Volunteers put the "Hospitality" in Interfaith Hospitality Network!

Volunteers put the “hospitality” in Interfaith Hospitality Network by creating a home-like atmosphere where guests can receive what they need: rest, hope, respect, confidence boosting and a sense of control in their lives. During the host week, volunteers prepare meals, play with children, help out with homework and offer a listening ear for parents after a long day.

  • Annually, more than 1,000 volunteers (adults, youth and children) donate their time to provide hospitality to IHN guest families.
  • In 2010, our host and support congregations:
    • Amassed 10,000 volunteer hours
    • Provided more than 3,000 nights of lodging and more than 9,000 meals!
  • The monetary value of these volunteers’ time, and resulting savings to DMIHN:  $167,700!!*

* Monetary value calculated at the average dollar value of volunteer time for the state of Iowa of 16.77 per hour as determined by the Independent Sector (http://indpendentsector.org).



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