Employment / Service


Community Outreach Ministries is a faith-based non-profit organization focused on helping people in need in Polk County, Missouri.   A core verse for Community Outreach Ministries is Matthew 25:35-36 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and COM Application to Micah Titterington (Executive Director) at MicahT@bolivarcom.org. Download the COM application hereCheck out our available employment & service opportunities here:


Program Development Coordinator:

AmeriCorps VISTA


Position Overview:

This position is an AmeriCorps VISTA service opportunity. The VISTA Program Development  Coordinator will evaluate and build the capacity of COM's job and  life skills training program, called Project Thrive, that empowers low-income households with skills for long-term success  and helps connect individuals to meaningful employment opportunities. The program creates internship opportunities at COM for unemployed clients, educates clients on life skills and employment soft skills, and connect clients to long-term employers upon completion of the program. The Program Development Coordinator will research current assets and resources in the community, review and revise the Project Thrive program materials, and recruit volunteers to assist with and run the program. They will also coordinate with local businesses to establish partnerships which will allow for employment opportunities for clients upon completion of the program. A big piece of the position will also be aiding in securing grants and funding for the growth and long-term sustainability of Project Thrive. The VISTA member will have the opportunity to interact with COM staff, other local agencies, and community leaders throughout Polk County. The work this position accomplishes will help COM build up a program for addressing poverty in an empowering and holistic manner and will ultimately help numerous individuals in the community.


Benefits: AmeriCorps will pay a living stipend (approx. $575 biweekly), provide health insurance, child care assistance, relocation for those moving to Bolivar, and an end-of-service award (choice of $6345 toward educational expenses or $1800 cash). COM will also provide a one-time $500 housing stipend payable to a local landlord for accepted VISTA members.


Hours: 40 hours/week.


Dates of Service: 12 months beginning Fall 2021

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Interested candidates should email a resume to MicahT@bolivarcom.org

Find our more about the AmeriCorps VISTA program at


Thrift Store Associate (Seasonal):


Position Overview:

The Thrift Store Associate performs certain tasks in the thrift store, including but not limited to working the cash register, assisting customers, overseeing thrift store volunteers, restocking thrift store items, sorting donations, cleaning, and quality control. They will also perform other duties as directed by the thrift store manager.

**Note: This is a temporary, seasonal position lasting until Dec 31. Although there is a potential for another permanent position to open in January, this position only lasts until the end of the year.**


Reports to: Thrift Store Manager

Job Type: Part-time, temporary

Schedule/Hours: 20-30 hours per week, scheduled Tuesday through Saturday 9 am-5:30 pm

Rate of Pay: $10.00/hour

General Duties: 

The Associate is responsible for, but not limited to, the following range of job duties:

  • Stocking, arranging, and tidying merchandise on the sales floor

  • Assist with customers, whether it is working at the register or locating items

  • Digital and physical marketing

  • Processing sales

  • Assist in the intake, sorting, and pricing of donations

  • Maintaining a clean and organized store

  • Assist with donation pickups and deliveries

  • Other duties as assigned

Note: Not all incumbents perform all the duties described above but perform a similar range of duties.


Physical Effort/Dexterity Required:

The performance of the job regularly requires standing for long periods of time, twisting, bending, crouching, reaching overhead, pushing and pulling, lifting and kneeling.

The Associate may be required to assist moving large and/or heavy objects, such as furniture.

Please notify the Store Manager of any possible restrictions prior to acceptance of the job.

Required Qualifications:


  • Basic mathematical skills to include adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and calculating percentages

  • Money handling skills, including making change and counting correct denominations

  • Commitment to excellent customer service

  • Possess communication skills (both verbal and written), interpersonal and team-oriented skills

  • Ability to follow direction, and understand what is being asked of them

  • Willing to learn

  • Promote the values of Community Outreach Ministries with Christ-like attitude and actions

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in a retail position, preferably in a second-hand or thrift environment

  • Experience working with volunteers

  • Proficiency with social media (including Facebook and Instagram)

  • Prior marketing experience

  • Open to flexible scheduling

  • Be active in a local church and possess good spiritual and emotional health

Interested candidates should email a resume to Cinda Smith, Thrift Store Manager at CindaS@bolivarcom.org, or by mail at PO Box 181, Bolivar, MO 65613. Applications may also be dropped off at Compassion Thrift.

Feel free to also check out volunteer opportunities HERE. We are always looking for volunteers in the following areas:

  • Thrift Store

  • Food Pantry

  • Recycling

Those interested in volunteering may apply online.