UHS Silver Cord Program

The Urbandale Silver Cord Program has been encouraging UHS students to experience the joy of volunteering and recognizing their efforts since 2014. All UHS students are welcome to participate. Each year, UHS students perform thousands of hours of valuable volunteer service in our community and around the globe. In 2019-20, they logged over 8,300 hours!


The Silver Cord is a distinguished graduation award available to Urbandale High School students who volunteer at least 160 hours during high school. Upon completion, participants receive a Silver Cord to wear at graduation in recognition of their achievements.

Getting Started

Students may start earning hours the day after they finish 8th grade. To sign up, click the Get Started tab on the top of this page. Silver Cord will communicate with students via email blasts to their SCHOOL EMAIL. Please check that regularly! Contact us at silvercord@urbandalenetwork.org at any time with questions.

There are so many places you can help!

Elementary school Homework Clubs, Fun Nights and providing childcare during parent meetings
Community work days through Urbandale Community Action Network (UCAN), Lion's Club and Key Club
Dance Without Limits, Courage League Sports and Special Olympics
Urbandale Food Pantry, Meals From the Heartland, and Iowa Food Bank

Qualifying Hours

To qualify as Silver Cord hours, volunteer work must fulfill a need with a non-profit agency, school, church, or community organization. Hours must be turned in within 90 days of completion. Some flexibility is being given during times of restricted gatherings and social distancing -- we will work with you, so please contact us at silvercord@urbandalenetwork if you have questions!

Volunteer service will not qualify if performed for an individual (relative, neighbor), for a for-profit business or event, or during a worship service. Work will not qualify as Silver Cord hours if a varsity letter, school credit, grade, or financial compensation is given.

For more information, please see the Qualifying Hours page.