Ames Repair & Care Volunteer Program


Ames Repair & Care Volunteer Program

A partnership between the City of Ames and the Volunteer Center of Story County. 

ARC PicThe Ames Repair and Care program provides assistance to home-owners who are unable to maintain their property due to age, disability, or lack of financial resources.  The purpose for volunteer assistance is to help avoid the risk of citations for nuisance or maintenance violations and the cost of the remedy itself.  It also provides neighbors the opportunity to work together to maintain and improve the condition of residential property for the betterment of the neighborhood and Ames community.

Seeing that this is a budding program, typical activities a volunteer may help with are quite simple, but very helpful to residents, including:

  • Clean up of yard debris and outdoor storage
  • Trimming trees and shrubs
  • Mowing tall grass & controlling weeds
  • Shoveling snow
  • Minor painting
  • Repairing or installing exterior handrails and guardrails

 Repairs that are not included for various liability or cost reasons:

  • Trash removal
  • Any interior work
  • Cleaning of gutters
  • Any repair that requires the use of a ladder
  • Masonry, asphalt, or concrete work

The program is divided into three sub-categories:

  • Individual -- One-on-One pairing of an individual volunteer with a home-owner
  • Clubs -- clubs or organizations may be paired with a home-owner who needs ongoing assistance
  • Neighborhoods -- an entire neighborhood may organize a "work day" to help with property maintenance


To Get Involved click here to contact the Volunteer Center of Story County, or call 515-268-5323.

To Volunteer contact the City of Ames Planning Department at 515-239-5400.


Ames Repair and Care - helping hands for neighbors in need.