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Give Help


We are THRILLED to announce that we are now able to welcome our volunteers back into our shelter! Please use these links to sign up to volunteer as individuals or groups of up to ten. If you have questions about our volunteer opportunities, contact Terri Iguina, Director of Operations and Volunteer Engagement, at or 804-236-5800, x124.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity as we move back into a more normal routine. We could not have made it through the last year without you, and we look forward to seeing you very soon!

Take a Tour

Would you like to tour our shelter to learn more about Housing Families First and the mission and vision we hold so dear? We are now able to welcome small tour groups once again! Please contact to schedule your personal tour of Hilliard House Shelter.

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.

Do-It-Yourself Volunteer Opportunity: Welcome Snack Bags

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), art supplies, a drink, and individually packaged snacks.

Directions: Volunteers decorate the outside of bags with messages of hope or drawings. 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.

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.



Looking for a meaningful gift for a friend, coworker, or loved one? We are now offering printable certificates for all gift-giving occasions!

Donate Items

We are gratefully accepting limited gently used donations and new donations from our needs list. (Please see our Donation Guide for details.) We also enthusiastically welcome donations from our Amazon Wish List and Target Registry. Please email for more information on donation deliveries. Thank you!

Other Donation Resources

We are always thankful for your support! Please see our Donation Guide for a list of items HFF can accept. If we are unable to accept your in-kind donation, please consider donating to one of our local partners. Thank you!

Drop-Off Evening Supper Program

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!