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How can you help? Wish list from nonprofit organizations, July 21

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Following is a wish list of items and volunteer opportunities from nonprofit organizations in Racine County. They were provided by local nonprofit organizations.

Other nonprofit, 501(c)(3), organizations in Racine County who would like to have their wish lists published here may email them to Features Editor Ann Walter at:

Please include contact information and information about where to donate or volunteer.

Updated lists should also be sent to Ann Walter at

Agencies offer their thanks to all who have made donations so far.

A partial list will be published in the Family/Life section every week. The full list appears below:

Love, Inc.

  • Good, used cars
  • Food for food pantry
  • Funds for food pantry
  • Gas cards
  • Christmas adopt a family
  • Mentors for Starfish/Big Brother/Big Sister program
  • Volunteers 
  • Forklift
  • Drivers 
  • Good used furniture for our store

For more information, contact Bill Schoessling at Love, Inc., 480 S. Pine St., Burlington, WI 53105 or call (262) 763-6226.

Salvation Army

Items for distribution through the Social Service Program:

  • Regular baby formula (not soy) — desperately needed
  • Disposable diapers (all sizes) — desperately needed
  • Baby wipes
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Toothpaste
  • Tampons
  • Pads
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet paper

These items can be brought to the Salvation Army office, 1901 Washington Ave., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Autism Solution Pieces

Our mission and goal is to empower parents and individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Autism Solution Pieces is a volunteer-based organization whose purpose is to raise hope and awareness by providing support and peer group meetings, educational conferences, fundraising events, and community outings for Autistic individuals.

We are committed to providing current information on ASD causes, prevention, and treatments so parents and individuals can use these resources to build knowledge best suited for their families.

Our wish list includes:


  • Help planning local events
  • Event helpers
  • Brochure and flier designers
  • Printing services 

Items A.S.P. could use for events

  • Printer paper (white and colored)
  • Envelopes
  • Forever stamps
  • Large clear storage bins
  • Gift cards for fundraiser events
  • Gas cards 
  • Gift baskets for raffles
  • Items for gift baskets
  • Craft items

Items for special needs families (new or used)

  • Therapy balls
  • Weighted blankets or smaller weighted lap pads
  • Sensory toys
  • Swings
  • Body socks
  • Weights 
  • Bean bags
  • Spin boards 
  • Scooter boards
  • iPad
  • iPod Touch
  • Tablets
  • Computers/games 
  • Board games/toys

To make a donation please contact Cindy Schultz (262) 639-3041 or email

For more information, visit A.S.P. website:

Racine Youth Sports

Racine Youth Sports is a nonprofit organization, with our money coming from player registration. We are also a partner provider of the United Way Racine County.

RYS manages and operates Haban Sports Complex in Sturtevant. We service more than 3,000 youth in baseball, football, volleyball and Judo. Our mission is to provide quality, structured youth sports programs that will teach sports fundamentals, good sportsmanship, character, discipline, competitiveness and teamwork in a positive, caring, safe environment.

RYS believes that sports unite diverse backgrounds, such as: social, racial, gender and economics. In RYS, every child has the opportunity to participate regardless of their athletic or financial ability.

Wish list:

  • Top soil
  • Fertilizer
  • Field spray paint
  • Golf cart
  • Tractor lawnmower
  • Gas leaf blower
  • Wood chips
  • Hand soap for dispensers
  • Crushed stone
  • Irrigation system
  • Football scoreboard
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies 

To make a donation, contact TJ Hearn at (262) 886-0797 or

Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan

Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Program

  • Volunteers to provide the kindergarten child abuse puppet show
  • A portable puppet stage (before September)
  • Copies of parenting, food (recipes), general magazines in Spanish, for use as resources for parents.

Contact Lana DeVinny at (262) 619-1633 if you would like to volunteer, donate items to SCAN, or have questions about the program.

Sexual Assault Services

  • Volunteer advocates to answer our 24-hour crisis line and respond to hospitals in Burlington and Racine
  • Gift cards from Target, Office Depot or other discount stores
  • Fun-size/individually wrapped candy

Contact Katy Adler (262) 619-1634 if you would like to volunteer, donate items to SAS, or have questions about the program. Any donated items for SCAN or SAS can be dropped off at our office at 1220 Mound Ave, Suite 304, Racine, WI 53404.

Hospitality Center

The Hospitality Center at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 614 Main St. was opened in response to a community need to provide a safe place for all and in particular the homeless, near homeless, alone, and lonely to drop in for rest, refreshment, conversation and friendship.
The Hospitality Center is open Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays, 8 a.m until 2 p.m. The number of participants continues to increase. Currently, an average of 160 adults are served per day.
The Center needs:

  • Ground coffee
  • Sugar
  • Paper plates
  • Paper towels
  • Napkins
  • Plastic forks, spoons, knives
  • Styrofoam coffee cups
  • Paper towels
  • Powdered coffee creamer
  • Sliced bread
  • Granola/fruit bars, individually wrapped
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly 
  • Coats (men and women) — especially large sizes — 2X and up
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • New socks 
  • Sundries/toiletries 
  • Plastic grocery bags

Donations may be dropped off at the Hospitality Center at 614 Main Street (corner of Seventh and Main) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please contact Kevin Stewart at (414) 405-5619 or for further information.

Lakeside Curative Services

  • AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
  • Wheelchair accessible passenger van new or gently used
  • Guitars
  • Autoharp
  • Spiral hole punch
  • Overhead projector
  • Portable GPS unit
  • Adult, wide-seat wheelchair
  • Gas leaf blower
  • V-Tech learning device
  • Painting easels
  • Gasoline gift cards
  • Gift cards for craft supply stores
  • Men's and women's underwear, all sizes
  • Medium and larger size sweat pants

Please contact Angeline Markiewicz or Mary Beth Popchock at (262) 598-0098 for more information.

Peace Group Home For Boys

The mission of Peace Home For Boys is to meet the emotional, intellectual, social, physical and spiritual needs of those young men entrusted into our care; and to help these youths build a Foundation of Principles that will be their life-long guide for successful living.

Wish list:

  • New or used picnic tables with benches
  • New or gently used washcloths and twin-sized sheets
  • Twin-sized mattress cover
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener
  • New pillows
  • Gas cards
  • Tupperware containers
  • Men's slippers all sizes.
  • Men's underwear, all sizes.
  • New or used gas leaf blower.
  • Bowling gift cards, skating gift cards, movie gift cards.
  • New or used TV/DVD to use with Wii game system
  • Cleaning supplies
  • New or used window curtain and blinds.
  • New or used school supplies, book bags.
  • Storage bags large and small
  • Sporting goods

Donations may be dropped off or sent to Peace Group Home for Boys, 3042 Coolidge Ave., Racine, WI 53403. For more information, email or call Robert Harmon or La’shall Craigen at (262) 632-4330.

The Cops 'N Kids Reading Center

It is the mission of the Cops 'N Kids Reading Center to enable and empower all children to strive toward the fundamental successes in life through recognition of the importance of reading.

The Cops 'N Kids Reading Center is in need of:

  • New and gently used children's books
  • Paper towels
  • Copy paper
  • Electric pencil sharpener
  • A laptop computer
  • Cash donations to help fund field trips
  • A librarian to manage the small library and to serve the children and staff using the library

To make a donation or volunteer, contact the Reading Center at (262) 632-1606 or drop off donations at the Reading Center Monday through Thursday from 3-6 p.m. at 800 Villa St., Racine.

