Meals From the Heartland

Meals From the Heartland is a non-profit organization that invites children and adults to package meals at their packaging center (357 Lincoln St., W. Des Moines). The Annual Hunger Fight typically occurs around the Labor Day weekend. Hope UMC tries to organize a work group at least twice per year. Go to for more information.

     Prison Ministry

The Hope Prison Ministry works to support persons who are in prison, who are living in a half-way house and those who are moving into an apartment. They provide friendship, transportation, food, furniture and much more. Periodically, the church sponsors a fundraiser to help cover the costs associated with this ministry. If you are interested in becoming involved in the Prison Ministry, please contact the church office.

     House of Compassion

Once a month we cook and serve a meal at the House of Compassion. Meal preparation starts at 3:00, and then a second shift arrives at 4:45 to serve and clean up. A minimum of 3 cooks and 4 servers is needed. Sign up is on the clipboards passed during Sunday worship.

     Wonderful Wednesdays

Wonderful Wednesdays is a youth outreach program for students in grades 1-4 from Hoglan Elementary School. It is held from 2:15 to 4:15 every Wednesday shortly after the school year begins. We do crafts, singing, and Bible stories.

     Change a Child’s Story

     Habitat for Humanity

Most recently church members & others have worked with the Des Moines Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity to assist with building affordable housing for partner families.

     Women at the Well

Women at the Well is a congregation within the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville, Iowa which welcomes guests to join a Thursday worship service in their sacred space. All guests must be pre-approved. Matthew 25: 39 says, “I was in prison and you visited me”.

     Community Garden

Hope United Methodist has a vegetable garden on our land behind the church.  Each year our Hope garden team plants and harvests vegetables that are donated to the local Emergency Food Box. If you are interested in helping plant, weed, or pick produce, please contact the church office about becoming involved with the Garden team.

     Community Arts

     Mission Trips

Hope would like to organize an Intergenerational Mission Trip every two years. In 2017, the group will travel to Project Crossroads, in Marion, Virginia in June to work with Mark who is the US Missionary that Hope supports. The work will include: remodeling, construction, gardening, and work at the food bank & second hand clothing store.

     Justice for Our Neighbors

Justice For Our Neighbors is a legal clinic for low income immigrants and refugees. The clinic is held the second Tuesday of each month (except June & December) between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.  This program is sponsored by several churches in Marshalltown including Hope UMC. Volunteers are needed at each clinic to assist clients before and after meeting with legal staff.  If you would like to volunteer, please send an email to

     Boy Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 310 meets at the Church on Monday nights at 7:00-8:30 PM.

     Meals on Wheels

Volunteers are the heart of the Meals on Wheels program. Several Hope members deliver meals on one of three routes, one day per month. Drivers receive training from an experienced driver before being assigned a day and route. The volunteers report to the Unity Point Hospital at 11 a.m. to pick up meals for delivery.  The delivery time is approximately one hour.  If you are interested in volunteering, please call 641-750-6325 to talk with volunteer coordinator.