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How Can I Help?

Volunteers are the lifeblood 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.
  • Groundskeeping during summer months.
  • Furniture moving as needed.
  • Painting as needed.
  • Light construction as needed.
  • Vacuum Repairs

 

 

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.

 

Midwest Food Bank Errand Driver

Errand Driver for Midwest Food Bank pickup every Wednesday or Friday from 10:30am-12:30pm. The volunteer would use HSHM vehicle for this pick up so must be 21+ years of age with valid driver’s license and physically able to load up to 50 lbs. of food items.

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Zoo Drop off Errand Driver

Errand Driver for dropping food items off to Miller Park Zoo every Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 3:00-4:00pm. The volunteer would use HSHM vehicle for drop off so must be 21+ years of age with valid driver’s license and physically able to load up to 25 lbs. of food items.

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Compost Drop off Errand Driver

Errand Driver for compost drop off at Bloomington Active Garden on Illinois Street every Wednesday or Friday from 2:00-3:00pm. The volunteer would use HSHM vehicle for this pick up so must be 21+ years of age with valid driver’s license and physically able to load up to 25 lbs. of food items.

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Women's Auxiliary

Women's Auxiliary objective is to support the work of Home Sweet Home Ministries through time, talent and monies and to create among the women of the community a knowledge of …

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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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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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Kitchen Assistant

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, restaurants, the food bank, food drive locations, etc. There are also some deliveries involved (e.g. taking unwanted produce …

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Meal Server

Help with serving the meal and cleaning the serving line. Time commitments are:  Monday-Sunday lunch 11:15am-1:00pm Monday-Sunday dinner 4:45-6:15pm 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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Supper Club

Use HSHM food to prepare the meal, serve the meal, clean the serving line, etc.  Click here to learn more.

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