Click the drop down below for a list of current volunteer opportunities!

Women United Craft Night - December 8

Contact: Moriah at mmorgan@uwstory.org

Our annual Women United Craft Night is coming up and we need volunteers to host each craft table! All craft supplies and instructions are provided, you just have to show others how to do it! If you love getting creative, this is for you! Email Moriah as soon as possible, spots are limited!


Women United - Child Care Volunteers

Contact: Moriah at mmorgan@uwstory.org or fill out the form below and select Women United

Do you like working with children? Sign up to play with and provide care for a group of children, infants through elementary school age while their mothers attend financial education workshops. Volunteers will assist children with basic care needs and provide play supervision. Toys and materials provided. 


VITA - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Volunteers

Contact: Moriah at mmorgan@uwstory.org or call 515-268-5142

United Way is seeking volunteers to help prepare and file taxes with VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Tax preparers will need to receive advanced certification which can be completed via an online platform at your own pace. Local facilitators will provide in person training on the process and expectations. Those trainings will be held on Wednesday, January 4th (required) and Thursday, January 5th (optional) from 9am-4pm, held at Ames Public Library.

Tax appointments will be scheduled from February 1 through April 15, 2023 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11am-4pm and Thursdays 5pm-8pm.

MICA Food Pantry


Contact: 515-956-3333 or Abra Dougherty at abra.dougherty@micaonline.org

MICA needs an array of volunteers to help stock, sort, and more at their pantry located at 125 S 3rd Street in Ames. Call or email Abra for more details!


Readers in Story County

Spring 2023

Contact: https://www.raising-readers.org/volunteers/fall-volunteer-opportunities/

Raising Readers in Story County is looking for tutors who will assist in promoting literacy skills for Story Pals and Reading Buddies this spring.

StoryPals is an innovative program for four and five-year olds, which uses the evidence-based dialogic reading method.  In dialogic reading, trained volunteers model reading books with questioning strategies and assist students into becoming the storytellers.

Reading Buddies provides FREE tutoring for children who are in first, second, and third grades in fall of 2022. Tutors will meet one-on-one with students for personalized reading sessions to help each child with their literacy skills. 


The Salvation Army Food Pantry


Contact: 515-233-3567 or Kathy Pinkerton at kathy.pinkerton@usc.salvationarmy.org

The Salvation Army needs an array of volunteers to help stock, sort, and more at their pantry located at 703 E Lincoln Way in Ames. Call or email Cari for more details!




Contact: 515-233-3141 or email Feelicia at fwatkins@yss.org

BECOME A MENTOR  |  Make a Difference

As a mentor, you are friend, role model, self-esteem builder and advocate! APPLY TODAY Visit: www.yss.org/mentoring 

YSS Mentoring Offers: 

+ SCHOOL-BASED (Mentors 15+) Serves K-8th grade | 9 month commitment for 30-60 minutes per week

+ COMMUNITY-BASED (Mentors 18+) Serves ages 6-17 in Boone & Story Counties | 12 month commitment for a minimum of 4 hours per month

Becoming a Mentor is Simple:

+ STEP 1 Submit an application

+ STEP 2 Complete and pass background check & references


Every year, UWSC coordinates a county-wide volunteer event in conjunction with our campaign kickoff, which is held the Friday after Labor Day. The effort is designed to bring awareness to the agencies and programs in Story County that work diligently year-round to improve our community, as well as encourage the spirit of volunteerism and the important role we all play in making Story County a better place for all. UWSC partners volunteers with agencies around the community to fulfill projects that will help improve programming. Visit our Day of Caring site for more info!

If you are interested in volunteering for the United Way, please indicate your interest below.