Racine Literacy Council
The Racine Literacy Council Adult Tutoring Program provides tutoring to adults who want to learn English, improve basic literacy skills, including math, or work toward getting a GED. Volunteers from the community are trained as tutors to work with adults in the program. Tutors meet with the students for two hours a week Monday-Thursday, with day and evening hours available, and Saturday mornings. The Racine Literacy Council, is located at 734 Lake Ave. Tutoring also takes place in western Racine County at local public libraries. For more information, call (262) 632-9495 or visit
Wish list:

  • Spanish/English dictionaries
  • Coffee
  • Dry-erase markers
  • Black garbage bags
  • Volunteers for August tutor training (high school and college students encouraged to attend)
  • Readers for “An Asian Summer Read” — all ages
  • Baked goods for Farmers Market Bake Sale Aug. 31

Contact the Racine Literacy Council for more information.

Women's Resource Center

Making A Shelter A Home:
  • Lamps
  • End tables
  • Bedside tables
  • Area rugs 
  • Indoor plants
  • Overstuffed chairs
  • Couches in good repair 
  • Seasonal holiday decorations
Therapeutic Aids To Healing:
  • Rhythm items (drums, tamborines, etc)
  • Self-help books and DVDs
  • Meditational music on CD
  • Children’s Barbie dolls or action figures
  • Yoga mats 
  • Barnes and Noble gift cards 
  • Hobby Lobby gift cards
  • Sheepish Gift Cards (Main Street holistic store) 
  • Art and craft supplies
Gift cards:
Because of our work with victims who remain in the community, gift cards are always helpful to aid their transition to a single-income family. Gift cards can be purchased at: area grocery stores; area pharmacies; Home Depot or Menards; gas stations OR consider tickets for family fun outings like the movies or bowling.
Children’s items:
  • Culturally diverse dolls, books and puppets
  • Art supplies
  • School supplies 
  • Board games 
  • Puzzle books for all ages
  • Yard games and outdoor play equipment
  • Baby toys
Remember! Our kids range in age from infant to 18 — all need fun downtime!

Household Items:
  • Cleaning supplies of all kinds
  • Paper products
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Storage bags and containers
  • Laundry detergent and softener
  • Light bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Buckets, mops, brooms and dustpans
  • Snow shovels
  • Winter salt
  • Vacuum cleaners and bags
  • Toilet brushes
  • Scrub brushes
  • Dusting wands
Personal Products:
  • Culturally diverse hair products
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Feminine products
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Diapers and wipes
For more information, including a street address at which to drop off donations, contact Barb W., Cherie G. or Sue S. at (262) 633-3274.

Loose Ends Sewing and Stitching Group

Loose Ends Sewing and Stitching Group meets weekly (Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at the Waterford Public Library to sew for our local recovering veterans and organizations in need of stitched items such as walker totes. New stitchers are always welcome.

We are a non-profit group and survive on donations. We are in need of....

  • Eonated material
  • Thread
  • Yarn
  • Batting
  • Denim
  • Flannel
  • Cotton
  • Gently used clothing such as jeans and flannel shirts

Drop off items at the Waterford Public Library, 101 N River St. in Waterford, or send email to

The Racine Symphony Orchestra

  • Reams of white and bright-colored paper (8.5-by-11)
  • Forever stamps
  • Gift cards from Office Depot or OfficeMax

Items may be dropped off at the Racine Symphony Orchestra office at 800 Center St. Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (262) 636-9285 for additional information.

New Day Drum and Bugle Corps

  • Two 15-passenger vans to transport our children to and from performances and practices.
  • New horns 
  • Drum heads 
  • Bass drum sticks
  • Cash donations to purchase these items
  • Money to purchase new uniforms (about $10,000)
  • More members to march in parades with the corps

A new permanent home if someone would like to make a donation of a building and some property that are in decent condition

Contact Renee Heider at or (262) 412-6314 to make arrangements to make any donations.

The John XXIII Educational Center

The Educational Center, a new ministry of St. Patrick's Parish, offers programs for middle school and high school students in an effort to prepare them for success in high school so that they can graduate with various career choices and with the leadership skills necessary to become leaders in the Racine community.

Supervised study hall, individual mentoring and tutoring sessions are offered Monday through Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and from 7-8:30 p.m. The new Educational Center is open to children of all religious affiliations and racial backgrounds. A minimal cost of $25 per semester is requested to help defray the cost of supplies and materials.

Items that would be greatly appreciated include:

  • Xerox paper
  • Magic markers
  • Boxes of colored pencils, crayons, paint sets
  • Pencil sharpenersn
  • White copier paper
  • A ream of colored copier paper in blue, yellow, dark green, red, light green, pink
  • 5 staplers
  • Cleaning products for furniture and floors

Donations may be dropped off at 1101 Douglas Ave. For more information, call (262) 898-7250.

Racine Vocational Ministry Inc.

Racine Vocational Ministry Inc. assists unemployed and under-employed individuals prepare for, find and retain employment. RVM also provides employers with quality ready-to-work employees. For more information about RVM, visit:

Our current needs include:

  • Two-pocket folders
  • File folders
  • Styrofoam cups
  • Post-it notes
  • Colored copier paper (green, blue, other colors)
  • Matching set of bookshelves
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Printer/photocopier paper
  • Cleaning supplies (shop broom, dust pan, industrial mop, bucket)
  • Committee members for the board, including marketing, human resources, resource development and finance.

To donate items, contact Racine Vocational Ministry, 214 Seventh St., Racine, at (262) 633-8660 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday for more information.

Racine Family Literacy

The mission of Family Literacy of Racine is “Investing in Family and Community: Read, Lead, Learn, Succeed.” We provide literacy services/educational services to parents and their children from ages birth to age 15, focusing on helping kids be successful in school and life.

  • Copy paper
  • School supplies — pencils, pens, glue erasers, etc
  • Journals of any type for girls
  • “Composition” notebooks
  • Magnifying glasses—100
  • 50 hammers
  • Hand saws/blades
  • Digital camera (2)
  • Digital camcorders (need 5)
  • Sports equipment: footballs, soccer balls, etc
  • Flat screen TVs and monitors
  • Fans — floor and window (box)
  • Stamping supplies — ink pads, stamps
  • Board games

Donors may contact Racine Family Literacy Executive Director Richard Marciniak at (262) 898-3968 or at


SMILES is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization whose purpose is to improve the lives of children and adults with special needs through a partnership with horses. The horse is a powerful motivator and participants receive a host of physical and emotional benefits while riding and communicating with their four-legged friends. Virtually anybody can experience positive gains, regardless of age, disability, or current situation, as they are empowered by this large but gentle animal.

Volunteers, 13 years and older, are needed for so many aspects of the program:

  • Grooming and tacking the horses before classes begin
  • Leading and/or side walking with the horse and student
  • Cleaning stalls and barn area
  • Feeding and unloading hay

No experience is necessary and training is provided.

Not sure about helping in the barn? How about:

  • Fundraising - special events
  • Advertising - marketing
  • Photography
  • Office help
  • Cleaning
  • Yard work

For further information, call Katie, the volunteer coordinator, at (262) 882-3470 or email her at volunteer@smiles.Nu

Below is SMILES' wish list:

Horse/barn supplies

  • Soft lead rope
  • Wintec wide tree 14
  • Stable forks and barn brooms
  • Box stall fans
  • Shavings and hay
  • English and Western reins
  • Brushes and clippers
  • Small youth saddles
  • Dressage girths
  • Draft-size fly masks
  • Joint mobility supplement
  • Small skid steer
  • Limestone
  • Saddle soap
  • Barn floor sealant
  • Pyranha fly spray
  • Bleacher ground preparation

Office supplies

  • Copy paper and envelopes
  • Metal halide bulbs
  • Avery 5160 labels
  • Forever stamps
  • Printing services
  • Colored hanging folders
  • Flat-screen monitors
  • Newer laptop computer

Fundraising supplies and misc.

