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:

Capital Campaign Party: Event Support
May 25th from 5:30pm until 9:00pm
Volunteers are needed to help at Children’s Cancer Connection’s office, the Hansen Home for Hope, on Grand Ave with our Capital Campaign Party! Volunteers will be helping us to get ready prior to the guests arrival and assisting with various tasks throughout the event.

CCC Representative: Craft Table at Dream Night
June 3rd and June 4th from 5pm until 9pm
Children’s Cancer Connection has been invited to take part in Blank Park Zoo’s Dream Night and we need your help! Volunteers will be representing CCC by manning our craft table and helping the kids make fingerprint animals! Volunteers who sign up must pass a background test (waiver signed during your orientation).

Murphy Memorial Golf Tournament
June 18th from 9am until 11am
Help support us by volunteering at the Murphy Memorial Golf Tournament who will be donating their event proceeds back to CCC! Volunteers are needed to help with checking in golfers at the registration table, selling raffle tickets and taking team photos.
***This volunteer opportunity is in Shellsburg, IA

Day Volunteer at Camp Heart Connection
Be a part of the magic by volunteering at Camp Heart Connection! Camp Heart Connection takes place at the YMCA Camp in Boone, IA. Day volunteer opportunities are open for both Oncology and Sibling sessions to help in the arts and crafts and kitchen areas. Please do not sign up for a volunteer shift unless you are committing to fulfilling that time slot. Shifts are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Oncology Camp: June 13th through 17th
Sibling Camp: August 15th through 19th

Information Table: Kris Mandt Memorial Car Show
July 4th from 1pm until 4pm
2 volunteers are needed to represent Children’s Cancer Connection during the annual Kris Mandt Memorial Car Show where half of the proceeds will be donated back to CCC. The car show is a a part of the Urbandale 4th of July celebration with the car show taking place in the parking lot of Urbandale High School.

Titan MOB Mud Run
August 19th from 12:30pm until 3:30pm/3:30pm until 7pm and August 20th from 7am until 2pm.
Titan MOB is 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!
***This volunteer opportunity is in Adel, IA

Baking Cookies for Maddy’s Classic
Delivered to Children’s Cancer Connection’s Office by Friday, August 26th at Noon.
Maddy Cunningham’s Classic Volleyball Tournament directly benefits Children’s Cancer Connection. This volunteer opportunity is unique as it requests for cookies to be delivered to Children’s Cancer Connection’s Office by Friday, August 26th at Noon. (2708 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA, 50312). We are hoping to get 50 dozen! If you are able to commit to more than 1 dozen, please leave a comment along with your sign up.

Des Moines Concours d’Elegance
September 10th and 11th, shift times vary
The Des Moines Concours d’Elegance 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, register participants, etc. Last year, the Des Moines Concours donated $25,000 from the event back to Children’s Cancer Connection!

Gift Wrap
December 1st through December 24th, shift times vary
Come out and help Children’s Cancer Connection wrap presents for the holiday season. All proceeds go to our programs. Volunteers 14 – 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. If you are signing up for a shift, we ask that you stay for the entire shift. If you are signing up a group please make sure that you choose all openings so we don’t have double volunteers for that shift. Opening or closing hours may change slightly once Valley West Mall releases their official extended hours closer to the holidays.


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.