Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Update:

As we focus on coordinating our Thanksgiving and Christmas volunteer meal outreach efforts, we will not be onboarding additional volunteers for the rest of 2020. Our next Hope 101 volunteer orientation will be in January 2021. Please revisit this page in early 2021 for more information. And if you’d like to find out how you can help us out this holiday season, check out our holiday volunteer opportunities here. Thanks! 

M25 Volunteer Network

We are so thankful for the 350+ individuals who serve with Hope Ministries on a regular, committed basis…weekly, monthly or quarterly. We call them our M25 volunteers, based on Matthew 25:35-40. After completing our Hope 101 orientation process, M25 volunteers serve in a variety of positions, including teaching classes, leading chapel, serving meals, helping at our administrative office, sorting and organizing at our ENCORE Thrift Stores, etc.

M25 Volunteers serve in many different roles at our seven ministry centers, but here are some of most needed and popular volunteer assignments.

Check out these opportunities:
Serve Meals

Help serve meals at our Hope Café, where we provide three free meals every day of the year!

Teach Classes

We need class facilitators for recovery program classes for men and women (curriculum is predetermined) plus instructors for classes such as jewelry-making and fitness at our Hope Center for Women and Children.

Thrift Store Help

We can always use an extra pair of hands to help accept and sort donations at our two ENCORE Thrift Stores (4640 Merle Hay Rd. in Urbandale and 500 E. Army Post Rd. in Des Moines).

Lead Chapel or Devotions

We’re looking for committed leaders for chapel services and daily devotions. We offer chapel every night of the week at our Bethel Mission men’s emergency shelter and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at our Door of Faith men’s recovery center. We also have daily devotions on weekday mornings for women at Hope Center for Women and Children.

Office Assistance

We can use office assistance both at our Administrative Office in Pleasant Hill and at our Hope Center for Women and Children. Office help includes answering phones, data entry, filing and more. A variety of shifts are available!

Children's Activities

Help with our Tuesday and Thursday Kids Nite activities or lead a Friday Family Fun Night at our Hope Center for Women and Children. We can also use weekend child care help.

Street Outreach

Our Saturday morning street ministry — Hope on the Streets — is led by Hope Ministries staff serving alongside M25 volunteers, ministering to individuals on the streets in the downtown Des Moines area.

Check out below how to become an M25 volunteer!

If you have questions about volunteering, feel free to give us a call at (515) 265-7272 or email

3 Steps to Join the M25 Volunteer Network

Check out our current openings

We often have a need for volunteers at all our facilities, but here are our greatest needs right now:

  • Meal Servers at Hope Cafe during lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday
  • Thrift store helpers at ENCORE Thrift Stores
  • Children’s activities at Hope Center for Women and Children

Just FYI: All our M25 volunteers are required to review and affirm our Mission Statement, Core Values and Statement of Faith. We also require a background check for every M25 volunteer.

Sign up to attend Hope 101

Hope 101 is a required orientation to help familiarize you with Hope Ministries’ values and programs and provide all the information you need to join our M25 Volunteer Network. It also includes the opportunity to help serve lunch to our hungry Hope Café guests!

Hope 101 takes place on the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at our Bethel Mission men’s shelter. Please note: if you’re still interested in volunteering after attending Hope 101, we require a one-time $25 processing fee which covers the cost of your background check and volunteer t-shirt.

We will not be holding any Hope 101 orientations in the remainder of 2020. Our next Hope 101 will be in January 2021.
Start Volunteering!

After you’ve attended Hope 101, it’s time to start volunteering. Our volunteer coordinators will work with you to determine which ministry center or volunteer role is best for you and get you added to our schedule.

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