  • Paper plates
  • Plastic utensils
  • Paper bowls
  • Paper towels and Kleenex
  • Paper cups and coffee stirrers
  • Anti-bacterial hand soap
  • Large trash bags
  • Febreze
  • Clorox disinfecting wipes
  • Gift cards

Donations are appreciated for the following:

  • General operating
  • Scholarships for those in financial need
  • Facility improvements
  • Sponsor a horse
  • Equipment needs
  • Endowment fund to secure the future of smiles

Engrave a brick in our patio with your message:

  • Memorialize loved ones
  • Honor a veteran
  • Acknowledge special dates and happenings
  • Permanently display your business or company name

For questions, visit the SMILES website at or call SMILES at (262) 882-3470.

Donations can be dropped off at N2666 County Road K, Darien.

Bethany Apartments

The mission of Bethany Apartments is to provide Transitional Housing to women and children who have suffered from domestic abuse.

Bethany Apartments provides safe, decent affordable housing and opportunities for survivors of domestic abuse to regain their self-esteem, pursue educational opportunities, employment and a new beginning. Bethany Apartments is sponsored by the Racine Dominicans and the Wheaton Franciscans.

Items on our wish list:

  • Bottled water
  • Bus tokens
  • Toilet paper
  • 30-gallon trash bags
  • Plastic forks
  • Gift Cards (Dairy Queen $3 amount)
  • Gift cards (Pick ’n Save $10 amount)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Forever stamps
  • Flowers and plants (for flower garden and planters).
  • Post-It notes
  • Wall clocks

Please call (262) 633-9446 or email for information on dropping off donations.

Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library needs donations of the following:

  • Books, fiction and nonfiction for children and adults
  • Videotapes
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • LPs 
  • Magazines

We do not accept encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest condensed books. 

Proceeds from the sale of the donated books fund library programs not covered by the annual budget. Books may be dropped off at the front desk of the library. 

Contact the library with any questions or call Hazel Dickfoss at (262) 886-9133.

Developmental Disabilites Information Service Inc.

DDIS, is a private non-profit agency serving adults and children who are diagnosed with developmental delays encompassing severe emotional or physical disabilities that create substantial limitations in pursuing daily activities.  

For more information about our organization, visit: 

Volunteer for:

  • Grant writer for nonprofit

Items that would be greatly appreciated are:

  • Brother toner: HL-5250DN printer
  • Copy paper
  • Post-It notepads
  • Forever stamps
  • Universal classification folders
  • Accordian files
  • Glue sticks
  • Clasp 9 ½-by-12 mailing envelopes
  • Monetary donations

All items can be dropped off at our office: 1220 Mound Ave., Suite 312, Racine, WI  53404 or if you would like us to pick up, please contact Kris Fell or Tina Coates at (262) 637-2707. Contact Kris Fell if you would like to volunteer your services as a grant writer.

The Volunteer Center of Racine County

  • Coffee (regular or decaffeinated)
  • Individual packets of healthy snacks 
  • Subscription to The Journal Times
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Masking tape 
  • Work gloves (any size)
  • Reams of white or bright copier Ppper (8.5-by-11)
  • Paper towels
  • Bottles of drinking water
  • Miracle-Gro plant food
  • Postage stamps
  • Boxes of easy-peel white labels (Must be Avery, Laser #5960)
  • $5 gift cards for youth appreciation (McDonald's, Barnes & Noble, Burger King, gas cards)
  • Batteries (AA and AAA)
  • Garbage bags (Tall Kitchen Bags 13 Gallon)
  • Vacuum bags (Eureka #57802B)
  • Disinfecting wipes (Clorox)
  • Dirt shovels
  • Garden rakes
  • 5-gallon water jugs
  • 5-gallon beverage jugs
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Gardening gloves (children and adult sizes)
  • Reusable water bottles

To donate items, drop them off at the Volunteer Center, 6216 Washington Ave., Suite G, Racine, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday or call (262) 886-9612 for more information.

ITNRacineCounty Inc.

ITNRacineCounty, Inc. (Independent Transportation Network), provides affordable transportation options for seniors, ages 55 and older, and those with visual impairments. It replicates the feeling of personal car ownership by giving rides in volunteers’ vehicles any day, any time and for any reason. Volunteers set up their own availability schedule.

Wish list:

  • Volunteer drivers
  • Gift Certificates to anywhere, any amount
  • #10 Double Window Envelopes
  • #6 ¾ Envelopes
  • #10 White envelopes
  • Forever stamps (rolls of 100)
  • Global Positioning Systems
  • First aid kits
  • Stepstools

Donations may be dropped off at ITNRacineCounty Inc., 6216 Washington Ave., Suite G, Racine. Call (262) 554-1091 for more information.

Focus on Community

Families and Schools Together (FAST) is a family support program for parents and families whose children may be at risk for school failure, juvenile delinquency, and alcohol and other drug abuse.

FAST is a collaborative program including Focus, Lutheran Social Services, Racine area schools, and parents. FAST uses a family based approach that strengthens parent-child relationships, helps families feel more comfortable in their interactions with schools and community resources, and builds parent support groups.

Funders include United Way of Racine County, Racine County Human Services Department, and donations from generous residents of Racine County.

Each week, one family is presented with a gift basket of practical items to use at home. Please help us fill our gift baskets with NEW items of your choice or NEW items from the list below.

  • Board games (Chutes and Ladders, Clue, Sorry, Candy Land, Cranium, Life, Scrabble, Operation) 
  • Small toys for boys and girls, under $8 (cars, yo-yo's, Play-Doh, dolls, puzzles, coloring books crafts, Legos, blocks, non-electronic toys) 
  • Candles 
  • Bath and body products 
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste 
  • Dish towels or bath towels 
  • Flashlights 
  • Tools 
  • School supplies 
  • Picture frames 
  • Kitchen storage containers 
  • Laundry baskets 
  • Parenting magazines (gently used acceptable) 

Donations may be dropped off at the Focus office, 1220 Mound Ave., Suite 307. For more information call Gina or Kim at (262) 632-6200.

Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency Head Start

The Racine-Kenosha Community Action Agency’s Head Start program has the following items on its wish list: 

  • Computers/Laptops
  • Wireless Internet
  • Toothpaste 
  • Girls underwear (sizes 4-6 — new only, please)
  • Boys underwear (sizes 4-6 — new only, please)
  • Pull-ups  (sizes 3-5)
  • Baby wipes
  • Girls pants (sizes 4-5,6,8)
  • Boys pants (sizes 4-5,6,8)
  • Girls tops  (sizes 4-5,6,8)
  • Boys shirts (sizes 4-5,6,8)
  • Socks (boys and girls)
  • Hats and gloves
  • Snowpants
  • Dolls
  • Children’s chairs
  • Housekeeping furniture (small tables and chairs, stoves, refrigerators, plastic dishes and plastic food)
  • Big throw pillows
  • Puzzles
  • Children’s reading books
  • Table toys (any toy children can play with at the table)
  • Art supplies (fingerpaint, wiggly eyes, feathers, large buttons, cotton balls, coffee filters, etc.)
  • Beads and string
  • Glue sticks
  • Construction paper (all colors)
  • Gym equipment (balls, small basket ball hoops, etc.)
  • Paintbrushes (chubby size)
  • Sand (for sand tables)
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Glitter
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Paint smocks (children’s size)
  • Trash bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Kleenex
  • Plastic forks
  • Plastic spoons
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic cups
  • Napkins
  • Cleaning supplies (floor, kitchen, table cleaner, etc.)
  • Band-Aids
  • Latex gloves
  • Cold packs
  • Hand sanitizer
  • CD players
  • Borders for bulletin boards
  • Ziploc bags (gallon size)
  • Shed (to store outside equipment)
  • Copy paper
  • Post-it notes
  • Volunteers to assist in classrooms and screenings

For more information, or to schedule a pickup of your donation, contact Jehan Ghuari, assistant director at R/K CAA Head Start Program, 1032 Grand Ave., Racine; (262) 633-0082, ext. 215;

Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus

  • Baby wipes
  • Dish soap
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dog toys
  • Dog treats
  • Cat treats

Donations may be dropped off at the Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus, 2706 Chicory Road, Racine, Monday through Friday noon to 8 p.m. or Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you have any questions regarding items, programs or volunteer opportunities (we are currently looking for foster volunteers!), please contact us at (262) 554-6699 or, or check out

River Bend Nature Center

  • Volunteers
  • Label maker
  • Copy paper
  • Laminator
  • Sponge mops
  • Hot pads, dish towels
  • Bike rack
  • PowerPoint projector
  • Clear Rubbermaid totes with lids
  • Paper towels
  • Winter hats/gloves
  • Hand loppers
  • Wood splitter
  • Tractor
  • Canoes
  • Cross-country ski equipment
  • Archery equipment
  • Fishing poles
  • Fishing nets
  • Postage stamps

Donations may be dropped off at the River Bend Nature Center located at 3600 N. Green Bay Road, Caledonia, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you have any questions regarding items, programs or volunteer opportunities please feel free to call us at (262) 639-1515 or email

Human Capital Development Corp.

