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 17, 2018: 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 17, 2018: 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 3 & 4, 2018: 44th 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

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March 16, 2018: 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.

June 5-10, 2018: 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 14, 2018: 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 the Variety office to sign up.

July 2018: 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, hand out water and act as the Variety mascot. One volunteer needed to be the mascot July 18. Email the Variety office to sign up.

August 2018: 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. Email JJ for more information.

September 6, 2018: 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 for more information.

November 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 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 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. Email the Variety office for more information.

January 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.

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

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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.