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Get Involved!

Ankeny offers multiple volunteer opportunities for individuals to get involved in the community. 

Volunteer activities range from coaching youth sports, park and stream clean-up, tree planting, beautification of City flower beds, helping out at the Library, emergency preparedness and special events.

Learn more about how you can give back to the community!

Serve on a City of Ankeny Board or Commission

Become an Angel in the Outfield, Miracle League Volunteers Needed

Volunteer coaches and volunteers for the Buddy program, known as Angels in the Outfield are needed. Angels/volunteers are partnered with players to assist them in the games. Angels must be at least 14 years old. School sports teams, cheer/dance squads, youth groups and company/organization groups are encouraged to volunteer as a team. Learn more about the Ankeny Kiwanis Miracle League and sign up to volunteer.

Volunteer at the Library

Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age or in 6th grade or above. Opportunities range from assisting at events to re-shelving books. Each volunteer meets with the Volunteer Coordinator to develop an individualized schedule.

If you are interested in volunteering, download a copy of the Library Volunteer Form (PDF) and return it to Kirkendall Public Library or email it to Sherry Schlundt at sschlundt@ankenyiowa.gov.

Adopt-A-Flowerbed

Help Make Ankeny beautiful! Every year, the City of Ankeny seeks individuals, families, church groups or students needing Silver Cord hours to help maintain flower gardens at many of the city’s parks and public buildings. This is a great volunteer opportunity to help beautify our community with minimal time commitment. Consider adopting a flowerbed; it's fun, rewarding and a great way to help enhance our city. 

Volunteers will select the plants and flowers  that will go in their assigned flowerbed, plant flowers and keep flowerbeds weed free. Ankeny Parks & Recreation will prepare the flowerbeds, provide plant and bed materials and water the flowers. Volunteers will receive recognition with their name on a small sign in their flowerbed.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information about the Adopt A Flowerbed program, please contact Landscape Technician Vince Knoot at nature@ankenyiowa.gov or 515-963-3579.

Donations are also needed to help purchase the flowers and materials. Please consider sending a tax-deductible donation to:

Adopt-a-Flowerbed
Ankeny Parks and Recreation
220 W. First St.
Ankeny, IA 50023

Annual Earth Day Stream and Watershed Cleanup 

Public Works Stormwater Division brings the community together for a Stream and Watershed Cleanup each year. View the city calendar or contact Amy Bryant at 515-963-3542 or abryant@ankenyiowa.gov for more information, to volunteer or to host your own cleanup  throughout the year.

Ankeny Water Quality Improvement and Stormwater Education Group (WISE)

The Ankeny Water Quality Improvement and Stormwater Education Group (WISE) is looking for volunteer members.

The mission statement is as follows: The Ankeny WISE group evaluates best management practices for safe and efficient control of stormwater. Our mission is to increase public awareness of these practices and encourage both personal and community actions that will best protect our health, property and natural environment.

Contact Amy Bryant at 515-963-3542 or abryant@ankenyiowa.gov for more information or to volunteer.

Coaching

Coaching a youth sport is just as rewarding for the coach as it is for the child. This is a great way to spend quality time with your child and give back to the community. Kids love it when they can say their mom or dad was their coach! This also helps keep our prices as low as possible and affordable for everyone. No coaching experience is necessary. We will give you all of the tools to be a successful coach! 

Ankeny Parks & Recreation is always looking for volunteer coaches to help facilitate their programs. If you have interest in any of the following, please contact us today!

  • Youth Soccer 
    1st-7th grade, September - October
    Contact: Whitney Garcia, 515-963-3573, wgarcia@ankenyiowa.gov

  • Youth Volleyball
    5th-7th grade, September - October
    Contact: Ryan Harkema, 515-963-3571, rharkema@ankenyiowa.gov

  • Youth Basketball
    2nd-7th grade, November - February
    Contact: Ryan Penning, 515-963-3574, rpenning@ankenyiowa.gov

Teams typically practice twice a week with games on Saturdays.

Benefits of Coaching:

  • If your child is participating in the program you are coaching, you can choose the night they would like to practice!

  • Volunteer coaches also receive a 50%-off registration credit that can be used toward any future Parks and Recreation program!

Special Events

Ankeny Parks & Recreation hosts several special events throughout the year. Learn more about these programs below:

  • Senior Meals: Tuesdays, Monthly
    The second Tuesday of each month, Ankeny Parks & Recreation caters a lunch for Ankeny citizens 60 years and older. Meals are held at the Lakeside Center and start at noon. Help is needed to serve meals, clean up and call bingo after the lunch.
  • Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track & Field Meet: May

    This track & field meet is open to kids 7-14 years old. Help is needed timing races, recording heat times and helping with various field events.

  • Mayor's Bike Ride: Saturday in May
    Join Ankeny Mayor Gary Lorenz as he leads the way for a morning trail ride through the community. Help is needed along the route and handing out refreshments. 
  • All City Play Day: Wednesday in July
    All City Play Day offers dozens of FREE events for Ankeny citizens each summer at Hawkeye Park. Events include canoeing, giant bubbles, basketball, big wheel races, rock climbing wall, and tons more. Help is needed with various activity stations throughout the event.

  • Ankeny Youth Triathlon: Saturday in July
    Participants swim, bike and run in the Annual Ankeny Youth Triathlon. Swimming laps in the Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center, biking around the Sports Complex and running through the finish line at the Prairie Ridge Middle School Track. Help is needed along the route, at the recovery tent and other areas throughout the race.

  • Creepy Capers Halloween Party: October
    Help is needed with various carnival games, handing out candy, event check-in and more.

  • Mayor's Tree Lighting & Fireworks: Late November/early December
    Help is need serving hot cocoa and cookies, helping with holiday crafts and accompanying Santa!

If you're interested in contributing, contact Whitney Garcia at wgarcia@ankenyiowa.gov or 515-963-3573.