Volunteer Opportunities

We have all been watching the news of the COVID-19 affecting the world around us. We are slowly starting to allow some in person volunteers on Campus and at our PACE locations. 

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 volunteers will review and sign our COVID-19 Volunteer Policy before volunteering. 

2. Reoccurring volunteers will need to complete COVID-19 training.

3. Most volunteer work will occur outdoors if at all possible. Volunteers will need to bring a clean mask to wear while indoors. If you feel ill, please stay home.

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

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

 

Holiday Drive Volunteer Opportunities

Available opportunities (Sign-up link to come):

  • Putting together treat bags/crafts for the kids off-site
  • At each drop off day (listed below), 2 volunteers are needed at the drop off site to assist with bringing gifts inside and organizing them
  • Returning volunteers can pick up gifts at an Orchard Place location to wrap at home and return to their designated location

PACE drop off (620 8th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309)

Wednesday, 12/1, 1pm-5pm

Wednesday, 12/8, 9am-12pm

Saturday, 12/11, 10am-12pm

Wednesday, 12/15, 8am-5pm

Child Guidance Center drop off (808 Fifth Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309)

Tuesday, 12/7, 9am-12pm

Tuesday, 12/14, 8am-5pm 

Volunteer opportunities are limited this year. Contact Brandie directly for additional options at bbroadhead@orchardplace.org or call at 515-287-9621.

Special Interest Volunteers - Virtual/In-Person

Any day of the week and weekends, one time or a series of events

Do you have a special skill that you would like to share with the children at Orchard Place? We are always open to virtual 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.

The below options require a weekly commitment of an hour.  

Mentor

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 - Currently on hold

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.

Contact:

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!