How To Volunteer:
1. Fill out Volunteer Form:
Click here to fill out a volunteer form.
2. Attend next mandatory Volunteer Orientation:
Saturday, February 9, @ 9:00am
1335 Pacific Ave., Long Beach
Get started today!
Thank you for your desire to volunteer here at Long Beach Rescue Mission. We could not function in the same capacity we are operating at today without the support of volunteers. Please make sure that you fill out a volunteer application before attending the volunteer orientation. Once we’ve reviewed your volunteer application you will recieve a confirmation email with information about attending a Volunteer Orientation, which is required for each individual or volunteer group leader.
Orientations are generally held the second Saturday of each month from 9:00am – 10:30am. Please inquire about the next scheduled meeting.
Long Beach Rescue Mission offers a variety of rewarding opportunities for volunteers, from food service to music, the arts, mentoring, class instruction and more. Here are some ways you can get involved:
Pitch in to assit our kitchen staff as they set up, serve and clean up after our breakfast, lunch, or dinner meals.
Assist customers, sort donations and help tidy the store. We especially need volunteers with an in-depth knowledge of online sales and product/inventory pricing.
Holiday and Special Events
Get involved with our Easter Basket Giveaway, Long Beach Marathon Fundraiser, Back-to-School Drive, Gala & Silent Auction Fundraiser, Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Toy & Stocking Giveaway and other events.
Help out with filing, answering phones and other clerical duties.
If you’re musically or artistically inclined, ask our Volunteer Program Supervisor about Mission events and workshops that would benefit from your talents!
Serve at our women and children’s shelter through after school programs, Bible studies, dinner service and more.
Bring a group from your church to lead the evening chapel service at our Samaritan House.
Career Employment Services
Teach a career workshop. Or work with individual Mission residents on financial planning, writing résumés, holding mock job interviews and more.
Encourage and guide our New Life Program participants as they make their courageous journey back into becoming productive members of society.
Enjoy teaching? We’d enjoy hearing from you! We’re always in need of enthusiastic teachers for our life-skills classes, financial education classes and small group Bible studies.
Use your knowledge of the law in one of our legal aid clinics, advising Mission clients on matters such as traffic tickets, record expungement, and child support.
Mobilize your church, school, business, team, dance class or community group to collect essential supplies for the Mission. Ask the Volunteer Program Supervisor for a list of pressing needs or visit our Needs page.
Have ideas of your own?
If you have a special gift or ability—or you’ve thought about ways of serving not mentioned here—get in touch with our Volunteer Program. We’ll be sure to put your talents to good use.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator or call (562) 591-1292, ext. 119.
Frequently Asked Questions
How old must I be to volunteer at the Mission?
You must be at least ten years old to volunteer at the Mission.
I have children under the age of 18. Can they volunteer on their own?
No. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
What happens at the Volunteer Orientation?
You’ll hear a brief history of Long Beach Rescue Mission and learn about our current operations. You’ll also get specifics about each volunteer opportunity, review our Volunteer Code of Conduct and see how to get started.
Where does Volunteer Orientation take place?
The Volunteer Orientation is conducted at our Samaritan House, located at 1335 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, California.
Do you have opportunities for different types of volunteers?
Yes. We offer opportunities tailored to groups and individuals of all ages, talents and abilities.
I am inquiring about volunteer opportunities for a group. Does my whole group have to attend the orientation?
No. Although the whole group is welcome to attend, only a group leader or representative is required to attend the orientation.
I am inquiring about Holiday volunteer opportunities. Do I have to attend the orientation even if I only want to volunteer for the Holidays?
Yes, all volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation before volunteering.