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 your group or organization is interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact our Office Manager, Scott Sandberg at secretary@svdpdsm.org, phone (515) 282-8327.

Find more information for Student Volunteers.


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
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: Every Tuesday and Thursday 5:00PM – 7:00PM
Where: SVdP Thrift Store, 1426 Sixth Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314
Contact: Dieu Nsabishaka in Social Services, socialservices@svdpdsm.org, Phone: (515) 282-8327 Ext. 14
1. Set up before and clean up following food pantry.
2. Meet, greet, and provide direction and information to food clients.
3. Assist clients in putting together food items.
4. Carry out food selections and load them into vehicles for clients.

Education Center Volunteer

When: Flexible, day and evening hours, depending on classes scheduled and other needs
Where: SVdP Thrift Store, 1426 Sixth Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314 (Second Floor)
Contact: Scott Van Dort, Director, Tom Varilek Education Center, missionservices@svdpdsm.org, Phone: (515) 282-8327 Ext. 17
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