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.
November 9 - 10, 2018: 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 13 & 14, 2018: 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 JJ to learn more.
December 11 & 12, 2018: 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.
December 2018: 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. Email the Variety office for more information.
January 18, 2019: 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 26, 2019: Mommy & Me: Sweetheart Dance
Support Young Variety and volunteer for the Mommy and Me: Sweetheart Dance. Mommy and Me hosts two dances, both on Sunday, February 17. Event Assistants are needed for both dances to assist with registration, raffle, craft activities, photo booth, dessert station and floating to ensure the event is running smoothly. Sign up here.
February 16, 2019: 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. Email the Variety office to sign up.
March 9 & 10, 2019: 45th 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. Sign up to volunteer here.
March 15, 2019: 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 JJ to sign up.
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.
June 2019: HEROES with Heart - A Community Celebration (Cedar Rapids)
HEROES with Heart is a free community event featuring children's activities, specialized and traditional bike presentations, entertainment and more! Volunteers are needed to assist with setup, staffing informational and activity tables, assisting with bike presentations, being the Variety mascot, crowd control/directions and cleanup. Email JJ to sign up.
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 JJ for more information.
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, drink tickets and tear down. Sign up here.
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 the Variety Office or call 515-243-4660 for more information.
September 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, registration and tear down. Email Margie to learn more.
September 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 JJ for more information.