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 Tuesday of every month. There will be an orientation in the morning, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., and an orientation in the evening, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 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.

Current Central Iowa Volunteer Opportunities:

Camp Heart Connection Day Volunteer
Camp Heart Connection is a summer camp program free for children affected by cancer as well as their siblings.  Campers are children living, treated, or diagnosed in the state of Iowa.  One week for the child affected by cancer and one week for the sibling of the oncology patient, allows them to spend time with kids who have experienced the same type of journey. Oncology Day Camp volunteers will need to be available June 7th – June 14th and Sibling Day Camp volunteers need to be available August 9th – 16th.

Click here to apply to be a Camp Heart Connection Day Volunteer.

Apparel Sales
Children’s Cancer Connection sells apparel at the atrium in Unity Point Methodist Hospital.
Apparel Sales for 2014 will be held:

  • May 13
  • May 14
  • September 9
  • September 10
  • November 4
  • November 5

Sign up here for apparel sales!

Truck Loading
On June 5, 2014, Children’s Cancer Connection will be loading a truck with supplies needed for Camp Heart Connection Oncology Camp and August 7, 2014, for Camp Heart Connection Sibling Camp.

Sign up here for truck loading!


Underwear Run
Lazer 103.3 is hosting their annual Underwear Run on Sunday, June 29, 2014,  with proceeds benefiting Children’s Cancer Connection. Volunteer opportunities that will be needed for race day are packet pickup, water stations, and course guides.

Sign up here for the Underwear Run!


Maddy Cunningham’s Classic Cookie Bake
Maddy Cunningham’s Classic Volleyball Tournament is Saturday, August 23, 2014 at The Sands in Des Moines, Iowa.  Click here to learn more about Maddy Cunningham’s Classic Volleyball Tournament.
Volunteers who love to bake are encouraged to bring a dozen cookies, bars, or another treat to Children’s Cancer Connection office by 4 p.m., Friday, August 22, 2014.

Sign up here to bring a dozen treats for Maddy Cunningham’s Classic Volleyball Tournament!

Flapjack 5K/10K

Children’s Cancer Connection hosts an Annual Flapjack 5K/10K and 1 mile Celebration stroll.  This years event will take place on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Waterworks Park in Des Moines, Iowa.
Volunteer opportunities that are available are:

  • Packet pickup
  • Event set-up
  • Event tear-down
  • Water stations
  • Course guides
  • Parking

Sign up here for Flapjack!

 Opportunities in other parts of Iowa:

Bumping for Blake (Davenport, Iowa)
Bumping for Blake is a volleyball tournament that will be held, Saturday, September 20, 2014 at The Hawkeye Sports Bar and Grill in Davenport, Iowa.  Proceeds will go to Children’s Cancer Connection.  Click here to learn more about Bumping for Blake.

Sign up here for Bumping for Blake!


Please contact Megan Lanik at 515-243-6239 ext. 7 or Megan@ChildrensCancerConnection.org if you have any questions about volunteering with Children’s Cancer Connection.