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, 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 at children's event and community activities. If you are interested in being on our mascot roster, email Carly.

Bikes for kids volunteering fitting bike helmet on a childs head
Polo on the Green Auction Volunteer


Nov. 8-9, 2019: Iowa’s Premier Beer, Wine & Food Expo

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


Dec. 10-11, 2019: Two Days of Compassion

Volunteers are needed to answer phones and take pledges at Variety's two day Radiothon on KMRY 93.1-FM. Email Margie to sign up.


Jan. 17, 2020: Feast for your Senses

Feast for your Senses is seeking volunteers to help set up for this annual event. This entails setting up tables, silent auction, live auction and decorating the venue. Email Margie to sign up.


Feb. 29 - March 1, 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 Telethon activities, assist with transportation needs and be part of the go-to team. Email Margie to sign up.

May 2, 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.

May 9, 2020: Mommy & Me Dance

Support Young Variety and volunteer for the Mommy and Me Dance. Volunteers are needed to assist with registration, the raffle, craft activities, photo booth, dessert station to ensure the event runs smoothly. Email Margie to sign up.