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Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Central Union Mission.

The individuals and groups who volunteer their time and talents at the Mission play a very important role in our ability to serve the poor and needy in the city.Click here to start the process

To volunteer at one of Central Union Mission's events and/or facilities, click here.

There are also a number of opportunities that don't require working at our facilities:

Opportunities for Families Youth Groups
(for volunteers ages 12 and older)

Please note: Parents of students requiring verification for school service hours, email

Prayer Warriors!
Pray to end poverty in our city! Join together with your family or church youth group and commit to praying regularly for those who struggle in poverty. Take a prayer walk around the building or pray over requests received from those we help. Seek God on behalf of those who desperately need it. For information, or to join our prayer warrior email distribution list, please contact email See the current prayer list here.

Fresh Start BoxNEW! - "Fresh Start Boxes" Shoe Boxes for the Homeless Program
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Goods Drives

  1. Sign up for an ongoing drive: Food Drive | Clothing Drive
  2. Collect food, scarves hats, coats or toiletries according to the goals your group has set.
  3. Have the leader of the group drop off the items at Central Union Mission any time.
    Hints for organizing a successful drive:
    - Work with your church, school or business and establish an accessible drop-off point
    - Make a flyer to promote the opportunity
    - Schedule a starting date and a deadline for your drive
    - Encourage all to participate!

Bible Verse Writing Rally
Organize a verse writing rally as a family or with your child's youth group to encourage those less fortunate. Bible verse cards are a great encouragement to the low-income neighbors who receive regular food support from the Mission, and will be placed in bags of groceries they receive. So we're asking your group of volunteers to:

  1. Pick several Bible verses of encouragement and list them for easy reference.
  2. Neatly write one verse on each 3'x5' card. Note: please do not include any personal information.
  3. Complete as many cards as you can up to a quantity of 300-400 cards.
  4. Once completed, send the stack of Bible verses to Central Union Mission:
    Central Union Mission
    Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
    P.O. Box 96763
    Washington, DC  20090-6763

Sandwich Assembly Project
Run a sandwich-assembly project at home or your church. Every sandwich helps feed our neighbors in need. We encourage volunteers to coordinate all aspects of your project.
Hints for organizing a successful sandwich assembly project:
- Use meat and cheese only (no peanut butter, jelly, nutella or spreads)
- Use zip-lock sandwich bags
- Place the bagged sandwich in a brown lunch bag along with fruits, granola bars, cookies, etc.
Note: In 1 hour, a group of 15 folks are usually able to assemble approximately 200 sandwiches.

Once all sandwiches are made, please drop them off at our Front Desk located at:
Central Union Mission
65 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001