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 always-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.
It’s easy to 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). To be added to the schedule, just contact our Volunteer Coordinator.
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.
It can be expensive to set up a new home, especially when you’ve been homeless. You need just about everything to get started. As shelter guests move into permanent housing, you can bless them with plastic tote full of useful household items. Most filled Housewarming Hope Totes cost about $50–$75, making this a great project for groups large or small!
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. Luggage also facilitates an easier move into permanent housing.
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.
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!