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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.  The Springfield Rescue Mission complies with applicable Federal civil laws and does not discriminate nor exclude or treat people differently on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or gender.

For volunteer questions please contact Lenore Masciotra, Volunteer Program Coordinator at 413-732-0808 Ext 220, lmasciotra@springfieldrescuemission.org

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Types of Volunteer Opportunities

Food Services Volunteers

Volunteers help prepare and serve breakfast (6AM-8AM) and lunch (10AM-1:30PM). For dinner service, please see “Provide a Meal” below. Due to Massachusetts State Law, no one under the age of 16 is allowed in the kitchen.

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For more information, please contact Lenore Masciotra, Volunteer Program Coordinator at 413-732-0808 Ext 220, lmasciotra@springfieldrescuemission.org

Operation SONshine

Operation SONshine hours are from 11:00am – 3:00pm in order to allow the Mission van to replenish supplies and return to locations as needed.

Volunteers will arrive at 10 Mill St. at 11:00 am to prepare sandwiches, et al; volunteers will have lunch from 12:00 noon to 12:20 and the Mission van will depart at 12:30pm. and return to the Rescue Mission by 3:00 pm.

Operation SONshine will travel to various locations in Springfield on Tuesdays and Thursdays and to Greenfield/Northampton/Holyoke locations on Wednesdays as time and supplies allow.

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 Staff.

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 bring their food items in to cook on premise and serve the meal followed by helping to clean up.
  • Volunteers can prepare a meal off -premise and bring in no later than 11:30am for Lunch 4:30 pm for Dinner and stay to serve. *
  • Volunteers can prepare a meal off-premise and drop off no later than 11:30am for Lunch and 4:30pm for Dinner.

*Volunteers who stay to serve must have attended a Volunteer Orientation.

  • Lunch – is served at 12:00pm for Residents, Staff, Volunteers and Visitors and at 12:30 pm for guests. Lunch is Monday – Friday and only served at 10 Mill St.     Plan for 55 people.
  • Dinner is served at 5:00 pm at both facilities. Plan for 20-25 men at 10 Mill St. and for 45 men at 148 Taylor St.

*No Sundays available at 10 Mill St.

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

Please contact Lenore Masciotra for scheduling and more information: lmasciotra@springfieldrescuemission.org or call 413-732-0808 Ext. 220.

Warehouse & Give Away Center

Volunteers are needed to help sort and organize donated items in the warehouse and assist guests and staff in our 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, lmasciotra@springfieldrescuemission.org

All volunteers work directly with SRM staff person.