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National Volunteer Week!

Volunteer Week 2019

Read the full stories about each of our volunteers, nominated for our 2019 National Volunteer Week posts. We will upload a new featured story every day, Sunday through Saturday.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers serve as a vital component of The ALS Association Iowa Chapter’s vision, mission, and core values by supporting staff, events, programs, services and most importantly, people with ALS and their families. Our programs and services for people living with ALS and their families would not be possible without volunteers.

We have a number of volunteer positions available throughout Iowa. Whether you are looking to volunteer one day a year at a special event or weekly for a family affected by ALS, we have something for you. Please see below for information on our volunteer opportunities. Below is a description of the volunteer programs and opportunities offered by The ALS Association Iowa Chapter. For current volunteer opportunities, please see the current needs lists below under each volunteer category.  

Volunteer Family Assistance Program

Day of Caring Website

Living with ALS makes daily tasks more challenging.  The family assistance program matches trained volunteers with families affected by ALS.  Volunteers can help a person living with ALS or their family with anything they might need assistance, outside of direct care and transportation.  By volunteering for a family affected by ALS, you will decrease stress, increase the quality of life for the person living with ALS, and make life a little easier for the whole family.

Volunteer Family Assistance Program - Current Needs

Help a Woman in Ames with Household Chores and Errands
Ames, IA

Volunteers Needed to Help a Woman Living with ALS
Ankeny, IA

Volunteers Needed to Help a Man Living with ALS
Bloomfield, IA

Help a Woman in Cedar Rapids with Cleaning, Chores and Visiting!
Cedar Rapids

Volunteers Needed to Help a Man Living with ALS
Cedar Rapids, IA

Volunteers Needed to Help a Woman Living with ALS
Council Bluffs, IA

Give joy to a Des Moines man with ALS by playing cards!
Des Moines, IA  

Help a Woman in Dubuque with ALS with Cleaning
Dubuque, IA

Help a Man in Fort Dodge with Cleaning, Chores and Yard Work!
Fort Dodge, IA 

Help a Man with ALS in Iowa City with Home Maintenance
Iowa City, IA

Help a Man with ALS in Lone Tree with Gardening and Yard Work
Lone Tree, IA

Volunteers Needed to Help a Woman LIving with ALS
Mediapolis, IA

Volunteers Needed to Help a Man Living with ALS
Ottumwa, IA

Help a Man in Perry with ALS with Yard Work, Mowing and More!
Perry, IA

Volunteers Needed to Help a Man Living with ALS
Runnells, IA 

Help a Woman in Stanton with Cleaning, Hobbies and More!
Stanton, IA 

Volunteers Needed to Help a Man Living with ALS
Thornburg, IA

Make Life Easier for a Family in Toledo in Just a Few Hours a Week
Toledo, IA

Volunteers Needed to Help a Man Living with ALS
Waterloo, IA 

Special Events

Volunteer Shirts Candid

Special events raise awareness about ALS and the money raised helps fund ALS research and the programs and services The ALS Association offers free of charge to people living with ALS and their families.  You can help with special events by volunteering at an event or by joining a planning committee.

To receive notification about volunteer oportunities for our Walk to Defeat ALS or other special events, or to join one of the special event planning committees, please fill out our online Volunteer Application

Special Events - Current Needs

There are currently no special events needs. Check back again to find event volunteer opportunities. 


Office Assistance

Office volunteers assist The ALS Association’s staff at our office in West Des Moines.  We have both ongoing and on-call positions available. Ongoing volunteers assist the care services, development, and administrative teams on a regular basis.  On-call volunteers help prepare for special events, do administrative tasks, and work on time-limited projects.

  • To apply for an ongoing office position, please fill out the volunteer application.

  • To be added to the list of on-call office volunteers, please contact Sarah Lettow, Engagement Coordinator, at 515-369-2572 or


Equipment Loan Program Assistance

The ALS Association Iowa Chapter partners with National Seating & Mobility to facilitate and manage our Equipment Loan Program. Volunteers working in our Equipment Loan Program will assist National Seating & Mobility staff in the cleaning, organizing and possible repairing durable medical equipment. We have two current locations in need of volunteer support: Iowa City and Urbandale. These support positions will preferably occur on an ongoing, regular basis.

  • To apply for an Equipment Loan Program assistance position, please fill out the volunteer application

Equipment Loan Program - Current Needs

Ongoing Volunteers Needed for our Equipment Loan Program in Iowa City and Urbandale - Click on your preferred location below!
Iowa City, Iowa
Urbandale, Iowa 


Other Opportunities

We are not limited to the volunteer opportunities outlined above.  If you have an idea for a volunteer project or position that would further our mission, please fill out the volunteer proposal form.


If you have any questions about volunteering, the volunteer positions available or the application process, please contact Sarah Lettow, Engagement Coordinator, at 515-369-2572 or