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Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Volunteer

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.

Volunteer

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.

Volunteer

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.

Youth Ministry

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.

The Disaster Relief Team is connected to and deployed by the United Methodist Church in response to natural disasters occurring within the United States and surrounding countries. This team typically comes in to assist with large scale clean up of areas and also assist with some roofing and rebuilding as time allows. Knowledge of operation of chain saws and construction vehicles are an asset.

For more information, contact Wayne Shockley.

FaithWorks is primarily a carpentry ministry to assist the elderly or community members who are in need of small scale carpentry/construction projects. Team members who are interested in or have skills in painting, installing weather stripping, constructing wheelchair ramps or other like projects are encouraged to participate.

For more information, contact Sue Anne Bartelsmeyer.

Awareness Communicator

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 Provider

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.

Periodically deliver snacks, notecards and care items to healthcare workers at St. Francis Medical Center and Southeast Hospital.

For more info, contact Ruth Ann Orr.

Room Sponsor

Provide a welcoming atmosphere to children who are residing at Hope House due to a foster care placement. To get involved, or for more info, contact Chrissy Mayberry at (573) 290-0100.

Alpha Team

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.

Food Prep

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.

Ignite Mentor

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.

Worship Tech

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 Jeffrey Waters.

Jail Ministry

Spend an hour providing a short Bible study and devotional time to men/women incarcerated in Cape Girardeau County Jail. For more info, text Karen Bangert at (573) 587-9862.

This mission serves juvenile males assigned to the Girardot Center to provide a worship service. La Croix provides services every Saturday for a month at a time two times a year.

Help share a bible study or message to a group of young men at the Girardot Center. There is a background check required. Documents to get this started can be obtained at the church from Ruth Ann Orr, Missions Director.

Saturdays 4:00-5:00 PM (2 non-consecutive months throughout the year)

For more info, Text Karen Bangert at (573) 587-9862.

Hospitality

Providing special treats and meals a few times a year for staff. Help with purchasing, delivery and decorations. Provide snacks for the teacher workroom at least once a semester.

Teacher Appreciation

Each volunteer will be assigned 1-2 prayer partners to write encouraging notes to throughout the school year. The team members will be asked to remember to pray for their assigned person on a weekly basis On holidays and special days throughout the year, a special treat will be delivered to staff from this group. Each person will receive a “Favorite Things” list for their assigned staff member and they may choose to enclose a special item with their note each month.
Also, a birthday card will be sent to the honored person on or near their birthday.

Student Appreciation

Gift cards are presented to the Student of the Month and Terrific Tiger along with a note of Congratulations. Write encouraging notes to the class and go into the class once in a while to help the teacher and/or meet the students. Ice cream or other special treats are provided two times during the school year for all classes.

For more info, contact Sharon Shelton.

Maintenance Volunteer

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.

Program Volunteer

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.

The mission of Options for Women is to foster Biblical values of human life, family life, and sexuality by offering hope and compassionate help and enabling positive and life-affirming choices in Cape Girardeau surrounding area.

CHILDCARE

Provide childcare during parenting classes to allow parents the opportunity to concentrate on material presented.

CLASS TEACHER

each classes on basic infant and child care.

MAINTENANCE

Complete minor repairs and office maintenance

OFFICE HELP

Assist with routine office jobs such as filing and answering the phone.

For more information, contact Michelle Scherer or email director@optionsforwomencape.com

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.

Meal Volunteer

Prepare meals shared by all residents of the shelter, allowing them to build a sense of community through the gift of hospitality.

Mentor

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.

Room Sponsor

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.

Partner

Provide spiritual support and promote unity to families who have been the victims of loss or permanent injury through violence. To get involved, or for more info, contact Felice Patton.

Breakfast Mission

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.

Committee Member

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.

Prayer Warrior

Commit to receiving updates and requests for prayer from students going through a pivotal transitional point in their lives.

Volunteer Leader

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.

To get involved, or for more info, contact semoyounglife@gmail.com or check their website.

Questions?

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!