Collections and Drives

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

You Can Make a Difference!

Every day, hundreds of hungry and hurting men, women, and children count on The Union Mission Ministries for help. We give them a safe haven, a bed, hot meals, a shower, clean clothing, and hope for a better future. 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. You can help us give our shelter guests a fresh start by donating some of our most-needed items.

Easy online ordering and direct delivery: to make your charitable shopping easier, use our Amazon Wishlist!



We’ve got opportunities for churches and groups, as well as individuals, to make a difference that changes lives. For more information on hosting a collection drive, contact our Volunteer Engagement Coordinator.

Print out a UNION MISSION INFORMATION CARD to give to a homeless person on the street.

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 »

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. »

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. »

Linens & Towels

Donate washcloths and bath towels. Extra-long (XL) twin sheets, pillowcases, pillows, and blankets are also necessities. 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. »

Furniture & Household items

Furniture and housewares are items that our shelter guests always need when they secure permanent housing. And when your donations are sold in our Thrift Store, 100% of the proceeds support the life-changing work of The Union Mission Ministries.

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!

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