Clara's Quick Facts

  • The Clara White Mission was founded in 1904 but traces its origins to the 1880s.
  • Former slave Clara English White fed hungry neighbors from her apartment.
  • The Mission helps feed over 10,000 homeless men, women and children every year.
  • The Mission is a community center, stimulating economic development through educational programs, daily feedings, advancement and more.
  • The graduation rate of the Mission’s educational program is 90%.

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Help the Clara White Mission

At the Clara White Mission, we believe that those in need have a claim on all of us for our kindness and compassion. With our wide variety of programs, the Mission depends on the generous support of people like you, people whose hearts go out to those less fortunate. Please support our efforts in any way you can.


The Clara White Mission depends on those who give unselfishly of their time and talents in service to those who need help so desperately. There are many ways to help, including serving meals, participating in food drives, helping in our urban garden, joining Friends of Clara White Mission and much more. Please contact Merle Wright at or 904-354-4162 ext. 125 today to learn more about how you can help.  Please refer to our Volunteer Guidelines for more info. Minors under the age of 17 will need to fill out a Volunteer Parental Consent Form.


Friends of Clara- Meet on the 1st Thurs. of Month

                          When: 6:00 pm

                          Where: Clara White Mission

                                      613 W. Ashley St.


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Operating the Clara White Mission takes approximately a half-million dollars per year. We depend on you for much of that funding. And it goes toward helping those in need to achieve valuable, productive lives when they have nowhere else to turn. We ask you to look into your heart and help us restore dignity to the lives of so many in need.


Current Volunteer Opportunities


Daily Breakfast Service

Gardening every Tues

Museum Assistant

Donations "Wish List"


Immediate Needs

Contributions for Food (300-500 meals served daily)

Funds for Haircuts (preparation for job interviews)


Other On-Going Needs

  • clothing: Drop off every Tues
  • first aid items
  • auction items for events and fundraisers
  • bed sheets/blankets
  • towels/ washcloths
  • gift certificates for local restaurants
  • work boots
  • laundry detergent/ bleach
  • travel size toiletry items (shampoo, toothbrushes, shaving cream, razors, soap, etc.)
  • prepackaged snack food items
  • bottled water
  • books, magazines and newspaper subscriptions
  • pocket flashlights
  • socks


Classroom Supplies

  • Lined paper
  • writing pads
  • copy paper
  • notebooks
  • backpacks
  • pens/pencils
  • white out