Volunteer Needs

Get Involved! Volunteers put the “HOSPITALITY” in Des Moines Area Interfaith Hospitality Network. Without volunteers, there would be no Network. Hospitality includes, interacting with guests; treating guest families with dignity and respect; and showing genuine concern for their well-being.

Serve on the DMIHN Board

DMIHN is in need of talented and dedicated individuals to serve on the board.  If you have a passion to help homeless families this may be the right opportunity for you.  Contact Jim Cain - Network Director for more information.

Serve on a DMIHN Committee

DMIHN is looking for individuals to serve on the following committees.

Nominating Committee
Business Operations & Finance
Fundraising/Development Committee
Public Relations and Marketing Committee
Congregation Relations Committee

Contact Jim Cain - Network Director for more information.

Day Center Volunteer Opportunities

Our Day Center provides guest families a safe, secure place to stay during daytime hours. The Day Center is open from 7:00am-5:00pm Sunday through Friday, and 10:00am-5:00pm on Saturday. To volunteer or seek more information, contact Jim Cain, Network Director.

Volunteer opportunities include:

Staff Support

  • Answering the telephone and taking messages.
  • Assisting with basic office duties such as filing and data entry.
  • Being available to answer guests’ questions and assist with activities in the Day Center.

Hospitality to Guests

  • Plan a weekend activity for the children.
  • Transport guests to doctor appointments, job interviews, and other appointments as needed.
  • Mentoring guests in areas such as budgeting/finance, life skills, etc.

Operations Support

  • Use your unique gifts and talents to assist in the operations of the DMIHN organization.
  • Work directly with IHN Director or join a specific committee in areas such as fundraising, public relations/marketing, human resources, and finance.

Driving the IHN Van

  • Assist smaller congregations who have difficulties recruiting volunteers.
  • Pick up guest families from Day Center at 5pm Sunday – Saturday.
  • Return guest families to Day Center; Sunday-Friday by 7am & Saturday by 10am.

In addition to the DMIHN Day Center opportunities listed above, members of Host Congregations have many Host Congregation Volunteer Opportunities available.


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Host congregations provide homeless families a clean, safe overnight shelter and nutritious meals for one week every three months.

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