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We can accommodate group service opportunities for up to 6 people at a time at the Oliver Gospel Thrift Store located on Two Notch Road in NE Columbia.
*The group leader must first complete the new volunteer application and be attending the service event.
* After the leader’s new volunteer application is approved, then each member of the group must complete the pre-approved group/special event application.
Just a few hours of your time can help feed, clothe, and shelter the homeless! It’s easy to get involved and make an impact in people’s lives when helping at the thrift store.
Oliver Gospel Thrift Store is always in need of volunteers. No special skills are needed–you only need to be willing and able. Serve in a friendly atmosphere while helping in your choice of areas. We need people to do fashion sorting, style prep & set up, merchandise refreshing, sales floor distribution, and refreshing and organizing displays.
All group members must be 18 years or older. Volunteers age 15-17 must be accompanied by an adult who can provide consent.
Throughout the year, Oliver Gospel Mission has several fantastic special events that can only succeed with help of our volunteers. These events are by invitation only. The first invites go to the volunteers who helped out at those events in previous years and then are opened up to currently registered volunteers.
Please consider first applying to volunteer at our thrift store or for other individual service opportunities in order to be included on an invite list for a special event.
One of our special events that you can partake in is the Hope-for-the-Homeless Telethon to help the broken and homeless who come through Oliver Gospel Mission’s doors each day. Volunteers answer phones, take pledges, and get to be on television!
Oliver Gospel Mission also hosts the Hope for the Homeless Gold Tournament each year. Volunteers help the set up of the day’s events such as preparing golfer gift bags, golf carts, setting up for the awards dinner or being a stand in witness to the hole-in-one golf prizes.
The Mission does have several other special events and projects throughout the year that volunteers can look forward to helping serve at.
Are you a male who enjoys interaction with others, and ministering to our community? If you have a heart to help others, you will have the opportunity to interact with our guests and staff by assigning beds and distributing supplies for our men staying at the Mission. We need your help filling out meal tickets, assigning beds, distributing linen and toiletry items, maintaining peace in the evenings, and updating our spreadsheet.
Your assistance will provide the ability to be a source of hope and support in other men’s lives. Good communication skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to neutralize conflict are coveted attributes to serve in this capacity.
Are you a mature Christian male who has a heart for being a strong Christian example to men in recovery? As a mentor, you will be able to assist a mentee in the’s addiction recovery program by providing them the opportunity to see the Christian life being worked and lived out in your life by establishing a mentor-mentee relationship with one another.
Your role will be to teach and inspire by words and example. You can come alongside the mentee in their personal and learning development using your life, Christian experiences, and education as tools. We are looking for individuals who are growing in the Lord and who take His Word to heart and life.
Mentors are able to establish a relationship with their mentee by taking them to church, Bible studies, sporting events, the park etc. with them. The mentor can also visit with the mentee during lunch hours at Oliver Gospel Mission which are 12:00-12:20pm. Mentors will meet initially with the OGM Mentor Coordinator and participate in mentor training events from time to time.Time Required:
Equipment Maintenance Volunteers conduct routine maintenance checks on our alarms and emergency systems to test their functions in order to prepare for an emergency situation. If you pride yourself in your decision and accuracy skills, then you may be able to help us ensure the safety of the lives of our guests.
Our friendly staff will show you: lights, first aid supplies, fire extinguisher functionality, security alarms, and escape doors throughout the Mission’s buildings. Some voluntary duties include: using standard household tools, confirming tests are performed and interpreted accurately, and having the ability to climb and stand for long periods without fear of heights.
Are you a HVAC mechanic, handyman, or take pride in your engineering skills? If so, then volunteering your time as an HVAC mechanic is ideal for you! If you’re familiar with HVAC systems and you’re looking for an opportunity to serve others, then you are the perfect candidate as a HVAC Maintenance Volunteer.
Some of the duties you will be required to do as a volunteer are: checking and replacing filters, confirming the system settings, performing changeovers seasonally, and recommending upgrades and repairs.
Other tasks may include: using standard household tools, confirming tests are performed and interpreted accurately, and having the ability to climb and stand for long periods without fear of heights.
If this voluntary opportunity sounds good to you, then come make a difference in your community and help out!
Do you love landscaping, have a “green thumb,” or enjoy the outdoors? The Landscape Beautification Volunteer provides routine maintenance for the overall preservation of the landscape at the Mission. Please come volunteer and help the Mission stay as beautiful on the outside as the people who are served here every day!
Many of the projects include small tasks like planting, watering, and trimming plants around the Mission. Other tasks include: cutting grass with a mower and weed wacker (gas or electric powered), installing pavers or providing recommendations for grass and various plants.
If you enjoy gardening, using standard household yard tools, and have the ability to stand for extended periods of time, then this is a perfect opportunity for you. Please come help serve your local community!
Do you like to paint and make small repairs? Come help the Mission by prepping, painting, and repairing areas around the Mission that need a little T.L.C. With as little time commitment as 1 day per month for 6 months, you can help us keep our facility maintained, and help restore areas for improvements for the homeless. All you need to do is prep and paint!
Other duties may include: painting in confined spaces (ie: closets), using standard household tools, and standing for long periods of time while you work. If painting and serving others is your specialty, then this is the perfect service opportunity for you!
Are you a shade tree mechanic or a gearhead? If so, then using your skills and knowledge to help the Mission as a Vehicle Maintenance Volunteer is perfect for you! Some simple duties will include: checking and topping off vehicle fluids, checking basic operations of vehicles, monitoring routine maintenance, dropping off and picking up vehicles, and recommending repairs.
The routine maintenance of the Mission’s vehicles is vital to our operations and your help would greatly serve the community. If these simple tasks are something you know you’re called to do, then we would love and appreciate your help.