Volunteer FAQ’s

How do I get started volunteering?
We ask that all volunteers start by attending a Volunteer Orientation which are usually on the first Saturday morning of each month, 10:30 to 11:30 am. Take a look at the Mission calendar for future dates. *Groups: One member of the group may attend the orientation. It is the responsibility of that member to relate the information learned at the orientation to the group serving. However, every person serving does have to fill out a volunteer application.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Due to safety issues, only children 12 and older can help serve in the kitchen area. The Rescue Mission requires anyone under the age of 18 to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian while volunteering at any of the Rescue Mission facilities.

I have small children. Can I bring them?
Children are welcome (must be 12 and older in the kitchen), but they must be supervised by a parent or legal guardian at all times. It is at the parent's discretion to know if the child is able to perform the required volunteer task.

Are there evening and weekend volunteer opportunities?
Yes, the Rescue Mission has volunteer opportunities seven days a week, mornings, afternoons and evenings.

What kinds of things can volunteers do?
Volunteers are able to engage in a variety of tasks: Serving breakfast, lunch, or dinner; helping with the children during chapel services; retail work at our Thrift Store; office/administrative tasks; and being a mentor.

What if my schedule is inconsistent? Can I still volunteer?
Yes, you can schedule a volunteer time that is convenient for you, whether it is a regular time or you can schedule periodically when you have available time.

Do you have any opportunities for groups to volunteer?
Yes, one member of the group must attend an orientation. It is the responsibility of that member to relate the information learned at the orientation to the group serving. Please note, everyone in the group must fill out and turn in a volunteer application.

What if something comes up and I can’t serve?
It is okay. We will reschedule you. Please email kwilley@sbrescuemission.com or call (318) 227-2868, ext 108, as soon as you know you aren’t going to make it.

Is there a dress code for volunteering?
Yes, we ask that you wear clothing that is comfortable and modest. No short shorts, midriff-revealing tops, muscle shirt or any tight fitting clothes. Closed toe shoes must be worn in the kitchen at all times. Please do not wear clothing that portrays alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, sexual or violent themes.

Do I need to have any volunteer experience to serve?
No experience necessary, just a servant’s heart and a willing spirit is all we require.

Still have a question?
Please email kwilley@sbrescuemission.com or call (318) 227-2868, ext 108.