Volunteer Opportunities

Welcome and thank you for your interest in volunteering at Bidwell Riverside Center - Hawthorn Hill. Volunteers are the heart of our organization, and are vital to help us serve vulnerable Iowans. 

See our current COVID-19 safety protocols.

Food Pantry

2-10 volunteers at a time

Volunteers are needed to:  

  • Pull and box up food orders

  • Re-stock grocery aisles

  • Organize food recovery

  • Sort & organize donations

To sign up, click below.

Other Information:

  • Volunteers must be 10 and older. 

  • We provide masks, but they are not required if you are fully vaccinated. To see all of the safety steps, click here. 

Location: 

Bidwell Riverside Center

1203 Hartford Avenue

Des Moines Iowa 50315

Children's Activities

5-8  volunteers at a time

Volunteers are needed to host children's activities at our shelter.  

 

Suggested activities include: 

  • Holiday crafts

  • Story Times

  • Outside Games

  • Painting

 

For more information

and to sign up, click here.

Event information:

  • Dates are flexible.

  • Plan for 10-25 children.

Other Information:

  • Masks are required. 

  • Volunteers must be 12 and older.

Location: 

Hawthorn Hill

3001 Grand Avenue

Des Moines Iowa 50312

Yard Work & Garden

1-6 volunteers at a time

Volunteers are needed to help with:

  • Flower beds

  • Mowing

  • Community Garden

 

Times to help are flexible.

 

To schedule a time to help, contact Missy Reams.

Email: mreams@bidwellriverside.org

Phone: 515-244-6251 Option 5

Text:  515-346-8895

 

Locations Include: 

Bidwell Riverside Center

1203 Hartford Avenue

Des Moines Iowa 50315

Hawthorn Hill

3001 Grand Avenue

Des Moines Iowa 50312

Shelter - Cleaning

1-2 volunteers at a time

Volunteers are needed to help with the following in our shelter:  

  • clean restrooms

  • clean kitchen

  • organize refrigerator

 

Times vary.  Mid-morning and afternoons work best (when the kitchen isn't in use).

 

To schedule a time to help, contact Missy Reams.

Email: mreams@bidwellriverside.org

Phone: 515-244-6251 Option 5

Text:  515-346-8895

 

Other Information:

  • Masks are required.  

  • Volunteers must be 12 and older.

Location: 

Hawthorn Hill

3001 Grand Avenue

Des Moines Iowa 50312

Shelter - Organizing

1-2  volunteers at a time

Volunteers are needed to organize our donation area.  We provide basic necessities to the families staying in New Directions Shelter and The Home Connection program. 

Volunteers would be organizing clothing, personals/toiletries, feminine hygiene products, diapers, cleaning products, school supplies, food items, and much more.   

 

To schedule a time to help, contact Missy Reams.

Email: mreams@bidwellriverside.org

Phone: 515-244-6251 Option 5

Text:  515-346-8895

Other Information:

  • Masks are required.

Location: 

Hawthorn Hill

3001 Grand Avenue

Des Moines Iowa 50312

Flower Beds

1-2 volunteers 

We are looking for 1-2 volunteers to weed the flower beds at Hawthorn Hill every week for a month. Volunteers are needed to help during the following months:  

  • May

  • June

  • July

  • August

 

Times to help are flexible and will only take about 30-45 minutes per week. 

To schedule a time to help, contact Missy Reams.

Email: mreams@bidwellriverside.org

Phone: 515-244-6251 Option 5

 

Location: 

Hawthorn Hill

3001 Grand Avenue

Des Moines Iowa 50312

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