Volunteers are vital to the ministry of Waterfront Rescue Mission. 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!

Item Donations

An important way you can help those served at Waterfront is through item donations. You can donate food, as well as new or gently-used items to the Mission to help stock and fund our emergency shelters and Recovery Programs, and other services we provide to the less fortunate in our community.

Shop Thrift

Waterfront Thrift Stores are a small chain of not-for-profit thrift stores supporting the rescue and recovery ministry of the Waterfront Rescue Mission. 100% of proceeds from Waterfront Thrift Stores support the life-changing work of Waterfront. It's shopping with a purpose!

LifeBuilder Sponsorship

You have the unique opportunity to sponsor the transformation of men who were once slaves to addiction, and are now transitioning to a life of independence, responsibility, and productivity. During the 90-day LifeBuilder Recovery Program, men undergo total transformation: counseling, classes, and job-readiness training, plus skills in resume building, banking, budget planning – and life.


For 70+ years, Waterfront Rescue Mission has impacted the lives of people who are homeless in Pensacola, Fla. and Mobile, Ala. The Mission continues to provide life changing opportunities to men and women who have been devastated by homelessness and addiction.

Through monetary donations from individuals and businesses, the Mission is able to feed the hungry, offer safe shelter nightly, provide warm showers, and supply clean clothing to individuals seeking help. Through the Mission’s Recovery Program, individuals wanting to conquer their addiction and leave their life of homelessness will get the help they need to overcome their habits and end ‘living on the streets’ for good.

The reason the Mission is able to do these things is because of the generosity of the community and there are numerous ways you can help support the Mission. The Mission will connect your donations of money, items and goods, as well as your time, talents, professional skills and prayers with the individuals and families who need them most.


Waterfront Rescue Mission is an accredited charity with the Better Business Bureau and a member of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. Every dollar is stretched for maximum benefit. In fact, 80% of dollars received go directly for program services, including the Mission’s Recovery Programs.

One Time Donation
Since 1949, the Mission has transformed lives because of your generosity to those less fortunate. Your donation will provide life-saving services including food, clothing and shelter to the hungry, homeless and addicted in your local community.

$2.17 provides one meal
$10.85 provides five meals
$21.70 provides ten meals

$17.00 provides one night of shelter and care
$85.00 provides five nights of shelter and care
$170.00 provides ten nights of shelter and care

$119.00 provides one week of Respite Care
$510.00 provides one month of Veteran’s Care

Donate now

Legacy Giving
Do Something for Tomorrow Today

Planned giving is a way you can provide a future gift from your estate to Waterfront Rescue Mission. Planned giving is not meant to replace, but rather to complement the donor’s current giving plan to the Waterfront Rescue Mission.

You can specify a portion of your assets to go to the Mission. You may also direct your gift or support towards a particular Mission program or shelter. This arrangement may be changed any time you choose.

Many planned gifts can be beneficial to the donor. During your lifetime you can receive tax benefits by investing in specific instruments, such as pooled income funds, gift annuities, and various trusts. Often these incomes exceed the donor’s investment in saving accounts, certificates of deposit, etc.

A planned gift today can help the Mission continue to meet the needs of the less fortunate and carry out the Mission’s vision for years to come.

There are many options for legacy giving for you to consider:

  • Bequest of a residence
  • Specific bequest
  • Designation of beneficiary of life insurance policies
  • Designation of beneficiary of pension/retirement plan
  • Gift of real estate
  • Gift from a trust fund or annuity
  • Contingent bequest
  • Appreciated securities

Gifts in any of these forms can be made in memory of or in honor of a loved one. For advice or assistance in specific cases, please consult your attorney or professional adviser.

Call 888-853-8655 to learn more about how you, and your planned gifts can impact the ministry of Waterfront Rescue Mission.

Honor and Memorial Giving

Your gift, in memory or in honor of a loved one, friend or special occasion, is not only a thoughtful way to pay tribute to someone special but also a wonderful way to help meet the needs of those less fortunate in your community.

A  contribution may be given in lieu of flowers for a loved one who is deceased or to honor special occasions such as, anniversaries, weddings, birthdays and graduations.

When you give an honor or memorial gift, a card will be sent to the designated family or individual telling them of your gift.

By Check or Money Order
Download the honor/memorial gift form and mail with your check or money order to your local Mission. View for addresses of other ministries of the Waterfront Rescue Mission.

Workplace Giving

Matching Gifts Program
Many employers offer a Matching Gifts Program enabling you to make an even greater impact with your gift to Waterfront Rescue Mission. Below is a list of companies who participate in this program. Contact your employer’s human resources department to learn more.

  • Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
  • Allstate Insurance
  • Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
  • AT&T
  • Avon Products
  • Charles Schwab and Co., Inc.
  •  Chevron
  • Citigroup
  • CSX Corp.
  • ExxonMobil
  • First Data Corp.
  • Freeport-McMoran
  • Gannett Company
  • General Electric
  • GMAC
  • Honeywell Hometown Solution
  • Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
  • International Paper
  • ISO
  • Nationwide Insurance Co.
  • New York Life Insurance
  • Pela Rolle Screen
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Prudential Financial
  • Reader’s Digest
  • Shell Oil Corporation
  • Walmart Volunteerism Always Pays (VAP)
  • Washington Mutual
  • Wells Fargo & Co.
  • Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.

State of Florida Employees
Employees of the state of Florida may give to the Mission by payroll deduction through the Florida State Employees Charitable Campaign. Just select CH 25620 from the list of organizations.

Combined Federal Campaign
Military personnel and civilian employees of the federal government can support the Waterfront Rescue Mission through the Combined Federal Campaign. When enrolling, please enter the number of your local Mission:

  • Escambia County: CFC #66091
  • Okaloosa Walton County: CFC #76784
  • Southwest Alabama: CFC #97496

If you would like more information about participation in the Combined Federal Campaign, please contact the Mission at 888-853-8655.


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.