It is written, “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
Those who love the Lord have been given gifts for the benefit of others- gifts of teaching, craftsmanship, music, encouragement, helping, administration, leadership, and more. We are encouraged to use our gifts to serve those in need. Panama City Rescue Mission offers many opportunities for individuals, families, and groups of all ages to serve others.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
- Organizing food pantry
- Providing and preparing sandwiches for our week-end sack dinners
- Group Night: Have your group completely provide, prepare and serve a dinner
- Serving meals
- Provide weekend recreation for Recovery Program students
- Sorting and cleaning at Bargain Center or Distribution Center
- Administrative assistance
- Cleaning, decorating, sprucing up of buildings or grounds
- Maintaining of litter control in area
- Visiting with clients in Day Center
- Assisting clients with transportation
- Mentoring a discipleship recovery program student
Family Food Festival June
This event is designed to help supplement family meals throughout the summer. Families can gather food boxes and visit information booths of helpful agencies.
Klothes 4 Kids May-August
This is our 8th annual Klothes 4 Kids event. This event provides school uniforms, clothes, and school supplies for homeless and needy children. Volunteers will be needed to sort clothes, organize, and help families shop.
Christmas at the Fair
An arts and crafts showcase event where you will find one-of-a-kind handmade boutique quality items. More than 70 exhibitors participate in this event. Always held the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Proceeds go to the Panama City Rescue Mission. Volunteers needed for various tasks.
Festival of Trees November -December
Festival of Trees is the major fundraising event for Bethel Villiage. Individuals and groups within the community will decorate, donate, and purchase trees, wreaths, and centerpieces for the Silent Auction.
Christmas Meal December 24
Members of the community are needed to help provide a holiday meal for the needy and join in celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Christmas in the Day Resource Center December 25
Volunteers will help keep the Day Center open for Clients in need of shelter to celebrate Christmas.
Fall Revival October
This year, we will join together with other churches for our annual Fall Revival. The purpose of this event is to revive our community through preaching of the gospel, praise and worship, testimonies food and fellowship.
Veteran’s Day Celebration November 12
The Panama City Rescue Mission will honor veterans in our homeless community with a special recognition ceremony and cookout.
The Great Thanksgiving Banquet November 22
The Mission is looking for volunteers to assist in providing a holiday meal and fellowship for the less fortunate and needy.
Operation Warm Heart
Operation Warm Heart is an effort we take on each year as an effort to help those on the streets during cold nights…We have some homeless people in our area that for one reason or another refuse to utilize our services and spend their nights on the streets…During the winter…when the temperature drops in the 30′s we take our truck around town to some of the areas in which we know these people stay…we usually have pastries, coffee, blankets and jackets to hand out in an effort to keep them from having difficulty with the weather.
Easter Egg Hunt
More than 170 needy children participate in our free Easter picnic and egg hunt held at the Mission’s campus for women and families at Bethel Village. Volunteers help hide thousands of eggs and organize a hunt and festivities. Kids collecting the special colored eggs receive prizes.
Annual Easter Banquet
Each year volunteers help make Easter extra special for the homeless of Bay County. Rather than providing meals cafeteria-style, Mission officials prefer to make Christian holidays more exciting for clients and volunteers. The Mission’s volunteers decorate the Mission, and serve plates one-on-one to the many needy people that join the Mission for these special events. More importantly, each year dozens of people make professions of faith in Jesus Christ during the chapel service before the meal!
For more information on how to volunteer at the Rescue Mission, please email our Volunteer Coordinator call at (850) 481-1093.