Volunteers are at 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 and are in agreement with our Mission & Statement of Faith, please review “Who Can Volunteer?” and browse through the “Volunteer Descriptions”  prior to completing an online application (link below).   Questions?  Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 616-928-3407.

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Who can volunteer?

Individuals 18 and up may complete an application below.  For those under the age of 18, a parent/chaperone will be required to complete and application on your behalf and serve alongside you.  For the protection of minors and HRM residents, only those ages 18 and up may serve at the Gateway Center and at the Men’s Ministry Center.

Individuals | Adults can serve breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of the buildings, work in one of our Thrift Stores,  donate needed supplies, mentor a program guest, work with children, serve as a driver, or help maintain our facilities.

Small Groups | Serve lunch or dinner at one of our buildings, work in one of our Thrift Stores, donate needed supplies , complete projects around the facilities, or schedule a tour of the Mission.

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  ,provide  sick packs, school packs, or Christmas gift bags to shelter residents.

Churches | Provide sick packs, school packs, or Christmas gift bags to shelter residents, 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 ages 10 and older are eligible to serve with a parent/guardian at Family Hoe Ministries (in the kitchen).  At the discretion of both staff and parents, it may be permissible for youth ages 14-17 to serve in the daycare/ROCK program on their own.

Community Service Volunteers | For those needing to complete community service hours as mandated by the court, you do not need to complete a volunteer application.  Simply visit the Gateway Center and ask to speak with the store manager and complete any necessary paperwork.  Or, you may choose to complete your hours in the shelter kitchen.  Call 616-396-2200 and ask to speak with the kitchen supervisor about when you can come in to complete the hours.

Volunteer Descriptions

Youth Ministry:

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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. Monday – Friday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

Rock Ministry (K-12th grade):

Includes relationship building through dinner meals, homework/tutoring, free time and Bible Study.  Monday-Friday between 4:00 and 5:00 PM during the school year.

Camp ROCK Volunteer:

Build relationships with our school-aged children at ROCK camp during the summer months.  Play games, go on fieldtrips, lead crafts, and share Christ with students.  Monday-Friday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM (summer months only).

Chapel Childcare:

Includes caring for babies or providing supervision for school-age children with provided games, videos, and crafts while moms/parents attend chapel services.  Monday & Thursday evening from 6:30-8:00 PM.

Commencement Childcare:

Supervise children while moms and parents attend Gateway Program Graduation ceremonies.  Children are divided into groups by age.  On an as-needed basis, typically evenings 5:30-8:30 PM.

In-Depth Adult Ministry:

Chapel Facilitator:

Lead chapel service messages and testimonies, small group Bible studies, or services of worship music.  An Interview with Development Associate is required.  Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings or evenings.

Emergency Shelter Assistant:

Assist Emergency Shelter staff in meeting the needs of women or men living in the shelter.  Answer phone and take messages, help with guest check-in and paperwork, dispense medications, and hand out materials to new clients.  Biggest need Monday-Saturday between 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM.  An interview with the Campus Program Manager is required.

Education Assistant:

Assist program students with GED preparation and basic math, reading, and language skills.  If you have a background in teaching, you could also teach a 6-week course as part of the Gateway Program.  This position is under the direction of the Gateway Educational Leader.  Availability:  Monday-Friday between 8:00 and 11:45 AM.

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.  Drivers needed Monday – Friday between 6:00-8:00 AM and 1:00-3:00 PM.


Volunteers needed to bring dignity and respect to residents who are interviewing for jobs by giving free haircuts at our shelters.  Flexible schedule (evenings/weekends).

Kitchen/Facilities Ministry:

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Meal Prep:

Volunteers are needed to help prepare meals each day at the Men’s Ministry Center kitchen.  Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM -12:00 PM, and 1:00 PM-4:00 PM.

Serving Meals:

Serve hot breakfast (5:30-8:00 AM Mondays & Thursdays), lunch (Monday-Saturday 11:30 AM-1:00 PM), or dinner (4:30-6:00 PM).  Up to 4 people may volunteer at FHMC or up to 8 people may volunteer at MMC for each meal.  We feed approximately 70 people per facility per meal.

Food Pick-up Driver:

Help pick-up donated food items from local businesses.  Daytime and evening options available.

Gateway Center:

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Thrift Store Assistant:

Includes stocking and straightening merchandise, helping customers load and unload furniture, greeting customers, supervising the dressing rooms, and cleaning/rearranging displays.  Monday-Saturday between 9:00 AM and 8:00 Pm.

Donation Intake Volunteer:

Position includes greeting and assisting  donors with items they are dropping off at our Gateway Center.  Must be physically able to lift 30 pounds.  Help needed mostly Monday-Saturday between 9:00 AM and 12:30 PM.

Pricing Hard Goods/Clothing:

Position includes sorting, pricing, and sometime cleaning hard goods as well as sorting and pricing clothing that has 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 pounds.  Help is needed mostly Monday- Saturday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

Book Sorting Volunteers:

Position includes sorting books and non-sellable materials at our Gateway Center.  Training on the computer scanning program provided!  Flexible schedule Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM.

Auto Detailing:

Position includes cleaning vehicles to sell at our Gateway Auto Center.

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 at the Gateway Center Administration Office.  Flexible hours: route pick-ups every 3-5 weeks.

Seasonal Volunteer Opportunities:

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The Great Thanksgiving Banquet:

Typically held at the Hope College DeVos Fieldhouse the day before Thanksgiving, 1,500 people are fed a delicious Thanksgiving meal.  Over 1,000 volunteers are needed to make this event a success and help with donating desserts/turkeys, filling care boxes, set up/tear down, greeting guests, meal prep, serving food, and hosting a table.  Volunteer sign-ups begin mid-September and can be found on the “Events” page.

Christmas Store:

Volunteer at Central Wesleyan Church as we provide a Christmas Store for moms to shop for their kids.  Typically held the 2nd Saturday of December, volunteers are needed to help by donating gift cards, toys, and wrapping paper prior to the event, as well as helping to restock the Christmas Store throughout the day.

Serving Holiday Meals

Adults needed to help serve holiday meals at the Men’s Ministry Center and families with children ages 10 and up to help at the Family Hope Ministry Center (special Valentine’s Day dinner, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day).


Bless a shelter resident by purchasing items and filling a Christmas Gift Bag.  Shopping bags and lists are typically available from November 17th-December 17th at the Gateway Center Administration Office.

Donate Sick Packs:

Winter is a challenging time of  year in the shelter as many residents get sick.  Help make them feel better by donating a sick pack.  Send and email to MarissaS@hollandrescue.org for the list and more details.

Donate School Packs:

Throughout the year, we will likely house over 150 children.  Help make their transition smoother by providing a school pack for an elementary, middle, or high school student.  Send an email to MarissaS@hollandrescue.org for the list and more details.

Questions?  Give us a call at 616-928-3407.