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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities at Heartland Hope Mission

As a volunteer at Heartland Hope Mission, you will be helping build a stronger community by assisting working poor families choose food, clothing and hygiene items. Your smile will bring hope to people in desperate situations. Join our community of over 5,000 passionate people making a difference. 

20 volunteers are needed during each pantry time listed below.

Ages 12 and up are welcome to volunteer, and ages 12-15 must volunteer alongside a parent or group leader.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Regulations

We are providing a safe environment for all by:

  • practicing social distancing
  • separating volunteers from clients with plexiglass
  • mask wearing
  • decreasing the number of volunteers scheduled at each pantry
  • increased cleaning/disinfecting of common surfaces
  • providing rubber gloves to all who serve
  • South O Pantry Volunteer Hours

    Tuesdays 6 pm-9 pm
    Thursdays 1 pm-5 pm
    Saturdays 9 am-1 pm

  • South O Warehouse Volunteer Hours

    Fridays 9:30 am-11:30 am

  • Millard Pantry Volunteer Hours

    2nd & 4th Saturdays 10 am-12 pm

In addition, volunteers are needed for our major events:

  • Red, White & Blue Block Party-June

    Our Red, White and Blue Block Party takes place on the last Saturday of June. Activities such as: live music, face painting, a sports agility camp for kids, water slides, bounce houses and food make this event special and fun for the community! Volunteers are needed to assist with: event set up, food service, managing activities and games, guest check-in, and event tear down.

  • In August, we are hosting our Hy-Vee Stuff a Truck event. Volunteers are needed to serve a 2.5 hour shift to help fight hunger in our community. Volunteers will give shoppers coming into the store an opportunity to purchase a $5 or $10 bag of food to help feed families in need this holiday season.

    This is a family-friendly volunteer opportunity, as parents with kids of all ages are welcome to serve at this event to build awareness about food insecurity in their own neighborhoods. Food items donated and funds raised during this event will go towards providing Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for families who rely on our pantry to make ends meet.

  • This event is Heartland Hope Mission’s largest fundraiser of the year. Volunteers are needed to assist our staff in set-up, facilitating and tear down.

  • Christmas in South O distributes brand new toys, wrapping paper, books, stuffed animals, blankets and food to help families who would otherwise not be able to provide a Christmas meal and presents to their children. There are many opportunities to volunteer or donate and give hope for Christmas to over 1,200 children in need.

Pantry Sponsor of the Month

  • Village Pointe Toyota