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Give Help


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Housing Families First is temporarily unable to welcome our valued volunteers into the shelter. Only paid staff and current shelter residents are allowed on-site. We appreciate your understanding and hope to be able to welcome you again soon! If you would like to help families at Housing Families First at this time, please consider making a monetary donation or purchasing needed items from our Amazon Wish List or Target Registry.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity as we work to keep everyone healthy during this pandemic.

Hosting a Fundraising Event for Housing Families First

We are thrilled that you have chosen to support us by hosting a fundraiser for Housing Families First. In addition to providing ever-important funding for our housing programs, your fundraiser can:

  • Raise awareness about family homelessness
  • Support the overall mission of Housing Families First
  • Celebrate an HFF employee or volunteer you know

Email Julie@housingfamiliesfirst with questions or to have your fundraiser approved! Thank you for your support. We couldn’t do this without our village.

Download our fundraising resource guide here.

Donate Money

Your gift provides a family with a path to permanent housing, emotional support, and a connection to the skills and community resources they need to remain in their home long-term. It also provides temporary shelter and short-term financial assistance, when needed. Please consider making an online gift today. The process is secure and easy, and your gift makes an immediate impact on our budget and services.


Donate Items

Due to COVID-19, we are temporarily unable to accept gently used household items into our shelter. Right now, we are accepting items from our Amazon Wish List, Target Registry, or from our needs listed in this link. Email for more information on donation deliveries. Thank you!


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are temporarily unable to welcome our valued volunteers into our shelter. We have several drop-off and virtual volunteer opportunities, including our drop-off evening supper program, hosting a fundraising event for Housing Families First, and making welcome snack bags. Thank you for your willingness to share our message and support our cause! To find out about more about our virtual volunteer opportunities, contact Terri Iguina, Operations and Volunteer Manager, at or 804-236-5800, x124.


We are now gratefully accepting drop-off dinners for our families in shelter. Dinners should feed approximately 25 people and should come with easy to re-heat instructions. Please click this link for details and to sign up. Thank you for being a part of our village!


Here’s a meaningful volunteer project that can be done at your facility or home! Housing Families First welcomes our clients with decorated snack bags. Below are directions on how you can create these bags for new residents.

Items Needed: Brown or white paper lunch bags (or gallon ziplock bags), arts supplies, a drink, and individually packaged snacks.

Directions: Volunteers decorate the outside of bags with messages of hope, drawings and/or stickers. Then volunteers fill the bags with a drink and snacks. We expect to welcome 500 children and adults into our programs this year and would love to give each of them a snack bag!

Here’s a flyer to share with your friends, family and fellow volunteers.