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Volunteer Opportunities

Drake desires to work reciprocally with local neighborhoods and community organizations. Annually, Drake partners with over 100 community agencies and schools on a variety of projects from lunch hour reading programs with kids at King elementary to building houses with Habitat for Humanity. Whatever your interest there is an opportunity for you to get involved! Check out below for some of the requests we've received recently or search the United Way Volunteer Database for 100s of opportunities.

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Upcoming Service Events

  • The United Way's "Holiday Giving Guide" is now live - take a look for opportunities to engage with the Des Moines community during this holiday season 
  • Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit - This event exhibits the success stories of immigrant entrepreneurs. Volunteers are needed the day of the event on Nov. 17, and leading up to the event. Check out the IES Volunteer Schedule and contact Dan Kim at to sign up to volunteer.
  • Tutor Heros - Be a tutor for a 7th-12th grader through the Evelyn K Davis Center. Volunteers are needed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 5-7pm. Apply today. 
  • Monroe Bulldog Buddies - Be a Bulldog Buddy! Mentor a K-5th grader at Monroe Elementary School. Contact for more information. 
  • Next Course Food Recovery - Did you know food is recovered from Hubbell Dining and saved from being sent to the landfill by being donated to local non-profits? Volunteer to pick up and deliver the food - it's quick and easy! Reach out to for more information. 
  • IRIS - Read the newspaper for blind and print handicapped over the radio to increase access to news for this population. Read more about this opportunity. Sign up for blank spots on this spreadsheet.
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