Volunteer with us


“I’m so thankful for the volunteers… they’ve come and talked with me,
taken time out of their vacation or the coldest days of winter to come to the Mission and serve me a meal.
They’re such a blessing.”
– David, a program resident

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Volunteering is simple act of kindness – but it makes a profound difference in the lives of guests!


Our doors are open 365 days a year, which means we need plenty of wonderful people (like you!) to step up.


There are many ways to help our mission by donating your time and talents. See below for our list of available opportunities.


Volunteer Opportunities

Food Drive/Organize a Dinner

Organize a food drive and collect non-perishable items to stock our pantry. Your group can create a casserole dinner for 75 and come in to serve our guests (food must be created in a serve safe kitchen).

Hygiene Kits

• Collect personal hygiene items (list available) to be used in hygiene kits that we distribute to the men in our program.
• Sort & package hygiene items into ziploc bags.

5K Race

Volunteer at the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission and Family Walk on Saturday, October 26th, 2019. Support those in recovery from drug & alcohol addiction and the Life Change Program. Contact Debbie McKenna at dmckenna@marketstreet.org. We would love your participation in this event!

Annual Coat Drive/Giveaway - September through Mid November

• Collect coats through a coat drive.
• Sort and bundle coats (at our Thrift Store) during the month of October.
• Help distribute coats on the day of the giveaway in November.

Project Backpack

Collect school supplies to fill backpacks for our annual backpack giveaway. The backpacks are distributed to the children of the men in our recovery program at the Mission and to needy children in our community.

Please contact us in June 2020 to see how you can take part in our next Project Backpack.


  • Collect items to be given as gifts to the men (list available).
  • Help wrap and package the gifts for the men.
  • Groups interested in singing carols at the Mission, please email Debbie McKenna at dmckenna@marketstreet.org.
  • Groups interested in donating small gifts for our clients, please email Debbie McKenna at dmckenna@marketstreet.org.

Thrift Store

• Sorting through donated items and organizing clothing, jewelry, electronics, bric-a-brac, etc.
• Cleaning furniture, windows & mirrors, floors, etc.
• General maintenance and clean-up outside of Thrift Store including: mow the lawn, rake, weed, sweep, etc.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

• Bring in baked goods/treats for meals (cookies, cupcakes, etc).