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In an effort to protect the safety of all clients, staff, and visitors, volunteer activities are suspended until further notice. 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 Zach Rus, 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.