working with people? Are you looking for an exciting volunteer position that will support a great cause? Youth & Shelter Services’ GRIP Mentoring Program is seeking volunteers to fill leadership positions on the 2016 Chilly Chili Challenge committee. Last year’s Chilly Chili Challenge raised nearly $13,000 and hosted 150 guests. Responsibilities of volunteering may include, event planning, soliciting sponsorships from local businesses, recruiting “celebrity chefs” for the chili cook-off, contacting dessert donors, event marketing, soliciting organizations for kid’s activities, attending regular committee meetings, and assisting the day of the event. We are looking for individuals who are interested in growing their marketing and fundraising skills, and will be able to commit to taking a leadership role from September 2015 through the event date in February 2016. The ideal volunteer would be willing to work directly with YSS staff, community leaders, and business owners to make the 2016 Chili Chilly Challenge a success. *ISU students: volunteer hours for this position may be eligible for qualifying service learning credit.
CHILD CARE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers are needed to help provide child care to children while their parents attend educational classes. Most of the children are age 0 to 5. Volunteers should have experience caring for young children and have the ability to work effectively with other caregivers. Volunteers are needed the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 4:45 to 6:00 p.m. at St. John's By the Campus Episcopal Church. In addition volunteers are needed on varying weekday evenings, mostly Tuesday and Thursday nights, to provide childcare from around 3:45 to 6:00 p.m. at 125 S. Third Street in Ames.
KIDS CLUB VOLUNTEER
Kids Club after school programs provide a fun and engaging environment for children who are in K-5th grade. Kids Club is located in Slater, Boone, Gilbert, Ogden and Story City, M-F starting when kids get out of school until 6:00 p.m. Volunteers, assistant with a variety of activities including playing with the children on site, and preparing snack. Volunteers are encouraged to gain leadership skills by leading activities, games and songs if they feel comfortable. In addition, volunteers are encouraged to share their own hobbies and interests with the kids. Must have transportation other than Cyride.
TEEN CLUB VOLUNTEER
Teen Club locations at Ballard Middle School in Huxley and Collins-Maxwell Middle/High School in Maxwell. Volunteers will spend time with middle school aged teens in an after school setting, doing recreational activities, helping with homework and doing other activities that are planned by Teen Club staff like arts and crafts, cooking and board games. We are also very open to having volunteers and groups share their talents and expertise with our teens. Individuals or groups can volunteer Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 3 to 5 and Weds 1:30 to 5:00. No Friday or weekend availability. Volunteers must have transportation other than CyRide.
RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT VOLUNTEER
Residential Treatment volunteers get to spend time with our youth who are actively recovering from drug and alcohol addictions in our residential treatment facilities. Volunteers are able to assist residential program staff in the supervision of clients by being a part of group and wellness activities. We ask that volunteers work alongside the staff, being a resource for clients and providing a positive role model of healthy relationships while working in the residential facility. Duties may include being involved in recreational activities with clients, supervising structured treatment work time in the facility, and co-facilitating skill groups with program staff.
SORTING DONATIONS VOLUNTEER
Volunteers are needed to help sort and organize items that are being donated to YSS. Highest need for volunteers are on Tuesdays and Weds from 9:00 to 3:00 p.m. Volunteers can choose to help out with this need for one day for a couple of hours, or on an ongoing basis for a couple hours per week.
FLOWER BEDS AND GROUNDS MAITNANCE VOLUNTEER
Youth and Shelter Services (YSS) is in need of a couple of volunteers to help with general maintenance of our flower beds in Ames and Nevada. Volunteers are needed to help with weeding and upkeep of our flower beds. Very little new planting would be done. All tools, materials and supplies would be provided by Youth and Shelter Services. Volunteers would be trained and guided by our Building and Grounds Manager. All volunteers must complete a background check. This is a great way to get outdoors, and help YSS keep our grounds beautiful for our clients and the Ames community!
ROSEDALE MEAL DONATION
Individuals and groups are encouraged to purchase all items required for a meal to feed 16 hungry teenagers at our Rosedale Youth Shelter. Individuals/groups are then asked to prepare the meal at their own location and then deliver the meal by 6 p.m. to Rosedale which is located at 703 Burnett Avenue in Ames. Individuals/volunteers can select the day they would like to prepare and donate a meal.
GRIP (Great Relationships In Pairs) Mentoring Program is actively recruiting volunteers from the Ames and Nevada communities to serve as mentors for youth, ages K-8th grade, in the public schools. GRIP promotes student achievement and well-being through one-to-one mentoring relationships. Mentors meet with their mentees for one hour per week. WE ARE IN HIGH NEED OF MALE MENTORS AT THIS TIME!
For more information and to get started please contact Rosa Jennings, YSS Volunteer Coordinator, 515-233-3141 or firstname.lastname@example.org