Rescue Mission Ministries

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to volunteer at the Rescue Mission. You may have a special talent we can use or be able to fill-in for a regular volunteer who is away.

If you would like to volunteer, contact Marcela Jara, Volunteer Coordinator, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540.777.7651.

A few of our opportunities are listed below, but if you have a new idea, or you’re not sure what is a good fit, contact us.

Volunteer Needs for May 2015

  • Kitchen Volunteers (Especially Breakfast Shift 5:30-8a every day)
  • Bless My Sole Foot Washers - 3rd Thursday from 5-7:30p in the Clinic
  • Sorters and Helpers in Our 3 Thrift Stores and Recycling Center
  • Help with 2nd Helpings Cafe Large Catering Job - June 11-12
  • Children’s Chapel Helpers Weeknights 5:45-7:30p
  • Manna Mission Ministry Grocery Boxes - Saturdays 7:30-10:30a
  • Men’s and Women’s Family Group Leaders
  • Camp Jubilee Transporters and Helpers - weekday mornings and afternoons June 15 - July 31
  • Help with Back to School Blast - August 9

Contact Marcela Jara, Volunteer Coordinator, at 540-777-7651 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Food Service Volunteers welcome groups and individuals to serve meals and help with preparation.

Christmas Card Stuffing - Christmas Card stuffing for 2015 happens in late October. Call in late August/early October to volunteer.

Jubilee Acres Volunteers do outside cleaning and maintenance at the Mission’s retreat center as well as inside cleaning in the spring and fall, preparing the lodge and grounds for day camp and other events. This is a great intergenerational activity.

Table favors are a piece of candy (no gum please) attached to a small note with a scripture verse or encouraging word. We need 200 for lunch and 300 for supper. What a fun time to gather the kids, a Sunday School group or your senior group and have a Table Favor Party! Just drop off the completed table favors at the Mission’s front desk. Rescue Mission staff and volunteers take every opportunity to let guests know how much they are valued and loved and one way to do this is to provide a “table favor” at each place setting.

4th Street Thrift Store volunteers must be age 14 or older. Merchandise, bag at register, and clean on Wednesday 10am-5pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-3:45pm.

Thrift 460 volunteers needed to merchandise, bag at register, and clean. Monday through Friday 9:30am-7pm, Saturday 9:30am-5pm.

Distribution and Recycling Center (1909 Salem Ave.) must be age 14 or older. Process and tag donated items. Monday through Wednesday 8:30am-5:00pm, Thursday 9:30am-5pm, Friday 8:30am-3:30pm

Transporters devote a regular weekday morning or afternoon to drive the Mission transport van. The transport van takes Rescue Mission guests to appointments, picks up smaller donations from local businesses, and delivers courier items for all Mission departments. This is a wonderful couples volunteer opportunity!

We’re always open to other ideas, too!

Things you need to know as a Volunteer at the Rescue Mission:


Adia Lawrence - Jubilee Acres
Betty Addington - Family Shelter
BJ Hall - Food Service
Calvin Holdren - Rainbow Forest Baptist Church - Children’s Ministry
Chris Clark - Optometry Clinic
Dr. Joseph Abate - Dental Clinic
Faith Family Church - Family Chapel
Himmel & Kirby Families - Development
Isaac Snay - Housekeeping
Jim Bath - Men’s Shelter
Leisa & Randy Epperly - Recovery
Linda Rickabaugh - 2nd Helpings Café
Matt Gart - Distribution & Recycling Center
Pentecostals of Roanoke Valley - Hospitality Chapel
Thomas Martin - THRIFT 460 Thrift Store
Wes Smith - Food Service
William Carroll - 4th Street Thrift Store

Things you can do to be a Mission Ready Pastor

Have your Youth Group lead a week of camp at Jubilee Acres this summer to provide a day camp experience for homeless children.

  • Assign a church member to be an ambassador for our Auxiliary Luncheons and or The Network every other month.

  • As a church family, run or walk in the Drumstick Dash this Thanksgiving morning.

  • Remember to pray for all those who reside at the Mission in worship each Sunday.

  • Challenge the Youth Group at your church to fill your study with toilet paper.

  • Place a grocery cart in the foyer of your church and when it is time to place the offering move it to the front of the church to collect items from the Mission’s Wish List.

  • Have a large soup pot at the church on “Souper” Bowl Sunday to take up a special collection for the Mission kitchen on Super Bowl Sunday.

  • Preach at least once a year about local missions and include the Rescue Mission.

  • Collect pocket size Bibles to give to give to our guests in shelter.

  • Write a letter of encouragement to a person in shelter, talk about it from the pulpit and encourage others in the congregation to do it too.

  • Come stay with us for the night. Spend the night in emergency shelter at the Mission & endow a shelter bed for the year ($5 a night/$1,825) as part of My Pastor Slept Here.

  • Have your next group meet at 2nd Helpings.

  • Have an event at the church to benefit the Mission. Examples include:

    • Spaghetti dinner, yard & bake sale, or youth group auction for free labor
    • Golf Tournament
    • Car Wash
  • Use a Mission Kroger Card to purchase groceries, gas or medications and Kroger will make a gift of 5% of your purchases to the Mission.

  • Preach in the Mission Chapel. Assignments are available quarterly.

  • Have a church small group volunteer for our Bless My Sole foot washing ministry (3rd Thursday night of the month).

  • Want to know more? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator Marcela Jara at 540.777.7651 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).