Human Capital Development Corp. Inc.’s mission is to provide individuals the opportunity to achieve personal goals of employment and independence at a family-sustaining wage in the building and construction skilled trades. 

We are in need of:

  • Heavy-duty shredder

To make a donation, contact Human Capital Development Corp. Inc./First Choice Pre-Apprenticeship Training, at (262) 633-3285 or drop off donations at the Training Center, 1437 Marquette St., Racine, from 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays). If you have any questions regarding items and/or programs available, call the above number.

Health Care Network Inc.

To make a donation, contact Barb Tylenda at (262) 632-2400 or drop off donations to the Health Care Network office at 904 State St., Racine.

Office supplies

  • Copy paper (8 ½-by-11) white and all colors
  • Post-It Notes (all sizes, all colors)
  • Correction tape
  • Small paper clips
  • Ink pens (black, blue, red, green)

Household goods

  • Bathroom tissue
  • Facial tissue
  • Dish soap
  • Hand soap — liquid
  • Paper napkins
  • Paper towels
  • Pleated sandwich bags (not zippered bags)

Health products

  • Antifungal cream/ointment
  • Aspirin — low dose (baby aspirin 81 mg)
  • Cough syrup — sugar-free
  • Neosporin ointment
  • Neosporin cream
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Preparation-H cream
  • Saline nasal spray

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

ReStore takes donations of the items listed below from contractors, lumber yards and individuals and sells those items to the general public, with proceeds going directly to the local Habitat for Humanity housing fund.

Donations wanted:

  • Working major appliances 
  • Cabinets and vanities 
  • Good condition furniture 
  • Tools 
  • Solid doors 
  • Framed thermo windows 
  • Lighting 
  • Most home-building materials

For donation information, please call or visit Habitat ReStore at 2302 DeKoven Ave., Racine, during store hours, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (262) 898-2929 for more information.

Racine Zoo

  • Gift cards to Hobby Lobby
  • Gift cards to JoAnn Fabrics
  • Gift cards to Michaels
  • Metal cart with wheels
  • Laminating machine
  • Laminating sheets
  • Fireproof file cabinet
  • Dry erase board
  • Dry erase markers
  • Cork board
  • Office chairs
  • Scissors
  • Staplers
  • Long, durable raincoats
  • Full-length lockers
  • Stainless steel, industrial wire shelving with or without casters
  • Barn and house box fans
  • Large and small portable animal scales
  • Multi-tools (Leathermen, etc.)
  • Paper shredder
  • Small humidifiers
  • Step stools
  • Industrial power washer
  • Medium and large heavy-duty garbage cans with lids
  • Hudson hand-held sprayers and hose sprayers
  • Office garbage cans
  • Fork attachment for Uni-loader
  • John Deere Gator with automatic bed, tilt bed or similar cart with cab top
  • Street sweeper brushes
  • Farm and ranch hoses
  • Heavy-duty contractor hoses without lead
  • Fire hose nozzle to fit contract hoses
  • Fire hose nozzle to fit ¾-inch hose
  • Push brooms
  • Security camera
  • Freezer
  • Vacuum cleaner

Items may be dropped off the Zoo office, 200 Goold St. Call (262) 636-9189 for more information.

Transitional Living Center

The mission of the Transitional Living Center is to provide temporary and timely assistance to those people in need of shelter and living essentials who are willing to accept personal responsibility and the empowerment that goes along with it.

TLC "helps the homeless help themselves". TLC can always use:

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • New or gently used bath towels, washcloths, and sheets
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener sheets
  • New pillows
  • Gas cards
  • Toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste
  • Hair brushes
  • Slippers all sizes adults and children
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Layette items
  • Monetary donations
  • $125 will provide housing for 15-20 persons per night
  • Volunteers to drive guests to appointments etc.
  • Computer paper
  • High-quality paper for resumes and letters.

Donations may be dropped off at or sent to Transitional Living Center, 482 S. Pine St., Burlington, WI 53105. For more information, email or call (262) 767-1478.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Racine & Kenosha Counties

Needed: Volunteers high school age and older, men and women to mentor boys and girls who would benefit from one-to-one mentoring provided by a caring and responsible adult.

Those interested in volunteering may contact the Big Brothers Big Sisters office at 2302 DeKoven Ave., Racine, WI 53403, by phone (262) 637-7625, or online

Royal Family Kids’ Camps

Royal Family Kids’ Camps in Racine is one of an international network of camps, Royal Family Kids’ Camps Inc. (RFKC). In cooperation with Racine County Human Service Foster Care Program, we take children from ages 7 to 11 who have been abused, neglected and/or abandoned to a residential camp for five days each summer. Our goal is to provide positive memories for these children in a safe, fun, secure environment. We are an all volunteer nonprofit organization that funds the camp through money we raise. 

Royal Family Kids’ Camps-Racine is in need of the following for the 2012 camp:

  • 12-inch-long baby dolls that will fit the cradles the kids make
  • No. 2 pine wood for woodworking projects
  • Children’s clothing sizes 6 to 16
  • Modest children’s swimming suits
  • Large squeeze bottle of Tempera paints
  • Water bottles for staff
  • Water balloons
  • Costumes children and adult sizes for dress up center – spider man, princess, and cowboy for example.
  • Office supplies, paper, stamps, envelopes
  • A couple construction barrels or several orange cones
  • Rolls of yellow caution tape
  • Multiple colors or printed rolls of duct tape
  • Tool pouches
  • Safety vests — orange or neon green
  • Suspenders Construction boots or work boots
  • Use of golf carts for the week at camp
  • 2 sawhorses
  • A construction trailer

Contact Fred and Chris Oertel at (262) 639-0480; (262) 930-3416; 262-930-3418 or email


Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization Inc. is a homeless shelter serving up to 120 people each day. Currently we are in immediate need of the following items:

  • Cleaning Supplies: Window, bathroom/kitchen cleaner (with bleach), dish soap
  • Paper Products: Tissues, paper towel, brown lunch bags, Ziploc bags: sandwich, ½ gallon and 1 gallon
  • Towels, large bath and wash cloths, kitchen towels, dishcloths and aprons.
  • Deodorant, plastic razors/gel, shampoo/conditioner
For our housing programs:
  • Sturdy dressers, twin bed frames, gently used pots/pans/dishes/silverware, sofas, chairs, coffee tables and kitchen tables/chairs for housing programs. Because of allergies, no furniture from homes where pets live. Call AJ Jelks with delivery information — (262) 633-3235, ext. 233 (for furniture & large items).
  • Scotch tape for tape dispensers, Forever stamps, Bic pens, hand sanitizer, copier paper, staplers
  • Cleaning kits: pail, mop, broom, small vacuum, cleaners/Windex for housing programs.
  • Adult’s and children’s over-the-counter cold medicine and pain reliever
  • Gift cards to local food stores for use to purchase: basic food needs, spices and items used on a regular basis. (Pick’n Save, GFS, Piggly Wiggly)
Currently we are not accepting any more clothing. Due to a over-abundance of items, we are reassessing our needs for clothing. We might put out a call for special items relating to clothing, but those items would be the only items we would accept.

