You can change lives.

Volunteers are the heart of the Rescue Mission

Every year, more than 4,000 volunteers give more than 120,000 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 them!

Opportunities based on your interest

Whether you want to give just a few hours or are looking for long-term 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!


Opportunities for the Holidays

The Rescue Mission offers a variety of different ways that you can get involved during the holiday season. With meal delivery, sponsoring a family, or sponsoring an individual, there are plenty of opportunities for you to impact the community. However you choose to get involved, you’re helping to put love into action for a vulnerable man, woman, or child in Central New York.

Learn about the holidays


Opportunities close to home

The Rescue Mission has volunteer opportunities in Syracuse, Auburn, 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.

For more information, contact Braden Miles at 315-701-3109.

Apply to Volunteer

Because of limited volunteer opportunities due to covid, please email Braden.Miles@rmsyr.org for more information.


Click below if you’re interested in volunteering as an individual.



If you’re interested in volunteering as an entire family, please click below.



We welcome organizations, schools, and other groups to volunteer!


Required Service

Seeking an application for Required Volunteer Service? Please click below.