Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of accompanying a few co-workers to the Portland Rescue Mission for some early morning volunteering. There, we served breakfast to nearly 200 guests as they got out of the cold, and enjoyed a helping of pancakes, oatmeal, fruit, and coffee. It was a truly humbling and amazing experience, and one that I can hardly wait to do again!
The Portland Rescue Mission is more than just an assumed “soup kitchen”. What their organization does reaches people in need on multiple levels- getting them the help they need to get off the streets and improve their lives. The Mission provides emergency shelter for up to 175 individuals, food and clothing services, and recovery help, in hopes to break the cycle of homelessness. Overnight guests are provided a shower, a clean bed, and even the opportunity to exchange torn and weathered garments with clean, warm ones.
For those of us Portlanders that are fortunate enough to have secure shelters, clothing, employment, and families, we have the opportunity, and ability, to show our appreciation by getting involved and giving back to a community of people who don’t have these luxuries. My suggestion to you all: give back, volunteer, pay it forward.
I can’t say enough about how much fun my team and I had during our visit to the Portland Rescue Mission. The folks we came in contact with were extremely gracious and thankful for our time. Just the simplicity of helping start their day off with a smile, seemed to make a difference.
The Rescue Mission serves more than 230,000 meals each year and are always in need of great people to volunteer their time to reach out to the population of hurting people. I promise you that a couple of hours at the Mission will pay you back more than you will ever imagine. When we were there, we learned that the thing lacking with most of the homeless population, is the bond formed from relationships. Volunteering is a great way to help these people feel any sort of connection to others; something that most of them have lacked most or all of their lives.
Volunteering is a great way to get your children involved in giving back to their community, too! And the Rescue Mission will allow children as young as 8 years old to volunteer as long as they are accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.
There are multiple ways one can volunteer at the Mission. Whether it’s sorting through donated clothes, serving food (either breakfast or dinner), answering phones, or training residents – the choice is yours, and all are equally appreciated!
Give back to our amazing community, lend a helping hand, and spend some time volunteering with The Portland Rescue Mission.Click for map www.portlandrescuemission.org