Make a Difference: Volunteer with Children’s Cancer Connection

Volunteers accomplish tasks that range from stuffing envelopes in our office, to loading trucks of supplies for Camp, to running an advanced health center complete with chemotherapy at Camp Heart Connection’s Oncology Camp. Some of our volunteers give hundreds of hours each year, and some spend a few hours each December wrapping gifts at our Annual Gift Wrap Booth. Each volunteer plays an important role in our mission of improving the quality of life for families touched by childhood cancer. Children’s Cancer Connection utilizes over 600 volunteers every year who help us provide excellent programs for families touched by childhood cancer at little or no cost.

Interested in volunteering with Children’s Cancer Connection? Attend our Volunteer Orientation to receive more information about upcoming opportunities and ways to get involved.

Volunteer Orientation
A monthly Volunteer Orientation is held the first Thursday of every month. There will be an orientation in the morning, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., and an orientation in the evening, 5:30p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Volunteer Orientation is mandatory for any volunteer who desires to volunteer their time at the Clinic for Arts and Crafts but available (and encouraged) to anyone who is seeking volunteer opportunities at Children’s Cancer Connection.
You must R.S.V.P. by the Monday before the orientation you wish to attend, by 5:00 p.m. If there are not any R.S.V.P.’s, the orientation will not be held. You can register for the day and time you are going to attend, here.

Click here to fill out a volunteer application form today!

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Flapjack 5K/10K walk/run: Join us in honoring children and families from across Iowa in the 5th annual Flapjack 5K/10K! The race will take place on Sunday, September 20 at Water Works Park in Des Moines with an 8:30 a.m. opening ceremony and 9:00 a.m. race start time.  Volunteers help make this event possible.  Volunteers are needed for packet pick-up on the Thursday (9/17), Saturday (9/19) and the day of the event (9/20).  Click here to see the variety of volunteer opportunities for Flapjack 5K/10K!

Titan MOB: A locally organized mud-run style obstacle course race. Titan MOB has partnered with Children’s Cancer Connection for the second year and we would like to help show our support of this event by providing volunteers.  Volunteers will be asked to help with obstacles, registration tent, bag check, water stations and at the finish line!  All volunteers are asked to attend a brief pre-event meeting on the evening of either August 27th or 28th (exact time still TBD). Click here to register to volunteer to sign up for Titan MOB!

Des Moines Concours D’Elegance

The Des Moines Concours dElegance is an invitation-only exhibition of collectible motor vehicles that celebrates the fine art, design evolution, and amazing innovations of motor vehicles through the years, as well as the talented designers and engineers that created them. Please sign up to help us monitor the cars on display, sell souvenirs, run the Heartland Driving Tour, etc. http://vols.pt/cziRTR


Grand Opening/Celebration Stroll: On September 10th, Children’s Cancer Connection will be hosting the Grand Opening of the Hansen Home for Hope from 4pm until 6pm. The Grand Opening will be immediately followed by Celebration Stroll to walk in honor or memory of those children who have faced childhood cancer.

Volunteers are needed to help make this a successful event. Volunteer shifts for parking will be released first. After those shifts are filled – we will open shifts for people interested in helping with food service/selling luminaries and Children’s Cancer Connection merchandise. Click here to volunteer for Thursday, September 10.



Please contact Celeste Hillen at 515-243-6239 ext. 110 or Celeste@ChildrensCancerConnection.org if you have any questions about volunteering with Children’s Cancer Connection.