Volunteers_Serving_FoodAt 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:

  • Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.
  • 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.

Urgent Volunteer Opportunities 

Volunteer Orientation and Tour NOT required for below volunteer positions. 

Volunteers Needed for Easter Bonus Day
Saturday, March 19, 2016

We are looking for volunteers to help our celebration of the Risen Savior as we throw an Easter Bonus Day for the working poor and near homeless in our community!  The Easter Bonus Day will be held at the Timberlake Outreach Center (2107 East Locust Street, Omaha, NE 68110).

Volunteers are needed for sorting, organizing, and shelving donations.  Any children volunteering must be at least school aged and above, and accompanied by an adult.  You can make a difference in the lives of needy families and empower them to stay in their own home by supplementing their income.

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Volunteers Needed for Easter Brunch
Saturday, March 26, 2016
8-11 a.m.

The Easter Brunch will be held in Open Door Mission’s Garland Thompson Men’s Center (2705 North 20th Street East, Omaha, NE).  Help the men, women, and children at Open Door Mission celebrate our Risen Savior and show them that they ARE LOVED!  We are looking for volunteers to help serve the meal, prepare food, and clean the kitchen.  Any children volunteering must be at least school aged and above, and accompanied by an adult.

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Volunteers Needed for Walk Ins Welcome

Open Door Mission needs your help to hang up winter wear 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.  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.

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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!

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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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