Though some of our volunteer activities remain suspended due to the pandemic, we are offering opportunities for individuals interested in volunteering at our ENCORE Thrift Stores. If you’re interested in helping accept, sort and organize donations at either of our thrift stores, please sign up to attend an upcoming orientation. If you’re interested in other onsite opportunities, please watch this page in coming weeks/months for information on when we’ll be offering orientations for those activities.
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.
Help serve meals at our Hope Café, where we provide three free meals every day of the year!
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
We often have a need for volunteers at all our facilities, but here are our greatest needs right now:
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.
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.
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.