Volunteer for Variety

Check out our fun volunteer opportunities. Sign up to volunteer for Baconfest and Telethon.


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Savor Des Moines

Join Young Variety April 29 for an evening of food and beverage sampling from some of the metro's hottest restaurants.

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Variety Telethon March 4 & 5

Save the date for Variety Telethon, March 4 and 5. Get involved and volunteer too support Iowa's children.


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Upcoming Events

Savor Des Moines


Join us Saturday, April 29 for Savor Des Moines, an evening of culinary sampling featuring...

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Miller Lite Golf Invitational


Enjoy a round of golf and support Iowa children at the same time! The Miller Lite Golf...

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Polo on the Green


It’s the #partyofthesummer! Please save the date for the 21st annual polo on the green event...

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Young Variety- the Children's Charity

Variety Raises $4.1 Million for Iowa Children

Variety – the Children’s Charity has raised $4,162,143 to support underprivileged, at-risk and special needs children throughout Iowa. The funds have been raised throughout the year culminating with this weekend’s 43rd annual Telethon.


The funds raised by Variety will be used to support children throughout the state of Iowa. Variety programs include;

  • Grant Program – Variety provides funding to more than 90 nonprofit children’s organizations annually for tangible items such as building expansions and renovations, equipment, programming needs and more.
  • Bikes for Kids – Every child deserves to ride. Bikes for Kids provides custom specialized bikes to children with special needs and also allows Variety to award more than 1,500 brand new bikes, locks and helmets to children who have never experienced the joy of owning their own bike.
  • Variety Vans – Over the last 40 years, more than 400 Variety Vans have been provided to children’s organizations in Iowa. These vans transport children to doctors appointments, therapy sessions and special outings or activities.
  • Variety Star Playgrounds – All children should have the opportunity to experience a playground! Variety is working with Iowa communities to provide all-inclusive playgrounds for children with and without special needs.
  • The Compassion Fund – Variety partners with Iowa hospitals to help critically ill children and their families by providing comfort, care and fulfilling immediate needs.  The Fund is designed to help alleviate the stress and financial burden a family faces while their child is hospitalized.

On behalf of the children and families who are touched by Variety, our heartfelt thanks to you to everyone who helped make Telethon a huge success. It simply would not be possible without your support.