Volunteer Opportunities

We have all been watching the news of the COVID-19 affecting the world around us. We just received this directive from Anne Star are CEO as of 3/12/2020.

In an effort to protect the safety of all staff, clients, and visitors effective immediately Orchard Place will be implementing the following strategies:

1.      ALL volunteer activities are suspended.  This includes Spring Break activities scheduled at Campus, mentors, classroom assistance, enrichment, group, therapy pets, etc.

The below will be put back into place once we know it is safe to do so. Thank you for your help and understanding! 

We are always looking for individuals or groups/teams of people to come help out at our Campus or PACE locations. These can be one time options.  

Each month we do a Kudos Kusine and Kudos Korner event for the kids on Campus. We need volunteers to provide the special meal one evening. Volunteers come and serve the kids as well as enjoy dinner with them. Kudos Korner events vary from game nights to holiday parties. 

We also have various needs for help with organizing closets, yard work or prepping for events. 

Our IHP support group needs volunteers one time a month on a Tuesday evening for 2 hours. This is a school year commitment. 

This summer we will have lots of fun opportunities for you to get involved at our PACE summer enrichment program. Watch for details soon! 

If you are interested in volunteering contact Brandie Broadhead at bbroadhead@orchardplace.org 

The below options require a weekly commitment of an hour.  


Weekdays, Weekends, Evenings

All applicants must be at least 21 years of age and able to pass a background check

Take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-on-one relationship during this difficult time in their life. As a mentor, you will offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee. Mentors play a key role in the success of our kids. The mentor is expected to commit one hour a week, in mutually determined activities. You will gain personal fulfillment by contributing to an individual's life and to the larger community. There is much satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress and achieve goals.

Classroom Assistant

Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and able to pass a background check

We need you in the classroom! Your time and commitment to education will help Orchard Place students build the skills and confidence they need to succeed. Join our teachers anytime during the school period and assist the teachers with various classroom needs. Some of the activities you can expect to do while a classroom assistant are listening to students read or reading to them, working with math flash cards, practicing spelling words or simply assisting the teacher with various projects. These opportunities are available at our Campus location as well as our PACE programs.

Special Interest Volunteers

Any day of the week and weekends

Do you have a special skill that you would like to share with the children at Orchard Place? We are always open to volunteers that want to share their hobbies and interest with our kids! We can use your special skill to implement new volunteer opportunities for our kids. We can arrange activities such as gardening in our greenhouse, giving music lessons, recreational therapy or teaching your special talent and hobbies to individuals or groups of children.


Brandie Broadhead, Director of Volunteers
925 SW Porter Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50315
Phone: (515) 287-9621
E-mail: bbroadhead@orchardplace.org

Complete an online volunteer application today!