Volunteers are an important partner in ministering to our clients who are experiencing homelessness! Each year, God blesses us with hundreds of compassionate people who wish to serve. Please read below to learn about the volunteer opportunities currently available.

All NEW volunteers must complete the form here. The form will ask you to select a date for a required volunteer training. Please consider what date you are available before selecting your training. Our trainings are popular and fill up quickly; however, we want to reserve space for individuals who can commit to attending.

Once you complete the volunteer form, look for an email response telling you the next steps. Be sure to check your junk/spam folder as well as your inbox. We hope you will find a great sense of satisfaction in partnering with Raleigh Rescue Mission. Email questions to Volunteer or call (984) 272-2001.

If you are already trained and registered as a volunteer, please visit our volunteer portal to sign up for a volunteer shift.

Current Opportunities:

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Complete our volunteer application form linked here and posted to our volunteer page and select a date and time you are available to attend a volunteer orientation and training.

All volunteers who will volunteer individually are required to attend a volunteer orientation and training. Groups who want to volunteer can send 1-2 representatives to a volunteer orientation and training. Those representatives are expected to share the training information with the rest of the group.

Yes, we allow groups of up to 10 volunteers for projects planned at least 30 days in advance. A lead contact for the group will need to attend a volunteer orientation and training prior to the volunteer event and will need to coordinate logistics of the event with Carla Tuttle or Madeline Denton via email or phone: pneyng@enyrvtuerfphr.bet, znqryvarq@enyrvtuerfphr.bet, 984-272-2001.

The minimum age to volunteer onsite is 16 years old. We have offsite volunteer options for individuals who are under age 16 listed at the bottom of this page.

Unfortunately, we do not offer community service hours. You can check with other local organizations for court-mandated hours.

Jobs for Life mentors will need to attend an additional training before being paired with one of our clients. Mentorships last four weeks and require twice-weekly meetings between mentors and mentees. If the mentorship goes well, mentors are encouraged to continue the relationship with the client. With an increased commitment comes an increased impact for the client.

Please contact Carla Tuttle at pneyng@enyrvtuerfphr.bet or 984-272-2001 if you are interested in becoming a mentor to one of our clients.

Children’s ministry volunteers will need to complete a background check as well as an interview. You can contact Carla Tuttle at pneyng@enyrvtuerfphr.bet to initiate the background check process. Once we receive a clear background report, we will reach out to you to schedule an interview.

  1. We recommend that all staff, clients, and volunteers be up to date on all vaccines and booster shots for COVID-19 as well as flu.
  2. All visitors to the Mission must wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water upon check-in.
  3. Staff, clients, and volunteers have the option of wearing masks while onsite.
  4. We recommend that staff, clients, and volunteers frequently wash and/or sanitize their hands while onsite.

Please dress in loose-fitting, comfortable, modest clothing. You will not be allowed to enter the building if you are wearing the following: clothing with alcohol, narcotic, violent, sexual themes; racially or culturally insensitive messages or offensive language; a shirt that is low-cut, cropped, backless, has narrow straps (e.g., tank top), is a racerback, or is made with transparent or mesh fabric; shorts; or a skirt/dress that has a high slit or hangs more than two inches above the knee.

Raleigh Rescue Mission is located at 314 E. Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh, between Person and Bloodworth Streets. Volunteers may park in any of the four spaces on the side of the Mission’s building, outside the gate. It is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is two-hour parking on the street on our block, longer-term parking two blocks east, or paid parking in the city parking deck on Blount Street near Marbles Museum and the City Market lot at 230 E. Martin Street. Groups might want to carpool to the Mission when possible. Volunteers parking on the street should pay attention to the street signs and follow the designated guidelines.

Please check in at the front desk when you arrive for your shift. Sign in on the visitor sheet, and wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly. A key staff member will meet you in the lobby and get you started on your shift.

Please notify Carla Tuttle or Madeline Denton via phone or text at 984-272-2001 as soon as you realize you cannot be present for your shift. We plan activities and projects based on volunteers who have signed up to help. When a volunteer has an emergency and needs to cancel, we have to adjust quickly.

Please do not show up to volunteer without first scheduling a shift. We have a full schedule of responsibilities and events every day and need to plan for volunteers in advance.