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 11, 2017: 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 event chair, Chris Wood, to sign up. 

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 & 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 to assist in the VIP room, Log the Telethon activities, assist with transportation needs and be part of the Go To Team. Learn more and sign up here.

April 2017: The 9 Bar Open (Cedar Falls)

The 9 Bar Open is a miniature golf tournament in Cedar Falls. Volunteers are needed to act as Official Miniature Golf Marshalls. Two shifts are available, 8:00 a.m. to noon and noon to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers must be 21.

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 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.

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.

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 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. mail JJ for more information or to sign up.

September 7, 2017: Variety Stag

Variety’s 9th annual, one of a kind men’s event. This casual event will be hosted in the indoor riding arena at Powder River Ranch in Cumming. The evening includes cocktails, steak dinner and a raffle.  Volunteers are needed for set up, clean up, and tear down. Email Margie to sign up.

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: Lunch with Santa (Cedar Falls)

Variety partners with River Hills School in Cedar Falls, a school that works exclusively with special needs children, to host Lunch with Santa. The event features lunch, crafts, entertainment from a local high school choir and photos with Santa. 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 serve as bus captains. Volunteers must be 21.

January 2017: Black Tie Gala

Black Tie Fire 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.

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.