Individual Volunteer Opportunities

We are so thankful for the 250+ 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 Hope Ministries Thrift, etc.

Our next Hope 101 volunteer orientation is January 13, 2024. Hope 101 takes place on the second Saturday of each month and is the first step to becoming a regular volunteer at Hope Ministries. Just hit the button below to sign up!

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 Hope Ministries Thrift locations (4640 Merle Hay Rd. in Urbandale and 500 E. Army Post Rd. in Des Moines).

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.

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 info@hopeiowa.org

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
  • Store helpers at Hope Ministries Thrift
  • Children’s activities at Hope Center for Women and Children
  • Chapel leaders at Bethel Mission

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 second Saturday of each month—except in October-December when our staff is busy preparing for our big Thanksgiving and Christmas meal outreaches. Sign up for one of our upcoming Hope 101 sessions here.

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.

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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