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Volunteer Opportunities

The following opportunities are accepting volunteers/registrations.

Please contact the organizer directly for more information or to register. (In some cases, links are provided.) This page will be updated on a regular basis so please check back for more opportunities!

Remote/Virtual Programs and Projects

"Your Vote. Your Voice. Our Democracy." - A voting rights event in honor of the inaugural Cady Day of Service

Sponsored by The Iowa State Bar Association and Polk County Bar Association
Friday, Oct. 23, Noon - 1 p.m.

The Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Bar Association are co-sponsoring "Your Vote. Your Voice. Our Democracy," a virtual community event commemorating the voting rights fought for to expand representative democracy in America.

This panel presentation will include some of the stories behind the 15th and 19th Amendments and the Voting Rights Act, and is designed to help educate all eligible voters so they have the information they need to exercise their rights in the 2020 election, safely and effectively.

Panelists include:

ISBA Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee Chair Emily Gould Chafa
ISBA Vice President Henry Hamilton III
University of Iowa College of Law Professor Derek Muller, an election law expert.

Attorney Ashley Frazier will serve as moderator.

Register here.


Probate and Trust Basics for the Trial Lawyer - Free VIRTUAL CLE sponsored by Security National Bank

Security National Bank
Friday, Oct. 23, available all day

Join Dylan Dinkla of Security National Bank, with Greg Kenyon and Abigail Hillers of the Bradshaw Law Firm, for a concise introduction into the probate and trust world. This free webinar is particularly useful for trial lawyers or young attorneys just getting started in the practice.

This event is approved for 1.5 hours of Iowa CLE credit.

*The webinar is a recording of a previously-held event from July, 2020.

*A new CLE ID has been assigned to the program. Please contact Dylan Dinkla after the webinar for the new number.

Register here.

The Start Small Project - Virtual Diaper Drive

Drake Law Christian Legal Society and the International Law Society
Now through Nov. 1

The Drake Law Christian Legal Society and the International Law Society are sponsoring a virtual diaper drive to benefit the Start Small Project. The Start Small Project is a diaper distribution serving refugee and immigrant families in the Des Moines area. 

The group is accepting donations of diapers of any size.

You can make your donation in three easy ways:

● Donate via the Start Small Project Amazon wishlist HERE.
● Donate via Venmo: @Start-Small-Project
● Bring your donation to the Law School, Cartwright Hall, Porterhouse Lounge.

For more information on the Start Small Project, please see the links below:

Appointing a Power of Attorney - Webinar

Hope Wood JD, PLLC
Oct. 23, Noon - 1 p.m.

Register here.

Get all of your questions answered about appointing a power of attorney.

The live lunchtime webinar will be hosted on Zoom .

Participants who register more than 3 days in advance will receive a power of attorney form in advance of the presentation.

Attendees will learn the following:

  • How to appoint a power of attorney.
  • How to create a legally valid power of attorney document.
  • Available authority granted under a power of attorney.
  • Removal of a power of attorney.
  • Cross application of guardianships and conservatorships.

Information presented is drawn from Iowa Code Sections 144B and 633B.

Participation is limited to the first 100 registrations.


Expungement and Employment Barriers Clinic

Iowa Legal Aid Racial Equity Project
Friday, Oct. 23,  10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
This clinic will be held via Zoom.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Licensed attorneys

Clinics will serve approximately 100 clients from around the state, and will utilize the services of 30 volunteer attorneys and Iowa Legal Aid staff, as well as other law student and non-lawyer volunteers. On the day of the clinic, clients will receive advice and assistance with drafting pro se forms dealing with collateral consequences issues such as expungement and sealing, court debt, licensure and vehicle registration, and issues with private background checks. Some clients may receive extended representation with their collateral consequences issue, resources permitting. Our clients will be direct referrals from the Race Equity Project’s many pre-existing community partners throughout the state, such as the NAACP, BLM, Iowa Workforce Development, the faith community, and others.

Fair Cross-Section Jury Trial Reform - Webinar

Drake Law School
Friday, Oct. 23, 1 – 2 p.m.

“Fair Cross-Section Jury Trial Reform” is presented as part of the Law School’s webinar series Exploring Systemic Racism in America. Emeritus professors Russell Lovell and David Walker will examine the Iowa Supreme Court’s decisions that reinforced defendants’ rights to jury pools and jury panels that reflect a fair cross-section of the community.

Click here to register for the webinar.

Live Events - Des Moines area

FREE Clinic - Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney and Living Wills

Drake Law School
Friday, Oct. 23, See flyer for schedule
Neal and Bea Smith Law Center, 2400 University Avenue, Des Moines
*Participants are required to wear face masks

Powers of Attorney Clinic flyer

Drake Law School will present a public clinic for financial and medical powers of attorney as part of the Cady Day of Service. The clinic will begin with a brief overview on the importance of having a financial power of attorney and medical power of attorney. At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will meet on-on-one with a Drake Law student to execute a simple version of power of attorney or living will documents.

