Volunteer with Us

Share your BIG heart with the Bay Area’s homeless

We 💗 our volunteers!!

Volunteering makes a profound impact in the lives of our guests.

Our volunteers extend the simple gifts of welcome and friendship to our guests. For those who are homeless, feeling welcomed and loved is a very special gift.

Share your time, talents and care with someone in need – volunteer today!

Ways to Volunteer


Volunteer ONCE: visit the Volunteer Portal

The perfect way to see what volunteering here is all about!

Volunteer REGULARLY: visit the Volunteer Portal

Being here consistently is such a blessing – for us and for our guests!

Volunteer WITH A GROUP: visit the Volunteer Portal

Gather your friends and family, church, coworkers or other group!

We ALWAYS need volunteers! Check out the opportunities by clicking this link or email us at volunteers@bayarearescue.org. If you have any questions contact us at (510) 215-4864.

Even more ways YOU can get involved!


Organize a collection drive for food, clothing, hygiene kits, and/or seasonal needs.
(We have lots of guides to get you started.)
Learn more 


We need people like you to be liaisons between the Rescue Mission and your church or community group so more people hear about our ministry to the Bay Area’s homeless.

Read our Church Church Champions Newsletter here.


Use your professional skills to make an impact on the lives of those working on the root causes of homelessness in our community.

Email us at volunteers@bayarearescue.org to find your best fit.

Learn more about these opportunities

Make an impact on the people, programs and the Rescue Mission organization with your Professional Skills-Based Volunteering!


Personal Development Class

Teach a class to our Life Transformation Program members on a specific personal development topic. Work directly with our programs staff to craft a class that will make a lasting impact on the men and women transitioning out of homelessness.


Graduation Transition Team

Help provide insight into preparing and transitioning back into the real world. Assist in resume preparation, job interviewing skills, wardrobe selection and more.


Fundraising Committee Member

Join our Mission staff in boosting our seasonal fundraising events (Spring Golf Tourney & Fall Banquet). Assist us in procuring donation sponsors for our Live/Silent Auction selections. Lend us your insight into raising the quality of the event and encouraging key community stakeholders to attending our events.


Special Events

Your school, church, civic group or organization can host Special Events to benefit shelter guests and program members. We have had special bbq picnics, ladies tea party, ice cream social, outdoor choir performance with an outdoor meal, special outings to the Oakland Zoo and Oakland A’s baseball games. The only limit is your imagination and determination to make a lasting impact on those staying at the Rescue Mission.


Special Skills

Share your professional talents and how it will positively impact our organization for years to come.