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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.

How to Get Started…

                    it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. If this is your first time volunteering with us, please take a moment to review and download the Mission’s Volunteer Guidelines.

2. It’s important to know the dos and don’ts– like what kind of shoes should be worn in the Donation Center and other reminders that will make your experience comfortable, fun and rewarding.

3. Next, please complete and submit the online application, which tells us a little about your talents, preferences, and availability. Our Community Relations Manager, Patti Law, will contact you to tailor an experience that’s meaningful for you!

How to Get Started…

it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. If this is your first time volunteering with us, please take a moment to review and download the Mission’s Volunteer Guidelines.

2. It’s important to know the dos and don’ts– like what kind of shoes should be worn in the Donation Center and other reminders that will make your experience comfortable, fun and rewarding.

3. Next, please complete and submit the online application, which tells us a little about your talents, preferences, and availability. Our Community Relations Manager, Patti Law, will contact you to tailor an experience that’s meaningful for you!

Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals and Groups

Individual Opportunities

The receptionist is the first person to greet and welcome visitors to Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Volunteer duties include answering and directing phone calls, taking messages and monitoring the front door. Volunteers must be friendly, outgoing and have excellent phone etiquette. Receptionists will be trained by BRM staff.

Location: Main Campus reception desk – 1088 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, CT

Days/Times: Sunday through Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1p.m., or 1 to 5 p.m. Commitment: Weekly, biweekly, monthly, bimonthly for six months

Click here to complete our application.

Meal Services

We welcome volunteers to help with chopping, dicing, slicing, washing and prepping food that will be served to guests in our dining room (Food Handlers Certificate required).

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: Main Campus dining room – 1088 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, CT.

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

Lunch: Sunday through Saturday 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Dinner: Sunday through Saturday 4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Click here to complete our volunteer application.

We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily to 20 homeless women and women with 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.

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.

Food Pantry

Hundreds of families struggling to make ends meet visit our Food Pantry each week to receive a Pantry Bag filled with food to help feed their family. Volunteers assist with registering guests, verifying their ID, helping them select fresh produce and assisting with setup and cleanup.

Location: Main Campus – 1088 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, CT

Days/times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Commitment: Daily or once weekly for three months or more

Click here to complete our volunteer application.

Hundreds of families struggling to make ends meet visit our Food Pantry each week to receive a Pantry Bag filled with food to help feed their family. Volunteers assist with registering guests, verifying their ID, helping them select fresh produce and assisting with setup and cleanup.

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

Days/times: Wednesday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Commitment: Weekly for three months or more

Click here to complete our volunteer application.

Group Opportunities

We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily to 20 homeless women and women with 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 outreach events during the year. These events are tailor-made for groups.

• Spring/Summer: Stuff-A-Truck Food Drive
Each year the Mission partners with local Stop & Shop supermarkets to host our annual Stuff-A-Truck Food Drive where we collect 10 tons of food! Volunteer groups assist in receiving food donations at local supermarkets. Click here for more information about this event.

• September-November: Winter Coat Drives
As part of the Great ThanksGiving Project the Mission distributes turkeys, canned goods, bags of fixings, and coats to men, women, and children. We need hundreds of people to host food and coat drives at their workplace, church, synagogue, school or civic organization. For more information click here.

• December: Blanket and Bedtime Bag Collections
Each Christmas the Mission brings comfort to the homeless and working poor with a special Blanket Give-Away. Adults and kids alike receive a blanket. Children also receive a Bedtime Bag complete with a book, a small stuffed animal, a children’s toothbrush & toothpaste plus washcloth with mild soap. Volunteers help collect blankets and items to be assembled into the Bedtime Bags. For more information about this event, click here.

We invite boys and girls of all ages to organize a drive to collect toiletries, bake cookies or assemble gift bags.

Click here to complete our volunteer application.

Ready to Volunteer?

Complete our online application

If you have any questions or need more information,
please email Patti Law or call 203-333-4087, ext. 118.