“One of the great ironies of life is this: he or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served..” – Gordon Hinkle


Our friendly volunteer coordinators and staff are happy to give tours of CHC and answer any questions you have. There’s no pressure or obligation, just an opportunity to see all the wonderful things that are happening at Community Hope Center.

  • Volunteering makes you feel as though you have more time.
  • Volunteering your skills helps you develop new skills.
  • Volunteering helps make your body healthier.
  • Volunteering your experience helps you build experience.
  • Volunteering your love helps you to feel more love.
  • Volunteering makes you more handsome/beautiful.

Okay, maybe we made that last one up. However, according to Forbes Magazine, all the others are completely true. We may be biased, but we think our volunteers are best-looking crew around.


Right now we have specific needs for:

Soup for the Soul Cafe Director
Client Services volunteers

For more information, please contact us at (618) 259-0959 ext. 231.

Volunteer Application
Group Volunteer Application


Food Pantry

Food Pantry

  • Driving/food pick-ups
  • Sorting food donations/warehouse
  • Packing food boxes
  • Distributing food boxes

Front Office

Front Office

  • Greeting clients
  • Logging client visits
  • Updating and maintaining client files
  • Client intake and orientation

Spiritual Care

Spiritual Care

  • Talking and praying with clients
  • Referring clients with specific needs to other agencies



  • Sorting and organizing clothing
  • Sorting and organizing household items
  • Sorting and organizing toiletries
  • Stocking and organizing Free Store

Professional Services

Professional Services

  • Providing haircuts



  • Preparing meals at Soup for the Soul Café
  • Serving lunch
  • Washing dishes
  • Cleaning dining room at Soup for the Soul Café
  • Maintaining and harvesting garden
  • Hosting Adopt a Night of Hope



  • General cleaning
  • Building maintenance
  • Landscaping



  • Assisting with Kids Bible Club
  • Assisting with adult Bible study

Seasonal Ministries

Seasonal Ministries

  • Thanksgiving meal packing
  • Thanksgiving meal delivery
  • Christmas toy sorting and inventory
  • Christmas toy registration
  • Easter basket preparation


Volunteers may choose which of CHC’s days and times of operation are most convenient for them. Some volunteers work several times a week, some work once a week, others once a month.

CHC is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Volunteer times vary by department, with most volunteers serving between 8:40 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Our warehouse volunteers work 6 days a week (there are no food pick-ups on Sundays) and start around 7:00 a.m.

CHC also has opportunities for groups who want to volunteer on evenings or weekends. Please contact our volunteer coordinator Sasha at (618) 259-0959 ext. 231 to schedule a group volunteer opportunity.


Volunteers must be age 16 or older to serve at CHC.

Children aged 15 or younger may volunteer at CHC if accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or group chaperone. Children aged 12 and younger must work alongside their parent, guardian or chaperone. Please call if you have further questions.


We know that prayer has the power to make things happen! If you would like to partner with us in praying for the needs of CHC and our community, please contact us and we will put you on our prayer partners list .

Contact Us


If you are interested in volunteering at CHC, please contact
Sasha Bassett – (618) 259-0959 ext. 231

We ask that all volunteers complete and submit a volunteer application.

Volunteer Application
Group Volunteer Application


Volunteer Newsletter

Betty Edwards volunteers in the Clothing Department. She began serving at CHC in January 2016 when her friend and fellow volunteer, Carol Talley connected her here.

Betty has 2 daughters and 2 granddaughters. One of her favorite foods is pizza. She enjoys reading biographies, and the movie, What about Mary? is one of her favorites. Fall is her favorite season.

Most people don’t know that she was born in Arkansas and raised in California. She didn’t move to Illinois until she got married.

We appreciate Betty and all that she does!


Volunteer Spotlight

Guest Spotlight

Penny Nickerson was a nurse for thirty years when she became disabled after a bad fall and had complications from surgery. When her rent was raised, she and her husband–who is also disabled–found it difficult to pay all their bills.

A friend advised them to come to CHC for assistance. Penny called and a friendly voice on the other line said, “Come on out here; we can help you!”

Penny was especially grateful to find beautiful clothes that fit her. “Everyone has been so nice and helpful. They don’t make you feel bad about needing help.”

Penny says that her life will never be the same since becoming disabled, but “life doesn’t quit when you get hurt. I’m still here, thanks to God. He takes care of me. God has helped our whole family.”

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