Good Friday Brunch VolunteersAt 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.

Click the Sign Up Now button below to complete your 60-minute volunteer orientation and tour, available:

  • Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 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

ALL volunteer opportunities for serving at the Lydia House, at the Garland Thompson Men’s Center, and during Meal Times require completion of volunteer orientation and tour, and a monthly commitment of 2 hours for 6 months.

Click here to view samples of Regular Volunteer Opportunities »

Urgent Volunteer Opportunities 

Volunteer Orientation and Tour NOT required for below volunteer positions. 

Volunteers Needed for Community Bonus Day
Saturday, January 21

Come help Open Door Mission throw a Community Bonus Day for the working poor and near homeless in our community.  Make a difference in the lives of needy families and empower them to stay in the own homes.

Click here for more information and to sign up » 

Volunteers Needed for Ultra Chic Boutique
Saturday, January 28

Open Door Mission is looking for volunteers to help assist with hanging/sorting dresses as well as monitoring the dressing rooms.  This event is a great fundraiser for Open Door Mission’s Lydia House – come help out

!Click here for more information and to sign up » 

Volunteers Needed for Hearts of Hope Luncheon
Saturday, February 11

Open Door Mission will be holding a special meal on this day to help hungry and homeless men, women, and children celebrate and feel loved for Valentine’s Day!

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Volunteers Needed for Warmth for the Winter – Walk Ins Welcome

Open Door Mission needs your help to hang up winter clothing for the poor and needy that come to our Family Outreach & Donation Centers 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.  No need to sign up – walk ins are welcome!  See below for more information and available hours.

Volunteers Needed for Food Preparation – Walk Ins Welcome!

Monday-Friday from 9-11 a.m. or 2-4 p.m., Walk Ins are welcome to come assist with food preparation in our kitchen.  This could include preparing sandwiches, making sack lunches, assisting with food preparations for upcoming meals, or cleaning up the kitchen.

Click here for more information and to sign up » 

Volunteers Needed for 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 »

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.

Volunteer From Home

Would you be willing to volunteer from home?  Below are some ideas for volunteering from home and can be completed individually, as a small group, or even as a large group.

  • Blessing Bags — Make Blessing Bags full of a warm hat, gloves, throat lozenges, a toothbrush, toothpaste (toiletry size), face cloth, candy, deodorant (toiletry size), and a small kleenex pack.
  • Sack Lunches — Make sack lunches or sandwiches for homeless men, women, and children.  Lunches should include at least a sandwich (either meat or peanut butter and jelly), a sweet item, and a salty item.
  • Crocheted Plastic Bag Mat  Grab the extra plastic bags you have lying around and use them to crochet a plastic mat for the homeless sleeping on the streets.  Click here for instructions »

Any of these completed items can be dropped off directly at the Garland Thompson Men’s Center, Lydia House, Timberlake Outreach Center, or any of the three Family Outreach & Donation Centers.

Click here for Family Outreach & Donation Centers hours and locations »

For More Information

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

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