Mission Outreach Volunteer Opportunities

The work of the Mission Outreach Committee of the House of Hope is funded by the congregation’s pledge dollars and dedicated endowed funds. The committee is dedicated to funding work that contributes to the community in four main areas:

  • Food Security – through local food shelves and food support programs such as Loaves and Fishes.
  • Housing and shelter – through building and maintaining housing and supporting people at risk of losing housing.
  • Education – by supporting educational programs for children pre-K through 12 in public schools and through scholarships for higher education.
  • Social Justice – we support organizations in the above three areas that promote and support racial and social justice in their employment practices, and with regard to the people they serve.

HOH works with a number of organizations located primarily in the East Metro area, and hosts some programs at the church.  In addition to providing funds, members of the House of Hope volunteer in many of these organizations.

If you are interested in spending some of your time, whether on a regular or one-time basis, you can connect with any of the organizations listed below to participate in their programming options.  Specific opportunities will be listed on this page as they are made known to committee members. Feel free to send additional information to Mission@hohchurch.org and we will include it in this list.


Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless: Homeless Day on the Hill is Wednesday, March 8, 2023. Learn more here. Register by end of day on Monday, February 13 to receive a free tee shirt here.  For more information, contact Rhonda or go to www.mnhomelesscoalition.org 


March Food Drive1 in 9 people in Minnesota have limited or uncertain access to adequate food. House of Hope participates annually in the March Food Drive, a project of MN FoodShare, the organization behind the “March Campaign.” Our collections support food pantries at Neighborhood House and the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. You can drop off donations in the grocery carts at House of Hope or make an online donation here and select “Food Pantry” as the “Fund” for your gift. As the largest grassroots fundraiser in the state, the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign brings together individuals, community organizations, businesses, and faith communities to help nearly 300 food shelves statewide. This year, volunteers are needed to help with food collection for Neighborhood House at Kowalski’s Markets. Contact sspringer@neighborhoodhousemn.org.


Project Home: Weekend Meal Teams – Project Home is looking for volunteers to set up, serve and help clean up after meals on the weekends. Volunteers can bring in dessert if they wish.  To sign up, click here.  Contact Donna Franklin, Shelter Manager with questions about weekend meal team opportunities.


Loaves and Fishes – Help set up, cook, serve, and clean up after meals at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Saint Paul. Meal preparation begins at 2:45 p.m.  At 4:30 p.m. the meal serving crew begins packaging the meals for distribution, and clean up should be completed by 6:30 p.m. Please remember a hat or hairnet is required, and bring a face mask.  Our 2023 dates are April 17, June 19, August 21, October 16 and December 18. Young people are welcome – this is a great family opportunity. Contact Norma Herther for more information or to volunteer or call Kevin Loney or Norma Herther at 651-493-0752 or 612-356-7203.


Wilder Foundation – numerous opportunities are available at Wilder Foundation for individuals and groups on a one-time, or ongoing basis. Examples include Meals on Wheels delivery and Child Development Center enrichment activities.   For more information, click here.