Get Involved

Be a Part of the Heart

Talk to enough people and you’re just as likely to hear about someone who came to volunteer one Saturday morning with friends and never stopped coming back. A community member who became a full-time employee. A donor inspired by a shared commitment to ensure families have food on the table, clean clothes to wear, quality medical and dental care, and a sustainable way forward. A healthcare professional who volunteers the time to provide care that wouldn’t otherwise be available.

Join us for a tour, be a volunteer and experience Heart Ministry Center in action, make a donation or follow us on social media. Our supporters make our mission a reality.

Volunteers sort donations in Choice Food Distribution center

"I love having the ability to take part in the community and stand with people who are at the crossroads of changing their lives."

Joe, Volunteer

Volunteer

Volunteers have a tremendous impact on Heart Ministry Center and the community we serve. We offer opportunities for individuals, families, companies, schools, and organizations to work together to provide critical meals to our neighbors in need. You can come for a one-time volunteer shift or an ongoing volunteer experience.

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Sort and stock donations
  • Operate the food distribution
  • Make food pantry bags
  • Maintain the Center and grounds
  • Help with special events and projects

Volunteer Opportunities

To sign up for a food distribution volunteer shift, please register online, or contact Alicia Rodriguez at (402) 383-0528 or Alicia@heartministrycenter.org. Tours of Heart Ministry Center are also available.

Our A Way Forward team is currently seeking bilingual volunteers to help communicate with community members. Contact Alicia Rodriguez at Alicia@heartministrycenter.org for more information.

Food Distribution Volunteer Shifts

Tuesday–Friday, 10:00am–1:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am–12:00pm

Please note, we ask that you be here 15 minutes prior to your shift to get checked in.

Your time is valuable, and we appreciate you sharing your time with Heart Ministry Center to make a difference for local families in need.

Give to Heart Ministry Center

Supporters like you are essential to our mission. Your gift provides food, healthcare, and a way forward for our neighbors in the Omaha metro. No matter how you choose to give, please know that you’re making an immediate and lasting impact on our community.

Monthly Gift

Your monthly donation ensures that our community will benefit from your generosity throughout the year. It’s an easy and convenient way to make an ongoing impact.

Tribute or Memorial Gift​

Celebrate achievements and milestones or honor someone special with a tribute or memorial gift. We will mail or email recognition to your honoree acknowledging your thoughtful gift.

Matching Gifts

You can double your impact with a matching gift! Many employers match charitable donations, making your gift go twice as far. Simply check with your employer’s Human Resources department, fill out your employer’s matching gift form and send it with your contribution.

Bequest or Planned Gift

By including Heart Ministry Center in your estate plans, or naming Heart Ministry Center as a beneficiary of your will or insurance policy, you leave a legacy that benefits families for years to come. Gifts of any amount are welcome.  For more information, please contact Angie Grote, director of development & communications, at (402)702-2705.

Give Stock and Securities

When you transfer appreciated stock to Heart Ministry Center, you will receive a tax deduction for the fair market value of the stock. To learn more, please contact Angie Grote, director of development & communications, at (402)702-2705.

In-Kind Gift

Heart Ministry Center accepts a variety of household items that we distribute to community members. In-Kind donations are accepted during the Center’s hours of operation: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please contact the Center to make drop-off arrangements at (402)451-2321.

Accepted

  • Unopened toiletry items and hygiene products (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, feminine hygiene products, etc.)
  • Baby diapers and formula 
  • Laundry detergent
  • Nonperishable food items (boxed meals, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, peanut butter, canned meats, etc.) 

Not Accepted

  • Clothing
  • Appliances
  • Furniture

Community Employers

We partner with employers from various industries that hire qualified graduates from our Fresh Start Program. For information about becoming a community employer, please contact Kye Chumley, director of the Fresh Start Program, at Kye@HeartMinistryCenter.org.

Thank you to our community employers!

  • UNMC
  • Baxter
  • Thermo King
  • Streck Labs
  • Omaha Marriott Downtown
  • Spartan Nash
  • Meyer
  • Five Points Bank
  • Physicians Mutual
  • National Wholesale
  • Owen Industries
  • Dundee Bank
  • Epson
  • MCL Construction
  • SEI
  • Lozier
  • Sun Valley
  • Omaha Marine
  • Airlite Plastics
  • Sun Valley Landscaping
  • Sudbeck Homes
  • Northpoint

Attend Events

Be a part of the Heart by attending our community events, classes, and activities.

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Our Community Partners

We collaborate with dynamic organizations and companies to provide resources and hope. We are grateful for these partnerships. If you are interested in partnering with Heart Ministry Center, please contact Markus Hines, director of strategic partnerships and business development.

  • Creighton University Medical School 
  • Creighton University Dental School
  • Stephen Center
  • Iowa Western Community College 
  • Food Bank for the Heartland
  • United Way of the Midlands
  • Women’s Center for Advancement
  • Heartland Family Service
  • Salvation Army
  • One World Community Health
  • Siena Francis House
  • Douglas County Health Department
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