Fundraising Opportunities

ISU Dining is looking for local, civic, community, school and other non-profit organizations who would like to fundraise and earn money for non-profit organizations.


May 20-25, 2024, the City of Ames, and Iowa State University will host The Odyssey of the Mind World Finals Conference.

ISU Dining will provide meals to many participants who will be attending this conference. We need your help in providing the high quality of services that Ames and ISU Dining are known for.

Any non-profit organization with a tax ID number is eligible to earn extra money for their organization may participate. A contract agreement is also required to participate.

Expected duties include serving meals, dining room service, dish washing, and miscellaneous cleaning duties. Please note we do prepare and serve meat at all our locations.

Each 3-hour shift would involve standing, lifting and moving around. Groups would be assigned to one of our dining facilities for the entirety of the conference for a specific meal period.


Meal Periods

  • May 21-25 All Breakfast meals (5 days)
  • May 21-24 All Lunch meals (4 days)
  • May 20-24 All Dinner meals (5 days)

*If a group has enough participants, two meal periods may be chosen but the need to attend all days of both meals is necessary.


Organize your members/spouses/families/friends, etc. to assist your group and create a team.  A team consists of one Team Leader and four members (5 total workers) each day.

A Team Leader must be present each day, two people may share the responsibility attending on different days during the event.

Team members may vary from day to day with four members in attendance for each day.

Suggestion: ask members to work multiple days but explain they are not committing themselves to work every day of the event.

All Team Leaders and workers must be age 18 or older by May 20, 2024. Each Team Leader must attend an orientation program prior to May 20, 2024 (actual dates to be determined).

The Team Leaders will be responsible for their group members (ability to perform tasks, transportation, training, required form completion for each member, and supervision during the shift).

Meal periods – choose all breakfast meals, all lunch meals, or all dinner meals.

Your lunch team will have the same start time, for example your team will be assigned a start time of 10:30 or 11 a.m. and all participants would report at that time.

Another team will be assigned the alternating time to allow for full lunch coverage.






Monday, May 20, 2024 —- —- 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 23, 2024 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 24, 2024 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 25, 2024 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. —- —-
_____________________________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________
Total Team Hours 75 Hours 60 Hours 75 Hours
Estimated Earnings (1 team of 5 per day) $975 $780 $975
Estimated Earnings (2 teams of 10 per day) $1950 $1560 $1950
* Estimated earnings are based on $13/ hour per participating volunteer.


One free complimentary meal will be provided to all team members for each shift they work.

Required uniform is simple and comfortable, consisting of a plain solid-colored or white t-shirt with sleeves (sleeveless not allowed), full length jeans (no capris or cropped slacks/pants), ankle length socks and comfortable shoes such as athletic/tennis shoes (no sandals, open-toed or any skin showing for personal protection). Hair coverage and aprons are provided.

A limited number of groups will be able to work each meal and are scheduled when a commitment is received.

Responding to this email is step one, followed by a formal acceptance process which includes signing a contract agreement.

Feel free to forward this fundraising information to other non-profit, civic, or other charitable groups that may be interested.

Groups must have a Taxpayer Identification Number (W-9).

Contact :

Diane Schmidt, Student Services Specialist III

Iowa State University – Dining Student Staffing Office

168 Union Drive Community Center (UDCC)

Office:  515-294-5573