Volunteer Central

COVID-19 Statement

Thanks for your interest in volunteering at Central Union Mission!

In addition to our standard Volunteer Requirements, the following COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols will be followed for all on-site volunteer opportunities:

  • All volunteers, upon entering the men's emergency shelter, will pass through our anti-bacterial UV-C portal for about 12 seconds (3-4 seconds for each position),
  • all volunteers at all sites will receive a temperature check when they arrive,
  • all volunteers at all sites will wear masks throughout the duration of their service,
  • all volunteers at all sites will practice socially distancing and
  • all volunteers at all sites will sign a COVID-19 Waiver in addition to the Volunteer Agreement.

We look forward to you and/or your organization partnering with us to help meet the needs of people who are at risk and thus, strengthening the community!

Men's Shelter


65 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 745-7118
Parking: There is very limited parking on our lot, but if a space is available you are welcome to it! There is metered parking on G Street and Mass Ave. Paid parking is available at Union Station (5 blocks from us) and at the Walmart on H Street (2 blocks from us).

IMPORTANT: In order to register to volunteer for any event, you need to have a Volunteer Central Account: Create Account/Login.


VOLUNTEERS DONATE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Your gift of meals and care can bring hope to someone who is homeless and mark the first step toward true life change.

Click here for information about sponsorship opportunities.

Upcoming events

    • Monday, December 05, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Volunteers must arrive by 6:00pm.

    Special opportunities for volunteers to serve the Mission in a mighty and meaningful way!

    Since all work takes place in the Mission kitchen or the bakery, no minors may be scheduled.

    MAXIMUM: Four (4)  adult age (18+ years old) volunteers

    • Thursday, December 08, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 3
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission Lunch in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Thursday, December 08, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20001
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Capital City Symphony  Performance

    Schedule

    4:00 Volunteers arrive (OPTIONAL)

    4:30-5:30 Serve dinner (OPTIONAL)

    6:00 Clean up (OPTIONAL)

    6:45 REHEARSAL

    7:30-8:30 PERFORMANCE



    • Monday, December 12, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Volunteers must arrive by 6:00pm.

    Special opportunities for volunteers to serve the Mission in a mighty and meaningful way!

    Since all work takes place in the Mission kitchen or the bakery, no minors may be scheduled.

    MAXIMUM: Four (4)  adult age (18+ years old) volunteers

    • Wednesday, December 14, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 3
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission Lunch in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Wednesday, December 14, 2022
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Help prep and serve  Mission Dinner in kitchen and dining hall.


    • Thursday, December 15, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 3
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission Lunch in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Friday, December 16, 2022
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 7
    Register

    Show Some Love —the Mission’s annual Christmas event  for those experiencing homelessness.

    For Show Some Love on December 16, 2022, we will transform the shelter into a Christmas wonderland—with an elegant dinner, festive entertainment and celebrity appearances, photo ops, games and gift bags filled with inspirational and meaningful gifts.

    Maximum 25 volunteers




    • Friday, December 16, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 20
    Register

    Show Some Love —the Mission’s annual Christmas event  for those experiencing homelessness.

    For Show Some Love on December 16, 2022, we will transform the shelter into a Christmas wonderland—with an elegant dinner, festive entertainment and celebrity appearances, photo ops, games and gift bags filled with inspirational and meaningful gifts.

    Maximum 25 volunteers




    • Friday, December 16, 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 10
    Register

    Show Some Love —the Mission’s annual Christmas event  for those experiencing homelessness.

    For Show Some Love on December 16, 2022, we will transform the shelter into a Christmas wonderland—with an elegant dinner, festive entertainment and celebrity appearances, photo ops, games and gift bags filled with inspirational and meaningful gifts.

    This will be the final cleanup activities as the event comes to a close.

    Maximum 10 volunteers




    • Monday, December 19, 2022
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    DeeDee Collins and friends. Help prep and serve  Mission Dinner in kitchen and dining hall.


    • Monday, December 19, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Volunteers must arrive by 6:00pm.

    Special opportunities for volunteers to serve the Mission in a mighty and meaningful way!

    Since all work takes place in the Mission kitchen or the bakery, no minors may be scheduled.

    MAXIMUM: Four (4)  adult age (18+ years old) volunteers

    • Thursday, December 22, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 3
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission Lunch in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Sunday, December 25, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    Once the guests are invited in and seated, these volunteers will serve the guests at the tables. snd provide small  Christmas gifts for thr guests. This volunteer group will also help clean the dining hall at the end of the meal

    MAXIMUM:  20 volunteers

    • Wednesday, December 28, 2022
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Help prep and serve  Mission Dinner in kitchen and dining hall.


    • Thursday, December 29, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 2
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission Lunch in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Thursday, January 05, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 4
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission Lunch in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Friday, January 06, 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 4
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission dinner in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Saturday, January 07, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 10
    Register

    The morning’s activities  include helping with upkeep in our overnight guest facilities on the 2nd Fl., which includes cleaning, disinfecting mattresses, making beds, folding towels and sheets, sweeping and dusting.

    Maximum ten  (10) volunteers

    • Tuesday, January 10, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 4
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission Lunch in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Thursday, January 12, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 4
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission Lunch in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Friday, January 13, 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 4
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission dinner in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Tuesday, January 17, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 4
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission Lunch in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Friday, January 20, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 4
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission Lunch in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Friday, January 20, 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 4
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission dinner in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Saturday, January 21, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001
    • 6
    Register

    Mission Accomplished (9:30am-1:00pm) —Begin the day’s activities by helping with Shelter, Haberdashery and/or Pantry Upkeep until 11:30am then stay to help us serve lunch to our guests at the Men’s Shelter

    maximum six (6) olunteers

    • Wednesday, January 25, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 4
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission Lunch in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Thursday, January 26, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 4
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission Lunch in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Friday, January 27, 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 4
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission dinner in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Tuesday, January 31, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 4
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission Lunch in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Thursday, February 02, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 4
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission Lunch in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Friday, February 03, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001
    • 8
    Register

    Start the day with upkeep and cleaning/sanitizing activities then help us keep things organized at the office

    Maximum eight (8) volunteers

    • Friday, February 03, 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 4
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission dinner in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Sunday, February 05, 2023
    • 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Chili dinner prepared and served by the Amanda Luo volunteer group in the Shelter dining hall.

    MAXIMUM SIX [6] volunteers.

    • Friday, February 10, 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 4
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission dinner in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Friday, February 17, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 4
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission Lunch in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Friday, February 17, 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 4
    Register

    Help prep and serve  Mission dinner in kitchen and dining hall.

    Maximum four (4) volunteers

    • Friday, February 24, 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001
    • 6
    Register

    We’ll start the day serving lunch to our Mission guests then help clean pantry/dining hall, organize/clean in the kitchen and also help prep for dinner.

    Maximum six (6) volunteers

    • Tuesday, March 14, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
    • 5
    Register