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Volunteers at the Rescue Mission are the most compassionate & caring people in San Diego!

To learn more about volunteering

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator

(619) 819-1897

Each volunteer is a special part of our Rescue Mission team, who help serve others in so many ways:

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

Individual Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to limited one-time volunteer opportunities, we greatly appreciate volunteers who can commit to serving with us on a consistent basis.

All volunteers, with the exception of those participating in a special event or one-time group volunteer opportunity, MUST submit an application and go through an online background check process at an $18 cost to the individual.

Gratefully, our volunteer opportunities for December are completely full. Please check back with us in January!

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Opportunities for individuals include serving meals, job readiness training, organizing donations, serving as a hairstylist or barber, or handing out linens and essentials to guests in our emergency shelter for women and children.  

Volunteer opportunities and openings change often and may include: food pantry, donation center, prayer team and shower ministry.

Currently, we are searching for dedicated individuals to help in these areas:

Food Pantry

Help us unload, sort, store and pack donations and help keep the pantry clean on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday mornings. Duties may also include carrying out food boxes to guests’ vehicles (must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.).

  • Tuesdays we could use technical help doing guest check-in
    online and maintaining an orderly guest pickup flow.
  • A driver is also needed to pick up donations from local
    stores on Fridays from 7am-11am.

Prayer Team

Do you have a heart for the hurting? We are always looking for people to go out in public and pray for our vulnerable neighbors.

Help make a difference in our community.  Each day we give out 8,000-10,000 pounds of food to churches and non-profit organizations who then feed the homeless and families in need.  

Helpers are needed to organize the food and load the vehicles Monday-Friday from 10am to 1pm. 

Our new outreach initiative, Walk With Me, is looking for individuals to be trained to walk alongside a man or woman experiencing homelessness as a friend for an extended period of time.  Learn more here.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

If you represent a business, church, school or service organization and would like to bring a group in to serve, start by providing some basic information with our Group Volunteer Opportunity Interest Form.

Gratefully, our volunteer opportunities for December are completely full. Please check back with us in January!

Learn how your group can give of time and talents to benefit those experiencing homelessness. Opportunities vary per location.

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As a local business, you know the value of investing in our community.  When you partner with us, you help change lives and create a better place to live and work.  Find out how you can get involved and be part of the solution to end homelessness and hunger. Learn more.

Learn how teaming up with us can provide your church with practical ways to live and love like Jesus and bring about lasting change in the lives of our vulnerable neighbors. And, let us equip you to be the change in your own communities!  Become a partner 

Four times a year, we invite families to participate in a half-day of age-appropriate volunteer activities at the Rescue Mission. If you’d like to involve your family, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

Remote Opportunities

You or your group can be a blessing right where you’re at. Here are some ways to serve from home or your place of business.

To drop off collected items, please reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator.

corporate social responsibility opportunities

Write encouragement cards for our guests in Nueva Vida Haven, our emergency shelter for women and children. Our goal is to leave a note on their beds every night!  See instructions here.

 Collect essential items for our “I See You” hygiene kits and/or assemble them for us or hand out to our neighbors in need!  See list of needed items and instructions here.

Make easy no-sew blankets out of fleece fabric. We’ll make sure they get in the hands of those who truly need them!  See instructions here.

Not able to start volunteering immediately? Host a Drive

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. 

Or purchase directly from our Amazon Urgent Needs list here and have the items shipped directly to us.

Check out our needs during COVID-19 here.


Group Volunteer Opportunities

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