Volunteers_Serving_Food At the heart of Open Door Mission is its volunteers. You, your family, your co-workers or your church can help hungry and homeless men, women and children. Working hand in hand, members of the community can make a difference at Open Door Mission. Sign up below. Upon completion, you will be asked to sign up for a 60-minute volunteer orientation and tour, available:

  • Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. 
  • Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.

Orientation is located on Open Door Mission’s Campus Permanent Supportive Housing Community Room #124 2205 E Locust Street Omaha, NE 68110

Urgent Volunteer Opportunities 

Drivers Needed: Drumsticks on Wheels

Help deliver 5,000 frozen turkeys and fixin’s boxes to our neediest neighbors in the Heartland. Sign up to be a turkey driver on Saturday, November 21, just in time for Thanksgiving

Click here to schedule your shift »

Toy Sorters and Baggers Needed

Reach out to more than 6,000 girls and boys, bringing the joy of Christmas to their hurting hearts. Volunteers are needed to help sort and bag new, unwrapped toys in preparation for Project Santa.

Click here for a list of available dates »

Project Santa: Drive-Thru Christmas

Open Door Mission is looking for volunteers to assist with handing out toy bags, gift books, and other items to low income families. Volunteers are also needed to assist with traffic control. Adults, youth and children 13 years + are welcome. Individuals, families, senior high youth groups, businesses, churches, etc.

Click here to request your shift time, today »

Walkins Welcome

Open Door Mission needs your help to hang up summer wear for the poor and needy that come to our Timberlake Outreach Center for assistance. The racks are being emptied as fast as we can fill them! YOU can empower families to remain in their own homes and prevent homelessness.

For more information and available hours…

Streets of Omaha

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning you can see volunteers making sandwiches—hundreds of them—and packing them into lunches to be delivered to people living in extreme poverty.

Click here for more information and to sign up » 

Prepping Food  Monday thru Friday from 9am – 11am

Open Door Mission is serving more than 2,000 hot, nutritious meals to hungry and homeless men, women, and children daily. We are in need of volunteers to help prep food on Monday thru Friday from 9am – 11am.

Sign up to help prep food » 

SOS Teams — Day and Evening Hours Available

Open Door Mission needs your help Sorting, Organizing and Shelving all the gently used donations that are brought to the Timberlake Outreach Center. Help empower individuals and families to remain in their homes and prevent homelessness!

Click here for more information »

Dress Code for Volunteers:

This dress code is addressed to all volunteers. Because we serve a variety of men, and women with various moral vulnerabilities, it is important to observe a comprehensive dress code. Please comply with the following guidelines while present at Open Door Mission’s Campus.

  • Long or short sleeve shirt, (a tee shirt is acceptable), pants to the knees or below.
  • Closed toe shoes.
  • Dresses with modest necklines, hemlines to the knees or below.
  • Please no sleeveless tops, or halter tops, no tight fitting or low necklines, or bare midriffs.

Friends of the Mission

content-volunteer-2A group of volunteers who want to…

  • be in the know with first-hand information about what’s happening at Open Door Mission.
  • be an advocate for the hungry and homeless.
  • be an ambassador for Open Door Mission in their church, business, and organization.

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 11:30 a.m. in the Garland Thompson Men’s Center located at 2705 N 20th St E.  Enjoy a great lunch, hear Open Door Mission updates & a Story of Hope. Optional service projects follow the meeting. Learn more about Friends of the Mission »

Build a Volunteer Team

Have a team of people who want to volunteer? At Open Door Mission, your volunteer team can help in two ways.

  • Cafeteria Teams — Teams of seven to 12 people help with meal preparation, serving and cleanup.
  • Banquet Teams — Teams of 25 to 30 help with meal preparation, serving and cleanup, as well as serve our clients as they sit down. This is a wonderful way to show love and dignity to those who need it most.

Teams are encouraged to commit to one meal a month, (breakfast, lunch or dinner) on a certain day — for example the first Tuesday or fourth Saturday. You can even commit to serving all meals one day a month. Current openings and times are susceptible to change based on needs.

For More Information

Please contact the volunteer department by phone at 402-422-1111 ext. 1504 or e-mail volunteer@opendoormission.org to discuss how your team can start ministering at Open Door Mission.

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