Volunteer Your Time

At 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 to complete a brief volunteer application. Upon completion, you will be asked to sign up for a 60-minute volunteer orientation and tour, available:

  • Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.  

Orientation is located at the
                 Permanent Supportive Housing Building located at
                 2205 E Locust Street, Omaha, NE 68110

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Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed for Super Duper Give Away - September 20

Volunteers are needed for sorting, organizing, and shelving donations during this event that will serve hundreds of families at our Timberlake Outreach Center.

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Toy Sorting and Bagging

Open Door Mission needs your help with pre-holiday toy sorting and bagging as we prepare to serve more than 6,000 homeless and needy children at Christmas.

Schedule your time to Sort and Bag toys today »

Drumsticks on Wheels: Drivers Needed

Open Door Mission is in need of 600 Drumsticks on Wheels drivers to help deliver 5,000 Turkey 'N' Fixin's food boxes to low income families in our community. These boxes will empower families to prepare a hot, nutritious meal in their own home on Thanksgiving.

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Drive Thru Christmas

Open Door Mission is looking for volunteers to assist with handing out toy bags, gift books, and other items for low income families to take home. Volunteers are also needed to assist with traffic control.

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Prepping Food  Monday thru Friday from 9am - 11am

Open Door Mission is serving more than 2,000 hot, nutritious meals to hungry and homeless men, women, and children daily. We are in need of volunteers to help prep food on Monday thru Friday from 9am - 11am.

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Sorting Winter Wear  Day and Evening Hours Available

Open Door Mission needs volunteers to help hang up fall and winter clothing for the poor and needy that come to our Timberlake Outreach Center for assistance.

Helping Sort Winter Wear  »


Volunteer All Year Long 

You can assist Omaha’s hungry and homeless in several ways. Below are some examples of where we can use your help:

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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.


Help answer phones at our Lydia House

    • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Help answer phones and greet guests at our Administration Building

    • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Help answer phones and greet guests at our Timberlake Outreach Center

    • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Current openings and times are susceptible to change based on needs.


Friends of the Mission

A 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.

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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.

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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.