The clinic will be held in the Courtroom at the Neal and Bea Smith Law Center. Sessions will be offered throughout the day. Attendance will be limited to 20 people per session to maintain appropriate social distancing.


LifeServe Blood Drive

Drake Law School 
Cartwright Hall, Kern Commons - Live event.
Oct. 23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO ALL. (Appointments are required.)

Every lifesaving blood donor will receive a health screening at their donation, learn their blood type, and be tested for COVID-19 antibodies to help the state health ddepartment better understand the virus and identify more convalescent plasma donors.

 Sign up here.

Diaper and Coat Donation Drive to benefit the Young Women's Resource Center of Des Moines

Drake Law Delts
Now through Nov. 20

The Drake Law Delts are collecting the following items to benefit the Young Women's Resource Center:

  • Diapers and Pull Ups - any size
  • Baby wipes
  • Winter coats - Adult sizes 2X-5X

Donations can be dropped off at Drake Law School, Cartwright Hall, Porterhouse Lounge - OR - order your donation online and have it shipped directly to the Law School at Drake Law School, 2608 Forest Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311 Attn: Student Services, Room 128. You can also make a monetary donation through Venmo @drakedelts.

Meals from the Heartland - Food packaging event

Meals from the Heartland
357 Lincoln Street, West Des Moines
Oct. 23, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. - OR - 1 - 3 p.m.

Did you know that a single volunteer will package enough food in one shift to feed 500 children?

Volunteers may choose from one of two meal packaging shifts. Sign up individually, with a friend, or as a group. 

Sign up here.

Food Bank of Iowa - Food Sorting Crew

Food Bank of Iowa
Oct 23, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO ALL. (Limit: 20 participants to ensure safe distancing.)

Volunteers will help label, count and box food donations at the Food Bank of Iowa, 2220 E 17th Street, Des Moines.

 Sign up here 

Upcycle Stewards Event

Sponsored by the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Blank Park Zoo, and Trees Forever

Friday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-noon - or - 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Gray's Lake, Fleur Drive, Des Moines


Volunteers will remove invasive plants at Gray’s Lake Park. All the plants removed during clean up will be taken to Blank Park Zoo where they will be upcycled to help feed the animals. Equipment and tools will be provided.

Sign up here

Live Events - Outside of Des Moines

CLINTON - Donation drive to benefit local food banks sponsored by the Clinton County Bar Association

Clinton County Bar Association
Oct. 23

The Clinton County Bar Association is collecting monetary donations to benefit local food pantries.


Contact Dave Helscher,, for more information.

FORT DODGE - Blood Drive sponsored by the Webster County Bar Association

Webster County Bar Association Blood Drive
LifeServe Blood Center
118 S 25th St, Fort Dodge
Wednesday, Nov. 4
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Webster County Bar Association is sponsoring a Blood Drive in honor of the inaugural Mark S. Cady Day of Public Service.

Please contact Carrie Johnson at LifeServe for more information and to register: 
   Email address
   Phone number   515-309-4855

COUNCIL BLUFFS - Red Cross Blood Drive

Council Bluffs Public Library-Conference Room B
Oct. 22, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Please contact Shelley Whitcher to register.
1-800-432-9229, ext. 1246

FORT DODGE - First Presbyterian Church: Community Service Projects

First Presbyterian Church
Oct. 23, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Help us remember 1st Presbyterian member Chief Justice Mark Cady and participate in the first annual Cady Day of Service on Friday, October 23, 2020.   You can participate in 3 ways:

  • Gather a group and rake leaves on a nonprofit property or an older church member’s yard. Call the church office to sign up for a yard. 515-576-2091. The more groups we have, the merrier. Leaves are piling up!!
  • Help us deliver a special treat to local public servants from 9-11am. We need 5 groups to help. Call the church office to be one of the groups. 515-576-2091. We have 600 treats ready to go thanks to Hummingbird Confections.
  • Drop off a donation of canned or boxed goods in the church office before 4pm on Friday, Oct. 23. We will deliver donations to the Lord’s Cupboard.

Our Deacons are excited to restock their freezer of compassion meals that day and prepare a meal for the Beacon of Hope Men’s shelter. Central Perk & Dessert is helping us serve in one more way, but it’s a secret. Stay tuned!

Contact Sara Hill for more information.

MARSHALLTOWN - Food Drive for Emergency Food Box

Marshall County Bar Association
Oct. 23, 4 p.m.

Anyone wishing to participate should bring nonperishable food items to the Emergency Food Box, 109 S. 3rd Street, Marshalltown. The group will deliver the food and then gather at Wayward Social's patio for a chance to socialize and connect in an outdoor and socially distanced setting. 

Contact Judge Sharon Greer for more information.

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