Volunteer Opportunities

Mission Trip to Mongolia
First UMC in Des Moines supports Chin Cho, a UM missionary serving in Mongolia, and they are excited to announce that a group will be traveling on a mission trip to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, this summer. The dates are June 16-29, 2019. In speaking with Chin, he assures them that there is work for all skills so this trip is available to anyone willing to share their skills with the people of Mongolia. If you would like to know more, please email Christine Anders at christine@dmfirstchurch.org and you will receive an application with all information including costs. You may also call her at 515-244-6209 ext 3.  The registration deadline and $500 deposit are due by February 15, 2019.

8th & College Connections
Put your English skills to work to help immigrants and refugees.  If you are flexible, open to new people and experiences, and have language skills you would like to use to help an immigrant or refugee gain the skills needed for success in our community, please consider volunteering with the English Language Learners program of 8th & College Connections, located in Trinity Las Americas UMC at 1548 8th Street in Des Moines.  Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8 pm and we offer instruction in levels Basic Beginner through Level 4.  You will join a class as an assistant and, as you get comfortable, we will probably ask you to substitute.  Teaching experience is not needed, but a welcoming spirit is.  You will make friends with other volunteers and with your students and you will know that your contribution broadcasts care and compassion to people who really need that more than anything else.  For more information, contact
Wendy Vasquez at 515-771-8656.

Bidwell-Riverside Center
Click here to visit Bidwell-Riverside's "Volunteer Opportunities" page for an up-to-date list of current needs.

Children and Family Urban Movement
Click here to visit CFUM's Volunteer page, which contains listings of their current volunteer needs along with a wealth of information.

Hawthorn Hill
Click here to visit Hawthorn Hill's "Get Involved" page for both a list of volunteer opportunities and other ways to support their work in central Iowa.