Love You Des Moines Days

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Thanks for an amazing Love You Des Moines Days! Take a look at a few highlights and see how you can keep loving our community.

  • 140+ Community Activities

  • 4200+ Neighbors Participated

  • 1300+ Volunteers

  • 2000+ Neighborhood Connections at Block Parties

  • 350 Families Donated to Garage NO Sale

What's next?

Loving our community happens all year round. Join us in these Love You Des Moines volunteer opportunities. Sign up today!

1. Imagination Stations

Weekdays from 9-11 am

Join in on the fun by overseeing a drop-in activity station for young families. Each day is different, so sign up to lend a hand as kids play and imagine with crafts, games, snacks and more.

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2. Love You Des Moines Fridays

Third Friday of Every Month

We are excited to announce Love You Des Moines Fridays! Check out this one-day version of Love You Des Moines Days on the third Friday of each month, beginning Friday, July 19. We’re celebrating neighbors by inviting them to special FREE activities, in addition to our regular programming. Just like the nine days of Love You Des Moines Days, each Love You Des Moines Friday is unique and different from the one before! If you have an idea for Love You Des Moines Fridays or are interested in volunteering, email Lisa.

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3. Lunch Monitors at Chapel Ridge West

Monday-Friday from 12:25-1 pm

We have a great opportunity this summer to partner with West Des Moines Schools as they serve weekday lunches to the children at Chapel Ridge West apartments. They need two lunch monitors. One person counts the number of kids who get a lunch, hands out meals, and monitors the kids as they take cold fruits and veggies. The second person assists kids in ordering from four lunch choices and then walks around with a trash bag to make sure waste is thrown away. Sign up for one day or more!

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4. English Language Learning Classes

Tutoring Class
Saturdays 10-11 am

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Citizenship Class
Saturdays 11 am-12 pm

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Citizenship Class
Saturdays 4-5 pm

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Let’s Talk! English Language Learning Class
Mondays 1-2 pm

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5. Café Staffing

Weekdays any time 8:30 am – 3 pm

Do you like meeting new people while lending a hand? We need friendly, welcoming volunteers to join us for weekly (or every other week) shifts at the Mapelnol Café at the Valley Community Center. This is a fun way to get to know people and invest in new friendships. We want you to be a part of our team and help us love our community!

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6. Host a Mini Block Party

Time and Day of Your Choosing

There are so many easy ideas to pick from: popsicles, hot dogs, popcorn, root beer floats, sidewalk chalk, bike ride, s’mores, whatever! Choose something simple and spread love in your neighborhood.

Or take at our available resources:

  • Water Fun mini block party kit – sprinklers, squirt guns, slip ‘n slide, etc. contact Aleena for more information.
  • Coffee, Chocolate and Chat kit – table décor, paper tableware, conversation cards, etc. contact Diana for more information.
  • Block Party Express Trailer – Ready to host a full block party? Learn more about what’s inside and reserve the trailer!
Reserve the Trailer

7. Path to Success Coaches

Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30 pm beginning with the school year

Path To Success is an after-school program for teenagers living in Chapel Ridge West Apartments. A Path To Success Coach builds relationships with teenagers and assists with an after-school program involving games, a snack, and homework help.

Email Joe

8. Carpet Team

Occasional Need

Help us get ready for large events by joining the carpet team! Volunteer alongside others to transform court space into carpeted banquet space in the Event Hall at the Valley Community Center. Accept a request as often as you’d like! You’ll be contacted several days (or even weeks) in advance about an upcoming need.

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9. Good for All Conference Planning Team

June-October

We can’t wait for September’s Good for All Conference. If you have experience with event planning, hospitality, etc., bring that expertise to the Good for All Conference planning team!

Email AJ

10. Upward Sports Coordinator

10 Week Season + Training

As an Upward Sports Coordinator (football or basketball), you have the opportunity impact the lives of coaches, referees, players, and families. As a coordinator you lead our sports program and encourage the development of our youth by developing them mentally, athletically, spiritually and socially. Along with a co-coordinator, you have leadership over game day administration of games, halftime program, coaches, officials, volunteers, and the facility.

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11. Chapel Ridge Food Pantry

Second and Fourth Mondays from 3:45-6:15 pm

Help families with food insecurity select food items from a local mobile food pantry truck. The mobile food pantry recently added a new stop at the Chapel Ridge West apartments, a multicultural complex just a few blocks from us. Sign up to volunteer alongside food pantry staff!

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