There are extensive community service opportunities for those looking for volunteer work that will help the impoverished and suffering throughout the world.

Our work around the world is only possible because of our dedicated volunteers, who number in the tens of thousands annually.

Community Outreaches

Through our community outreach events you can offer life-changing experiences for our guests of honor. These community service opportunities bring help and hope to those in need in communities throughout the world.  Check out our Upcoming Events Calendar and click on an outreach near you.

Hands of Hope

Hands of Hope is a community service opportunity that allows volunteer work in Springfield, Mo., where our World Distribution Center is located. Each Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30, volunteers help sort, pack, count and label items that are distributed throughout the world.

Participant Requirements:

  • 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 are 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, a representative will make contact with further information.

If Springfield Public Schools are canceled because of inclement weather, Hands of Hope will follow suit.

We plan our projects to ensure we have something for every volunteer to do. Because of this, there are times when we have too many volunteers and may have to turn people away. Only those on our pre-registered groups list (of 10 or more) are guaranteed a spot.

Disaster Response

Following major domestic disasters, we offer volunteer community service opportunities that include damage assessment, delivery of supplies, debris removal and more.

Following international disasters, we work with our in-country teams to assess the need for volunteers.

Volunteer Opportunities

South Carolina Flood Response


Our international teams bring help and hope to impoverished, hungry and hurting people around the world. Those who are seeking international volunteer work—and are part of a church or other group—should apply. To learn more about these group opportunities check out our Compassion Teams page.