The Kitchen, Inc.’s mission is bringing stability and purpose to people who are homeless..  With the shift to housing our clients in the community, our volunteer needs have changed.  Instead of a congregate shelter model, our clients are housed in the community or in an apartment setting on our campus.  This is a proven Best Practice for helping our clients become successful in building self-sustainability in the community.

The major change for volunteers is we have limited opportunities to interact directly with clients and for evening or weekend hours.  The majority of our volunteer opportunities are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Ways To Get Involved

Rare Breed Opportunities

We have opportunities at our Rare Breed location for individuals willing to make an regular ongoing commitment.   This would be Monday through Friday. 

Groups can sign up to provide and serve dinner at the Rare Breed site by contacting us at 417-225-7415 or

Receiving and Distribution Center

For individuals wanting to volunteer on a one day or limited basis, we need help sorting household goods and food at our Receiving and Distribution center.  The days and times are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Projects for groups will primarily be available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Depending on the group size, ages, skill set and time of the year, we are generally able to provide a project. For information on groups projects, please contact us at 417-225-7415 or

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

For individuals who are able to make a regular commitment please complete a volunteer application below and indicate your skills, areas of interest, and availability.  This area of volunteering is limited and will be dependent on available projects.  Watch our website as we will post for specific opportunities.

Volunteer & Internship Opportunities

Need to Know Info

All Volunteers and Interns
Please note that due to our focus on homeless and at risk individuals and families we do require a background check through the Family Care Safety Registry.

You can go to or call toll free, 866-422-6872 to see if you are already registered.  You will need to obtain a letter from them stating there were no findings.  If you are not registered there is a minimal fee to become registered.

If for some reason you appear in one of their databases you will need to contact the Registry and request the specific information on the findings to be sent to you.  Once you receive the information, you will need to contact the Community Development Coordinator at 417-225-7415 to schedule a time to bring the findings in for review.

Once the application and background has been received and approved, you will be contacted regarding orientation.  Orientation will be a combination of reviewing on-line resources and attending an orientation onsite.

In addition to the Volunteer/Intern application please include a cover letter or resume that will highlight your experience or education applicable to the intern position you are applying for.  The Human Resource Director will review and forward to the appropriate Director or Coordinator to identify candidates to interview.  Anyone selected as an intern will need to obtain their background check through the Family Care Safety Registry.

Volunteer Application