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Program Companion

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Joining a new program at EveryStep Greif & Loss Services, home of Amanda the Panda, can feel like a daunting, big step for someone new. As a Companion volunteer, your role is to help welcome new participants by offering connection, a friendly face (or phone call), and talking them through what to expect.

Training will be provided.

-Successful completion of background check.
-Understanding and recognition of appropriate boundaries.
-Ability to effectively interact with individuals and groups.
-Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgement that is consistent with achieving expectations.
-Comfortable discussing issues related to grief and loss.
-Ability to develop relationships with Amanda the Panda staff, clients, volunteers, and community.
-Ability to communicate effectively, verbally, in writing and in public with individuals and groups.

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About EveryStep


3000 Easton Blvd, Des Moines, IA 50317, US

Mission Statement

We empower individuals, support families and strengthen communities.


EveryStep, formerly known as HCI Care Services & Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, has been offering care and support for Iowans for many decades.

Our roots date back to 1908, when a group of nurses saw the need for public health nursing in Des Moines and founded an organization to fulfill that mission.

Since then, EveryStep has led the charge to address a wide variety of vital community health care and social service needs, offering prenatal support and home visits to new moms, assistance to immigrants and refugees, compassionate hospice and home care services, and grief and loss support.

Today, EveryStep has a strong reputation and a long history of serving vulnerable populations to help them live their best lives. Today, the non-profit’s 30 plus programs, more than 370 employees and nearly 900 volunteers offer care and support to Iowans in 47 counties.

Children & Youth
Crisis Support


We'll work with your schedule.


1821 Grand AveWest Des Moines, IA 50265



  • Bereavement Support
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteer must complete Amanda the Panda orientation and training prior to being placed in role.

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