Long Beach Rescue Mission seeks volunteers for all areas

The Long Beach Rescue Mission is currently seeking volunteers to assist in the thrift store, kitchen, learning center, mentorship program, and with Bible Study. 

LONG BEACH – The Long Beach Rescue Mission is actively looking to fill volunteer positions throughout the many departments that support its members.

Immediate positions as Security, Clerk, and Receivers in the warehouse are available in the Mission Thrift Store, 709 West Anaheim Street. The store is currently run by staff, members of the New Life program, and local volunteers. Due to a recent spike in theft, the Mission wishes to have more volunteers present in the store to prevent future incidents. Volunteers with in-depth knowledge of online sales and product /inventory pricing are also desperately needed. 

Volunteers hours are flexible, and can be customized to anyone’s schedule. The Mission Thrift Store is closed on Sunday and Monday; open from Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Volunteer support is also needed in the kitchen, mentoring, tutoring in the Learning Center, and Bible Study. Individuals age 16 or older are welcome to apply for a volunteer position. Those over 65 are encouraged to consider their health and safety before volunteering. 

Wearing a mask is required, and volunteers will have their temperature checked at the front desk upon sign in. Mandatory volunteer orientations are held each month at 9 a.m. at the Chapel at the Samaritan House, 1335 Pacific Ave. Applications for volunteering can be found at https://lbrm.org/ways-to-help/volunteer/

The Mission is also seeking donations to help stock the kitchen pantry and provide for people’s everyday needs. The kitchen is currently in need of ham, eggs, potatoes, yams, vegetables, and seasonings including Italian, garlic, black pepper, and poultry. The most prominent everyday needs include: fitted sheets (twin size); socks for men, women and children; steel toe boots; toiletries (small individual sizes); toothpaste; deodorant; shampoo; shaving cream; and shaving razors. 

Donations of food and hygiene products can be made Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Samaritan House. All other donations can be made to the Thrift Store during the same time. Pick-ups for donations can also be arranged by calling 562-495-8900. To view the full list of everyday needs, visit https://lbrm.org/ways-to-help/current-needs/
The Long Beach Rescue Mission provides food, clothing, shelter, and spiritual guidance to help people who are housing insecure find purpose, direction, and hope. Proceeds from the Thrift Store go directly to the meals, shelter, and recovery services for the men and women in the New Life Program. For more information on the Mission, call 562-591-1292 or visit https://lbrm.org/.  

By Alysia Burke