Volunteers at the San Diego Rescue Mission are some of the warmest, kindest, most generous people we know.

Donate Your TimeOur volunteers provide valuable services to our clients. In return they receive the satisfaction of knowing they are personally helping homeless and poor people create positive, lasting change in their lives.

Please note that we are unable at this time to work with court-mandated volunteers.

Due to insurance restrictions, volunteers must be age 16 and older. Are you part of a youth group under this age? We welcome your help with donation drives for urgently needed material items and are very happy to provide a tour of the Mission so you can find out more about our work.

Group Projects

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Groups (corporate, church, school and others) are always welcome to help with our meal service, assisting in the warehouse, and “deep-cleaning” our emergency shelter. Please call 619.819.1897 for other ideas or to schedule a specific date.

  • Groups of 6-8 are welcome to serve lunch or dinner here on site.
  • Larger groups can schedule weekday morning shifts in our warehouse.

Not able to start volunteering immediately? Host a Drive (Urgent Needs, Food, or Hygiene Kits): You can hold a drive and collect needed items at your school, church, place of employment, community center, or neighborhoods-it’s an easy and very significant way to support the Rescue Mission! Thank you for doing your part to help the men, women and children here at the Mission.

Volunteer Process for Individuals

All volunteers, with the exception of those participating in a special event or one-time group volunteer opportunity MUST attend a volunteer orientation and submit an application and go through an on-line background check process at an $18 cost to the individual. Orientations are held every-other month. The next orientation is in May. For non-food service opportunities we ask a 3-6 month commitment, interview, orientation, application and background check. Please call the Volunteer Coordinator to start the process.

Due to the large interest in our volunteer program, volunteer needs and opportunities change monthly and may include:

  • Nueva Vida Haven

    Assist with bed set up and handing out linens, clothing, hygiene items, 7:15PM – 8:30PM. Women only.

    Dinner service help needed between 6:30PM – 7:15PM, Friday or Saturday in particular.

  • Men’s Center

    Tutor 8th grade reading comprehension.

  • Childcare Volunteers

    Needed weekday daytimes to watch over the newborns and  preschoolers here while the mothers are in class. Do you have weekday availability one day a week between 9-11:30 a.m. or 1-4 p.m.? Do you love working with young children?

    Must be 18 and older and able to pass a background check.

  • Genesis Process Discipleship Group Leader

    If you are man who loves the Lord and has a heart for discipleship then we have a great opportunity for you to serve. We are looking for men to lead a group of 1-7 Rescue Mission residents through a book called the Genesis Process. The book focuses primarily on biblical recovery with topics ranging from addiction to forgiveness and hope. You do not need to be a scholar in recovery or addiction to help lead this discipleship group. The book does a good job of explaining the topics and has questions that the residents will have to answer each week. The purpose of this is to create an environment where men can be honest about their sin and be reminded of the grace we find in Jesus. The time commitment is one night a week anytime between 5-6:30pm. There are twenty chapters so it will be a twenty week discipleship program. If you are interested or have any questions please call Deborah Krakauer at 619-819-1897 or via email at dkrakauer@sdrescue.org.