Want to help? The work of The Downtown Mission depends on the generous contributions of people just like you. Use your hands, your heart, your creativity and talents to make a difference in the lives of people struggling with poverty and homelessness across Essex County.


There are so many ways to contribute and we’d love to help you find your place at the Mission. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email our Volunteer Coordinator or fill out the online application.

Individuals

You don’t have to be with a group to make a big impact. We have opportunities for individuals with all levels of experience and skill. Come lend a hand and see just what a difference one person can make.

Groups

Interested in volunteering with your friends, school group or service club? We can help organize an opportunity for your group to get involved.

Churches

If your church group is looking for a way to get involved, we’d love to help identify an opportunity to help or lend your strength to another through one of our many programs. We also value the opportunity to come visit you, we have a great story to tell. If you need a guest speaker, call us.

Businesses

Are you part of a community-minded organization? Volunteering at the Downtown Mission is another great way for your business to give back to the community. There are so many ways for you to participate, build employee moral and good will in the community.


Please note, all volunteer applicants must be 16 years or older, and may need to hold a current “Police Records Check and Vunerable Position Screening for Volunteer” certificate. This will be discussed with you at the time of interview. Your application begins the volunteer process which consists of an interview, review of volunteer guidelines, and then reference checks. All applications will be kept on file for a minimum of 6 months from the submission date. Due to the volume of applications only those selected for an interview will be notified, Thank you!