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:

Camp Heart Connection Oncology and Sibling Week-long Volunteer:  For the past 27 year, Camp Heart Connection has been providing a week-long camp experience for children battling cancer along with their siblings.  Every year over 200 volunteers are needed to provide each child with that camp experience at no cost to them.  Oncology camp will be held June 7-13, 2015 with staff arriving for training on June 6, 2015.  Sibling camp will be held August 9-15, 2015 with staff arriving for training on August 8, 2015. Week-long staff applications have closed.  Please check back soon for details on day volunteering.


Couture for a Cause:  Couture for a Cause is a fashion forward event benefiting Children’s Cancer Connection.  This event features a fashion show brunch honoring children and families facing childhood cancer, as well as nurses who support these families in the Des Moines Area Hospitals.  This year’s event will be held March 28, 2015 at the Kum & Go Atrium in Des Moines. Volunteers are needed for set- up on Friday, March 27 after 5pm and tear-down on March 28 after the event at 12:30pm. Click here to sign up to volunteer!




Please contact Shana Johnson at 515-243-6239 ext. 106 or Shana@ChildrensCancerConnection.org if you have any questions about volunteering with Children’s Cancer Connection.