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Iowa Location

219 N Chestnut St, Jefferson, IA


Midwest Mission Iowa is open to volunteers Mon - Fri 8:30am - 4pm, Sat 9am-12pm

Reservations are required to volunteer. Space is limited to 20 volunteers per shift per day.

The Fair Trade Gift Shop is open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 9am-12pm.

Welcome to Midwest Mission Iowa!

In June of 2023, Midwest Mission officially opened its second location in Jefferson, Iowa. 

Midwest Mission Iowa will be focusing on a few core relief projects: Personal Dignity Kits, Student Kits, weaving plastic homeless mats, and Rice Meal packing.  We will add new projects as needs change and as we grow.  Volunteers will use the same Volunteer Matrix to sign up for volunteer shifts, which can be reserved in half-day or whole-day increments.  We currently have capacity for 20 volunteers.  During breaks, volunteers can shop in our fair trade gift shop and explore the historic community of Jefferson--a 2023 Iowa Tourism Award winner.  There are many options for dining within walking distance of our facility.

Midwest Mission Iowa will also accept donations. Click here to see what items are accepted at Midwest Mission. 

The Midwest Mission Fair Trade Store and Gift Shop is located at the Midwest Mission Iowa location. Stop in and pick up a gift for a loved one, or some Midwest Mission gear. Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 9am-12pm.

Schedule Your Volunteer Shift
To volunteer at Midwest Mission, all individuals and teams must register and reserve a spot.

For Team Leaders and Individual Volunteers
(Team Leaders will schedule their entire team)

Contact our Reservation Coordinator, Pat Wright, with any questions: 217-697-4063 or 

Reserve a spot for you and/or your team to volunteer at Midwest Mission Iowa using Volunteer Matrix.
This applies to day teams, teams staying for multiple days, and individuals.

  1. Go to the Reservation Calendar through Volunteer Matrix using the button below. 

  2. If you have never volunteered before, click "New Volunteer Registration" to register you and/or your team. If you are a returning volunteer, log in with your information.

  3. Once you have logged in, complete your Volunteer Profile in Volunteer Matrix

  4. If you are the team leader, click find/create volunteer group to find or add your team to your profile including any known team members. You will need to add their emails in order to invite them to make their profile.

  5. Click on the Wall Calendar Icon to have a better view of available dates.

  6. Find an available date you would like to volunteer and click on the Mission Volunteer Shift(s) you would like to reserve.

  7. If you are scheduling a team, click "Scheduling Group" and select the number who will be attending. Add known volunteers in your group.

  8. Once completed, you will receive a confirmation email.

  9. You can return to your profile at any time to adjust the number or the people attending.


Overnight Accommodations
At this time, we do not have on-site accommodations, but there are off-site options available.

Cobblestone Hotel and Suites

771 Wild Rose Lane, Jefferson, IA 50129

Mention "Midwest Mission" when reserving your stay to get a special rate.


We are open to volunteers:

          Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4pm. 

          Saturday 9am-12pm.

You can serve: 

  • A day

  • A week

  • Or anything in between. 

There are 2 shifts a day. You are welcome to serve for one or both shifts. During breaks, volunteers can shop in our Fair Trade Gift Shop and explore the historic community of Jefferson - a 2023 Iowa Tourism Award winner. There are many options for dining within walking distance of our facility.

Morning Shift 8:30am - 11:30 am 

Afternoon Shift 12:30pm - 4:00 pm 


At Midwest Mission, we strive to accommodate a wide variety of ability levels, from sit down work to manual labor.

While at Midwest Mission, volunteers will: 

  • Pack kits

  • Sort items

  • Sew

  • Or whatever the current requested needs are at the time

We welcome both teams and individuals to serve with us.

Serving as a team is a great way to build community, get new people involved, and make a great impact together. Teams must be scheduled together. 

Serving as an individual is a great way to meet mission-minded people from all over the United States. If you are local - or like to travel - you can become a "regular" and serve consistently with us.


Individual volunteers must be age 18 or older.

For youth groups, those 14-18 years old must have a chaperone ratio of 1 chaperone per 5 students. 

Students 11-13 years old must have a chaperone ratio of 1 chaperone per 4 students.

Chaperones must remain with the volunteer and their group the whole time.


There are no overnight accommodations onsite. There are local lodging options at a discounted rate. You can see those here. There are also several campsites in and around Jefferson, Iowa


We do not take walk-in volunteers at this time. But, anyone is welcome to shop at our Fair Trade Store during open hours.

You must schedule a volunteer shift to serve with us at Midwest Mission. This is because we have a daily limit of 20 mission volunteers. We want to give each person a great volunteer experience and make sure our high quality standards are still being met.  

  • When scheduling your group, please sign up for as many as you will bring - we cannot accommodate more than are signed up.

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