We love supporting your volunteer efforts!



VolunteerLocal has been empowering athletic competitions, art festivals, music festivals, non-profit organizations and many other events all over the world since 2003. Born out of a need identified by Des Moines Arts Festival, our web-based software has proven to be a key component in managing the volunteer force that is so vital to events that range from Duck Derby Fundraisers to the World Masters Athletics Championships.

VolunteerLocal is proudly based in Des Moines, Iowa. Our software works anywhere you can access the Internet.


The VolunteerLocal Team

We are a team of artists and triathletes, writers and cyclists, technologists and skiers. We care deeply about our communities and we love seeing customers use our service. Reach us at hello@volunteerlocal.com.

Kaylee Williams
Kaylee Williams Kaylee Williams is a business development specialist with a background in writing and community building. She has been actively involved in the Des Moines startup community as a coordinator for 1 Million Cups and a contributing columnist for the Des Moines Register's "Innovation Page." Kaylee is the Chief Volunteer Enthusiast at VolunteerLocal, focusing on strategic development through affiliate partnerships, direct marketing campaigns and creative community projects.
Lucy Williams
Lucy Williams Lucy is a community builder with experience in customer support and working in nonprofits. She graduated from the University of Iowa after studying English and Creative Writing, and worked for institutions such as the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust and Donors Forum. She is a volunteer for several large nonprofits in the Chicago metro, and is committed to the importance of giving back to one's community. She is thrilled to be a part of VolunteerLocal's team and to work with such awesome clients!

Strategic Advisors

Brad Dwyer
Brad Dwyer Brad is a successful entrepreneur who founded Hatchlings, one of the most popular social games on the web, while still a student at Iowa State University. Buoyed by the continued success of Hatchlings, Brad's advising VolunteerLocal on items related to social strategy and product development while maintaining his hobby of traveling the world and immersing himself in new cultures.
Jeremy Harrington - Experience Strategy
Jeremy Harrington Jeremy has been designing experiences for national brands and products for nearly 13 years. His background includes user experience and visual design for customers like Apple, NASA JPL, Boeing, General Motors, BWM, Sony and Disney. Jeremy has spent the past several years speaking at national and regional conferences and developing presentations on design thinking, user research and user-centered design. When not working he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children his passions include music, design and all things Disney.
Brian Hemesath
Brian Hemesath Brian advises all technology development for VolunteerLocal. He has built a career around technology startups, having been a founder and co-founder of several businesses. He is the Managing Director of the Global Insurance Accelerator which supports early stage companies building solutions for the insurance industry. Brian is a past President of Young Variety (Iowa Tent of Variety - The Children's Charity) which has given him tremendous insight to both volunteering and organizing volunteers.
Kellie Markey
Kellie Markey Kellie is a native of Des Moines, Iowa and a Dowling High School and Central College Alumni. After college spent 15 years in the advertising and marketing industry in Chicago and the bay area of California. The last 5 years of her marketing career were spent at eBay where she started as VP Global Direct Marketing. Her final two years were in the International Division where she oversaw the eBay assets and equity investments in Asia, Latin America, Australia and Canada. Kellie returned to the Des Moines area full time in 2012 and spends her time building Dorothy's House, a safe place for the practice of life for those teen and youth girls whose lives have been interrupted by trafficking and sexploitation, and supporting the local start up community.


Happy Volunteering!

Our service was built with these principles in mind:

  • People volunteer for causes they care about.
  • Volunteers want the sign up process to be simple.
  • Communication is vital to a positive experience.

Happy Volunteering is more than just a clever tagline, it's our sole focus.
Before VolunteerLocal, OFOAMs Volunteer Coordinator relied on back and forth emails, phone calls and handwritten spreadsheets to organize volunteers for the annual Ogden Music Festival (weekend after Memorial Day). Also before VolunteerLocal, our volunteers didn't have... - Reba Nissen, Director, Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music (OFOAM)
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