Variety- the Children's Charity depends on the generosity and goodwill of people who devote their time and energies to helping children.
There are many ways you can get involved including clerical work, event staffing, hosting an event and more! Below are Variety’s current volunteer opportunities.
February 18, 2017: Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival
Seeking volunteers (ages 21+) to bar tend, sell drink/food tickets, and hand out t-shirts at the Iowa Event Center. Variety receives a portion of proceeds for providing volunteers. Learn more and sign up here.
March 4 and 5, 2017: 43rd Annual Telethon
Telethon is the foundation that Variety Iowa was built upon and is the highlight of the year. The two-day event is located in the ballroom of the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines and is broadcast live on We Are Iowa (ABC5) throughout Central Iowa.
Volunteers are needed for a wide range of activities including setup, teardown, logging the time and details of the live show, assisting with transporation of the cast and staffing our information desk (Go To Team).
Learn more and sign up here.
May 2017: Miller Lite Golf Invitational
Variety’s annual golf event features more than 100 golfers, games, breakfast and lunch. Volunteers are needed to assist with check in, raffle tickets and shuttling volunteers to tees. Email Margie for more information or to sign up.
June 6-11 2017: Principal Charity Classic
Variety is honored to be one of six “FORE our Kids” charities who benefit from the Principal Charity Classic. Volunteers are needed staff hole #7 where they will spot golf balls and quiet the crowds. Volunteers can sign up and pay their $85 through the Variety office. Volunteer registration includes a Principal Charity Classic golf shirt, jacket, hat/visor and free admission throughout the tournament. Email Margie for more information or to sign up.
July 2017: Zoo Day
Once a year, Variety hosts more than 1,500 children from organizations throughout Iowa at the Blank Park Zoo. Volunteers are needed to help with check in and hand out water. Email Tiffany for more information or to sign up.
July 2017: Color Run
Also known as The Happiest 5k on the Planet, Color Run is a 5K, untimed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. Volunteers are needed to assist with set up, check in, to hand out t-shirts and water, throw color and tear down. Variety receives a donation from the Color Run for providing volunteers. Email Tiffany for more information or to sign up.
July 15, 2017: Polo on the Green
Polo on the Green is the ultimate summer soirée featuring a live polo match, dinner, auction and dancing. Volunteers are needed to assist with set up, drink tickets and tear down. Email Margie for more information or to sign up.
August 2017: Leinenkugel Golf Invitational (Cedar Rapids)
The Invitational is a best shot golf outing with morning and afternoon shotgun starts. Volunteers are needed to assist with games at each hole. Shifts are available from 7:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Email JJ for more information or to sign up.
November 2017: Beer, Wine & Food Expo
Variety is seeking 25 volunteers to be wine valets and stage hands at Iowa's Premier Beer, Wine & Food Expo. Volunteers will help load wine into attendees cars and assist at the wine, food and beer stages in Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center. Email Tiffany for more information. Variety receives a donation for supplying volunteers.
December 2017: Breakfast with Santa (Cedar Rapids)
Breakfast with Santa invites all special needs children from the greater Cedar Rapids area to take part in a fun filled morning with Santa. The event features breakfast, entertainment and photos with Santa. Each child receives a goodie bag to take home. Volunteers are needed to assist with setup, event staffing and tear down. Email JJ for more information or to sign up.
December 2017: Santa Pub Crawl
Santa Pub Crawl is a Young Variety event and a great way to kick off the holiday season. Guests dress up in Christmas attire, board a bus and enjoy an evening stopping at several bars and pubs. Volunteers are needed to hand out pizza and serve as bus captains. Volunteers must be 21. Email Tiffany for more information or to sign up.
January 2018: Black Tie Gala
Black Tie is seeking volunteers to help set up for this annual Gala event. This entails setting up tables, silent auction, live auction and decorating the venue. Email Margie for more information or to sign up.
February 2018: Mommy & Me Dance
Mommy & Me Dance is a Valentine’s event for moms and their kiddos featuring dancing, a dessert buffet and craft activities. Volunteers are needed to help with check in, raffle tickets and craft activities. Email Tiffany for more information or to sign up.
Multiple Dates: Mascot Needed
Always wanted to be a mascot? Now is your chance! Stanley J. Heart will be making appearances throughout the year including children's event and community activities. If you are interested in being on our mascot roster, sign up here.
Multiple Dates: Bikes for Kids
Through the Bikes for Kids program, Variety awards bikes, locks and helmets to kids who have never had a new bike. Volunteers are needed to load and unload bikes, set up stations, fill out registration forms, put stickers on bikes, check children in and fit helmets.
Contact Tiffany or call 515-243-4660 for more information.