Volunteer Opportunities

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Welcome to The Union Mission’s family of volunteers!

“For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ “
Deuteronomy 15:11



Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities to serve the poor and homeless, and help maintain a beautiful campus for the men, women, and children we serve each day. They include:

  • provide and serve meals…Learn More
  • sort/process donated goods
  • assist in the store or warehouses
  • maintenance and repair work
  • clean and organize
  • general yard work and landscaping
  • data entry
  • tutoring
  • assist in Wellness Program
  • teach a class
  • assist in computer lab
  • mentoring
  • respite care
  • and more!

Areas of Ministry to serve

We have two campuses that provide a variety of areas to serve.

  • Theodore A. Bashford Men’s Shelter
  • Women & Children’s Shelter
  • The Union Mission Thrift Store
  • Retail Training Center/Production
  • Warehouses and Grounds
  • Administration & Reception
  • Camp Hope Haven
  • Hope Haven Respite Care

Professional Opportunities


  • Computer Skills
  • Financial Management
  • Work-Force Certifications
  • Legal Aid

Age Requirements

Volunteer opportunities are available for various ages. Check with Volunteer Department for details.

Seasonal Opportunities

CAMP HOPE HAVEN – a week-long, overnight, summer camp for children 8-15. Volunteer May-August at 3000 North Landing Road in Virginia Beach.

LADIES AUXILIARY – participate in special projects throughout the ministry from September-May. Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Youth Projects

ON SITE (12 years and older) – yard work, sort and pack food, process clothing donations, general cleaning.

OFF SITE – bake sale or car wash to fund-raise for meals; collections for ministry needs; prepare bag lunches; prepare gift bags for homeless at Christmas.

EAGLE SCOUT PROJECTS – contact Linda Jones at (757) 627-8686 ext. 426.


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