Youth & Shelter Services, Inc.




Volunteers are needed to help with our Rosedale Shelter Donation Drive being held on April 25, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at multiple locations in Ames. Volunteers are needed to be at tables at the entrances of local business where the collection drive will be taking place to provide interested customers with an informational flyer which will have a list of needed items for Rosedale Shelter. Volunteers will also collect any items that the customers purchase for donation as they exit the building. Some of these items include: non-perishable food items, personal hygiene items, and laundry detergent. All donated items will go to Rosedale Shelter which houses 10-17 year olds who are abused, neglected, homeless or have run away.

To sign up for this volunteer opportunity taking place on April 25, 2015 and for a list of locations where you can volunteer please click on this link:


Volunteering at YSS

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

  • Kids Club Afterschool Assistants
  • Street Outreach Workers
  • Mentors matched 1 on 1
  • Van drivers
  • Arts and recreation activities
  • Supervise youth in group homes and shelters
  • Reggie's Sleepout
  • Child care
  • Special event planning
  • Internships
  • Practicums
  • Service learning
  • Group volunteering
  • Community service

Other Ways To Help

  • Donate Goods and Food
  • Make a Monetary Donation
  • Request a Speaker for a Program
  • Hold a Fundraising Event to Benefit YSS

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.  Unpaid 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. 

 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/ information on volunteering/ internships in the Ames Area.


For Des Moines volunteer opportunities, please contact Emma Christianson, IHYC Development Coordinator, at


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