Volunteer at Portland Rescue Mission

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.

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Individual Opportunities


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.

Group Opportunities


Portland Rescue Mission seeks to equip and engage local churches in serving homeless men and women. Evening Ministry is a great way for churches to begin that journey. Groups create an atmosphere of hospitality at the Burnside Shelter by serving the evening meal and providing a chapel service to 150–300 homeless guests. These groups minister to the physical and spiritual needs of the homeless men and women of Portland by providing a hot meal, conversation and a word of encouragement. Through these tangible expressions of love, volunteers communicate to each homeless person that he or she is known and valued.


Evening meal hosting is an opportunity for churches and groups to serve the New Life Ministries residents. Groups purchase, prepare, serve and share their meal with the residents. This act of service allows groups to practice hospitality, offer support and give hope to the men, women and children who are seeking life change.


Volunteer groups of all shapes and sizes serve Portland Rescue Mission facilities and help create a safe, comfortable and healing environment for residents and guests. Projects range from general maintenance to improvement projects.