Current Drives

We are accepting food donations and sanitizing items (hand sanitizer, isopropyl alcohol, Clorox wipes, Lysol, boxes of tissues, and N95 masks) at the Men’s Shelter located at 65 Mass Ave NW Washington, DC 20001.

All other gift-in-kind donations should be taken to our Family Ministry Center. Drop-Off Details

Virtual Food and Essentials Drive for COVID-19

Virtual Food and Essentials Drive for COVID-19

You too can help support our neighbors, while you practice social distancing, by making a donation to this virtual food drive.


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Mission DonationPaks

Mission DonationPaks

Now is the time to show some extra love to those less fortunate and in need while you volunteer in place!

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Donate Masks

Donate Masks

Until vaccinations help get the pandemic under control, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially endorses face mask wearing in multi-person environments. It is now federal law that masks must be worn at all federal properties.

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Mission Health & Wellness Kits

Mission Health & Wellness Kits

The many at-risk people who visit us daily at the Mission are often not well equipped to battle the ongoing threat of the deadly corona virus. You can help us help them be better prepared by making Heath and Wellness Kits.

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Food Drive

Food Drive

In Washington, DC, one in seven households struggles to put food on the table each day, with seniors and children being impacted the most. You can help by organizing a food drive in your community!

Download Food Drive Collection Poster
Download Food Drive Flyer

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Mealtime Inspiration Kits

Mealtime Inspiration Kits

Create something that is both inspirational and useful!
A sandwich size zipper bag packed with a plastic fork, knife and spoon, a napkin and a card of inspiration–either a verse or words of encouragement– written on a 5×7 index card (or index-sized card) and placed in the zipper bag.

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Clothing Drive

Clothing Drive

Clothing is always needed by the men, families, and seniors served at Central Union Mission.  Whether it’s professional attire, everyday apparel, or cold weather gear, your clothing donations are greatly appreciated. 

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Shoe Drive

Shoe Drive

Please donate new and gently used shoes for men, women and children experiencing poverty and homelessness. Thank you for your compassion.

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Linen and Towel Drive

Linen and Towel Drive


We have to wash the bedding in the shelter every night of the year—that puts a lot of wear and tear on the linen.

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Soups, Stews and Chili

Soups, Stews and Chili

Soups, stews and chili are fun projects for volunteers, and each makes a delightful addition to our meal options.  Whether through providing the ingredients, preparing the meal and/or even serving it, this is a helpful way volunteers can affect the lives of those less fortunate.

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Share a Dessert

Share a Dessert

Do you love to bake and create desserts and treats? You can share your sweet passion with the men of the mission by creating a dessert specially for them. 

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Other Items Needed

Other Items Needed

Central Union Mission cares for thousands of homeless men at our emergency shelter every year.  Necessities such as disposable razors, underwear in all sizes, socks, and shower sandals are needed by our guests every day.

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