The Way Out Ministries

Hawaiian Gardens, California

At just 612 acres, Hawaiian Gardens, California is the smallest incorporated city in the United States. Yet the city just outside Los Angeles was the setting of the largest gang raid in American history (Operation Knockout, May 21, 2009). Although Hawaiian Gardens has made progress in recent years, gangs, drugs, addictions, homelessness, and crime are still serious problems for the people who live there. Through the work of The Way Out Ministries, many lives have been changed with the good news of Jesus Christ. Your skills can help support The Way Out Ministries as it lives out its mission in this community.

Opportunity type: 
Volunteer opportunities: 

Volunteer teams are needed to help staff to engage in community outreach and support weekly youth ministries. Teams can also assist with carpentry, maintenance work, painting, and other special projects.  The Way Out is looking for high school, college-age and adult volunteers. Skills in Bible teaching, tutoring, and recreation are helpful, as are volunteers who can speak both Spanish and English. Some construction projects require more specialized skills.


Groups stay in gender specific “classrooms,” which are carpeted and have bathrooms available. Larger groups stay in the student center, which has a room divider. Rustic showers are available onsite. Showers can also be arranged at the homes of church members. Showers are available at the homes of church members. Groups make their own meals using the building’s kitchen.

Group size - maximum: 
Cost notes: 

Cost varies based on the project and the time of year. Contact Volunteer Engagement Program staff for more information.

Nearest airport: 

Long Beach Airport, John Wayne Airport, and LAX

Packing suggestions: 

Pillow, sleeping bag, cot or air mattress, towel, Bible, notebook, and pen. Overall the weather is warm and volunteers should dress accordingly, being sure clothing is modest. Bring bathing suits, sweatshirts, comfortable shoes, flip-flops, and clothes for painting and working.

Free day suggestions: 

Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm, Magic Mountain, Hollywood, or the beach


Skills in teaching the Bible, tutoring, and recreation are helpful for volunteers who will be working with the children’s programs. Bilingual language skills (Spanish and English) are very helpful. Carpentry, plumbing, and electrical skills, as well as other specialized skills are needed for some work projects.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the RCA's volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.

The best way to reach our team is to email or call (616) 698-7071. One of the members of our team will be able to connect with you right away.

Stephanie Soderstrom

Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement

Molly Towne

Volunteer Placement Specialist

Erika Spykman

Administrative Assistant

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