Youth & Shelter Services, Inc.


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 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. 


One-Time Opportunities

If you or your group are interested in helping out at special events and other one-time opportunities, please sign up here and we will notify you when needs arise.


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



All YSS internships are unpaid, however our internships will allow you to bring your classroom knowledge into a professional work setting and broaden your skills through hands-on application in a non-profit environment. Students should expect to gain valuable experience to build their 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 the volunteer screening process (above).

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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