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Volunteer

The goal of the Springfield Rescue Mission, since 1892, is to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the hungry, homeless, addicted, and poor by introducing them to Christ and helping them apply the Word of God to every area of their lives. The Springfield Rescue Mission is a non-profit, Christian based Emergency Shelter and Rehabilitation Program providing food, clothing and shelter. No person is denied services based on race, creed, gender, or nationality.

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions and limitations, some volunteer opportunities may not be available.

For volunteer questions please contact Lenore Brooks, Volunteer Program Coordinator at 413-732-0808 ext 220, lbrooks@springfieldrescuemission.org

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Types of Volunteer Opportunities

Food Services Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve *breakfast (6AM-8AM) and lunch (10AM-1PM). For dinner service, please see below. Due to Massachusetts State Law, no one under the age of 16 is allowed in the kitchen.

Volunteer Options:

  • Bring food and prepare it at the Mission *
  • Bring food already prepared and serve to Residents *
  • Prepare and serve food planned by the Mission’s Food Services Coordinator *

*Limited volunteer options available for children under the age of 16
Click here to view Massachusetts State Laws

For more information, please contact Lenore Brooks, Volunteer Program Coordinator at 413-732-0808 ext 220, lbrooks@springfieldrescuemission.org

Operation SONshine

Volunteers help prepare lunches for the Rescue Mission’s mobile feeding program, Operation SONshine. The Rescue Mission van travels the inner city distributing meals and other items to the homeless and poor on the streets of Springfield at numerous locations.  Operation SONshine runs weekly on Thursdays and Saturdays, 12pm to 3pm.* There is a four person limit in the Operation SONshine van.

Provide a Meal

One of the most rewarding ways to volunteer is to make a meal for the residents in the Men’s New Life Rehabilitation Program at the main facility 10 Mill St. or the Emergency Men’s Shelter at 148 Taylor St. This is a tremendous help to the Rescue Mission and provides respite for the SRM Food Service kitchen crew.

Some volunteers provide a meal on a regular monthly basis and others do so as schedules permit. There is no obligation or pressure. Even one time is a blessing to the Rescue Mission!

The following are options for providing a meal:

  • Volunteers are welcome to cook on premise and serve the meal followed by helping to clean up.
  • Volunteers can prepare a meal ahead of time, off premise, and bring in prior to meal time (no later than 4:30 pm) and serve.
  • If volunteers are unable to stay to serve, a meal may be prepared off premise and dropped off (no later than 4:30pm) to be reheated for the designated meal.

Dinner is served promptly at 5:00 pm at both facilities.

Volunteers/Volunteer Groups should complete a Gift in Kind (GIK) form when providing a meal. This is your tax deduction form and for the Rescue Mission’s auditor.

Volunteers and volunteer groups will contact Lenore for scheduling.

lbrooks@springfieldrescuemission.org 413-732-0808 ext. 220.

Warehouse & Give Away Center

Volunteers are needed to help sort and organize donated items in the warehouse and Give Away Center.

Administrative Help

Volunteers may assist with administrative needs throughout the year for various staff.

Countertop Display

Food and Collection Drives

 

For volunteer questions, please contact Lenore Brooks, Volunteer Program Coordinator at 413-732-0808 ext. 220, lbrooks@springfieldrescuemission.org

All volunteers work directly with SRM staff person.