Current Drives

Organize a drive in your neighborhood, at your church or your company.

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

We are in need of all the trimmings for Christmas dinner. Through December 20, donations can be dropped off at the Family Ministry Center.

Download Holiday Food Drive Collection Poster
Download Christmas Food Drive Flyer

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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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Feed My Family Drive

Feed My Family Drive

Did you know that 37 percent of families with children in Washington, DC don’t have enough money to buy the food they need?  You can help by participating in the Mission’s Feed My Family Drive.   When you shop for groceries for your family, purchase some for another family and then drop off your donation at the Family Ministry Center.

Download Food Drive Collection Poster
Download Feed My Family 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.  It’s easy to organize a clothing drive in your community, use the flyers below for organizing your Clothing Drive:

Download Clothing Drive Collection Poster
Download Clothing Drive Poster
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Shoes

Shoes

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

Download Shoe Collection Poster

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Winter Coat Drive

Winter Coat Drive

Winter in Washington, DC can be dangerously cold, and people in our community who are experiencing poverty or homeless don’t have the proper warm clothing to withstand extreme temperatures. You can help protect our vulnerable neighbors by organizing a winter coat drive in your community – coats, hats, gloves, and scarves in all sizes are needed.

Download Coats Collection Poster

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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.Items needed

  • twin-sized white, sheets (fitted and/or flat)
  • white pillow cases
  • twin-sized pillows
  • twin-sized blankets (any color as long as they are machine washable)
  • white bath and face towels

Download Linen Collection Poster

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"FRESH START" SHOEBOXES

Being homeless often means having no access to supplies we take for granted. The Fresh Start Shoebox Drive can help, and it’s an easy and engaging volunteer opportunity for individuals, families and groups of any size. All you need are shoeboxes and a variety of small personal care items to help keep a homeless man or woman clean and safe.

Download Fresh Start Flyer

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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. The Mission also cares for needy people who stop by the shelter daily, who need a variety of additional items such as rain ponchos, bottled water, and luggage with wheels.

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