Volunteer at ChildServe

Making a Difference

ChildServe volunteers make an enormous difference in the lives of the kids and young adults we serve. We have many volunteer opportunities like reading to kids, playing games, preparing or helping with a craft and more! We also need volunteers for our exciting annual events like the Trunk or Treat, Kid’s Week, and other fun events throughout the year. We welcome energetic, enthusiastic individuals and groups who pass our background check process.

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Volunteer Opportunities

ChildServe has many volunteer opportunities to consider! We will match your skills and interests with one or more of the following opportunities as they are needed.

Great Life Champion

Great with kids? Make a difference by playing games, reading books, rocking infants, taking walks, among other important and fun activities.

Special Event Support

Help us bring our fun-filled events to life through event prep, set-up, or clean-up; running a game or activity, helping with check-in, and more.

Administrative Support

Are you task-oriented and love to see a job well-done? Help various services through filing, data entry, assembling packets, making photocopies, preparing crafts, and more.

Professional Volunteer

From landscaping to fundraising, we love hearing from professionals looking to donate their expertise across many fields.

Special Skills or Talents

Have a talent you’re looking to share? Put your musical gifts, dancing prowess, sewing skills, woodworking mastery, arts and crafts abilities to great use.

Group Volunteer Projects

Bring your team together to create
hand-tied blankets or home-made
cards, work on landscaping or special cleaning projects, or make an impact
with in-kind donations.

Important Guidelines

Time Commitment
We partner with volunteers who are willing to donate a minimum requirement of 20 hours in 6 months or more to the children and young adults we serve.
Age Requirements

We welcome volunteers of all ages! However, children 13 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

Health Requirements
For children with complex medical conditions, getting sick can be life threatening. Depending on the area you volunteer in, ChildServe may require you to receive a flu shot. All volunteers must be symptom free to volunteer.
Enjoy Being with Amazing Kids
Some of the kids we serve are wheelchair-bound, and some are non-verbal. They each have an amazing story and personality no matter what their physical or intellectual abilities are – we can’t wait for you to meet them!

How Do I Get Started?

Individual Volunteer

For information on volunteer opportunities please contact our volunteer coordinator, Kaylene Steele, at 515-331-8139. Thank you!

Group Opportunities

If you are a group or company interested in volunteering at ChildServe, please complete and submit the application packet.


Have questions about volunteer opportunities at ChildServe? Reach out and contact us today! We are excited to hear from you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does ChildServe allow group service volunteer projects?

Yes! To become a group volunteer, fill out the online packet.

Where can I volunteer?
We have volunteer opportunities at the following location: Ames, Iowa City, and Johnston. Tasks and opportunities will vary based on the needs of each location throughout the year.
What tasks would I be doing at ChildServe?
Depending on your areas of skill and interest, we will match you with activities needed by our departments. For example, we have opportunities for direct interaction with children, like rocking infants, reading books, playing games, and going for walks; as well as behind the scenes work including helping our events run smoothly, creating holiday cards, and much more!
Does ChildServe need any in-kind gifts?
In effort to reduce community spread of COVID-19, ChildServe is asking those looking to make an in-kind donation to please consider a donation of gift cards instead. The gift cards will be used to purchase items on service Wish Lists. Gift cards to stores like Target, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Amazon and the Learning Post and Toys enable us to purchase items that are needed by our teams and families.
Please email volunteers@childserve.org or call 515-331-8139 with any questions.

Contact Us!

ChildServe – Ames
1915 Philadelphia Street, Ames, IA 50010
ChildServe – Johnston
5406 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA 50131
ChildServe – Iowa City
2350 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville, IA 52241

If you have any questions, please email communications@childserve.org, or call 515-331-8139.

ChildServe - Johnston

ChildServe - Ames

ChildServe - Iowa City


ChildServe improves the health and well-being of more than 5,600 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, injuries, and other special healthcare needs.

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