VOLUNTEER

VOLUNTEERS ARE VITAL TO THE MINISTRY OF WATERFRONT

Volunteering at Waterfront is more than simply donating time; it’s feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, encouraging the hopeless, and investing your skills and abilities into the lives of others to make our community a better place to live and work for everyone — including our homeless neighbors!

Volunteers will receive e-mail confirmation of volunteer activities and should not show up until confirmation is received. Please see below for more information about how you can begin volunteering at Waterfront.

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TYPES OF VOLUNTEERS

Level 1 Volunteer

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Level 1 Opportunities are for individuals who wish to serve one-time, semi-regularly, or on a regular basis. These opportunities might or might not involve client interaction.

Level 1 volunteers do not have to be practicing Christians, but must be willing to sign the Waterfront Honor Statement, acknowledging and agreeing to uphold the values of the Waterfront Statement of Faith, Core Values, and Mission Statement.

Volunteer opportunities could include duties like writing notes to or calling donors, answering phones, organizing the pantry, preparing meals, or assisting staff and guests in various ways.

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*All volunteers must be placed on the schedule by the Volunteer Ministry Team in order to serve.

Volunteers must complete the Level 1 Volunteer Packet

Complete the form, save, and email it to volunteer@waterfrontmission.org.

Level 2 Volunteer

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Level 2 Volunteers are client influencers. They are dedicated Christians who have consistent, hands-on interaction with the guests and residents of Waterfront Rescue Mission. And they are a key part of the work of the Mission.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Chapel Speaker: Share a word of encouragement for those who stay the night in the Mission’s Shelter. Chapel services occur each night, and you can choose to speak on a schedule that fits your needs.
  • Van Driver*: This person will drive the Mission van to pick up donated goods.
  • Mission Support: You will perform important duties like working alongside clients in the kitchen or perhaps greeting and directing guests.

*male only positions

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Volunteers must fill out the application below and submit.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Minimum age 18
  • Background check
  • Reference checks
  • Agree to Statement of Faith, Mission Statement, & other
Level 2 Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Proceed with the application if you will be 18 at the time of service. If not, exit this form and explore other volunteer options with Waterfront!
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Families & Groups

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Family & Group Volunteers are those who wish to serve behind the scenes or on the front lines with the guests and residents of Waterfront Rescue Mission.

The minimum age for serving with families or groups at Mission sites is 13 and 12 for Retail sites. Volunteers under 18 require adult/parental supervision.

Volunteer opportunities could include duties like serving a meal, cleaning the dining hall, or painting a dorm.

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*All volunteers must be placed on the schedule by the Volunteer Ministry Team in order to serve.

Interested in volunteering?

  1. First, have your group leader complete the Group Application.
  2. Then, be sure EACH volunteer completes and signs our Liability Form.
  3. Once completed, submit your Group Application and a Liability Waiver for each member of your group via email to the Waterfront staff person who is setting up your volunteer, or bring the documents when you report for your volunteer experience.

Churches & Small Groups

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Churches & small groups are the life-blood at Waterfront Rescue Mission! From providing & serving meals to leading praise & worship, there are a variety of ways for your church to get involved!

Volunteers at Mission sites must be at least 13, and under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult while volunteering.

Volunteer opportunities could include duties like serving a meal, leading worship, cleaning the dining hall, or painting a dorm.

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*All volunteers must be placed on the schedule by the Volunteer Ministry Team in order to serve.

Interested in volunteering?

  1. First, have your group leader complete the Group Application.
  2. Then, be sure EACH volunteer completes and signs our Liability Form.
  3. Once completed, submit your Group Application and a Liability Waiver for each member of your group via email to the Waterfront staff person who is setting up your volunteer, or bring the documents when you report for your volunteer experience.

Corporate Volunteering

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Businesses, Organizations, & other Corporate Partners have the opportunity to volunteer in many different ways at Waterfront! Whether it’s providing & serving a meal, sorting goods at one of our Thrift Stores, or taking part in a work project; there are a variety of ways to serve!

Volunteers must be at least 13 to serve at Mission sites and at least 12 at Retail sites. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult while volunteering.

Volunteer opportunities could include duties like serving a meal, cleaning the dining hall, or painting a dorm.

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*All volunteers must be placed on the schedule by the Volunteer Ministry Team in order to serve.

Interested in volunteering?

  1. First, have your group leader complete the Group Application.
  2. Then, be sure EACH volunteer completes and signs our Liability Form.
  3. Once completed, submit your Group Application and a Liability Waiver for each member of your group via email to the Waterfront staff person who is setting up your volunteer, or bring the documents when you report for your volunteer experience.

Schools & Community Service

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School & Community Service Opportunities are for those who need to complete service hours for class, scholarships, court-ordered requirements, work-related requirements, or schools & other academic organizations wanting to volunteer!

Minimum age to volunteer at Mission sites is 13, and 12 at Retail sites. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult while volunteering.

Court-ordered community service volunteer opportunities

  • Thrift Store (please contact the store you’d like to volunteer at directly)

Individual community service volunteer opportunities

  • Level 1 – Client Contact/Non-contact (see above)
  • Level 2 – Client Influence (see above)
  • Thrift Store (please contact the store you’d like to volunteer at directly)

Schools & academic organizations volunteer opportunities

  • Provide & serve a meal
  • Thrift Store (please contact the store you’d like to volunteer at directly)
  • Work projects
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*All volunteers must be placed on the schedule by the Volunteer Ministry Team in order to serve.

Interested in volunteering?

  1. First, have your group leader complete the Group Application.
  2. Then, be sure EACH volunteer completes and signs our Liability Form.
  3. Once completed, submit your Group Application and a Liability Waiver for each member of your group via email to the Waterfront staff person who is setting up your volunteer, or bring the documents when you report for your volunteer experience.

Thrift Store Volunteers

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Thrift store opportunities are needed to sort, organize, price, and display donations alongside Thrift Store staff members. Selling new and gently used items to the community helps fund life-changing programs at Waterfront Rescue Mission.

Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult while serving (parents, please use your discernment).

Volunteer positions include sales floor, janitorial, dressing room, recycling, receiving donations, customer check-out, and customer service.

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*All volunteers must be placed on the schedule by the Volunteer Ministry Team in order to serve.

To volunteer at a thrift store, please contact the location directly.

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Together, we are making our community a better place to work and live — one restored life at a time! Make an investment into our community by investing into the lives of others.