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Join the Mission

Volunteering at the Muskegon Rescue Mission means more than just gifting time. It means clothing the needy, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless and demonstrating the love of Christ. Whether it’s serving a meal, tutoring a student, or helping at our thrift store or processing center – volunteers make a difference in the lives of people.

Volunteer Guidelines

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to serve on their own.
  • Volunteers must be a high school freshman or older to volunteer. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

*282 Volunteers donated 4,893 hours in 2020. Will you join the impact?

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Thrift Store

  • Sort donation
  • Test electronics
  • Stock sales floor
  • Hang up clothing
  • Organize displays

Donation Processing Center

All clothing donations are sent to our processing center where volunteers and staff work to sort the donations and prep the clothing items to be sold in our Thrift Stores.

Shelter Kitchen

  • Prepare meals
  • Serve meals
  • Grocery shopping
  • Kitchen cleaning

Food Runs / Grocery Shopping

Work with the cooks at the shelter to pick up food donations from local businesses or complete the weekly grocery shopping for the shelters based on lists provided by staff.

Kitchen Server

Work with staff, guests, and other volunteers to prepare, serve, and clean up the meal. MRM serves three meals a day, 7 days a week.

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  • Process donations
  • Pack food bags
  • Distribute food
  • Shop for groceries

Food Pantry

Sort donations, pack food bags, distribute food and keep the food pantry organized. Volunteers are needed every day of the week as we are constantly receiving donations to be sorted and organized.

Food Runs / Grocery Shopping

Work with the cooks at the shelter to pick up food donations from local businesses or complete the weekly grocery shopping for the shelters based on lists provided by staff.

Children Services

  • AM or PM childcare
  • Field trip chaperons
  • Reading time
  • Homework help
  • Games and crafts
  • Tutor

Childcare Provider

Chaperone children from ages 0 – 12 years old as they play in our daycare center while moms attend Bible Study, Life Skills Classes, and Chapel Service. Childcare is needed Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings as well as every evening.

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Guest Services

Bible Study Leader

Cultivate and lead a welcoming and safe environment for guests to grow in their relationship with Christ in a small group setting on a weekly basis.

Chapel Speaker

Facilitate the evening chapel service hosted at each shelter with the goal of sharing the gospel with our guests. Chapel Speakers are asked to serve at least once a month.

Life Skills Leader

Instruct weekly courses on various life skills to support guests as they overcome homelessness. These skills can include but are not limited to budgeting, resume building, parenting, healthy relationships or job searching.

Additional Opportunities

Shelter Aid

Assist Shelter Supervisors in their daily tasks. These tasks include but are not limited to guest check-in, supervising guests during dinner or chapel and assisting with dinner service.

Front Desk Attendant

The Front Desk of our Men’s Shelter is operated solely by volunteers. Volunteers greet visitors, answer phones and collect donations. This is mainly a seated role.

Seasonal Events

MRM hosts many fundraisers and community events throughout the year. Some of these events include Soup for Suits, ForeShore Adventure Run, Unity Christian Music Festival, food drives and special holiday meals.

Maintenance – Indoor / Outdoor

Assist our operations and maintenance crew to complete various projects around our many locations including routine cleaning, deep cleaning, painting, routine yard work, snow removal, spring clean-up, etc.

Other Opportunities

  • Hairstylist
  • Parenting classes
  • Financial mentor
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