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Safe Place Site Monitors

YESS is a Safe Place shelter, and accordingly, we need to check in annually with all the Safe Place locations in the Des Moines metropolitan area. There are over 120 sites we need to monitor before December 31, 2020, and we need your help! You can sign up for as many or as few sites as you'd like (though we recommend a minimum of 5). To learn more and apply, click here


In an effort to protect the safety of all clients, staff, and visitors, some volunteer activities are suspended until further notice. Other opportunities will resume once we know it is safe to do so. Thank you for understanding! 


Become a Volunteer

Interested in volunteering? Contact us or call Brette Puhl, Community Outreach Manager, at 515-557-2262 for more information. 

Individuals interested in ongoing volunteer service at YESS must be approved by the agency prior to participation. The application process to become an on-going volunteer may take several weeks and includes the following steps:
  • Volunteer application (includes fingerprint background check & required TB test)
  • Interview and reference checks
  • Volunteer training/orientation

* While YESS acknowledges the benefits of peer-to-peer mentorship, we cannot allow volunteers under age 18 into the shelter due to licensing and confidentiality standards. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

If you are interested in internship opportunities, please 
click here.