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. Day Volunteer Opportunities have closed. If you would like to volunteer for the first day of camp to assist with check-in, click the link in the below description.

URGENT NEED: Camp Heart Connection needs help the day our campers arrive! On Sunday, August 9th from 1pm-4:30pm we will need volunteers to help with carnival games, parking and helping to carry camper luggage to their cabins! Click here!

URGENT NEED: Camp Heart Connection needs help unloading the truck from camp to the office, 2708 Grand Ave, Des Moines, on Saturday, August 15th from 10AM – 1PM. This need will require heavy lifting and should not take the entire time!  Click here to help out!

Race like a Girl (RLAG) is a monthly race series at Union Park in Des Moines, Iowa, designed to help women and other newer cyclists practice racing skills and gain real-life racing experience in a fun night of racing. This year, RLAG has partnered with Children’s Cancer Connection. We need your help by baking cookies to hand out to children after the kids race and to give in exchange for donations! If you are interested in baking a dozen or more cookies, please sign up and bring your cookies to the CCC House on Grand Avenue by 3pm on Thursday, July 16th (http://vols.pt/idNEao) or August 20th  (http://vols.pt/NYPfak)!


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!


Maddy’s Classic Cookie Donation

Maddy Cunningham’s Classic Volleyball Tournament directly benefits Children’s Cancer Connection. This volunteer opportunity is unique as it requests for a dozen cookies to be delivered to Children’s Cancer Connection’s Office by Friday, August 28th at Noon. (2708 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA, 50312) Sign up to bake (or buy) cookies, bars, or other treats to ensure participants of Maddy Cunningham’s Classic Volleyball Tournament have a delicious dessert to go along with their lunch!  http://vols.pt/sRndKg


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




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.