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5 great reasons to volunteer at Portland Rescue Mission

At Portland Rescue Mission, we have over 1,000 volunteers that help us give hope and restore life to the men, women and children suffering from homelessness and addiction. Without the faithful service of our compassionate and loving volunteers, we would not have the manpower to offer the vast array of help and services that we do. The presence of our volunteers at the Mission is such an invaluable part of the work we do on a daily basis. So, if you’re considering volunteering somewhere, here are five reasons why you should do so here. Enjoy!

No. 1 – Be a part of something bigger

DSC_0609When 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.

No. 2 – You will be changed

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 latest 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.

No. 3 – You want to make a difference

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, a new story. 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. 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!

No. 4 – You love to see lives transformed

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.

IMG_1922“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).

Children that struggle with fear learn to trust. Women who are angry learn to forgive. Men who are abusive learn to value others. If you love to see transformation, this place is full of it. Come see for yourself.

No. 5 – You are ready!

Portland Rescue Mission has been serving the men, women and children in our city since 1949. Each year, we are serving over 330,000 hot, nutritious meals and 80,000 people a safe night’s rest. Our heartbeat is to give hope and restore life, to see men and women take the next step towards a life off the streets, free from addiction and restored in relationships with those around them. If that’s your heart too, we want you. Come be part of the story of Portland Rescue Mission. Just be warned, your life might be transformed as well.