Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are an essential part of the ministry here at the Modesto Gospel Mission. We could not have helped the poor and homeless for over 70 years if it were not for the help of volunteers. Last year alone we were blessed with 14,000 hours of elbow grease—even at minimum wage this is a powerful $112,000.00 of real help. No matter how you wish to volunteer, there is a place for you at the Mission!

Instruction & Process

1. Attend Open House

Modesto Gospel Mission holds an open house on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 5:30pm where prospective volunteers can tour the Mission, learn more about our work, and work with our staff to find what position would suit them best.

2. Submit Application

Fill out and submit a volunteer application with your contact information for reference.

3. Interview Session

Meet with our Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer to discuss your application and what volunteer opportunity would fit you best.

4. Training & Posting

Our staff will instruct you on your volunteer role requirements and duties, and help you as you begin your volunteer shift.

Volunteer Information

Additional volunteer information in order to best prepare you for serving at the Modesto Gospel Mission.

Volunteer Positions

1. Regular Volunteer

You can commit to a specific regular time volunteer position.

2. On-Call Volunteer

For those special projects and events.

3. Group Volunteers

Schools, business, and other groups enjoy volunteering together.

4. Collection Drives & Benefits Volunteer

Some prefer to organize drives or benefits for food, clothing, and supplies.

Volunteer Opportunities

– Preparing and/or serving meals in the dining hall.
– Tutoring children or adults.
– Sorting donations.
– Children & Youth Center.
– Electricians, plumbers, landscapers, painters.
– Nurses and doctors in the medical clinic.
– Receptionist and clerical assistance.
– Additional opportunities too numerous to list!

Volunteer FAQ
Individuals looking to volunteer at the Modesto Gospel Mission should attend an open house at the Mission where they will find out more information on volunteer opportunities and have the option to tour the Mission.
Each area of service has its own age limit with the discretion of the manager in that area. As an example, no one under the age of 10 years old may serve in the kitchen area.
The Modesto Gospel Mission does a background check on anyone volunteering at the Mission's Youth Center that is 18 years old or older. The Mission also conducts a Megan’s Law check on all volunteers. The background check process can take a couple of days or a couple of weeks depending on the person and their background. If an individual has lived outside of California, the background check will take longer to process than someone who has lived at the same residence for the past 7 years.
Typical volunteer shifts range from 1 to 3 hours. Some special events require more in certain cases.
The Mission's dress code for volunteers includes: no tank tops, sleeveless shirts, or low-cut blouses/shirts; shorts, skirts, or dresses must be knee-length (knee exposed is acceptable); no tight fitting clothing; shoes are required, and no open-toe shoes or sandals are allowed while performing duties; neat and clean clothing is suggested, and slacks/jeans and blouse/shirt would be considered appropriate attire for volunteer assignments. Hairnets are required when serving in the kitchen and will be provided to all volunteers (you may bring a hat to wear instead of a hairnet).
Jr. high, high school, and college student credits are recognized at the Mission. Each school requires different details for verification, and the student wishing to receive credit for volunteering should check with their school for further instructions and information.
The Mission is a great local institution for community service hours to be completed. The application process involves the individual completing and turning in an application which the Mission uses to receive a copy of the legal documents that the court gives us with the hours ordered along with a copy of the individual's ID. It is the individual’s responsibility to track their hours and have the supervisor on duty verify the time served. Once the individual's hours are completed, they bring their signed slip to the volunteer coordinator to keep a copy for our records. It is the individual's responsibility to get their completed paperwork to the court unless stated otherwise in court documents.
Any training necessary for a volunteer position at the Mission is provided at the time of service.
Families, friends, or groups are always more than welcome to volunteer together!

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact our Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer at (209) 225-2907, or by emailing