Volunteer

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 and  available encouraged for anyone who is seeking all other 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:

Camping the Night Away
February 25th from 5:15pm – 9:15pm
Camping the Night Away is one of Children’s Cancer Connection’s largest fundraising events of the year with this year’s event taking place at Royal Flooring in Urbandale.  It’s a casual evening of live entertainment, cocktails, delicious food, and silent & live auctions. Volunteers will be needed to help greet attendees, check them in and help as spotters during the live auction! SIGN UP. This volunteer opportunity is currently full, please check back for cancellations.

Comfort Connection
February 9th from 5:15pm until 7pm
2-3 volunteers are needed to help with childcare at the Hansen Home for Hope on Grand Ave. during one of CCC’s monthly support groups, Comfort Connection. Comfort Connection is a place for parents or other adults who have ever cared for a child with cancer to connect with one another. The number of attending children may vary from 1-10. Volunteers who sign up must pass a background test (waiver signed during your orientation). SIGN UP. This volunteer opportunity is currently full, please check back for cancellations.

In Memory of Sam Lemar – Blood/Bone Marrow Blood Drive
February 13th from 7am until 2pm, shifts vary
Come out and support the second annual blood and bone marrow drive in memory of Sam LeMar. The organizers have asked CCC for a little volunteer help! There are a variety of volunteer opportunities beginning at 7am and lasting until 2pm. SIGN UP

Information Table
February 13th from 8am-10:30am and 10:30am-1pm
Volunteers are needed to help with a Children’s Cancer Connection information table at a blood/bone marrow drive in honor of a boy of died of leukemia this past August. All materials for the table will be provided for you .SIGN UP. This volunteer opportunity is currently full, please check back for cancellations.

Program Assistance/Childcare: Valentine’s Drop-off
February 13th from 4:30pm until 9pm
Children’s Cancer Connection will be a hosting a night of activities for children that includes crafts, food, a movie and more! We need volunteers to assist us with watching and interacting with the children so they have a great night out! SIGN UP.This volunteer opportunity is currently full, please check back for cancellations.

Comfort Connection
March 8th from 5:15pm until 7pm
2-3 volunteers are needed to help with childcare at the Hansen Home for Hope on Grand Ave. during one of CCC’s monthly support groups, Comfort Connection. Comfort Connection is a place for parents or other adults who have ever cared for a child with cancer to connect with one another. The number of attending children may vary from 1-10. Volunteers who sign up must pass a background test (waiver signed during your orientation). SIGN UP.   This volunteer opportunity is currently full, please check back for cancellations.

Family Connection
March 15th from 5:15pm until 7:45pm
3 volunteers are needed at the Hansen Home for Hope on Grand Ave. to help with childcare during one of our monthly support groups, Family Connection. Family Connection is a time for the whole family to come to the CCC house to connect with one another. The number of children attending may vary from 1-10. Volunteers who sign up must pass a background test (waiver signed during your orientation). SIGN UPThis volunteer opportunity is currently full, please check back for cancellations.

Program Assistance/Childcare: Discovering the New Normal
April 2nd from 8am until 5pm
This Spring, CCC will be offering our “Discovering the New Normal” conference at Des Moines University. During this conference, we will be offering the attending families FREE child care at the Hansen Home for Hope and we need volunteers to help make it happen! Volunteers will help supervise the kids, play games and do crafts! SIGN UPThis volunteer opportunity is currently full, please check back for cancellations

Couture for a Cause
April 8th from 5pm until 6pm and/or April 9th from 9:30am until 12:30pm
Couture for a Cause is a fashion forward event which is coordinated by a group of women in the Des Moines area. This event features a fashion show, pop-up shops and a brunch honoring children and families facing childhood cancer, as well as nurses who support these families in the Des Moines Area Hospitals. All proceeds benefit Children’s Cancer Connection. Volunteers are needed for various aspects of the event including set-up, check-in, kids entertainment, assisting with the models as they get ready, runners, check-out and tear-down. SIGN UP

Stay Tuned! We will be needing volunteers for:

Expanded hospital volunteer program (Start date TBD)
Des Moines Concours – September 11th
Flapjack 5k/10k – September 18th

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Fore more information about volunteering in Des Moines and the metro area, please contact Celeste Hillen at 515-243-6239 ext. 1110 or Celeste@ChildrensCancerConnection.org.

For more information about volunteering in Eastern Iowa, please contact Kayla Toale by phone at (515) 243-6239 ext. 1117 or email Kayla@childrenscancerconnection.org.