“Giving Tuesday” is About More than Money

Central Union Mission



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

“Giving Tuesday” is About More than Money

Washington, DC—May 5, 2020—Giving Tuesday Now is today. This nationwide day of charitable giving was moved from after Thanksgiving to May 5 to helping nonprofit organizations during the COVID-19 virus shutdown. But here, Central Union Mission supporters make Giving Tuesday about more than money.

Giving Tuesday

Since the virus isolation time began, a group of high school students have “adopted” the Mission, using their free time to bake cookies, make hand sanitizer and face masks. At 4:00 pm this afternoon, they will be dropping off their latest batch of treats. They are also sponsoring a website that sells Mission merchandise to help raise funds for our guests experiencing homelessness.

According to Mission President Joe Mettimano, “These kids are really making a difference. Of course, since we’re a privately funded shelter, we do need financial gifts, but what the students are doing is especially meaningful. They’re bringing out the humanity in our guests by showing that they have friends who care about them.”

Giving Tuesday

The students are also using their social network to create more friends and volunteers for Central Union Mission. The Mission is grateful to these students for their giving this Tuesday—and every week.

The cookie delivery will take place with safe social distancing outside the Mission shelter (65 Massachusetts Ave., NW) at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Photos and interviews are available. Please contact Deborah Chambers 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 almost 60,000 bed-nights each year, the Mission operates a holistic, Christ-centered transformation and workforce development program for men, provides benefits for veterans, helps people overcome addictions, operates a food and clothing distribution center which provides food for over 4000 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, GuideStar 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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