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Volunteers are an integral part of Easter Seals Iowa!  Camp Sunnyside was built entirely by volunteers and many of our programs could not excel without the help of dedicated volunteers we have today.  We invite you to join our team of volunteers and make a difference today! Groups, businesses, families and individuals are invited to become part of the volunteer experience at Easter Seals Iowa. Check out our current opportunities and contact Shannon Stump if you are interested in volunteering at sstump@eastersealsia.org or 515-309-9772.

Easter Seals Iowa is partnering with SERVONS to provide the SERVONS Rewards Program for our dedicated volunteers. SERVONS rewards volunteers at nonprofits by offering 2 servons (a barter unit valued at $5 per servon) worth $10 for every hour a person volunteers.  A volunteer can Serve at Easter Seals Iowa, Earn valuable servons for their service, and Spend their servons on “deals” on highly desirable products or services offered by local merchants. Contact Shannon Stump for additional information at sstump@eastersealsia.org or 515-309-9772.

Non-Client Interaction Volunteer Opportunities  

Easter Seals Iowa provides respite care two weekends a month, providing temporary care for children and adults with disabilities, allowing parents/caregivers a break while providing clients with a safe and supported social environment. We have volunteer opportunities prepping cabins for the weekend and cleaning up as campers prepare to leave after their fun weekend.

Client Interaction Opportunities

Easter Seals Iowa provides respite care two weekends a month, providing temporary care for children and adults with disabilities, allowing parents/caregivers a break while providing clients with a safe and supported social environment.  Important note for client interaction volunteering opportunities, you must pass a background check, and be at least 18 years old or have an adult chaperone present.

Volunteer opportunities include checking in campers, helping out with arts and crafts and leading clients in group sports and games.

"An Enchanted Evening" Spring Formal Volunteers Needed Saturday, May 27

Decorators; 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Are you creative? Have an eye for detail? Love bringing smiles to faces? If you answered “yes” to any of these, then we want your help decorating for Easter Seals Iowa’s annual Spring Formal. Formal is a night for our clients to dress in their best and have an enchanted evening of dancing and fun. We need lots of hands to help us transform our gym into an elegant setting.

On-Going Client Interaction Opportunities 

You must pass a background check, and be at least 18 years old or have an adult chaperone present to volunteer for these opportunities.

Volunteer Grandparents
Easter Seals Iowa's Bob & Billie Ray Child Development Center is looking for volunteer "grandparents" to help provide a nurturing and fun environment for young children ages six weeks to five years. Grandparents may sign up for one hour shifts (minimum) during the operating hours of the center: Monday - Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. One grandparent is needed per classroom to help teachers lead children in playing, reading books, and other activities.

Career Day Speakers
The Bob and Billie Ray Child Development Center is seeking friendly adults who can spend an hour as a special Career Day guest. Guests will talk to our three and four-year-old classes about their jobs. Those who are currently working or are retired are welcome! Speakers can sign up for a one-hour speaking time from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Props, pictures, and other illustrative tools are encouraged!

Teaching Skills, Hobbies and Activities
Would you like to make a difference in the lives of special needs children and adults? Easter Seals Iowa is seeking volunteers to lead groups of clients in singing, music, acting, art, knitting, woodworking, science experiments, gardening, yoga, aerobics, dance or other activities. Clients are either participants in Easter Seals Iowa's Life Club, a day habilitation program that focuses on providing activities and social outlets to improve life skills and increase independence, or our camp programs. Available class times are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. - 2 p.m for Life Club; two weekends a month for respite camp; or Monday through Friday for day camp and resident camp during the summer months.
 
 

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