Volunteers Make A Difference

Talented. Energetic. Amazing. These are just a few of the words used by our guests and staff to describe our Mission volunteers. From serving meals to teaching life-skills classes, these men and women add a critical and otherwise impossible dimension to our outreach. In return, they tell us they’re blessed in ways they never imagined.

Let’s get you serving!

1. Take time to read our Volunteer GuidelinesThese guidelines have been carefully crafted to ensure the best experience for you and our guests, so we appreciate your compliance.

2. Fill out the short Volunteer Application by clicking the button below.

3. Watch for our confirmation email. (If you don’t receive a confirmation email, please go back and fill out the application again — and be sure to click the SUBMIT button.) We look forward to meeting you soon!

Let’s get you serving!

1. Take time to read our Volunteer GuidelinesThese guidelines have been carefully crafted to ensure the best experience for you and our guests, so we appreciate your compliance.

2. Fill click on the Volunteer Application below to apply.

3. Watch for our confirmation email. (If you don’t receive a confirmation email, please go back and fill out the application again — and be sure to click the SUBMIT button.) We look forward to meeting you soon!

Volunteer Opportunities

Individual Opportunities

The Welcome Desk receptionist is the first person a guest meets at Bridgeport Rescue Mission. What a privilege! Duties include answering phone calls, providing program information, taking messages, and monitoring the front door. Volunteers must be friendly, outgoing, and have excellent phone etiquette. You will be trained by a BRM staff.

Location: 1088 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, CT

Days/Times: 9am – 1pm or 1pm – 5 pm. We are for people who can commit to weekly or bi-weekly times for six months.

Meal Services

We welcome volunteers to help with chopping, dicing, slicing, washing, and prepping food with our Chefs, to be served to our guests in the Dining Room. Must have a Food Handlers Certificate.

Times vary.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission serves three hot, nutritious meals 365 days a year at our Main Campus. Our guests include Mission residents, the homeless and working poor families. Volunteers serve a meal and clean up the dining room.

Location: 1088 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, CT.

Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday, 6 – 8am

Lunch: every day, 11:45am – 1:15pm

Dinner: every day, 4:45pm – 6:15pm

We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily to 25 temporarily homeless women and children who are staying at our Guest House for Women & Children. You can help by dropping off a complete meal that is kid-friendly. The Mission provides all serving utensils.

Location: Guest House for Women & Children (for privacy reasons the address will be provided to approved volunteers).

Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday, 6:30am

Lunch: Saturday & Sunday, 11am

Dinner: Every day, 4:30 – 5pm

Provide a meal for the 15 women in residence at our Women’s Center. Volunteers can either bring a meal they’ve prepared (or purchased) in advance or work together with female program residents to help guide the preparation of a meal on-site at the Women’s Center. After serving the meal, volunteers are encouraged to stay and dine with our residents.

Location: Women’s Center – 385 Barnum Ave., Bridgeport, CT

Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday 6:30am

Lunch: Saturday & Sunday 11am

Dinner: Sunday through Saturday 5pm

Food Pantry

Hundreds of families struggling to make ends meet rely on our Food Pantry for fresh produce, dried goods, meats, and dairy items. Volunteers help guests to select foods and assist with setup and cleanup.

Location: 1088 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, CT

Days/Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 1:45 – 3:30pm

Commitment: Weekly or monthly

Group Opportunities

We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily to 25 homeless women and children staying at our Guest House for Women & Children. Here is how you can help: simply bring a home-cooked meal. The Mission provides all serving utensils.

Location: Guest House for Women & Children – For privacy reasons the address for the Guest House will be provided to approved volunteers.

Breakfast: Saturday and Sunday 6:30 a.m.to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dinner: Sunday through Saturday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

(Times may vary.)

Click here to complete our volunteer application.

Groups of three to five people are needed to provide a meal for the 15 women in residence at our Women’s Center. Volunteers can either bring a meal they’ve prepared (or purchased) in advance or work together with female program residents to help guide the preparation of a meal on-site at the Women’s Center. After serving the meal, volunteers are encouraged to stay and dine with our residents.

Location: Women’s Center – 385 Barnum Ave., Bridgeport, CT

Breakfast: Saturday and Sunday 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dinner: Sunday through Saturday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

(Times may vary)

Click here to complete our volunteer application.

Help keep the Mission in tip-top condition by cleaning and maintaining our campus. Volunteer groups (15 people is ideal) are needed to help with grounds cleanup, painting projects and facility beautification.

Location: Main Campus, Women’s Center and Guest House for Women and Children

Click here to complete our volunteer application.

Sorting Teams – Donation Center

Groups of volunteers (no larger than ten) are needed to help receive and sort donations at our Donation Center. Volunteer duties may include unloading donations from donors’ vehicles and stocking items at the Donation Center.

Location: Donation Center – 1069 Connecticut Ave., Unit 2B, Bridgeport, CT

Click here to complete our volunteer application.

Mobile Kitchen Meal Serving Teams

Teams provide daily meals to hungry neighbors via our two Mobile Kitchens. Teams need a Captain to organize the team and ensure volunteers are trained and in place for each scheduled meal service. Teams meet the Mobile Kitchen at the designated site in either Bridgeport or South Norwalk and help serve dinner. Volunteers get to know those we serve as we demonstrate the love of God to our hungry neighbors.

Location: Bridgeport or South Norwalk

Days/Times: Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 2pm; Monday through Friday 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Commitment: Weekly or Monthly

Click here to complete our volunteer application.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission hosts large-scale community outreaches throughout the year. These events are tailor-made for groups of volunteers.

COLLECTIONS:

• Spring/Summer: Stuff-A-Truck
The Mission partners with local Stop & Shop supermarkets to host Stuff-A-Truck Food Drives, where we collect (literally!) tons of food! Volunteers help us receive food donations at local supermarkets. Click here for more information about this event.

• September-November: Winter Coats
During our 6-day Great ThanksGiving Project, the Mission distributes turkeys, canned goods, bags of fixings, and coats to men, women, and children. We need people to collect food and winter coats at their workplace, congregation, school, or civic organization. For more information click here.

• December: Blankets & Bedtime Bags
Each Christmas the Mission brings comfort to individuals and families who are homeless or struggling, providing large blankets for adults and Bedtime Bags for children. Bedtime Bags are gift bags that include a NEW small stuffed animal, a child-size toothbrush & toothpaste, a washcloth & mild soap, a small fleece blanket, and a Christmas book (we recommend Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving OR Who Is Coming to Our House?). Volunteers can collect queen and king-size blankets and/or assemble Bedtime Bags and drop them off at our Donation Center by December 15.

We encourage children to work with their parents, coaches, and civic leaders to organize collections (toiletries / coats / canned foods & cereals), bake cookies, and assemble Bedtime Bags (see above information). Please drop off items to our Donation Center, open Tues-Sat, from 9am – 5pm.

Click HERE for instructions.