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Volunteers are the life blood of the way we serve those in need here at Home Sweet Home Ministries. Every year, volunteers dedicate over 48,000 hours of service to accomplish our mission and vision. Below is information about how you and your group, organization, or business can connect with Home Sweet Home Ministries. Click on the job title to see a full description of the responsibilities and requirements. Want to know what our urgent needs are? Click the "urgent needs" tab below.

We are also always in need of volunteers who love to work with their hands. For example:

  • Monthly deep cleaning of shelter.
  • Light handy work.
  • Grounds keeping during summer months.
  • Furniture moving as needed.
  • Painting as needed.
  • Light construction as needed.
  • Vacuum Repairs

Click below for our Volunteer Application!

We are so thankful for each and every one of our volunteers. Click here to read some of their stories!

Volunteers, see our Volunteer Handbook HERE.

 

Fresh Market Errand Driver

We are in need of a Fresh Market Errand Drivers. The volunteer would use a HSHM vehicle to complete this task; must be able to lift up to 50 lbs; 21+ years of age with a valid Drivers License. We need help on the 1st, 3rd or 5th Sunday; and Mondays with the schedule listed below: Arrive approx. 1:15 pm, pick-up @ Fresh Market Return approx: 2:30 pm, and unload (we can help!) Round trip approx. 1.25 – 1.5 hours

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Carnivals/Festivals For Children

with games and activities

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING Objective: To provide activities for HSHM children  Location: HSHM Shelter at 303 East Oakland Avenue, Bloomington, IL  Responsibilities:  Plan event and provide supplies (games, festivals, Mom’s Morning Out) Provide plenty …

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Childcare

while parents attend classes or apply for jobs

Objective: To provide a child care to enable parents to attend classes at HSHM  Location: HSHM Women’s Lounge at 303 East Oakland Avenue, Bloomington, IL  Responsibilities: Provide quality care for resident children …

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Story Hour for Children

Weekday Afternoons

Objective: To provide fun learning activity through books with HSHM children  Location: HSHM Education Center at 303 East Oakland Avenue, Bloomington, IL  Responsibilities: Provide books and activites or crafts centered around message …

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Super Kids Study Club

Helping children with school homework and playing educational games

Objective: To provide homework help with children ages 5 to Junior High  Location: HSHM Education Center at 303 East Oakland Avenue, Bloomington, IL  Responsibilities: Provide games/activities for learning Guidance and help with …

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Carnivals/Festivals for Adults

with games & activities or movie night

Objective: To provide festivals, games or activities for HSHM clients  Location: HSHM Shelter at 303 East Oakland Avenue, Bloomington, IL  Responsibilities: Plan event and provide supplies (carnival, games, movie night, activities) Provide …

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Devotions

from 8:30-9:00am, maximum one day a week

Objective: To provide an atmosphere conducive to spiritual growth by starting the day with God.  Location: HSHM Shelter at 303 East Oakland Avenue, Bloomington, IL  Responsibilities: Read from provided devotional materials  Facilitate …

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Creative Expression Classes

Teach art of all kinds

Objective: To provide opportunities to adult clients to learn or express themselves with the arts – including but not limited to: painting, sculpting, writing, sewing, crafts, pottery or “Whatever You Call …

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Classes

Skill building, vocation, money management, reading (children and adults), etc.

Objective: To provide education opportunities for HSHM clients  Location: HSHM Shelter at 303 East Oakland Avenue, Bloomington, IL  Responsibilities: Present materials provided by HSHM Facilitate discussion of materials  Qualifications: 18+ years of …

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Hang Clothing

To make ready for Resale

Objective: To help with the hanging of clothing that is ready for resale Location: HSHM Warehouse, 1700 W. Washington Street, Bloomington, IL  Responsibilities:  Place sorted clothing on hangers to make ready …

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Mission Mart Helper

Stocking of merchandise and general store upkeep

Objective: To assist store employees with the stocking of merchandise and general store upkeep.  Location: Bloomington Mission Mart Store, 301 E. Oakland Avenue, Bloomington, IL  Responsibilities: Assist with preparing stock for the …

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Sort Donated Goods

(clothes, toys, books, electronics, furniture, etc.)

Objective: To sort donations for resale or recycling. Net profits provide funding for HSHM Shelter. Location: HSHM Warehouse, 1700 W. Washington Street, Bloomington, IL  Responsibilities:  Sort donations, determine quality, and identify items …

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Test Electronics

Make sure they are working correctly

Objective: To work on donated electronics to determine if good to resell or recycle. Net profits provide funding for HSHM Shelter.  Location: HSHM Warehouse, 1700 W. Washington Street, Bloomington, IL  Responsibilities:  Check …

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Adopt-a-Meal

This is a way to make a major impact—this helps the kitchen staff and their budget tremendously. Groups (no larger than 5-6) purchase food and prepare, serve a meal and …

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Food Preparation

To aid staff in the preparation of meals, sack lunches, checking for expired foods and other tasks. Click Here to learn more. 

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Bread for Life Food Co-Op

Help stock shelves, sort food donations, assist co-op members with shopping. Click Here to learn more. 

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Errand Drivers

Objective:  To pick up donated food for HSHM from various grocery stores and restaurants; also some pick ups from food drives.  Location:  HSHM Kitchen at 303 East Oakland Avenue, Bloomington, …

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Grocery Shopper

Objective:  To purchase groceries for HSHM so Food Services Staff are able to focus on meal preparations Location:  HSHM Kitchen at 303 East Oakland Avenue, Bloomington, IL Responsibilities:  Obtain grocery …

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Meal Server

Help with serving the meal and cleaning the serving line. Time commitments are:  Monday-Saturday lunch 11:20am-1:00pm Sunday lunch 12:20-2:00pm Monday-Saturday dinner 4:50-6:30pm Sunday dinner 5:50-7pm Click Here to learn more.  …

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Holiday Meals

HSHM, with the help of many volunteers, delivers and serves hot meals to people who are shut in or hungry in the Bloomington, Normal and surrounding areas. Volunteers work for …

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Be joyful in HOPE, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayerRomans 12:12