Thank you for your understanding and your past donations.
Items NOT ACCEPTED: Leftovers from a rummage sale; old/heavily used shoes & boots; electronics; stuffed animals or toys (take to Toys for Tots); car seats; bhooks; soiled/ripped clothing.

Contact Brenda Thomas at (262) 633-3235, ext. 142. Visit us at for current donation and volunteer information. Drop off donations at 2000 DeKoven Ave. anytime.

Shepherds Ministries

Shepherds Ministries has been serving people with intellectual disabilities since 1964. Shepherds offers residential and vocational opportunities and Shepherds College provides post-secondary opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Any donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Shepherds’ Findley Center, which is located on Highway 11 across the street from Dairy Queen in Union Grove.

For a tour of our campus, or volunteer opportunities, contact Becci Terrill at or (262) 878-5620, ext. 2304.

Wish list items:

  • Bath towels
  • Wash/face cloths
  • Cleaning rags
  • Picnic tables — sturdy, outdoor type, new
  • Bulk wood chips — clean
  • Bulk landscape stone — 1-inch, clean
  • Gift cards — Menards, Farm & Fleet, fast food restaurants, department stores.

Becker Shoop Center
The Becker Shoop Center, a Lincoln Lutheran of Racine skilled nursing center, is in need of the following items:

  • Bingo prizes: costume jewelry, stationary, small knick knacks, canned soda (diet and regular), small bags of chips, candy bars (no nuts), individually wrapped cookies/crackers.
  • Arts & crafts: water colors, markers, colored pencils, crayons.
  • Nail polish
  • Men’s hankies
  • Baseball hats
  • Body spray
  • Men’s and women’s scented lotions, 
  • Parakeet food
  • Subscription to The Journal Times
  • Radio/CD players. 
  • Sensory CDs like thunder, rain, animal sounds, etc
  • Large-print crossword or word search puzzles
  • Glade plug-ins — oil warmer and oil refills.
  • Wind chimes for outside.
  • Seasonal decorations for inside. 
  • Kitchen: blender, electric mixer, bread machine mixes, cake, brownie mixes, mixing bowls.
  • Cabinets with shelves and doors. 

Items may be dropped off at: Becker Shoop Center, 6101 16th St., Racine or contact Susan Lewis at (262) 898-2772 or to make arrangements for pickup or to find out more about volunteering.

Tex Reynolds' Toys for Tots

  • Repairable toys for children 12 and younger (these are much-needed)
  • Games, power cords, adaptors for new and old games systems such as Xbox, Sega, Playstation, Nintendo and Game Boy
  • Bikes up to 26 inches
  • Cars and trucks for boys ages 2-10
  • Games for children up to age 12
  • Hats, mittens and scarves (handmade or store-bought)
  • Two or three VHS tape rewinding machines
  • Batteries (AA and 9-volt)
  • Yarn (four-ply)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Books for children 12 and younger
  • Dolls, any size and Barbies; clothes and accessories for both
  • Lace trim for doll clothes
  • Puzzles (up to 500 pieces)
  • Ribbon (small-size widths)
  • Elastic (narrow widths)
  • Velcro (narrow widths)
  • Hair items for girls younger than 12
  • Costume jewelry
  • Old purses (small and medium sizes)
  • Vanity items (travel size)
Contact Toys for Tots (262) 633-1379 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 8 to 11:30 a.m. for more information. Toys for Tots is located at 800 Center St., the same hours. Toys and supplies also can be dropped off at any fire station east of the interstate, Kortendick's Hardware and Wells Fargo Bank on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Dress for Success Racine

The mission of Dress for Success Racine is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life. Job-ready women come to Dress for Success Racine by referral from a range of nonprofit or job placement agencies. Each client receives one suit for her interview or job fair and additional clothing when she becomes employed. Every woman deserves a success story.

What we need:

  • Monetary donations
  • Gently used interview suits
  • Purses in neutral tones
  • Belts in neutral tones
  • Shoes — closed toe
  • Jewelry racks and boxes
  • Lint brushes/rollers
  • Packages of panty hose (new)
  • Dress socks
  • Make up (new)
  • Square and round clothing sizers
  • New or used clothing racks and fixtures
  • Clear plastic storage containers — all sizes
  • Vintage chairs, dressers, vanities, mirrors
  • Small rolling files or four-drawer filing cabinets
  • Three-way mirror
  • Table fans and stand-up fans
  • Office supplies
  • Dolly for moving
  • Step stool
  • Laminating machine and supplies
  • Pant hangers
  • Forever postage stamps
  • Personal shopper volunteers
  • General volunteers

Donations are accepted by appointment at 5540 Durand Ave., Suite B-296, Racine. Call (262) 898-5530 to make a donation appointment or for more information. More information is also available at

Racine Theatre Guild

  • Gift cards in any amounts to: Best Buy, grocery stores, Home Depot, Office Depot or OfficeMax, Menards, Sam's Club
  • Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. 

Call Beth or Doug at (262) 633-1250 or stop by 2519 Northwestern Ave. from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays. For further information on RTG, visit

Racine Friendship Clubhouse

We are a non-profit organization that integrates adults with mental illness into the economic and social community. A Clubhouse is a community intentionally organized to support individuals living with the effects of mental illness. Through participation in a Clubhouse, people are given the opportunities to rejoin the worlds of friendships, family, important work, employment, education and to access the services and supports they may individually need.

  • Volunteers: We would welcome volunteers to work with members sharing skills such as cooking and baking, do light handyman repairs, paint walls, teach computer skills, play Wii games with our members, play piano.
  • Items we could use: Liquid hand soap, coffee, paper cups, paper plates Post-it notes, greeting cards (birthday, sympathy, get well, blank note cards), small items for bingo prizes, gas cards, grocery gift certificates.

We are located at 2000 17th St. in Racine. For more information, call (262) 636-9393 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and ask for Jo Ann Rodriguez.

Eco-Justice Center

Rooted in hope, the Racine Dominican Eco-Justice Center is dedicated to environmental education and care of Earth in a context of community, contemplation, creativity and cultivation.

Items on the center's wish list include:

  • Plastic bottle caps/lids (less than 4 inches in diameter)
  • Plastic water bottles (empty)
  • Balloons (non inflated, all colors)
  • Whole corn
  • Sand paper
  • Paint brushes (1 inch and 2 inches)
  • Fiskars hand pruner
  • White latex paint (exterior)
  • White primer (exterior)
  • Tarps (brown plastic preferred)
  • Pine chip animal bedding
  • Wild bird seed
  • Paper clips
  • Rubber bands
  • Sharpie markers
  • Half-pint glass jars with lids and rings
  • “Forever” postage stamps

Donations may be dropped off at the center at 7133 Michna Road, Racine, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. You may call (262) 681-8527 to confirm that the center can use the items you’d like to donate. Larger items may be picked up, if needed. For more information, call director Janet Weyker at (262) 681-8527 or email

River Bend Nature Center

  • Cloth napkins
  • Dish towels
  • Vinyl table cloths
  • Pots, pans and serving trays
  • Plastic, washable cups
  • Forks, knives and spoons
  • Mixer
  • Dryer
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Floor mop
  • 8½-by-11 printer paper

Donations may be dropped off at the River Bend Nature Center located at 3600 N. Green Bay Road, Caledonia, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you have any questions regarding items, programs or volunteer opportunities please feel free to call us at (262) 639-1515 or email


The following is a wish list of items for RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled), a nonprofit agency which provides individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to develop physical, social, emotional, vocational and leisure skills that can be applied across home, school, work and community settings.
We are dedicated to promoting health and wellness among our clientele and are a long standing Partner Provider of United Way of Racine County.
Camp Kinder Summer Day Camp

