Ways to Volunteer

MERCY has several opportunities for you to get involved to help the homeless in our community.

We can always use people who are willing to give their time and talents to help us serve our program participants.

Learning Sessions: Teach A Life Skill

Once a week on Tuesday evenings from 4:45 to 6:15 pm, MERCY hosts various speakers, activities, demonstrations, videos, educators and community volunteers to provide small learning sessions centered on the pillars of self-sufficiency:  Housing, Parenting, Budgeting and Life Skills. 

If you have a talent, interest, hobby or information that would be beneficial and would like to present to our group, please let us know! Learning Sessions are usually no more than 10-15 clients at one time.


We could use your help on Tuesday evenings from 4:45 to 6:15 pm to monitor the client's children during our Learning Sessions for the Parents. This could involve reading a book aloud, helping an older child with the internet or computer games or just playing with blocks with the younger ones. There is always a MERCY employee present in the playrooms.

Internship Opportunities Available

We would love to talk to you about an internship with MERCY Communities! Please call (217) 744-1126 for more information.


Church groups, school groups, Clubs, organizations and individuals donate their time in the Spring and Fall to help us clean up yards, rake, paint, pull weeds and even clean up homes and apartments for our incoming clients. We appreciate every single volunteer!

Volunteer Form

By the NumbersPlease complete the form below or call 217-753-1358 if this interests you or your club or organization.

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Please let us know what you are interested in doing to help us!

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Item Donations

Donations may be dropped off on TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS from 8 am - 4:30 p.m. Because of our small staff size, please call ahead at 217-753-1358 to make sure someone is here to accept your donation. We appreciate your support!

Wish List:

  • Monetary contributions
  • Gift cards (grocery, Walmart, Target)
  • Large kitchen trash cans
  • Bathroom towels/wash cloths
  • Kitchen towel sets
  • Wall clocks
  • Silverware
  • Mops, buckets, brooms & dust pans
  • Floor & table lamps
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish washing soap
  • Diapers
  • Household paper products: Kleenex, toilet paper, paper towels
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Shelving (bookshelves, laundry, etc.)
  • Toddler beds
  • Crib sheets / twin sheets / full sheets
  • Blankets / New bed pillows
  • Mattress covers

We accept these items in almost new or gently used condition:

  • Kitchen tables and full chair sets
  • Coffee tables
  • End tables
  • Metal bed frames 
  • Kitchen carts/microwave carts
  • Clothing dressers—large and small
  • Pots, pans, utensils, dishes
  • Adult, age appropriate (20-40 y.o.) women's clothing
  • Kid's clothing-boys and girls

Items we CANNOT accept:

  • Mattresses/box springs
  • Couches/loveseats/recliners
  • Entertainment centers
  • TVs, computers, electronics
  • Microwaves or kitchen appliances
  • Used pillows
  • Pack-n-plays, carseats, cribs older than 1 year
  • Dirty or damaged Items
  • Luggage