Ministry does not happen without committed volunteers like you!
There are multiple ways to get involved in an area you are passionate about. Read more about them below.
Want to know more about the ministries you would be serving? Check out our Local Missions Partners.
Attend Wednesday night services to provide community and fellowship to attendees of the Amen Center, a facility that ministers to individuals and families who are considered to be homeless. For more info, text Karen Bangert at (573) 587-9862.
For a few hours, a couple times a month, you can give a Little the invaluable gift of your friendship. By simply changing their perspective of what the world can offer, you can literally start changing their life. Play a board game. Make fun crafts. Hit the playground together. Just as your options are unlimited, so is your Little’s potential. For more information, contact Ashley Seiler at (573) 339-0184 or check their website.
Interested small groups would identify a point person to receive emails from CarePortal that would detail a given need (clothing, bedding, etc) for a child or family. Your group would then provide for the need and develop a relationship with the recipient family. To get involved, or for more info, contact Shelly Gerard.
Supervise young men as they warm-up, condition, and learn to box. This is an opportunity for older youth and college-aged and older men to work with youth. During this time, volunteers can witness to the power of Christ in their lives and help keep participants accountable. The Boxing Club uses an incentive program to promote delayed gratification towards a goal.
Parkinson’s Disease Ministry
Work 1:1 with men diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, getting them to work on therapy goals using traditional boxing training methods. Trained therapists are there to offer suggestions for each man. Gatherings open with prayer and then close with prayer for any specific needs of the group.
Center Improvement Volunteers
Help renovate the bathroom and kitchen areas to provide adequate water and electrical that would meet building code and allow full use of both areas.
To get involved or more info, contact Danny Rees at (573) 275-1571.
Adults who have experience/knowledge of the foster care system in Missouri will host Foster Parent Link Meetings, serve on the Caring Adult Network and/or contribute at events promoting foster care recruitment.
Respite volunteers help with the retention of adults willing to provide ongoing foster care. Individuals would provide respite foster care to adults providing long-term foster care. Most respite would last for a weekend.
To get involved, or for more info, contact Ruth Ann.
Provide meals for our Alpha nights, serve on the prayer team for Alpha on campus, or participate as a host or table leader for Alpha.
Provide welcoming and comfortable environments where relationships with college-students can be developed by providing a home cooked meal (or snacks) for a group of students.
Meet with a college-aged student 3-4 times per month to listen, challenge, pray for and encourage them as they pursue Jesus. Resources and training provided.
Help Ignite to have meaningful worship on campus each week by running sound, lights, or ProPresenter to display lyrics and graphics.
To get involved, or for more info, contact Jeffery Waters.
Jefferson Elementary Tutoring (JET) Program
Provide tutoring in math and communication arts to students in grades 1-4, tutoring one to two students per session. Tutors will have the opportunity build relationships with students by helping by providing positive feedback and constructive role modeling.
Classroom Volunteer (Clerical)
Assist teachers by running copies, assisting with preparation of materials for hands-on lessons, filing papers and assisting with grading papers.
Classroom Volunteer (Instructional)
Offer academic support in classrooms, groups and one on one settings to students.
Pack bags of groceries for students that are food insecure (not sure when or from where their next meal is coming.)
Hospitality (Individual Classrooms)
Provide individual faculty and staff members with uplifting messages and inexpensive treats to help build positive morale.
Provide the faculty and staff of Jefferson Elementary with hospitality through food at the beginning of school, conferences, and Teacher Appreciation Week.
To get involved, or for more info, contact Sharon Shelton.
Perform small construction projects as needed. Knowledge of electrical wiring and plumbing would be useful. Ongoing maintenance projects to keep the building in repair would need to be completed on an as-needed basis.
Assist with implementation of outreach programs. Volunteers work 1:1 with program participants serving as an ally for the participant to reflect on questions, practice skills, and gain support while receiving training on how to obtain a job.
To get involved, or for more info, contact Jeremy Ferguson.
Adoption Strategy Volunteer
Work with families who are interested in walking through the adoption process. Room for One More works through adoption grants. However, the process of preparing for home studies and being approved as a family who could adopt can be daunting. Room for One More helps facilitate the process to encourage more families to consider adoption. To get involved, or for more info, contact Shari Stroup.
Prepare meals shared by all residents of the shelter, allowing them to build a sense of community through the gift of hospitality.
Provide women in the program with a positive role model, guiding parenting, helping navigate relationships and teaching typical life skills (like meal planning or budgeting). A mentor would help guide women who would be transitioning out of the Safe House into housing of their own.
Individuals or small groups may adopt a room at the shelter to decorate with curtains, bed linens, covers, pillows, etc. Upon leaving the shelter, families will be gifted the bedding. Adopting a room would be an ongoing project with turn-over expected about every 90-120 days.
Thrift Store and Outreach Office Volunteer
Volunteers at the thrift store and outreach office handle typical retail or clerical duties that will free employees of the Safe House to do more specialized work with the women and their families.
To get involved, or for more info, contact Jessica M. Hill.
Assist in setting up the building for the children and adults attending the Meet Me at The Bridge event the third Saturday of each month. This would include handing out flyers that would announce the event to people in the neighborhood. Volunteers are needed to do crafts with the children and/or organize games. This mission is open to any other types of activities that might interest children and youth in the area (music ministry, cooking classes for young parents, etc).
To get involved, or for more info, contact Kaye Hood.
Assist in preparing and serving breakfast to the residents who stay overnight at the warming center located at St. James AME church. The center is open only if the temperature is projected to fall below 35 degrees.
To get involved, or for more info, contact Ruth Ann.
This team is a “behind the scenes” ministry that would help with leadership and accountability of the direct service teams of YoungLife. Three-year commitment to weekly meetings and possible leadership of certain areas of ministry connected to SEMO YoungLife.
Commit to receiving updates and requests for prayer from students going through a pivotal transitional point in their lives.
Provide mentoring and leadership to students. Position requires a two-year commitment to 10-12 hours a week with kids and the leadership team after completing a nine-week training.
If you don’t see anything that looks like a fit for you, simply email our Missions Director, Ruth Ann Orr. She oversees our community volunteer opportunities and can help you get plugged in!