  • Send a child to camp — $300 per week per camper ($175 per week of camp, plus $125 per week for specialized transportation)
  • Help replenish aquatic supplies and/or inner tubes for water safety

Adult Camp — Cooking Class

  • Food Choppers, woks, non-stick pots and pans, baking sheets
  • Disposable plates and bowls (Hefty or Dixie Ultra Products appreciated)
  • Volunteers to assist clients in the kitchen

Bowling Club

  • Individuals and local businesses to sponsor lanes which offsets client fees (visit for more details on lane sponsorships)


  • Forever stamps
  • Printer ink: 
         ♦ HP Officejet Pro 8600 — black, cyan, magenta, yellow
         ♦ HP Photosmart C6280 — black, cyan, light cyan, magenta, light magenta, yellow

Contact us at (262) 633-0291 to make arrangements for delivery of wish list items, or to learn more about ways in which you can support RADD programs and participants. Visit our website at to see all that RADD has to offer. RADD is also found on Facebook. RADD is located at 3131 Taylor Ave., Building No. 4, Racine, WI 53405.

Lake House Health & Learning Center

We are again collecting for our annual Blessing Of The Gifts program, in cooperation with the Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church, with gifts to be donated to HALO, the Women’s Resource Center, Bethany Apartments, SAFE Haven and other locations for the needy. We welcome items including:

  • Toiletries of all sizes
  • Razors
  • 2013 personal or wall calendars
  • Journals
  • Stationery
  • School supplies
  • Mittens
  • Scarves
  • Socks
  • Other small gifts

Donations may be dropped off at the church office, 419 Sixth St., during business hours. The gifts will be sorted, packaged and blessed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Lake House Health & Learning Center, 932 Lake Ave. Call (262) 633-2645 for information.

Careers Industries

  • Radio with a CD player
  • Educational computer games
  • Indoor floor games such as golf or shuffle board
  • TV/DVD to use with Wii system used by Racine Integrated Day Services participants.
  • Large-size men's and women's underwear (ongoing need)
  • Large-size sweat pants (ongoing need)
  • Three manual wheelchairs
  • Gift certificates to Michaels and Hobby Lobby
  • Adaptive bowling balls with specially drilled holes

Items can be delivered to Careers Industries, 4811 Washington Ave., Racine, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call (262) 752-4100 for more information.

Family Service of Racine

Family Service of Racine is a nonprofit agency that provides counseling and mental wellness services to the Racine community. FSR will celebrate 100 years of service to Racine in 2010.

For more information about our services and to find out how you can help, please visit our Website at or call us at (262) 634-2391. We are located at 420 Seventh St., Downtown Racine and love visitors!

  • Laptop computers (2008 or newer)
  • Flat-screen monitors
  • Microsoft Office suite 2007 
  • Shop vac
  • American flag assembly for outside
  • Blinds for business front windows
  • Coffeemaker with auto shut-off
  • Help with snow removal
  • Newspaper subscription
  • Table and chairs for breakroom
  • Refrigerator
  • Treadmill
  • End tables
  • Office furniture
  • Couch and love seat
  • Flip charts/flip chart stand
  • Donation of bi-annual heating/cooling systems check
  • Pickup of old monitors and computers for disposal

Harmony Club

A program of Lincoln Lutheran, Harmony Club is a unique social program that offers caregivers up to six hours of free time.

Volunteers are the heart of this program. If interested in volunteering, call (262) 898-2742.

Items may be dropped off at Lincoln Lutheran of Racine, 2000 Dominic Drive, second floor.

Items we could use:

  • Craft supplies
  • 63- to 500-piece puzzles
  • Easy-to-store bingo prizes
  • Planting supplies
  • Paper products 
  • Plates, cups, bowls, napkins, plastic forks, spoons, knives, moist wipes and hot plates

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast

  • Volunteer Girl Scout Troop leaders
  • Short-term program volunteers
  • Group adviser for fourth- and fifth-graders, and sixth- and 12th-graders leadership groups
  • Professional photographer to capture Girl Scouts events

To volunteer, contact Tracy Wayson at 1-800-565-GIRL (4475) or via email at:

Small World Montessori School

  • Small pitchers
  • Child-sized wheel barrow
  • Blender
  • Viewfinders
  • Yoga mats
  • Child-sized couch 
  • Children's books 
  • Hand towels and wash cloths
  • Child-sized gardening tools
  • New linoleum
  • New carpeting

Donations may be dropped off at the school or mailed to the school at 1008 High St., Racine, WI 53402. Call the school at (262) 632-6797 to make other arrangements or for more information.

Alpha Center

An unplanned pregnancy can raise many unanswered questions.  We can help by providing information to enable our clients to make an informed decision about their pregnancies. 

Our purpose is to serve women by offering emotional and practical support. When needed, we provide referrals to the community for medical help, financial assistance, professional counseling and support systems.  All our services are free and confidential.

  • Postage stamps (Forever)
  • Monetary donations 
  • Computer ink (HP 74)
  • Receiving blankets
  • Baby onesies (size 0-3 months)
  • Baby sweaters, caps, booties
  • Handmade baby items
  • Infant gowns

To make a donation or have questions about our organization, contact Joyce Nelsen at (262) 639-7134 or via email at

Safe Haven


Twin-size mattress covers, twin size fitted sheets, pillows, laundry Soap, dish soap, scrubbing pads, brooms, mops, floor cleaner, tall white kitchen bags, black garbage bags, energy-saving light bulbs, backpacks, spiral notebooks, pens, folders, gift cards to fast food restaurants and retail stores, alarm clocks, AA, AAA, C, D batteries, weight scale, toilet paper, paper towel, pads/tampons, shaving cream, perfume, cologne, women/men’s shavers, full-size shampoo and conditioners, deodorant, and combs and brushes, T-shirts, socks, underwear, sports bras, flashlights, lip balm, Lysol, toothpaste, toothbrushes, styling hair products, hand sanitizer and hand soap.

Youth shelter:

  • Journal notebooks, Wii games (age appropriate 10-17), school supplies
  • Silverware
  • Volunteer Registered Nurses to complete health assessments

SAFE Passage:

  • Volunteer skilled carpenters and experienced maintenance people.
  • Volunteer Registered Nurses to complete health assessments
  • Volunteers to repaint rooms and hallways.
  • Volunteer to help up keep the yards: mowing and weeding
  • Adopt-a-room. 
  • Twin-size mattresses, six-drawer dresser, plastic hangers, 3 new/gently used love seat and couch sets, lamps, storage shelving units

Contact Pamala Handrow at (262) 637-9559, ext. 7100, to set up an appointment or email

Foundations of Life

Foundations of Life’s mission is to improve the structure of daily living among parenting teens and young adults. 

Foundations of Life empowers these young individuals throughout the city of Racine by providing in-home visitation and community based intervention and programming. Foundation of Life’s ultimate mission is to empower by developing assets of healthy living, healthy families, and delaying subsequent teen pregnancies. 

Foundations of Life is located at 835 Wisconsin Ave., Racine, WI 53403.  More information about Foundations of Life is available at:

At this time we could greatly benefit from gift cards that would be offered to teen parents as empowerment incentives.  Gift cards are given upon accumulation of points for school attendance, group session attendance with other teen parents, goal planning achievement, doctor visits and follow-up for teen and baby and other various activities and participation.

