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Volunteer

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16

Volunteers are the heart of Holland Rescue Mission. God has given us all unique talents and abilities. As His children, we are called to serve others and share His love throughout our community.

In order to keep costs down and funnel more resources into the people we serve, we have a limited staff and budget. Knowing we can count on volunteers allows us to provide better care and compassion for every person who turns to us for help.

If you have a heart to serve, please review the ongoing volunteer opportunities here at the Mission.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out an application below if you are 16 years or older.

For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Anna Southwell (616.928.3407).

There are so many ways you can volunteer at Holland Rescue Mission! Your small group from church may be interested in serving a hot meal to our residents during the week. Perhaps you want to volunteer as a family to teach your kids the joys of helping our neighbors in need. Or your students might want to help sort clothing at our Thrift Stores. The possibilities are endless.

Who can volunteer?

Individuals | You can serve lunch or dinner at one of our buildings, work in one of our Thrift Stores or the Auto Center, donate needed supplies, mentor a program guest, work with children, lead Bible study or chapel, or serve as a driver.

Small Groups | Serve lunch or dinner at one of our buildings, lead chapel music, work in one of our Thrift Stores or in the recycling center, donate needed supplies or schedule a tour of the Mission and a join us for a meal.

Families | Serve lunch or dinner at one of our buildings, make a dessert and deliver it to the Mission, take a tour of the Mission, donate needed supplies or provide birthday or Christmas gifts to needy families and children.

Churches | Collect taxable items for 500 care boxes to be given away at Thanksgiving, become prayer warriors of the Mission, and welcome Mission guests into their fellowship.

Kids | Children should be ten years or older to volunteer with an adult in most areas of the Mission. See below for ways that younger children can be encouraged to help the Mission!

Volunteer Descriptions

Mission and Thrift

Tutor at the ROCK Urban Youth Ministry, K–12th grade

Includes relationship building through dinner meals, homework/tutoring, free time, and Bible study.

Stepping Stones Daycare Assistant

Experience in a daycare, church nursery, or preschool is beneficial, but not required. You will help with reading stories, playing inside or outside, snacks, naps, craft projects, and cleaning. Shifts are usually two to three hours.

Childcare during Chapel Time | At FHMC: 5 years & under in Daycare, K-5 in Dining Room

Includes caring for babies or providing supervision for school-age children with provided games, videos, and crafts while moms/parents attend chapel services.

Childcare during Program Commencement, Infant – 9 years

Supervise children while moms and parents attend the Program Graduation ceremonies. Children are divided into groups by age.

Chapel Worker

Lead chapel service messages and testimonies, small group Bible studies, or services of worship music. Interview with Director of Men’s or Women’s Ministry is required.

Serving Meals | Lunch or dinner at FHMC or MMC

Volunteers should arrive 30 minutes early to help prep. After you finish serving, you are invited to join the meal and engage in conversation with guests, or help moms with kids at the FHMC dining room. Up to 4 people may volunteer at FHMC or up to 10 people may volunteer at MMC for each meal. We feed approximately 70 people per facility per meal.

Thrift Stores | Chicago Drive, Grand Haven or South Haven Thrift Store

Includes stocking and straightening merchandise, helping customers load and unload furniture, and cleaning and rearranging displays.

Men’s or Women’s Emergency Shelter Office Assistant

Assist Emergency Shelter staff in meeting the needs of women or men living in the shelter. Answer phones and take messages, help with guest check-in and paperwork, dispense medications, and hand out materials to new clients.

Education Assistant | Restoration Classrooms

Assist program students with GED preparation and basic math, reading, and language skills. This position is under the direction of the HRM Education Leader.

Transportation Provider

Provide safe, reliable transportation for men, women, or moms and children who need rides to and from job interviews, church events, appointments, school, etc. Staff will call to see if you are available. You may be asked to provide one-way or round-trip transportation, depending on the expected length of the appointment.

Coin Box Collectors

Using a designated route, pick up the money collected in Collection Boxes located at local restaurants and convenience stores. Bring coins to the accounting department.

Gateway Center

Hours Needed:

Monday- Friday
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Gateway Center Volunteering

Retail Clothes Line Volunteer

Position includes sorting, tagging, and hanging clothes that have been donated to Holland Rescue Mission at our Gateway Center. Sorting includes determining saleable clothes to be sent to our Retail Thrift Stores and separating seasonal items (summer, winter, etc.). Training is included! This position also involves working closely with Gateway Academy students and encouraging them in the work that they are doing.

*We are looking for 3 to 4 consistent and long-term volunteers (individuals and groups of 2 to 3 are welcome) who have an eye for detail!

Hard Goods Sorting Volunteer

Position includes sorting and cleaning hard goods that have been donated to the Gateway Center. Sorting includes determining saleable items to be sent to our Thrift Stores and separating seasonal items. Training is included!

*We are looking for volunteers who have an eye for details and are physically able to lift 30 to 40 pounds.

Donations Intake Volunteer

Position includes greeting and assisting donors with items they are dropping off at our Gateway Center.

Book Sorting Volunteer

Position includes sorting books at our Gateway Center.