Help fulfill our Mission

Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans relies on volunteers to fulfill our mission, especially in our Freedom Commissary program. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available for individuals and groups and we make every effort to match volunteers to their area of interest. Due to the nature of the work, these volunteer opportunities are for adults ages 21 and older unless specified that children may volunteer. Arrangements for children to volunteer are made at the time the volunteer project is determined. If you are interested in any of the following opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, John Dixon, via email or by calling him at 630-871-8387 x. 617. You may also submit a Volunteer Application online below.

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Internships are managed separately. For information on Internship Opportunities with MSHV, please send an email to our Executive Director, Christine Lewis.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

The following opportunities are available for Groups. Unless otherwise specified, the number of individuals volunteering can vary.

  1. Meal Service to our Veterans -

    We welcome up to 5 individuals to serve a meal at a time, and children may volunteer with adults. This includes preparing the meal, serving, and dining with the 5 resident Veterans of our Larson home. Food may be brought in to prepare or Larson food supplies may be used.

  2. Organizing the Garage/Donations -

    Like to organize? We can use your assistance with sorting the furniture donations in our garage space or the clothing and personal products donations. This involves hanging clothing according to type and size, and storing donations properly.

  3. Landscaping -

    We are looking for a group to help us with landscaping in the Spring and Summer. Duties in this project include mowing, planting, trimming, watering, and mulching.

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Individual Volunteer Opportunities

The following opportunities are available for individual volunteers. We have temporary volunteer positions and ongoing volunteer positions available.

  1. Clerical Assistant -

    Assist with clerical duties in the administrative office. Duties include filing, copying, data entry, organization of office supplies and ordering, etc. Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs preferred.

    Weekly commitment: Minimum 4 hour shift.

  2. Special Events Assistant -

    Work with the Development Coordinator to plan and coordinate special events held by MSHV.

  3. Maintenance Assistant -

    Assist with Maintenance of the physical properties operated by MSHV. Duties may include painting, cleaning, driving and picking up donations, landscaping, snow shoveling, organizing, etc. This position requires some lifting.

    Weekly commitment: Minimum 8 hours.

  4. Donation Sorter -

    Organize the donations (clothing, furniture, household goods, etc.) for the veterans. Hang clothing on hangers and organize according to type and size. Work with MSHV staff to store donations according to need. This position requires some lifting.

    Weekly commitment: Minimum 4 hour shift.
  5. Social Media Specialist -

    Assist with PR via electronic media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Constant Contact, etc. Work with the Executive Director to reach PR goals. Experience with using social media for PR preferred.

    Weekly commitment: Minimum 8 hours.

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