Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

We’re currently gearing up for our big Thanksgiving and Christmas outreaches. Although our Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities are now full (wow – thank you so much to everyone who signed up!), we still have plenty of opportunities to volunteer on Christmas. We’ll be serving and delivering thousands of meals, both onsite and across Des Moines, on Wednesday, Dec. 25. Here’s how you can help:

  • Volunteer Onsite – (9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) Help package and serve meals, plus set-up, decorations, clean-up, etc.
  • Serve as a Meal Delivery Driver Team – (9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) Deliver meals throughout the Des Moines area to people in need.
Online registration for Christmas volunteering is open now! REGISTER HERE

Please note: Onsite volunteers must be 13 or older. If you’re a family with younger children, consider signing up to serve as a meal delivery driver team!

More Holiday Activities

Donate Food

We’ll serve and deliver thousands of meals this Thanksgiving and Christmas…in addition to the 500+ meals we already serve every day! You can help tremendously by donating much-needed items. We will be collecting holiday food donations on Wednesday, November 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our Bethel Mission facility (1310 6th Avenue in Des Moines). Needed items include:

  • Ready-to-serve dinner rolls
  • Cookies (packaged two per baggie)
  • Ground beef, pork loin, bacon, ham
  • Milk, cheese, eggs, butter
  • #10 cans of green beans or mixed vegetables
  • Condiments
  • Salad dressing (e.g., ranch, French, Italian)

Mission: Christmas gift bags

We’re on a mission to make sure all 200+ homeless men, women and children in our care this Christmas feel extra loved. You can help us by providing gift bags filled with practical and personal items. You can “adopt” a man, woman or child—we’ll provide a specific gift list, as well as delivery instructions. Sign up to provide one or more bags here.

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