Volunteer Opportunities

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Join The Union Mission’s family of volunteers!

We love our volunteers! Though COVID restrictions have limited our on-site opportunities, The Union Mission offers a variety of ways you can help the men, women and children we serve every day and support the work of our ministry. You or your group might want to

  • sponsor meals for our shelter guests or cater a special lunch or dinner
  • host a collection drive for our most-needed items or gift cards
  • assist with sorting in our Warehouse or stocking in our Thrift Store
  • beautify our campus through yardwork and landscaping
  • buddy up with a special-needs kid during Hope Haven’s monthly Recharge Respite Care

Please note that our volunteer program cannot accommodate court-ordered community service requests.

Due to health concerns on-site, all volunteers are required to wear masks indoors, sign a waiver, and have temperatures checked.

All first-time individual volunteers must attend a VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION before they may serve.

Age Requirements

All volunteers on The Union Mission or Hope Haven must be 12 years of age or older. Thrift Store opportunities only apply to minors 15 or older. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. Questions concerning age can be directed to the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at volunteer@ummnorva.org.

Seasonal Opportunities

OUR LADIES AUXILIARY members, many of them retirees, participate in special monthly ministry projects from September through May. Because of COVID, the group has been meeting virtually or in small groups to accomplish off-site projects. Membership in the Ladies Auxiliary is free and open to new women of all ages throughout each season. Hover here to see the email to request more information on Ladies Auxiliary.

CAMP HOPE HAVEN is our weeklong, overnight summer camp for children ages 8 to 15. Volunteers serve in a variety of capacities, indoors and out, between May–August at Hope Haven, 3000 North Landing Road in Virginia Beach.

Eagle Scout / Youth Group Projects

OFF-SITE COLLECTION DRIVES are an excellent service opportunity that really help the Mission. You can provide Home Totes for shelter guests moving into permanent housing, plan a fundraiser to underwrite shelter meals; collect or order new items that our shelter guests always need; prepare bag lunches; assemble gift bags for homeless shelter guests at Christmas—or suggest your own idea to our Volunteer Engagement Coordinator.


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