Volunteer

Volunteering is very important to St. Vincent de Paul. It is the foundation upon which our Society is built. It allows friends to make new friends in our community by providing a caring service helping others overcome emergent daily challenges and become self-sustainable.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact any of the Directors listed below, or our Office Manager, Mary Beck at secretary@svdpdsm.org, phone (515) 282-8327.

Find more information for Student Volunteers.

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Store Volunteer

When: Store hours, Monday through Saturday
Where: SVdP Thrift Store, 1426 Sixth Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314
Contact: Jessica Daab, Director, Retail Operations, retaildirector@svdpdsm.org, Phone: (515) 282-8327
Duties:
1. Backroom operations: receive and organize donations; hang and price items.
2. Sales floor: clean and stock shelves and displays.
3. Grounds: general maintenance.
4. Other duties based on skills: major and small appliance and electronic donation testing/minor repair, light furniture repair, carpentry, other skills as needed.


Evening Food Pantry Volunteer

When: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month; 5:00PM – 7:30PM
Where: SVdP Thrift Store, 1426 Sixth Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314
Contact: Chasity DeMaranville, Director, Social Services, socialservices@svdpdsm.org, Phone: (515) 282-8327
Duties:
1. Set up for and clean up after the event.
2. Meet and greet and provide direction and information to food clients.
3. Prepare and serve light meals to food pantry clients.
4. Prepare food baskets.
5. Carry out food baskets and load them into vehicles for clients.

Office Volunteer

When: Flexible, during business hours 8: 30AM – 5:00PM
Where: SVdP Thrift Store, 1426 Sixth Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314
Contact: Mary Beck, Office Manager, secretary@svdpdsm.org, Phone: (515) 282-8327
Duties:
1. Assist in preparing mass mailings.
2. Filing.
3. Data input.
4. Answering phones.
5. Web design, social networking, and other computer technology-related assistance, depending on skill sets.


Education Center Volunteer

When: Flexible, day and evening hours, depending on CLASS SCHEDULE and other needs
Where: SVdP Thrift Store, 1426 Sixth Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314 (Second Floor)
Contact: Andrew Gross, Director, Tom Varilek Education Center, ajgross@svdpdsm.org, Phone: (515) 282-8327 Ext. 17
Duties:
1. Mentoring students.
2. Tutoring students.
3. Instruction/open lab assistance.
4. Onsite childcare assistance for children of adult students attending classes.
5. Other duties on an “as needed” basis.