Opportunity Details

Hunger & Homelessness, Health & Wellness
Low-income communities
Food Preparation & Meal Services

Age Minimum (with Adult): 12+, Minimum Age:16+

FOOD: Serve a Hot Meal at the San Diego Rescue Mission

Help serve the 150 or so men, women, and children living in the building in a year-long recovery program. You will be serving food, not cooking, or cleaning up. Volunteers serve hot meals, salad, bread, and dessert.

The residents at the San Diego Rescue Mission are participating in 12-month long programs to transform their lives and work toward self-sufficiency. 

Project Requirements & Important Notes

  • COVID-19 Guidelines: You will be required to have a mask on and wash your hands before entering the building (at handwashing stations provided). Each volunteer will also undergo a temperature scan and answer a few questions about whether or not you have been near anyone exposed to COVID or have any symptoms.

    If you are experiencing ANY of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, please stay home. Everyone in the building is wearing a face mask, sanitation and cleaning policies are being closely followed, and hand sanitizers are everywhere. The Rescue Mission has had no cases of illness in the building and intend to keep it that way.

  • Attire: Dress in pants, no sleeveless outfits and closed toe shoes are a must! Tying up long hair is recommended, volunteers will be provided with a hairnet.

  • Religious Observance: Any prayer or religious observance during the project is optional, volunteers are welcome to opt out. 

  • Note: Photos of clients are not allowed. The San Diego Rescue Mission cannot accept donations of home baked treats/outside food. This project may end early depending on the number of residents who attend the meal service. If you would like to volunteer at the Rescue Mission but the shifts on Sundays are full, you can schedule an alternate date and time with their Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Krakauer by emailing dkrakauer@sdrescue.org.

About the San Diego Rescue Mission

San Diego Rescue Mission is a non-profit homeless shelter and recovery center serving thousands of homeless, hungry, and low income men, women, and children in San Diego since 1955.

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