Welcome! Thank you for stopping by to learn more about getting involved with the Council of Churches of the Ozarks! We offer a network of nine collaborative services, each providing unique and essential services, such as food assistance, shelter and clothes to the community. Serving the community through volunteerism is a great way to connect with your friends, neighbors and your family.

Our nine services offer many opportunities for you to get involved on your own, with friends, with family, with your coworkers or church congregations! This page is your resource to learn about ways to join our team, time commitments, what to expect, and how to get more information. Check out our short video for even more exciting news!

Council of Churches and its nine outreach services have helped over 98,000 people in 2016 with items such as food assistance, shelter and clothing. Become a volunteer and be part of their story.

Who You're Helping

Thank you for partnering with us! When you connect with us at the Council of Churches of the Ozarks and our nine services, you are connecting with our community! Poverty, homelessness, child abuse and neglect, and the need for food assistance: all of these urgent issues are addressed through our collective impact.

When you volunteer, pray, or make a donation to the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, you are helping children, families, homeless women, and seniors. You are a partner in compassion, responding to the unseen needs of our most vulnerable neighbors! Learn more about the people who partner with us to make a difference!

ALL THE WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

  • Shop for clothes for the Ambassadors for Children Kids’ Closet
    • Time commitment: Plan on at least two hours
  • Help foster children select clothing in the Kids’ Closet
  • Assist in the AFC Prom Closet
  • Serve on the Advisory Committee
    • Time commitment: 1-1/2 hours per month for Advisory Committee Meetings
    • Help with fundraising ideas, special events, budget planning and daily operations.
  • Volunteer as a Reading Buddy with a student in kindergarten through third grade
    • Time Commitment:  30 minutes per week
  • Volunteer as a Pre-K Pal with a preschool student
    • Time Commitment:  2 hours per week
  • Volunteer as a Homebound Shopper
    • Time Commitment:  Varies
  • Volunteer at Crosslines
    • Time Commitment: Varies

  • Help Crosslines clients in the food pantry.
  • Work in the Crosslines warehouse stocking shelves, unloading and loading boxes, helping with inventory.
  • Work at the front desk of Crosslines, greeting clients who need food assistance and other clerical duties.
    • Time commitment: Plan on a half or full day for this activity.
  • Help with a mobile food pantry distribution.
  • Take Holiday Center assistance applications.
  • Collect new, unwrapped toys for the Crosslines Holiday Center toystore.
  • Call us to drop off a barrel for a food drive at your office, church, or organization.
    • Time commitment: Almost no time at all! Call us, we’ll bring a barrel, then let us know when to come pick it up! It’s that simple!
  • Serve on the Advisory Committee
    • Time commitment: 1-1/2 hours per month for Advisory Committee Meetings
    • Help with fundraising ideas, special events, budget planning and daily operations.

  • Drive the Safe to Sleep van.
  • Launder blankets – pick up, launder, deliver back to shelter (weekly, Mondays)
  • Sponsor/organize a fundraiser event with your friends, business or local church group
  • Pick up supplies and deliver to shelter (weekly, Wed am)
  • Spend a night at Safe to Sleep.
    • Time commitment: 7pm-8am — Two volunteers split the night so you can expect about 4 hours of sleep.
  • Serve on the Advisory Committee (Currently full)
    • Time commitment: 1-1/2 hours per month for Advisory Committee Meetings
    • Help with fundraising ideas, special events, budget planning and daily operations.

  • Gather a group and help to build a ramp for a low-income senior or person with disabilities with Connections Handyman Service.

  • Become a Long-term care Ombudsman and visit long-term care facilities in the Ozarks region.

CREATE YOUR OWN EVENT

Looking for the perfect way to get involved with the Council of Churches of the Ozarks? Ready to have some fun?
Create your own event! This is a great option for youth groups, Sunday school classes, even family reunions or corporate retreats.

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Title VI

The Council of Churches of the Ozarks Inc. Transportation Services Title VI Plan

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Annual Reporting

Each year we reflect on the stories and service of the prior year, as well as list the donors who support the work of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks. This document is provided by mail and is also available here digitally.

The 2016 Annual Report is now available online or in print. 

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