“Life is for service.” – Fred Rogers

“God does not need our good works, but our neighbor does.” – Martin Luther

“For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.” – Jesus (Matthew 25:35-36)

There’s much to be said about serving others, especially those who are hungry, homeless and hurting. The above quotes are just the beginning. Once you’ve taken the step to serve — to volunteer your time and talents with the Milwaukee Rescue Mission — you’ll have something to say on the topic as well.

Serving others can be a life-changing experience . . . and not just for you! A warm meal served with a smile, a compassionate hug for a hurting soul, a listening ear for a young mother in distress . . . all these things speak volumes. A simple act of kindness may be the encouragement that a homeless neighbor needs to take that first step toward a new beginning.

There are many ways you can bless our guests as a volunteer. Check out the opportunities below.

Volunteer Opportunities

No matter your skill set, we likely have a volunteer opportunity for you. But before contacting us, please read below about our primary volunteer opportunities and our guidelines. If you’re still interested, please also fill out an application.

Please note that our volunteer openings may be full at times. If we can’t plug you in immediately, please be patient, and we will try to find a place for you. Thank you for your compassion and commitment to serve!

Volunteer Saturdays

Held the second Saturday of every month, from 9 a.m.-11a.m., we work on whatever is needed at the time — cleaning classrooms, sorting clothes, working in the courtyard, wrapping presents, etc. Our limit is 100 volunteers.

If you’d like to attend a Volunteer Saturday, you must first confirm with the Volunteer Coordinator at 414.935.0241 or volunteer@milmission.org by the first of that month. Because these Saturdays often fill up quickly, it is important that you register in advance.

Cross Trainers Academy

Cross Trainers Academy needs volunteer classroom assistants on a regular basis during the school year. Classroom assistants help teachers with clerical and instructional duties as well as daily class operations and recess. Assistants and helpers are needed in the following areas:

  • Elementary Classroom
  • Music Classroom
  • Art Classroom
  • Clerical/Office
  • Field Trips
  • Library
  • Lunchroom/Recess
  • Student Tutoring — Elementary
  • Student Tutoring — Middle/High School

Joy House

Joy House is our family shelter, offering a range of short- and long-term solutions, with the goal of helping families become self-sufficient and stable. We appreciate help in the following areas:

  • Sorting clothing
  • Nursery staffing (M-F daytime as well as Mon. & Wed. evenings)
  • Homework help (Tues. & Thurs. evenings)
  • Special events (Friday evenings)


Equip provides support for families including after-school tutoring, food baskets, and other needed assistance. You can help in these ways:

  • After-school tutoring
  • City Camp field trip chaperones and assistants
  • Assemble seasonal items like Christmas gifts, Easter baskets, backpacks, etc.
  • Assist with Family Fun Nights

Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor, our men’s ministry, is designed to meet the needs of men struggling with homelessness and drug addiction. Our programming is Bible-based, and we believe that only Christ can truly make lasting changes in the lives of our guests. Volunteer needs include:

  • Clothing room assistant
  • Desk attendant
  • Resource center tutors for adult men

Other Opportunities

If you’re looking for other ways to be a blessing to our guests, we can also use help:

  • Serving meals
  • General maintenance (yard work, cleaning, etc.)
  • Gift wrapping, holiday decorating, etc.

Have a talent or interest not described above? Contact us to find out how you can help. You can also call the volunteer office at 414.935.0241.