Dear Christmas Day Volunteers,
Thank you for your continued support of the work at Central Union Mission. Thanksgiving and Christmas are very popular days for people to volunteer at the Mission. On a regular day, we welcome ten volunteers, but on Thanksgiving and Christmas, we welcome 300 of the about 500 people who try to register. Providing a fulfilling, useful and safe experience for our holiday volunteers requires us hiring extra staff (and taking them away from their families) and buying extra supplies. Since this strain on our budget and staff redirects our resources from the homeless and hungry people in our neighborhood, this year we request that holiday volunteers sponsor their own time of service with a $50 donation per person. Please note that we don't ask for a donation for volunteering at other times throughout the holiday season, and we continue to need your help.
Please let me know if you have any question or additional concerns. Thanks for all you do!
Min. Deborah J. Chambers