Individual & Group Opportunities

Ways you can help

Individual & Group Opportunities

The Urban Ministry Center depends on the generosity of volunteers to meet the daily needs of our homeless neighbors. Every year, nearly 10,000 volunteers lend their heart and hands to our work. Our hope is that the work at Urban Ministry Center brings change in people’s lives – in the lives of our homeless neighbors and in the lives of volunteers. We invite you to become a part of this ministry.

Learn more about the opportunities to make a difference and take the first step by creating an account and completing our online volunteer form. Individual volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and attend an orientation. Select group opportunities can self-schedule.

All volunteers must be scheduled first – we need to know you’re coming! This enables us to ensure a rewarding experience and helps with safety and efficiency. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

  View our volunteer brochure

For Individuals

Weekday Support
Monday – Friday, 8:20 a.m. to 12:00 noon; 1:20 to 4:00 p.m.

  • Shower Attendant
  • Laundry Attendant
  • Front Desk – Basic Services
  • Counseling Desk
  • Phone Desk Volunteer
  • Mail Sorter
  • Counselor
  • Van Driver

Weekend Support
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Front Desk support
  • Mail and office organization

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! All individuals must first attend an orientation session. Please sign up for an upcoming orientation by completing an online volunteer form, selecting “I am volunteering as an individual” and signing up for an orientation date.

For Groups

Donating your time and talents with a group can create an unmatched sense of camaraderie while helping neighbors who are vulnerable and homeless.

Group Opportunities are great for friends/family, civic groups, corporate groups, or faith groups!

  • Drink Group (4-6 people): Bring and serve drinks for 400 people experiencing homelessness. Your group will set up in the dining room of our soup kitchen and pass out drinks to neighbors as they pick up their lunch. Bring ice, 400 16-ounce cups, and chilled/bottled canned drinks or powdered drink mix.
  • GardenWorks (2-12 people): Help us weed, harvest, and plant our garden!
  • Collection Drive: Sponsor a collection drive of high-need items. See our Wishlist for our most needed items.
  • Operation Sandwich: Assemble 100-800 sandwiches off-site for the homeless. Find more information and schedule a drop-off here.

Drink Groups and GardenWorks can be self-scheduled online here.

For groups larger than 15, please consider an off-site activity or donation drive.

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