Central Union Mission Prepares for a Day of Service

Central Union Mission



Contact: Deborah Chambers
VP, Development and Partnerships
Cell: 202-534-9965

Central Union Mission Prepares for a Day of Service

On Jan. 16, volunteers will gather at Central Union Mission to fulfill their civic duty and honor the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Day of Service.

Each year, Americans across the country designate this day to volunteer within their communities in hopes of contributing to the causes that mean the most to them.

“I am always so touched by the amount of people who choose to serve at Central Union Mission for their day of service,” said Central Union Mission President & CEO Joseph Mettimano. “There are so many amazing organizations and plenty of places where people could give their time, but I’m so grateful for those who have a heart and a desire to help the homeless community.”

The MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a National Day of Service. Legislation was signed in 1983 to create the holiday which celebrates the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This will be the first year, since the pandemic started, that Central Union Mission will welcome on-site volunteers for the National Day of Service. Due to the overwhelming response, the Mission has reached their capacity for on-site volunteers, but opportunities for off-site volunteers are still available.

This MLK Day also celebrates the 60th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream Speech.” A special MLK Day program and luncheon with guest speakers will take place from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm so that shelter residents can also enjoy the celebration.

Media is invited to attend.


  • Volunteers 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Mission residentb interviews 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Mission Staff 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Please contact Rev. Deborah Chambers, VP, Development & Partnerships, at 202-534-9965 or dchambers@missiondc.org for more information.

About Central Union Mission:
Central Union Mission is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the oldest private social service agency in Washington, DC. In addition to its emergency shelter, which provides more than 60,000 bed-nights each year, the Mission operates holistic, Christ-centered transformation and workforce development programs for men, provides benefits for veterans, helps people overcome addictions, operates a food and clothing distribution center which provides food for over 4,000 people each month, runs a camp for underprivileged children, and offers a ministry to families and senior citizens. Charity Navigator has rated Central Union Mission a four-star charity, Candid awarded Central Union Mission a Gold Seal for our financial transparency and GreatNonProfits has given Central Union Mission a Top-Rated award.

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