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Five Ways Volunteers Can Change Lives Around The World

Volunteers are the heartbeat in what we do as an organization. Without them, Convoy of Hope could not make the impact we do.

“Our volunteers contribute to the quality and quantity of the assistance we provide others,” Convoy of Hope’s Volunteer Engagement Manager Laura Tourville said. “We would not be able to accomplish as much we do as an organization without the sacrifice and dedication of our volunteers continually showing up to provide hope to those that need it.”

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, here are a few ways to volunteer with Convoy of Hope. 

  1. Hygiene Kits & Baby Care Kits are full of resources that disaster survivors and people in crisis need. You can pack kits at home, with your church or community group, or with a handful of friends. Ship the kits to our World Distribution Center and we will get them into the hands of people who need them most. To learn more or sign up, click here.
  2. Community Events have looked different since the pandemic. To keep our volunteers and Guests of Honor safe, we’ve adopted a contactless point of distribution model. It takes teamwork to distribute groceries, hygiene kits, and other necessities to thousands of people at our events. Masking, social distancing, and hard work are top priority. To learn more, click here.
  3. Disaster Response is one of Convoy of Hope’s most well-known initiatives. We respond swiftly to natural disasters and humanitarian crises with the help of volunteers in affected areas. Volunteers help with delivery of supplies, debris removal, and other tasks to deliver hope when survivors need it most. To learn more about our disaster services team, click here. To inquire about and apply for a volunteer position [email protected]
  4. Truck Drivers often help Convoy of Hope on a volunteer basis and deliver supplies to communities who need them. On both long and short hauls, our volunteer truck drivers are pivotal to the work we do domestically. To apply to be a driver, click here.
  5. Hands of Hope is an opportunity for people in and around Springfield, Missouri, to serve at Convoy of Hope’s World Distribution Center. The event takes place most Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Central time. Volunteers participate in projects like sorting and bagging groceries, packing hygiene products, and prepping baby care kits. To get involved, click here.

“I think it’s great that people you don’t even know are going to benefit from the projects we did tonight,” Becky Stegner, a decade-long Hands of Hope volunteer said. “They’re probably going to be super thankful for it and think, ‘If somebody took time out of their evening in the middle of the week to help me, I should look for something to do to help somebody else down the road.’”

Volunteer opportunities are everywhere, and the impact one person can make by giving their time is endless. Thank you to all of the people who have shared hope around the world by volunteering, wherever they are.

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Hands of Hope Volunteers pack meals and kindness

Becky Stegner has been volunteering at Convoy of Hope’s weekly Hands of Hope event for over a decade.

“I think it’s great that people you don’t even know are going to benefit from the projects we did tonight,” Becky remarked while unboxing groceries for an upcoming distribution event. “They’re probably going to be super thankful for it and just think, ‘If somebody took time out of their evening in the middle of the week to help me, I should look for something to do to help somebody else down the road.’”

Although the pandemic has required that volunteer opportunities take on a new form in order to keep participants safe, chances for people to donate their time have not been in short supply. Around the world, Convoy of Hope’s partners have been pitching in to prove that with a little time and effort, you can make a big difference in the world.

“Volunteering is important for Convoy,” Convoy of Hope’s Volunteer Engagement Project Coordinator Bethany Burrows pointed out. “It provides an opportunity for people to give. It’s a great way to easily acquaint people with our initiatives and the vision and heart behind the organization. In general, I love volunteering because it can give people a way to create community and provide purpose and create change in lives with minimal financial and time commitment.”

Bethany went on to explain that volunteer opportunities have helped cultivate some of her closest friendships and shaped her career over the years.

“Our volunteers help contribute to the quality and quantity of the assistance we provide others,” Volunteer Engagement Manager, Laura Tourville added. “We would not be able to accomplish as much we do as an organization without the sacrifice and dedication of our volunteers continually showing up to provide hope to those that need it.”

From Community Events and grocery distributions, kit packing parties, and disaster response initiatives, Convoy of Hope is able to help people because of our volunteers. We are incredibly grateful for the ways our supporters have chosen to give their time throughout the past year, and how they’ve prioritized the safety of those involved.

As a new year begins, we are excited to see how people like you will choose to make a difference.

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Volunteer of the Year 2017

Becky Stegner was awarded a Convoy of Hope Key Award as Volunteer of the Year for 2017. Stegner has been a Lead Volunteer with Convoy for more than eight years.

Stegner has put in more than 1,000 hours of volunteer time at Hands of Hope, the weekly volunteer opportunity at Convoy’s World Distribution Center.

“Becky is one of those people who come along once in a great while,” Convoy of Hope Volunteer Engagement and Administration Director Lisa Nene says. “She is a dedicated volunteer who can take lead in any situation or project that is given to her.”

Before she was a lead volunteer, regularly attended Hands of Hope with her mother and sister. The family was looking for a good way to get together as a family after Stegner and her sister started college.

Now, Stegner spends her Tuesday nights leading other volunteers in bagging groceries for Community Events, filling bags of rice or pasta for Convoy’s Children’s Feeding Initiative and much more as the Hands of Hope projects change each week. Stegner even occasionally comes in on weekends to help with special projects outside of the normal Hands of Hope schedule.

Stegner says it’s the variety and the people she works with each week that keep her coming back.

“You’d get really burned out if it was the same old thing every week, if you didn’t have fun doing it, if you didn’t have friends that did it with you,” Stegner says.

Stegner encourages everyone grab a friend and come out to give Hands of Hope a try!

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A volunteer phone call

To work with volunteers at Convoy of Hope is to daily dive into phone calls, emails, texts, Facebook messages, tweets etc. A red light on my desk phone is a nearly constant reminder of messages and missed calls. Honest moment; I used to be worse at checking voicemails.

Recently, I spent some time adventuring back through old and missed voice mails. As I jotted notes and numbers I came across a young lady named Amanda who left a voicemail inquiring about volunteering. Along with probably 20 other messages I took down her information and called her back. Below is my recollection of our conversation:

Amanda: Hello

Me: Is this Amanda?

Amanda: Yes

Me: Hey Amanda, this is Lisa Nene from Convoy of Hope and I was calling to talk to you about volunteering with us.

Amanda: Yeah, oh great. I was wondering how to get involved with Convoy of Hope. How did you know to call me?

Me: Well, I got your voice message that mentioned you and your kids wanted to get involved with Convoy.

Amanda: What voice mail? I haven’t left you a voice mail. I was just telling some people I work with that I wanted to get involved with Convoy, but didn’t know how.

Me: Really? This is Amanda right? Is your phone number (xxx) xxx-xxxx?

Amanda then proceeded to tell me her number was one number off of what I had written down. How crazy is that? I receive a voice message, I finally listen to it, then I barely dial the wrong number and I get another young Amanda who’s been wanting to volunteer but didn’t know how.

Some may call this coincidence. I think there’s more to it, and if my shortcomings can accomplish God’s good plans, that’s awesome!

Phones and voice mails get more respect from me these days. I’m on the phone a lot and returning messages often. The phone has been the bridge between Convoy and hundreds of volunteers that come out weekly to Hands of Hope on Tuesday nights in our warehouse. Lately my phone has helped me coordinate volunteers in Colorado where we helped those devastated by the floods and in Springfield for a recent 5K.

Not everyone gets Amanda’s special treatment, you will likely have to contact us before we contact you. You can do so here. 

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