Gift cards:  

  • Toys "R" Us
  • Walmart
  • Sturtevant Renaissance Theatre
  • Target
  • Subway
  • McDonald’s
  • Other stores and restaurants

For more information, contact Executive Director Tessa Brown at the phone number listed above or via email at:

St. Vincent De Paul Society

Help us to help others. Our wish list:

  • Large laundry totes, commercial size
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Gas cards
  • Volunteers
  • Gift cards for food
  • Gift cards from Walmart
  • Good used furniture
  • Bus tokens
  • Masking tape
  • Postage stamps
  • Monetary donations
  • Snow blower
  • Salt to melt ice
  • Good used fork truck or pallet jack
  • Color or white printing paper

For more information, contact Sherry Leka at St .Vincent de Paul-Racine County, (262) 633-6467. Donations maybe dropped off at Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, 926 LaSalle St., Racine WI 53404

A&S Unlimited Solutions

A&S Unlimited Solutions is committed to providing quality social service programs that will encourage, motivate and create positive change within the challenging lives of children and young adults.

  • Strollers
  • Mini refrigerators (2)
  • Play pens
  • Sleeping bags
  • First aid kits
  • Computer
  • Xerox machine
  • Laminating machine
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Bookshelves
  • Table and chairs
  • Cots
  • Desks
  • Construction paper
  • Cribs
  • Blankets
  • Board games
  • Microwave
  • Eating utensils
  • Toys
  • Books
  • Art Supplies
  • Outside playground equipment
  • Storage bin
  • File folders
  • Pots and pans
  • Dishes

Donations may be dropped off at 2711 19th St., Racine. For more information, contact Dianne Howard at (262) 636-2002 or

Faith, Hope, & Love

Faith, Hope, & Love is a nonprofit program through Living Light Christian Church which provides duffel bags for children in crisis situations. The duffel bags are filled with various items that provide personal care and comfort items.

  • Duffel bags 19- to 25-inch
  • Fleece blankets 
  • Stuffed animals
  • Storybooks (nothing scary — they have enough fears to deal with)
  • Personal hygiene items (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, brush, lotion — travel sizes from hotels work great)
  • Flashlights — small LED with batteries 
  • Luggage tags
  • Boardbook
  • Wet wipes 
  • Diapers 

Donations may be dropped off at to Living Light Community Center, 740 College Ave., Racine, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call Mark and Heather Lojeski at (262) 902-0556 or visit the website:

Racine Arts Council — LINK

Since 1997 the Racine Arts Council has been offering the Lonely Instruments Need Kids program (LINK) to support the young people of our community and school music programs throughout Racine County by providing musical instruments to elementary and middle school children who are financially unable to purchase or rent an instrument of their own.

We seek donations of slightly used musical instruments in good playing condition.

Cash donations are also needed for instrument repairs. Flutes, violins, saxophones, violas, clarinets and baritones are especially needed.

To donate, call The Racine Arts Council office at (262) 635-0261 or email us at

Racine County Food Bank

"Super Six" most-needed food items:

  • Canned fruit
  • Peanut butter
  • Tuna fish
  • Beef stew
  • Canned meats
  • Canned pasta with meat

Also needed:

  • Gift cards for gasoline

Donations can be dropped off at 2000 DeKoven Ave., Unit 2, Racine from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. It is best to call ahead at (262) 632-2307. In addition, the Food Bank also maintains a collection barrels at all of the Pick ‘n Save and Piggly Wiggly locations East of I-94.

Care Net Family Resource Center

Cleaning supplies:

  • Tall kitchen trash bags
  • Large black trash bags

Office supplies:

  • White copier paper
  • Colored copier paper
  • Stamps
  • Plain business envelopes
  • Address labels
  • Paper clips (large and small)

Client Services needs:

  • Diapers (sizes 3,4,5,6)
  • Baby wipes
  • Suction bulbs
  • Thermometers
  • Pacifiers
  • Sippee cups
  • Nail clippers
  • Baby bottles
  • Teething rings
  • Caps and nipples
  • Bottle brushes
  • Baby spoons
  • Nursing pads
  • Receiving blankets
  • Formula
  • Baby clothing
  • Socks
  • Bibs
  • Diaper rash cream/ointment
  • Teething medicine
  • Baby bath wash
  • Baby shampoo
  • Towels  
  • Wash cloths
  • Crib sheets
  • New cribs without drop side
  • Strollers, bouncy seats,
  • Lap pads
  • Bassinets
  • Pack ‘N Play
  • Swings


  • Three portable professional display boards

If you’d like to make a donation, please call the Care Net Family Resource Center first, at (262) 658-2555, to make arrangements. You may also contact Care Net via email at:

DeKoven Center

Gift cards to:

  • Menards
  • Sam's Club
  • Office supply store
  • Grocery stores

Also: Forever stamps, riding snowblower, skid steer, passenger van, golf cart.

Items can be dropped off Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Contact Donna Jorgenson, campus administrator, at (262) 633-6401 or for more information.

Dress for Success Racine

The mission of Dress for Success Racine is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life. Job-ready women come to Dress for Success Racine by referral from a range of nonprofit or job placement agencies. Each client receives one suit for her interview or job fair and additional clothing when she becomes employed. Every woman deserves a success story.

What we need:

  • Monetary donations
  • Gently used seasonal interview suits
  • Purses in neutral tones
  • Belts in neutral tones
  • Shoes — closed toe
  • Jewelry racks and boxes
  • Lint brushes/rollers
  • Packages of panty hose (new)
  • Dress or trouser socks
  • Makeup (new)
  • Square & round clothing sizers
  • Retail shoe rack
  • New or used clothing racks & fixtures
  • Clear plastic storage containers-all sizes
  • Three-way mirror
  • Table fans and stand-up fans
  • Office supplies
  • Step stool
  • Laminating machine and supplies
  • “Forever” postage stamps
  • Tote bags (with handles)
  • Personal Shopper volunteers
  • General volunteers

Donations are accepted by appointment at 5540 Durand Ave., Suite B-296, Racine. Call (262) 898-5530 to make a donation appointment or for more information. More information is also available at

Racine County Opportunity Center

Racine County Opportunity Center, 4214 Sheridan Road, is a nonprofit organization that includes the Community Placement Program and the Nestling Place Day Care under one roof.

The Community Placement Program is staffed by trained personnel who specialize in job development and training disabled persons in community based sites.The Community Placement Program was established in 1980.

The Nestling Place provides amply qualified staff who direct a developmentally appropriate curriculum. The Nestling Place was established in 1990 to provide a much needed additional source of high-quality early childhood education/daycare within the community

Community Placement Program

  • James Stanfield Job Training Library (set of instructional DVDs)
  • Spray bottles 
  • Mops
  • Brooms
  • Cleaning products
  • Vacuums
  • Cleaning product caddies 
  • High dusters
  • Coffee table books
  • Toilet brushes 
  • New computers
  • Printers
  • Black slip-resistant shoe covers (various sizes) 
  • Unisex black work pants (various sizes) 
  • Grabbers (used to pick up trash)
  • Employers who are interested in working with the agency to provide employment opportunities for adults with disabilities

To make a donation, contact Jamie Dieter-Pias, assistant supervisor to Job Development, at (262) 554-8662.

The Nestling Place Day Care

  • Large blankets
  • Baby blankets
  • Batteries AA or AAA
  • Board books
  • Shaving cream
  • New sand
  • Hot Wheels
  • Toys for children ages 6 and older
  • Wipes

To make a donation, contact Michelle Beeglem director, at (262) 515-1531. Please call before visiting.

Racine Family YMCA

The Racine Family YMCA is a non-profit agency committed to strengthening communities through Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. In order for the Racine Y to provide local children opportunities to learn and grow through academic, athletic and socially responsible activities. We are looking for donations of the following items:

  • Colored construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Legos 
  • Colored pencils
  • Toys
  • Gently used or new preschool age books
  • Board games (preschool and elementary)
  • No. 2 pencils
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Journals
  • Pocket folders
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • Cooler

Donations may be dropped off at 725 Lake Ave., Racine. For more information, contact Lynda Knudtson at

Thread by Thread

Thread by Thread is a clothing ministry located at Bethania Lutheran Church that serves residents of Racine who are in need of good clean clothing for their families. We are open the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 6–7:30 p.m. The clothing is free of charge and we ask only that you take what you need and need what you take. Bethania Lutheran Church is located at 4120 Wright Ave. We are asking for assistance with the following items:

  • Desperately in need of clean, gently used children’s clothing, newborn through size 16/18
  • Men’s clothing and shoes
  • Blankets, towels, sheet sets
  • Children’s coats and boots
  • Adult coats and boots
  • Brown paper grocery bags
  • Copy paper

Donations may be dropped off at Bethania Lutheran Church, 4120 Wright Ave. on Wednesdays when we are open or anytime in the donation box located in the parking lot in back of the church.
For additional information call (262) 632-7267.

