Volunteer

"Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well."
- Philippians 2:4

Gospel Mission Volunteers

Help make a difference in the lives of those in need!

We rely heavily on the support of volunteers to keep the Mission running smoothly. We have a variety of ways to help out, whether you’re an individual, family, or big group!

Volunteer Opportunities Include:

  • Serving a meal in the kitchen

  • Sorting items at the Donation Center

  • Assisting in the Thrift Stores

  • Teaching a class or leading a Chapel Service

  • Packaging food donations

  • Cleaning and special projects

  • Working in the shelters

  • And More!

See something that’s not on the list? If you have an idea for another way to get involved, just let us know!

To learn more or schedule a time to volunteer, please contact:
David, Partner Relations Director
[email protected] or 712-255-1769 ext 16

VOLUNTEER GUIDELINES

There are general guidelines and rules necessary in order to ensure the safety of volunteers and to protect our guests.  We require compliance with the following guidelines:

  • Do not give or loan money to anyone

  • Do not give rides or take anyone to your home without approval

  • Do not be alone with someone of the opposite sex

  • Do not use profanity

  • Do not give medical advice

  • Please no photos or sharing the personal information

  • Do not leave personal belongings unattended

  • Do not date or pursue a romantic relationship with guests

  • Do not make any decisions or be involved in counseling guests; instead refer them to appropriate personnel

  • No weapons or firearms are allowed on Mission property

AGE REQUIREMENTS

We recognize that many families enjoy serving together and the benefit of exposing children to serving others.  For the safety of our volunteers and our guests, the following restrictions apply:

  • The minimum age for an individual volunteer to serve without a parent or guardian is 14, and they must have written parental consent.

  • Volunteer youth groups must be at least Middle School age and have appropriate adult supervision if under the age of 18. (1 adult sponsor for every 10 youth)

  • Youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.  Youth must be properly supervised at all times.

  • Any volunteer driving participants in a ministry vehicle or their own vehicle must be at least 21.

  • Keep confidential all information that is obtained directly or indirectly concerning those in our programs.

  • You must sign in/out when you volunteer at any facility, event or project.

If you are concerned about the safety or well-being of any individual for any reason, please contact the person leading your volunteer/ministry assignment or the Director of Partner Relations.

DRESS CODE FOR VOLUNTEERS (YEAR-ROUND)

This dress code is addressed to all volunteers.  Please use common sense in your choice of clothing.  We disciple a variety of men and women with various social vulnerabilities, thus it is important to observe a conservative dress code.  Please comply with these guidelines while volunteering at any of our facilities or events.  If you are dressed inappropriately, you may be asked to reschedule.

Long or short sleeve shirts are permitted.  T-shirts are acceptable but should not contain vulgar language, sexual innuendos or advertisements for alcohol.   Please do not wear sleeveless tops, halter tops, bare midriffs or anything tight or revealing; this includes leggings/jeggings.  Pants, shorts or skirts should be knee length or longer.  For safety, volunteers should not wear open-toed shoes, especially in kitchen area or where food is being served, thrift store, warehouse, and food pantry.

Volunteers are encouraged to talk about Christ and share the gospel as they feel led.  Talk about what the Lord has done for you personally.  You are encouraged to share stories about your life and how God has helped you overcome obstacles and given you purpose in life.

Please note, we want volunteers to get to know the people we help; however, be careful about being naïve.  Many times, people who are disadvantaged have learned to survive by becoming adept at using others.  Volunteers should remain on a first name basis.  Do not give your last name, address, telephone number, e-mail or any other personal information to any guest.

The Gospel Mission