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Volunteering is a simple act of kindness – but as Raymond says so beautifully above, it makes a profound difference in the lives of guests!

We appreciate our volunteers so much – especially during this challenging time!

We will start allowing a limited number of volunteers to help in these areas at the Mission: Kitchen team, mentoring, tutoring in the Learning Center, Bible study and Thrift store support. You will be required to wear a mask, have your temperature taken at the front desk and sign in.

At this time, only individuals over the age of 16 will be allowed to volunteer.  If you are over the age of 65, please carefully consider your health and safety before volunteering.

How To Volunteer:


1. First fill out Volunteer Form:

Click here to fill out a volunteer form.

You’ll receive a confirmation email with information about attending a Volunteer Orientation (required for each individual or volunteer group leader)


2. Attend next mandatory Volunteer Orientation*:

Held every second Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m.

  • January 8th
  • February 12th
  • March 12th
  • April 9th
  • May 14th
  • June 11th
  • July 9th
  • August 13th
  • September 10th
  • October 8th
  • November 12th
  • December 10th

Where? At the Chapel at the Samaritan House
1335 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813

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:

Volunteer Opportunities

Serve A Meal

Pitch in to assist our kitchen staff as they set up, serve and clean up after our breakfast, lunch, or dinner meals.

We could really use your help! Every day, we serve 3 hot, nutritious meals to both our guests from the community and our program residents.


Meal times (For the Community)

Lunch: 12:00 noon, Monday – Friday

Dinner: 5:30 p.m., 7 days a week



Serve the meal to guests and residents

Preparation* of some food items before the meal

Light clean-up after the meal

Note: A brief training on food handling will be provided



Stand for at least 2 hours

Lift 25 pounds

Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult


Ready to sign up to serve a meal?

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator now:

(562) 591-1292 ext. 102


Holidays 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.

Administrative Office

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!

Lydia House

Serve at our women and children’s shelter through Children’s activity, Bible studies, dinner service and more.

Chapel Service

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.

Class Instructor

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.

Legal Aid

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.

Food/Toiletry/Socks/Hygiene Drive

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 Coordinators at volunteer@lbrm.org or call (562) 591-1292, ext. 102.

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.