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5 Reasons to Volunteer in the New Year


It’s almost the new year and we all know what that means: Everyone around us is thinking resolutions—eat better, workout more, get my dream job, travel, write.

Portland Rescue Mission would like to add one more to your list.

Visit Portland Rescue Mission as a volunteer!

Without the faithful service of our compassionate and loving volunteers at Portland Rescue Mission, we would not have the manpower to offer the vast array of help and services that we do. Spread over 4 facilities and serving men, women and children, Portland Rescue Mission has countless transformational opportunities for you to get involved in!

Here are 5 big reasons why you should make us your resolution:

NO. 1 – You have something to share

When you volunteer at Portland Rescue Mission you join a community that together is changing the face of pain, addiction, loneliness and homelessness. It takes hundreds of people to make this work possible, each person with their unique gifts.

Share your passion or your hobby with the men, women and children in our programs. Do you dance? Teach martial arts? Love art? Want to cook? Can you landscape? If you love science, outdoor sports, calligraphy or mentoring, we need you! Bring what you love and come help us give hope and restore life.


You won’t be the same when you volunteer at Portland Rescue Mission. Not only will those you meet be touched by your kindness, but our volunteers are changed by the experience of serving as well. Watch our YouTube video “Volunteers Change Lives” and apply today to join us. Our guests and participants will become your friends as they share their stories with you.

Your perspective will be challenged and your compassion enlarged.



Statistics say that around 4,000 people are living homeless on the streets of Portland, with women and children being the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. When you volunteer with Portland Rescue Mission, you get to meet some of these people, and help them walk towards a better life. We need men and women willing to mentor, serve a meal, hold a baby and simply lend a listening ear to those that come to us.


Hope is relational. People’s lives are changed because they encounter other people. We see this everyday. When you come volunteer with us you will see men and women become happier, healthier people.

“One of the most amazing things for me to watch is the transformation that takes place,” says Marietta Roy, a volunteer at Shepherd’s Door. “From the time that they enter to the time of graduation, the demeanor on their faces when they arrive is that of un-peacefulness and stress; when they leave here, they are just radiant.”

“I have seen transformation, when guest come in hopeless. They’ll receive a pair of socks or a toothbrush, a kind word, or a piece of mail from home, and they’ll leave more blessed then when they came,” says Alex Pavlenko, volunteer at the Burnside Shelter.

(Watch what others have to say HERE).


We have four locations you can volunteer at: Shepherd’s Door (for women and children), The Harbor (for men), Drive Away Hunger (car donation and sales) and the Burnside Shelter (immediate assistance for men and women facing homelessness). And while you’re at it, check out our Employment page for the latest job openings at Portland Rescue Mission! Come be part of the story of Portland Rescue Mission. Just be warned, your life might be transformed as well.

Here’s to 2017 being one of your best years yet!


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