A community uplifted and empowered through our love and compassion


Community Outreach actively touches lives by giving from the heart, through service and donations.

Outreach Initiatives

Prayer Support

Prayer Shawl Ministry: Meets at 2 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Unity Renaissance to crochet, knit and tie prayer shawls for those in need.

Prison Ministry: Congregants are invited to write notes of support and encouragement to inmates in local corrections facilities. See Rev. Paula or Lynne Kline for further information.

Support for Schools and Students

School Supplies Collection: Contribute backpacks and school supplies for children in need. July and August.

Tutoring at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School: Help us serve our “adopted” school by tutoring young children once a week. If interested, contact Judy Hackmann. (Link to her email address.)

Tutoring at Oscar Smith High School: Help struggling students pass their classes and their Standards of Learning tests to advance and graduate from high school.

Mindfulness Training: Unity Renaissance has teamed with the City of Chesapeake, Chesapeake Public Schools and the Mindful Living Institute to train teachers in how to teach mindfulness to their students. If interested in securing training for your teachers or students, contact Marsha Engle. (Link to her email address.)

Read more about our Mindfulness Initiative with the Chesapeake Public Schools:

Local experts develop program to get students focused in a digital age

Helping the Homeless

Breakfast on the Streets: Meets at 6 a.m. the first Saturday of each month to feed the homeless in Norfolk, Virginia. Sponsored by Norfolk Catholic Worker. Meet at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (between Virginia Beach Blvd. and Princess Anne Rd., one block east of Monticello Ave.).

Chesapeake Area Shelter Team (CAST): Unity Renaissance provides and serves a dinner to the homeless once each winter.

Seasonal Activities

Angel Tree: Contribute gift cards and gifts to foster children who submit their wish lists. December.

Stuffed Animal Collection: November & December. Distributed to children and adults in need of comfort and support.

Christmas Caroling at Virginia Home for Adults: Brighten the holidays for those less fortunate.