General "Core" Opportunities

General "Core" Volunteer Opportunities

 

Group Opportunities
 

Facilities Cleaning
At Esther House, you can help keep the home clean and welcoming by performing much-needed acts of service such as cleaning carpets, the daycare floors, or the commons area. At the Barnabas Center, you can serve by maintaining clean facilities and providing our clients, staff, and neighbors with a welcoming and friendly facility.

Minimum Age: 5; children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
Level of Training: informational handout and initial onsite training
Location: Esther House, Barnabas Center

 

Childcare
Our women’s recovery program serves women and women with dependent children.  Childcare is often needed for these children while their mothers take part in classes, other duties related to the recovery program, and opportunities for outside events during the afternoon or evening.

Minimum Age: 18
Level of Training: orientation and initial onsite training
Location: Esther House, Women’s Pregnancy Center

 

Crafts
Spending time with our residents by holding a craft night is a great way to show you care!  Encouraging participation and teaching the residents a craft will help to encourage and support the women in our long-term recovery program. 

Minimum Age: 5; children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
Level of Training: orientation
Location: Esther House

 

Game or Movie Night
Spending time with residents by holding a game or movie night is a great way to show you care! Encouraging participation through a game or providing a movie night are special activities enjoyed by residents. 

Minimum Age: 5; children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
Level of Training: informational handout
Location: Rescue Mission, Victory Acres, Esther House

 

Holiday Decorating
Decorating our facilities for the holidays helps to make them feel more like home for the residents. You can help put up Christmas trees and hang other seasonal decorations in several of our facilities.

Minimum Age: 16
Level of Training: informational handout
Location: Rescue Mission, Victory Acres, Esther House

 

Landscaping
This position will provide cleaning and upkeep of the landscaping to keep it looking beautiful for our staff, clients, and customers.

Minimum Age: 5; children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
Level of Training: informational handout
Location: any PRM facility

 

Meal Prep & Serving (Men's Facility)
The Rescue Mission serves three meals a day, every day of the year to the men staying with us. Help is needed to prepare, serve, and clean up meals. This position is open to individuals, groups, couples, or families.

Minimum Age: 5; children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
Level of Training: informational handout
Location: Rescue Mission

 

Praise & Worship
This role is ideal for church groups! Music has the ability to uplift spirits, and more importantly, praise God for who He is and what He has done. Praise & worship volunteers facilitate this by providing a safe, relaxing, and encouraging environment and leading residents in a time of music, devotional, and praise. These groups will need to have a member or two become part of our “I58” high impact network and submit additional recommended paperwork as worship leaders.

Minimum Age: 18
Level of Training: orientation and training for group leader
Location: Rescue Mission

 

Midday Chapel
Men at the Rescue Mission attend chapel services and hear the gospel message daily.  Churches and groups throughout the area lead these chapel services.  While coming once is welcomed, we are looking for church groups to commit to coming once a month or once every two months. These groups will need to have a member or two become part of our “I58” high impact network and submit additional recommended paperwork as chapel leaders.

Minimum Age: 21
Level of Training: orientation and training for group leader
Location: Rescue Mission

 

Prayer Warriors
Prayer is one of the pillars that supports Peoria Rescue Ministries.  Would your group consider supporting this ministry in the most powerful way available?  Your group can meet at any location – a group member’s house, a coffee shop, or at one of the PRM facilities – to intercede in prayer together for the people of Peoria Rescue Ministries.  A list of specific prayer requests will be provided.

Minimum Age: 15
Level of Training: informational handout
Location: any PRM facility

 

Sanitize Beds/Pillows/Tubs
This is a great opportunity for families or groups with children of any age. The beds, pillows, and clothing tubs used at the Peoria Rescue Mission have to be sanitized often to help prevent sickness and to remain clean.  Your help is needed!  Come help keep these items clean for our guests.

Minimum Age: 8; children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
Level of Training: informational handout
Location: Peoria Rescue Mission

 

Special Work Projects
Oftentimes, special needs maintenance and administrative needs arise at the ministries.  These often seasonal projects may include painting the interior and and/or exterior of our facilities, construction projects, and various repair projects.

Minimum Age: 8; children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
Level of Training: informational handout
Location: All facilities as needed

 

Donation Sorting (Facilities)
Our ministries receive large amounts of donations regularly. We need assistance in processing, sorting, and organizing all of our donations including clothing and baby items.

Minimum Age: 15
Level of Training: informational handout
Location: Women’s Pregnancy Center, Rescue Mission

 

Donation Sorting (Thrift Store)
Our Thrift Store serves one of the poorest areas of Peoria.  With donations coming in every day, help is needed to keep the Thrift Store running smoothly!  Various opportunities are available, including sorting donations, stocking shelves, and testing appliances. Below are several sorting opportunities:

Minimum Age: 18
Level of Training: informational handout
Location: Thrift Store

Book Sorting- A popular section in our store is our book area.  Customers come to this quiet area of the store to relax, take a break and of course browse through our selection of books.  Volunteers are needed to sort and classify our donated books into basic genres.  Volunteers with a love for books will be perfect for this position.

Clothes Sorting- Donated clothing is first offered to our clients and then shared with other ministries.  Any surplus is then sold in our Thrift Store.  Clothing accounts for roughly 25% of our store income.  Volunteers sort, size and hang clothing that is to be sold in our Thrift Store.  Volunteers are also needed to maintain the clothing racks in the store.

Electronic Test & Repair- Many items that come into the store are electrical.  The electronics volunteer tests each item to ensure that it is in working order.  Working items are then cleaned and prepared for sale.  Non-working items are scrapped and recycled.

Furniture Assistant - This position is important due to the large amounts of furniture that is being processed each day.  The Furniture assistant is needed to help unload and load the box truck on pickups and deliveries.  They will also work with the Thrift Store to clean and repair furniture to prepare each item for sale in the store. Knowledge of electrical and woodworking are helpful but not required.

Hard Sort- The “hard sort” area is what we call the catch-all of the Thrift Store.  Items not easily categorized anywhere else are placed in this area.  It includes everything from knick–knacks to hand tools.  This is clearly the largest area with the most need in our store. In addition to basic sorting, those working in the hard sort area should also have an eye for items that may be antique or collectible.

Kitchen Sorting- Kitchen items encompass another large area of the store.  Volunteers in this area sort through kitchen donations and prepare them for sale. Volunteers are also responsible for rotating the merchandise and keeping the shelves neat and organized.

Recycling Assistant- As much as we try to make use of everything that we receive, some items are just not fit to be sold.  The recycling assistant breaks these items down and sorts the parts into various materials that can then be turned in for recycling.  Knowledge of recyclables would be helpful but not necessary.

Toy Sorting- Toy donations come in almost daily at the Thrift Store.  Volunteers are needed to check toys to ensure that they contain all their parts and the electronics work properly.  Individuals in this area organize the toy shelves in the store. Those who are naturally a kid at heart would enjoy this position.