Community Building


Mission: Provide food and shelter to those in need. Also offer educational programming and the community is active in the peace movement.
Contact: Renee Esplane
Address:  1310 7th St, Des Moines, IA  50306
Phone:  515-243-0765


Mission: Supper Club, a program of Children & Family Urban Ministries, serves over 2000 meals a month to a mix of families, mostly children, the elderly and others, in inner city Des Moines and relies entirely on volunteers to do it.  Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve meals from 4:15 – 6:00 p.m.. Second Thursday of the Month
Contact:  Linda Danielson
Address:  1548 8th Street, P.O. Box 41125, Des Moines, IA  50314
Phone:  515-282-3242  Fax:  515-282-3585


A mission driven organization based in Des Moines, Community Youth Concepts (CYC) promotes the use of positive youth development principles and best practices through training, technical assistance, and youth development initiatives. CYC works to ensure all Iowa youth have access to high quality opportunities that prepare them for success in school, work, and life. CYC currently offers several service learning, community engagement, and youth mentoring programs for youth ages 10-24. Visit us online at or
Contact: Kelsey Tyrrell, Volunteer Coordinator
Address: 3826 1/2 Douglas Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310
Phone: 515-243-4292


Mission: Goodwill is a non-profit organization that provides affordable goods and materials to consumers by reusing other people’s possessions that they no longer need. They also employ a specific employee base to improve the quality of life for people with disadvantages, such as those with welfare dependency, homelessness, a lack of education or work experience, and mental emotional disabilities. By working with this population, they provide work opportunities and skill development to help them achieve self-sufficiency. Volunteers are needed to sort through donated items, put items away, and work with customers.
Contact: Rodney Tomilinson
Address: 404 N Howard St., Indianola, IA  50125
Phone: 515-265-5323 x265 (corporate office), 515-961-6400 (Indianola location)


Lutheran Services in Iowa provides support to people of refugee status through programs for elder adults, intensive work readiness classes, English as a Second Language classes, community gardening, and many more. Volunteers are needed in all areas. Fill out a volunteer application, and get involved!
Contact: Elly Gentry, Volunteer Specialist
Address: 3200 University Ave., Des Moines
Phone: 515-271-7387