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 a simple act of kindness – but it makes a profound difference in the lives of our 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.


For more information, please contact our Volunteer & Events Manager, Debbie McKenna, at (973) 538-6337 or dmckenna@marketstreet.org


Volunteer Opportunities

Food Drive/Serve Dinner

  • Organize a food drive and collect non-perishable items to stock our pantry.
  • Every day, we serve a hot, nutritious dinner to both our guests from the community and the residents in our program. Serve dinner and help with light clean-up after the meal.

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 5K Race and Family Walk held annually in October. Support those in recovery from drug & alcohol addiction and the Life Change Program. Visit www.runsignup.com/jsrm5k for more information or 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.


  • Collect items to be given as gifts to the men (list available).
  • 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

For more information on opportunities for groups and individuals, please contact Debbie McKenna at 973-538-6337 or dmckenna@marketstreet.org