Helping Hands Meal Sign-up

Thank you for providing a nutritious supper for our shelter guests! You can sign-up through Meal Train. Just click on the evening you want, create a brief profile (one-time only) and sign up for an evening.

Helping Hands serves supper every night. Here’s what our meal providers need to know:

  • Bring enough for 50 men to enjoy.

  • Arrive between 5:45 and 6 p.m. through the double doors (Washington Street entrance). Food can be delivered or groups can stay and serve. Helping Hands cannot pick up meals.

  • Choose meals that have nutritional value. We want to serve hearty meals that include protein, grains, and vegetables/fruits. Please do not bring meals that are entirely “junk” foods (pizza or hot dogs with potato chips, etc.). If you would like help choosing a menu, we are happy to share ideas and suggestions.

News and Events

If you’re a team-player who is dependable, motivated, and wants a part-time job that makes a difference in our community, Helping Hands of Springfield wants you to work at our shelter. Preferred candidates will:

  • Work evenings or weekends

  • Enjoy working with people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness

  • Possess excellent communication skills (written and interpersonal)

  • Be able to work on a multidisciplinary team

To apply, download the below PDF document, fill out the application and email it to


Pay rate starts at $11 per hour. 

COVID-19 Prevention Policies at Helping Hands 

Shelter in Place Policy for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Effective March 28, 2020 through until “Shelter in Place” is lifted in the State of Illinois (unless amended before then) 

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Helping Hands has implemented the following practices to be effective immediately: 

1. Our day-time lobby will be closed, and that includes mail and “at the door” meals. (Mail for clients who are not shelter residents will be returned to the post office.) The only interaction our staff will have with others is with current shelter clients. All tours and meetings to be held at Helping Hands are cancelled until Illinois lifts “Shelter in Place.” 

2. We will not allow loitering or camping on our property. 

3. Helping Hands’ emergency shelter clients may sign out to leave our property for essential travel (health care appointments, work, or others as approved by director of housing or executive director). We have asked our clients to avoid any social interaction that is not necessary to protect themselves and others. Any client who leaves our property without signing out may be asked to leave until “Shelter in Place” is lifted. 


4. If a client is asked to leave our shelter for severe offenses (fighting, having drugs/alcohol on the property, etc.) or leaves shelter voluntarily, he will not be allowed back until “Shelter in Place” is lifted. 


5. All Helping Hands staff who do not provide shelter services will work at home until at least April 7. They will attend meetings that are off-site and essential to our agency’s operations and are available for phone/Skype meetings. 


6. All volunteers (office and meal providers) are asked to stay home unless dropping off food/supplies. 


7. Any client who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to wear a mask and we will help the client contact the Sangamon County Public Health department. If necessary, a staff member will ensure an appointment is made with a medical provider and transportation is available. If the client refuses to wear a mask or see a medical provider, he will be asked to leave our shelter immediately and may not return unless he has a note from a medical provider that he does not have an infectious condition. 


Contact Us:

1023 E. Washington Street, Springfield, IL 62703

Office: (217) 522-0048

Fax: (217) 522-0549

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