Volunteer at Portland Rescue Mission
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Smiling volunteers needed! Help men, women and children overcome the despair of homelessness, addiction, hunger and abuse. Join Portland Rescue Mission’s faith-based ministry expressing the love of Jesus Christ by offering compassion, hope and healing people in need.
We value a culture of ministry that is highly relational, cultivates intimacy with Christ and openly expresses God’s love for all.
Volunteers are considered for roles according to need, availability, gifting, faith, gender and age. Our goal is to best match volunteers with the opportunities available and to meet needs of the guests and residents we serve. Because of our desire to be highly relational, we ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of one year of service.
And if you want to engage with us in another way, let us know.
Portland Rescue Mission serves breakfast to homeless guests every day at the Burnside Shelter. Lunch is served on Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers help by welcoming guests, serving food and helping clean and reset the dining room for the day’s activities. Volunteers serve once a week to once a month.
GUEST RELATIONS OFFICE
Our hospitality ministry serves men and women who are currently homeless by sharing the love of Jesus with them in order give hope. Volunteers do this by meeting basic needs, answering phones, greeting guests and responding to inquiries.
GUEST CARE CENTER
Men and women on the streets often have very little engagement in healthy, stimulating activities. Our Community Center seeks to remedy that, offering fun activities, life skills training and personal services — all while building healthy relationships with our staff and volunteers. We need people to volunteer during the day either once a week or once a month.
Volunteers support the staff in facilitating a safe and healthy environment for the kids at Shepherd’s Door. Volunteers provide childcare and supervise activities in the Family Life Center.
Many of the residents who enter our programs are in need of educational assistance. Volunteers help men and women accomplish their educational goals by providing teaching, tutoring and administrative support.
The men and women who enter our programs often have had little invested into them. Home life, self care, vocational skills and resident advocacy allow men and women to be successful when they complete the recovery program. Volunteers support residents in their life skills by serving alongside them, coaching and modeling a healthy life.
Mentors work one-on-one with residents in the New Life Ministry, building discipleship relationships with them to facilitate their growth and maturity in Christ. Mentors model a healthy life of faith, relationship and life skills. While mentoring isn’t for every volunteer, some volunteers will gain a good grasp of the recovery process and discover mentoring to be a great fit.
CAR SALES AND DONATIONS
Volunteers assist the staff at Drive Away Hunger (Portland Rescue Mission’s Car Sales and Donations site) by driving and detailing cars, and assisting with administrative clerical work. Volunteers are especially needed on weekends.
Volunteers help create a safe, comfortable and healing environment at all Portland Rescue Mission facilities by helping with a range of facilities projects, from maintenance to improvement projects.