Collection Drives

Host drives for our must-have items throughout the year to provide for the needs of the homeless.

You Can Make a Difference!

Every day, hundreds of hungry and hurting men, women, and children count on The Union Mission Ministries for help. It can be a challenge to provide all the things our guests need—and the coronavirus pandemic has increased the costs for nearly everything we provide.

If you or your family, Sunday school class, Scouting troop, or corporate outreach group wants to make a difference that changes lives, consider a collection drive to provide some of our most-needed items. For more information, contact our Volunteer Engagement Coordinator.


Transportation is essential for our shelter guests to get to their jobs, interviews, appointments, and children’s daycare providers. Every day we provide them with bus passes. You can purchase them for us at selected area Food Lions and 7-Elevens or directly through Hampton Roads Transit.

Purchase Bus Passes Here »

Meal Sponsorship

Sponsor a full meal for our shelter guests. You can make a financial donation to cover the costs, personally prepare, cook, and deliver, or cater a breakfast, lunch, or dinner for our Women and Children’s Shelter (about 30 portions), our Bashford Men’s Shelter (about 70 portions), or both (100 portions). Contact our Volunteer Coordinator to be added to the schedule.

Another option is a collection drive for $10 fast-food gift cards. Many of our residents work off-site and odd hours. A gift card for a local chain restaurant, gas station, or convenience store gives them an affordable meal break that’s a real blessing.

A NOTE ABOUT CANNED FOOD DRIVES: The Union Mission is no longer encouraging collection drives for canned goods and pantry staples. Storage space and volunteer hours to organize and rotate donations have been limited because of the coronavirus pandemic.

 


Many of our guests arrive with their clothing in a garbage bag or crammed into a backpack. Providing them with a wheeled suitcase or dufflebag helps protect their belongings and restore their dignity.

View the Luggage Drive flyer. »

Bed Linens & Bath Towels

Host a drive to donate washcloths and bath towels, or extra-long (XL) twin sheets and pillowcases. All our linens and towels are bleached regularly, so white is often the best color choice.


It’s one of our greatest year-round needs: new underwear for the men, women, and children staying with us. We also appreciate your donations of gently used clothing for our shelter guests and Thrift Store sales.

View the Undie Sunday flyer. »

It can be expensive to set up a new home, especially when you’ve been homeless. You need just about everything. When our shelter guests move into their permanent housing, we like to provide them with a basket or tote full of useful household items. Here’s how you can bless them!

View the Welcome Home Basket flyer. »

Hope Haven always needs items like paper products, first aid items, cleaning products, art supplies, and more. By providing for those needs, you can help make Camp Hope Haven, our Children’s Home, Recharge Respite Care, Switchback, and our other family-friendly outreaches a success!

Learn More »

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