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Volunteer Center
Urgent! Gifts Needed!

The Rescue Mission is urgently seeking gift donations in time for Christmas for about 50 men and women who are experiencing homelessness! Most needed items are: $25 Walmart gift cards, new men’s hooded sweatshirts (size XL and above), men’s underwear and undershirts. Please drop items by our Holiday Center at 155 Gifford Street (parking map below) or let us do the shopping by contributing toward a gift here.

Looking to volunteer at the Syracuse Rescue Mission this holiday season?

All holiday volunteer positions are scheduled through the Rescue Mission’s Holiday Center, which will be open October 17 through December 24.  Please call 315-701-3898 between 9 am and 4:30 pm, starting October 17, to sign up to volunteer – positions fill very quickly!  For information on volunteering, to give a gift, or for a list of items needed, click here. To download a calendar of Rescue Mission activities and events, click here.

If you come to volunteer or drop off a gift or holiday donation, please note that our Holiday Center has a new location and parking area!  While the address is still 155 Gifford Street, please park near the new Seymour Street entrance, shown in our map.

Volunteers Are The Heart of the Rescue Mission

Every year, more than 3,500 volunteers give more than 100,000 hours of their time to help the Rescue Mission end hunger and homelessness in our community. Truly, we could not do our life-changing work without you!

Opportunities Based on Your Interest

Whether you want to give just a few hours or are looking for sustained involvement, whatever your skills and interests, there are many opportunities to help the Rescue Mission!  Over the past year, volunteers have helped at our Thrifty Shopper stores, at our special events, serving or delivering food, constructing housing, in our administrative offices, and more.  Our Volunteer Services staff will coordinate with you or your group to find a great fit. (To get started, click the “Apply Now” button below!) Click here to learn about the various opportunities.

Opportunities Close to Home

The Rescue Mission has volunteer opportunities in Syracuse, Auburn, Ithaca and Binghamton, as well as at our Thrifty Shopper stores, which provide a critical source of revenue for our programs. However you choose to help, you are making a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable men, women and children in our community.

Apply below. Or, for more information, contact: Volunteer Services Director Glenna Croy, 315-701-3842 or Assistant Volunteer Services Director Mary Bodner, 315-472-2324 ext.5602.