Do You Need Help?

Find hope at Goodwill Rescue Mission.


At Goodwill Rescue Mission, we believe that everyone is called to serve in their community, and that each individual has special gifts, skills, and resources to share. With that in mind, we make sure there are a variety of ways you can support Goodwill Rescue Mission’s work of Help, Hope, and Healing.

Explore some of the opportunities you have to partner with us and make a difference in the lives of Northern New Jersey's people in need:

Volunteer         Give         Stay Connected         Shop Urgent Needs


Volunteers help the Mission serve more people, stretch precious resources and raise support for this life-changing organization.  Your participation—as an individual or part of a group or company—shows your compassion and allows you to impact the lives of hurting people in very personal and meaningful ways.  For more information or to sign up to volunteer, email

Opportunities for Individuals and Groups
  • Serve meals to our guests
  • Offer friendship and encouragement to our guests during meal times
  • Prepare, clear and clean dining tables
  • Set up and remove cots and mats for overnight shelter
  • Lead or assist with evening chapel services
  • Provide spring, summer and fall gardening and grounds work

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Probono Services
  • Dental services—assessments, cleaning, extractions, dentures
  • Tax and legal-aid assistance
  • Barbers and stylists for hair and hygiene service and guidance
  • Experienced guidance in nutrition, budgeting, dressing for success, computers, literacy, employment coaching and job referrals
  • Vehicle mechanics and maintenance services
  • Dorm, office and classroom remodels

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Explore other ways to help


Donate online

One of the simplest forms of giving—and most beneficial to the Mission—is a cash donation which can be made online, 24-hours a day, any day of the week. Contributing online is simple for you and your gift can be used immediately to meet the needs of the men, women and children in our care.

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Donate monthly

Pledging recurring monthly gifts as a HOPE365 Partner provides the Mission with an income we can rely on while benefiting you with an efficient and trouble-free way to support our ministry. You can choose to have funds transferred from your bank account each month or we can set up a monthly charge to your credit card.

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In-kind Giving

These important giving options help offset our budget and meet our daily needs. They may also offer you significant tax incentives. Contact Blair Nordby at to learn more.

Donations of canned goods—such as vegetables, fruits and meats—and other nonperishable items are used in the meals we provide to our residents and are also distributed in food boxes.

Excess inventory and/or products your company sells— such as cleaning supplies, paper products, light bulbs, office supplies, toiletries, clothing, and Bibles—are valuable donations to the Mission.

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Leave A Legacy

A legacy gift to Goodwill Rescue Mission is a powerful way to extend your generosity and caring beyond your lifetime. Legacy gifts can take a variety of forms, and we will be happy to work with you to design a legacy gift that fits your individual and family circumstances and meets your objectives.

The most common form of legacy gift is a bequest, which is simply a gift made through your will. A bequest gift to Goodwill Rescue Mission is an easy addition to your existing will. For information on how to make a bequest to Goodwill Rescue Mission please contact Don Hall, Legacy Giving Officer, at 973-621-9560 ext. 130 or

For sample bequest language please click here.

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Donation Drives

Hosting a donation drive at your office, school, house of worship—or even among friends and family members—is a fun way to bring people together for a meaningful cause. It also serves to raise awareness of many needs and challenges facing our community, attracting broader support for our organization. To view the drives we rely on annually, please click here. We also welcome your suggestions of others you might like to organize! 

For more information on how to start a drive in your school, workplace, or house of worship, contact Blair Nordby at

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You can plan now to continue your legacy of giving beyond your lifetime.  The following language is recommended when including Goodwill Rescue Mission in your Will:

I, [Name], of [City, State, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to Goodwill Rescue Mission, tax ID# 22-1487207, [and/or amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.

To specify memorial contributions for a loved one, you may use the text below:

We would be blessed if you would help those who are homeless by sending memorials in memory of [Name] to Goodwill Rescue Mission, 79 University Avenue, Newark, NJ  07102.


Like us on Facebook and follow our posts to stay up-to-date on current needs, activities and events and, most importantly, how your support is allowing homeless and struggling families and individuals to dare to hope for lives of dignity and meaning. Post your own messages to let others know how you’re partnering with us to care for your neighbors in need.


“Re-tweet” our messages and invite your social network to get involved in supporting the Mission’s work of rebuilding broken lives.


Be moved and inspired by videos of the men and women in our care, sharing personal testimonies about how their dignity and hope is being restored at the Mission.


From time to time you may receive emails from the Mission asking for your help with important drives or announcing special activities and events. Please take time to read them and help as you can, and then forward them to your family and friends so that they might get involved as well!


We believe prayer is the single most important daily discipline at the Mission, as we rely heavily upon God’s guidance and blessing. We invite you to pray daily for our board, staff, volunteers, donors, and the men, women and children in our care.  Together, we dedicate and surrender this ministry to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.