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.


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 the Variety Office or call 515-243-4660 for more information.

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, email Megan.


May 28 - June 2, 2019: 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.

Bikes for kids volunteering fitting bike helmet on a childs head

June 18, 2019: Leinenkugel Golf Invitational (Cedar Rapids)

The Invitational is a best shot golf outing with an afternoon shotgun start. Volunteers are needed to assist with games at each hole.  Email the Variety Office for more information.

Polo on the Green Auction Volunteer

July 13, 2019:  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, raffle, auction, registration, greeting and tear down. Sign up here.


September 12, 2019: Variety Stag

Variety’s annual, one of a kind men’s even includes cocktails, steak dinner, auction and a raffle.  Volunteers are needed for set up, clean up, raffle, registration and tear down. Email Margie to learn more.


September 26, 2019: Variety Stag (Cedar Rapids)

Another men's only event in the Cedar Rapids area. The evening includes beverage sampling, dinner, auction and a raffle.  Volunteers are needed for set up, registrations, event assistance, clean up, raffle and tear down. Email the Variety Office for more information.


November 2019: Iowa’s Premier Beer, Wine & Food Expo

Volunteers are needed for the Beer, Wine, & Food Show! Tasks include helping bring wine to attendee's cars and assist by being stage hands (pouring beer/wine samples, handing out food samples). Email the Variety office for more information. 


November 12 & 13, 2019: Two Days of Compassion (Cedar Rapids)

Volunteers are needed to answer phones and take pledges at Variety's two day Radio-thon on KMRY 93.1FM. Email the Variety office to learn more.

January 2020: 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 to sign up.

January 2020: Mommy & Me: Sweetheart Dance

Support Young Variety and volunteer for the Mommy and Me: Sweetheart Dance. Event Assistants are needed to assist with registration, raffle, craft activities, photo booth, dessert station and floating to ensure the event is running smoothly.

March 2020: 46th 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.

March 2020: Spirits of Spring

Spirits of Spring is Cedar Rapids premier food sampling fundraiser. Volunteers are need to assist with setup, registration, silent auction and decorating the venue. Email the Variety Office to sign up.