Rescue mission

Get involved in the Long Beach Rescue Mission Volunteer Program

LONG BEACH, California – The Long Beach Rescue Mission is currently looking for community volunteers for various positions. Opportunities to get involved with the Long Beach Rescue Mission are plentiful, and those interested are encouraged to volunteer their time, various donations, host or serve a meal, or even simply through prayer.

As the rescue mission winds down in April, they look to the spring/summer months and the people they will no doubt need to help in the local community. According to their website, “At 129,972 people, California has the highest rate of homeless homelessness (68.9%) with 29.2% families homeless and 93.7% homeless in Long Beach having no form of shelter”.

Even with a staggering number of homeless people in California, the Mission is still doing its part to provide services to all who seek their help; but not without the help of local staff and volunteers. By providing daily meals, educational and spiritual programs, and counseling services, the Long Beach Rescue Mission is able to specifically help those who come through their doors, and the Volunteer program allows them to continue.

Volunteers are currently needed in the thrift store to help customers, sort through donations and help stock the store. The store is in particular need of volunteers with in-depth knowledge of online sales and product/inventory pricing. More information about the Thrift Store can be found here.

Serving or hosting a meal at the Rescue Mission is always a great way to give. Food service is required daily as the mission serves three hot and nutritious meals to community guests and program residents. Volunteers will participate to help the kitchen staff with set up, service and clean up. Interested food service volunteers must be able to stand for at least two hours, lift 25 pounds and, if under 18, be accompanied by an adult.

Dinner on Me is a special program at the Mission that allows the local community to sponsor a hot dinner. According to the mission, “just $500 provides delicious hot meals for every man, woman and child who walks through the doors of Long Beach Rescue Mission one night. So your heartfelt gift will help serve 300 of your hungry and hurt neighbors! To learn more about this program, visit

Individuals can also volunteer to teach a course at the Mission to residents. Current classes include music/arts, life skills, financial education, and small group Bible study. Residents are also offered services such as professional employment and legal aid. Qualified instructors are always welcome. Those with other unique experiences, talents or backgrounds not listed on the volunteer page are encouraged to contact the Volunteer program.

All Long Beach Rescue Mission volunteers must attend a mandatory volunteer orientation. Sessions are held the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Samaritan House Chapel, 1335 Pacific Ave.

At this time, only people aged 16 or over are allowed to volunteer. People over the age of 65 are encouraged to carefully consider their health and safety before volunteering.
For more information about the Long Beach Rescue Mission Volunteer Program, email [email protected] or call 562-591-1292, ext. 102.