Ministry does not happen without committed volunteers like you!
There are multiple ways to get involved in an area you are passionate about. Find our current volunteers opportunities below.
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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.
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.
FISH Food Pantry
The FISH Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to work a designated shift once a month. Three to four volunteers are needed per shift. Shifts are on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 9 am to 12 pm. For more information, contact Ruth Ann Orr at (573) 339-0302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Jeffrey Waters.
Mississippi County Jail Ministry
Spend an hour providing a short Bible study and devotional time to men/women incarcerated in Mississippi 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Quilting Ministry is an outreach opportunity of La Croix Church. They meet on the second Wednesday of every month in Room 110 at our Cape Campus from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm to work on quilt design and piecing. Lunchtime and fellowship are a valued part of this ministry.
Finished quilts are distributed to various individuals or groups in need due to a catastrophic event such as a fire, an event resulting in homelessness, a child entering the foster care system in need of bedding, or an individual who may have been displaced due to abuse and is seeking shelter at the Safe House. Quilts have also been donated to youths who have been referred to the Girardot Center, a facility for juveniles requiring intensive counseling/intervention. We are also making baby quilts for the Building Blocks outreach program and Teen Challenge.
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.
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.
Provide childcare during parenting classes to allow parents the opportunity to concentrate on material presented.
each classes on basic infant and child care.
Complete minor repairs and office maintenance
Assist with routine office jobs such as filing and answering the phone.
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 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!