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.

For volunteer questions please contact Lenore Brooks, Volunteer Program Coordinator at 413-732-0808 ext 220,

Food Services Volunteers

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Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve breakfast (6AM-8AM), lunch (10AM-1PM), and dinner (4PM-6PM).  Even though the kitchen is fairly small, it is well equipped and we serve hundreds of people each day. Volunteers are limited to groups of 5 or less. Due to Massachusetts State Law, no on under the age of 16 is allowed in the kitchen.**

Volunteer Options:

  1. Bring food and prepare it at the Mission *
  2. Bring food already prepared and serve to Residents *
  3. Prepare and serve food planned by the Mission's Food Services Coordinator *

*Volunteer hours may vary with food options
**Volunteer options available for children under the age of 16 Click here to view Massachusetts State Laws

Operation Sonshine


Volunteer with the Rescue Mission's mobile feeding program, Operation SONshine, as the van travels the inner city distributing meals and other items as needed. Operation SONshine operates weekly. There is a four person limit in the Operation SONshine van.

Volunteer from 12noon-3pm making 100+ bag lunches and distributing them to homeless on the streets of Springfield. We visit numerous locations in City serving lunch to the homeless and poor.  Once all meals have been distributed,  the van returns to the Mission at approximately 3:00 p.m. Volunteers then help with returning items to the kitchen and cleaning the van.

Provide A Meal

thanksgiving_2009_072Many people are not able to come and volunteer at the Rescue Mission but want to serve. A great alternative is to bake a meal at home and drop it off at the Rescue Mission.  Even better, organize a group of people to make dinner for up to 60 Men's New Life Program residents once a month. You would be a blessing to those we serve!

Countertop Display


Encourage your favorite retail business to display a Rescue Mission counter top display. This is a great way to make the public aware of the Rescue Mission and raise money to feed and care for the hungry, homeless, addicted and poor. For more information about obtaining a countertop display for a business, please contact our Donor Relations Office at 413-732-0808 et. 223 or email

Bake Sale


Organize a bake sale at your church, business, or neighborhood and donate the proceeds to the Mission. The money will go directly to help feed and care for the people we serve. At $1.92 per meal, a little goes a long way.

Canned Food Drive


A  special thanks to the mulititude of friends who conduct canned food drives throughout the year for the Rescue Mission. The meals we serve are based on food donations.

You can organize a fresh or canned food drive at your home, office, or church.

To receive a list of items most needed please contact Julie Barnes, or 413-732-0808 ext 221.

Organize a "White-Sale"

Collect twin sheets, pillows, pillow cases, and towels with your friends, at your place of work or at your church. These items are needed throughout the year.

Vital Ongoing Needs

Fresh and Canned Foods, Toiletries, Men's T-shirts, Socks and Boxer-shorts, New/Gently Used Bibles, New Bath Towels, Heavy Duty Garbage Bags, Kitchen Hairnets, Powder-free Plastic Kitchen Gloves, Heavy Duty Rubber bands

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Serving the homeless in Jesus' name since 1892.

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..

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The Springfield Rescue Mission is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.