We recommend the book “When Helping Hurts – How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself.” The authors Steve Corrbett and Brian Fikkert make some important points:    

  • Did you know that when you are working with those in need you can experience “compassion fatigue”?
  • Did you know that sometimes by helping someone with their immediate needs you might actually be doing more harm than good?
  • Did you know that even if you have a nice home, two cars and a healthy bank account you can still be poor?

Immediate/Specific Volunteer Needs:
All volunteers must attend Rescue 101 training, complete a volunteer application, submit to a background check, and sign a confidentiality agreement.  You can register for the Rescue 101 training class with an e-mail to our Volunteer Coordinator at the link above.

Safe Harbor Shelter: We need volunteers to work the front desk and the showers each night of the week.  There is a paid staff member on duty whenever the shelter is open but we need help during the busy time of check-in and check-out.

  • Evening Shift (2 people): 6:45 PM to 10:00 PM
  • ​Showers (2 people): 6:45 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Morning Shift (1 person): 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM

Dayroom Attendants: We still need volunteers to operate this facility! The Dayroom is open from 9 AM - 5 PM, Mon - Fri.  

  • Morning Shift: 8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon
  • Lunch Shift: 11:30 to 1:00 PM
  • Afternoon Shift: 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Overnight Shelter Laundry:  Urgent - Urgent- Urgent

We need volunteers to sanitize the blankets used in the Over Night Shelter.  This occurs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  It's flexible enough that three people could share this responsibility or one person could volunteer all three times a week.  This position requires lifting of bags and bins that could weigh as much as 40 pounds and that they drive the Mission van.  This position can be completed in the afternoon as long as it is done after 11:30 AM.  General duties are to load up anywhere from 4 to 8 garbage bags full of blankets and 3 or 4 large empty bins in the Mission van; take them to the laundromat, load up in dryers, set them to "dry" for about 20 minutes.  Once they are done, fold them and put them in the bins.  Load up the bins back in the van and bring them back to the Mission and unload them.  The whole process takes about 2 hours.

Drivers to Pick-Up from Local Restaurants:  We need two drivers to pick up frozen food from restaurants, one on Bainbridge Island and two in Port Orchard, once a week.  This is a great opportunity for us to reduce our grocery budget.

Janitorial Staffing Main Building: We need at least one person or a small group per evening to perform janitorial duties at 810 6th Street when the Dayroom closes in the evening.  This needs to be started after 5PM and finished by 6:30PM.  This will need to be done at least five evenings a week (M-F).  One person/group could do it or five different people/groups.

Janitorial Staffing Kitchen/Dining Room: We need at least one person or a small group twice a week to perform janitorial duties at our Kitchen and Dining room on 5th Street.  This ideally would be done on Thursday and Saturday during the morning or early afternoon.  It could also be done after 8PM on Wednesday and Friday instead.  One person/group could do it or two different people/groups.

Donation Collection: We need someone to contact (some or all) of the Papa Murphy's Pizza stores and Little Caesar's Pizza stores to see if they have pizzas to donate, then pick them up and deliver them to the 5th and Warren kitchen. This can be done by one or two people.

Wondering how you can serve?  Here are just a few ways you can help: 

  • Dayroom Attendant  
  • Overnight Shelter Attendant
  • Overnight Shelter Shower Operator  
  • Overnight Shelter Laundry
  • Maintenance on Vehicles
  • Facility Maintenance and Cleaning
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Mentoring
  • Adult Education Tutors    
  • Sorting & Distribution of Clothing

​". . . 'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' . . . The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'" (Matthew 26: 35-40, NIV)

Ready to volunteer?  Your journey starts here!  Rescue 101  is our basic training for all volunteers. Rescue 201 is our Shelter training. Classes are held at 810 6th St. in Bremerton.   

  • Rescue 101 on Friday January 5, 2017 at 4:45 PM followed by Rescue 102-Shelter at 5:30 PM.
  • ​Rescue 101 on Saturday January 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM followed by Rescue 201-Shelter at 11:00 A
  • Rescue 101 on Friday February 2, 2017 at 4:45 PM followed by Rescue 102-Shelter at 5:30 PM.
  • ​Rescue 101 on Saturday February 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM followed by Rescue 201-Shelter at 11:00 AM  

Contact the volunteer coordinator at aoshaughnessy@kitsaprescue.org to reserve a spot.

It would be impossible for Kitsap Rescue Mission to get very far at all without faithful, hard-working volunteers who own the work in the good times and in the challenges.  Each week we see individuals who may be hungry, but most just want some company.  We're thankful for volunteers working hard and looking for the opportunity to love in Jesus' name!

The work can be hard, but it is rewarding.  And when shared by many willing hands, the burden is light. . . 

Want to know a little more?

Call Us: 360.373.3428 or fax: 360.627.9496
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