Volunteer

Convoy of Hope’s initiatives around the world are only possible because of the passionate work of the tens of thousand of volunteers who give of their time to help others.

Community Outreaches

Our Community outreach events are often a life-changing experience for volunteers. To get involved in an outreach in your area, view our Upcoming Events Calendar and click on an outreach in your area for local volunteer information.

Hands of Hope

Hands of Hope is a volunteer opportunity at our Springfield, Mo., World Distribution Center each Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Volunteers will help with sorting, packing, counting, labeling items and various other projects that will be distributed through our program initiatives.

Age requirements are as follows: 10-12 year olds must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and have a signed release form by a parent or legal guardian. Youth 13-17 years old will be required to have a signed release form by a parent or legal guardian. Youth under 10 years old will not be eligible to volunteer or attend with a parent or legal guardian.

No pre-registration is required for individuals, however groups of 10 or more are required to register in advance by filling out this form. Upon completing the form, we will contact you with further information.

Disaster Response

Following major domestic disasters, Convoy of Hope coordinates volunteer teams with partners on the ground doing damage assessment, delivery of supplies, debris removal in impacted communities, and much more.

Following international disasters, Convoy of Hope works with our in-country teams to assess the need for volunteers.

International

Our international teams share compassion with people around the world. These teams of volunteers from churches or other groups, work for 8-10 days helping those in need. To learn more about these group opportunities and for the approximate costs involved, please visit the Compassion Teams page.

 

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Zendaya’s song benefits Convoy of Hope

Hollywood Records’ Platinum-selling artist, Zendaya recently released a cover of John Legend’s “All of Me.” Zendaya joined Max and Kurt Schneider to record the song with a portion of the proceeds going to Convoy of Hope.

“My generation has the opportunity to change the world,” says Zendaya. “With Convoy of Hope, I’ve raised my voice and I’m using it to give hope to people around the world.”

Zendaya has been an advocate for Convoy of Hope since Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New York and New Jersey in 2012, promoting disaster response efforts by the organization. The singer urged her fans to text a $10 donation to help with relief efforts.

Since then, Zendaya has offered her voice and influence to tell Convoy of Hope’s story to her millions of followers on social media. In 2013, Zendaya also encouraged fans to support Convoy of Hope after tornadoes ravaged Oklahoma and when Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines.

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Stephanie is a feedONE ambassador

Like many people her age, Stephanie felt compelled to take a stand against hunger and poverty, but simply didn’t know where to start. Through her involvement with Convoy of Hope, she learned about feedONE. After reading about the lives being affected through Convoy of Hope’s feeding initiatives, Stephanie realized that becoming an ambassador was the best way to make a difference.

A college student, Stephanie knew it wasn’t possible for her to give a lot. She did, however, understand that with feedONE she could make an impact with just $10 a month. She also knew that although it wasn’t possible for her to physically feed every child herself, she could raise awareness in other ways.

As we know, it takes more than one person to eradicate global poverty. Partnering with feedONE is a step toward lasting change. All over the world, individuals, colleges, churches, and organizations are mobilizing to ensure that everyone, everywhere, has access to their most basic needs; food, clean drinking water, and education.

Want to know more about feedONE? You’re invited to our World Distribution Center for One Night to feedONE on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014.

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The Hunger Hurts Donut

Our feedONE initiative has teamed up with Hurts Donut Company and Askinosie Chocolate to fight hunger one donut and one meal at a time. Starting today through the end of May, Hurts Donut Company will be selling the “Hunger Hurts” donut, a tasty combo of donut, rice pudding and Askinosie cocoa nibs. For each donut purchased, the equivalent of the cost of a meal for a child in our Children’s Feeding Initiative is donated back to our feedONE initiative.

Donut you think that’s awesome?

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The Pack Shack Party

Just got an email from Bret Raymond, executive director of The Pack Shack, a new Northwest Arkansas anti-hunger organization dedicated to bringing people together in a “crazy fun party setting to pack healthy meals” to benefit local hunger relief organizations. Bret was writing with an update on NWA vs. Hunger, their kickoff event that recently benefitted Convoy of Hope and several other great relief organizations. Here are few sentences from Bret’s email …

“Now … the final meal count. Over two days, more than 900 people packed a total of 215,136 meals! That’s some serious funnel awesomeness! Way to go! The meals were distributed to the NWA Food Bank, 7 Hills Homeless Center, the Manna Center, and Convoy of Hope. And the meals that were given to 7 Hills on Friday afternoon were distributed on Saturday morning through their GO 7 Outreach program. Talk about immediate impact right here in NWA! As for the food [plus] drive, we estimate that 3,000-4,000 pounds of non-perishable food items were donated, along with 19 slow cookers, 1 blender, a rake and shovel, and a bunch of kitchen utensils! Beyond that, the AARP Foundation donated $10,000 to the NWA Food Bank’s senior mobile pantry program! Overwhelming generosity from every direction!”

Think Bret and The Pack Shack are passionate about fighting hunger? We do, and we’re proud to have them has partners.

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O'Reilly Auto Parts' headquarters neighbors Convoy of Hope's World Distribution Center O'Reilly Auto Parts' headquarters neighbors Convoy of Hope's World Distribution Center

Dress Casual, Do Good

People are always coming up with new ways to raise money. They have bake sales, car washes, benefit concerts and other events simply to support what they believe in. As an organization who relies on the compassion of others, we are impressed with the unique ways people decide to give. O’Reilly Auto Parts (headquartered in Springfield) has been a partner of Convoy of Hope for many years. They recently held a campaign focused on helping us make a significant impact in the lives of those in need.

“Casual for a Cause” is a day that takes place each month at the O’Reilly corporate offices giving employees the opportunity to dress more comfortably—for good reason. Each January, Convoy of Hope has been chosen as O’Reilly’s benefiting charity for Casual for a Cause. This January, they raised more than $1,200 from employees that decided to dress-down and support Convoy of Hope.

“O’Reilly has always been proud to partner with such a great organization and we feel that our contributions to Convoy of Hope have always been very much appreciated,” says Julie Gray, director of corporate services. “This is just our way of giving back in the communities in which we live and work.” Each of O’Reilly’s 4,000-plus stores in the country has an advertising/donation budget to use within their community.

We would like to thank our friends at O’Reilly Auto Parts for their continued partnership and willingness to bring help and hope to those who are hurting all over the world.

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