Chestnut Club

The Chestnut Club is a Lincoln Lutheran Adult Day Service program dedicated to serving the greater Burlington community. The Chestnut Club provides seniors with the opportunity to socialize with their peers in a safe, home-like setting.

The Chestnut Club is a Lincoln Lutheran Adult Day Service program dedicated to serving the greater Burlington community. The Chestnut Club provides seniors with the opportunity to socialize with their peers in a safe, home-like setting. 

The club is seeking community partners willing to commit to providing one care package during the year. 

Care package contents include:

  • Eight boxes facial tissue 
  • Four containers disposable personal wipes
  • One 300-count package of napkins 
  • One 30-count 13-gallon of kitchen garbage bags
  • One bottle of dish soap 
  • Two large cans of decaf coffee
  • One bottle of hand sanitizer 
  • One bottle of Lysol all-purpose cleaner
  • One bottle of toilet bowl cleaner 

Miscellaneous bingo prizes, including gently used knickknacks, travel-size packages of facial tissue, lip balm, gently worn jewelry (no pierced earrings), etc.

If your group would like to gather a Care Package to donate to the Chestnut Club, please call Colleen Lois at (262) 661-4740. For more information, visit

Other items on the Chestnut Club's wish list:

  • Piano tuning
  • Large dry erase board for the wall
  • Bingo cage and balls
  • CD/tape player 
  • Bowling game with large pins for floor set up.
  • Exercise CDs for seniors
  • Ladder ball game
  • Giant laminated crossword puzzles for seniors
  • Horseshoe game
  • Dart ball game
  • Ring toss
  • Horse racing game
  • Musical instruments
  • Classic movies, musicals, Westerns on DVD
  • Art Linkletter "Kids Say the Darndest Things" DVD
  • Wood craft projects for men
  • Karaoke CDs
  • Massagers for sensory room
  • Blinds for window and door of sensory room
  • Sound and Scent machines for sensory room
  • Sensory lotions and creams
  • Fingernail polishes

Donations may be dropped off or sent to Chestnut Club, 165 W. Chestnut St., Burlington, WI 53105. For more information, call (262) 661-4740 or visit

Racine Raiders Football Club

  • Gift cards in any amount to: Home Depot, Menards or Walmart.
  • Gas-powered or electric motorized vehicle or golf cart.
  • Old Racine football photographs, equipment or game films from any year between 1890s-1950s.
  • Building to house our new Football Museum located close to Horlick Athletic Field or Downtown Racine.

The Racine Raiders Football Club is a nonprofit/tax-exempt club made up of all volunteers. We are always looking for good people who want to join our group of volunteers. Email or call (262) 880-3334 and leave a message for more information or to arrange a drop-off of a donation. Gift cards may be mailed to Racine Raiders Football Club, 3806 Douglas Ave., Racine, WI 53402.

Hospice Alliance

Hospice Alliance is your community, non-profit hospice, serving Racine, Kenosha and eastern Walworth counties since 1981. Compassionate end of life care is provided in homes, assisted living and long-term care facilities and in our Hospice House residential facility in Pleasant Prairie.

  • Portable sound system (or funds to purchase)
  • Hot water dispenser
  • Digital camera
  • Linens for the Hospice House — twin sheets, twin blankets, bath towels and washcloths
  • Bird seed
  • 15-foot step ladder
  • Grocery store gift cards
  • Flat-screen computer monitors

Volunteers are always needed and welcome. For more information, contact Helen Plous at (262) 652-4400 or via email at Donated items can be dropped off at Hospice Alliance, 10220 Prairie Ridge Blvd. in Pleasant Prairie. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Kenosha/Racine Land Trust

The Kenosha/Racine Land Trust is a nonprofit organization with the primary goal being to protect open space and natural areas in Kenosha and Racine Counties.

We are looking for donations of the following items:

  • Hardwood mulch
  • Shovels, pruning shears, rakes
  • Chain saws
  • Roundup weed and grass killer
  • Digital camera
  • Digital picture frame 8-by-10 or larger
  • Tri-fold display board
  • GPS unit
  • Video camera
  • Cash donations for purchase of native plants and trees

Donations may be dropped off at: 14905 Kingston Way, Yorkville, WI 53126 (near corner of 50th Road and 53rd Drive). New members and volunteers are always needed and welcome. For more information, contact Larry Strickland at or (224) 619-6796.

Racine Urban Garden Network

RUGN, the Racine Urban Garden Network, is a nonprofit promoting the growth of urban garden sites, using unused vacant lands.

RUGN sites are available to the public annually, for a suggested donation of $20. RUGN also seeks to improve nutrition and the environment in our communities through the networking of multiple resources and through continuing education.

  • We are looking for donations of hand gardening tools such as shovels, rakes, hoes, planters, wheelbarrows, one large lawn mower, clean mulch, soil, compost, 300-gallon or larger portable water tanks, and educational gardening books or materials. 
  • We are also looking for truckers willing to donate time/trucking to pick up 5- to 10-yard compost loads from Kenosha's composting site, and are accepting cash donations for purchase of compost and other needed items. 

Plans and more can be seen online at, or call Chris Flynn at DP Wigley Co., (262) 633-8239.

Lincoln Lutheran Affordable Apartment Communities

  • Easy chair for reading
  • Four lamps
  • Two small kitchen/dinette tables with at least two chairs
  • A desk and a chair
  • Bedding for a twin-size bed — comforter, sheets and pillow; dinosaur motif

Call Director JoAnn Adame at (262) 898-2729 for more information about making a donation.

Peace Learning Circles

Peace Learning Circles is a nonprofit organization that provides a fun and exciting opportunity for elementary school children to learn and practice positive relationship skills, values, teamwork, how to resolve a small problem before it becomes a bigger problem, and conflict resolution without violence.

Wish list:

  • Travel-size striped or green-colored toothpaste
  • Cups (non-Styrofoam and recyclable)
  • All-purpose glue sticks
  • Wet wipes, individually packaged
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plates, 100 pack
  • Snacks for workshops: Peanut butter and crackers or cheese and crackers
  • 65# or 67# natural parchment card stock from Office Depot
  • 65# and 110# white card stock
  • 65# and 110# card stock, white and assorted pastel or bright colors
  • Colored and white printer paper
  • Small, medium or large binder clips
  • Paper clips
  • Plain pocket folders
  • Polished river rocks, medium size, assorted colors
  • Printer ink:
  1. • HP Office Jet 6500 Ink, 920 XL Black, Magenta, Yellow, and Cyan
  2. • Stylus Photo 2200, Matte black — #T0348, Light Black — #T0347, Cyan — #T0342, Light Cyan — #T0345, Magenta — #T0343, Light Magenta — #T0346, Yellow — #T0344
  3. • Brother HL-5730 DW Series toner, TN650 high yield toner
  4. • Brother MFC-6890CDW printer ink, LC65HYBK — Black, LC65HYC — Cyan, LC65HYM — Magenta, LC65HYY Yellow 
  • 35 carpet squares, approximately 20 inches by 30 inches
  • Two wireless microphones
  • Aluminum floor easel, collapsible
  • Foam core sheets, white
  • Gift cards to Office Depot, OfficeMax, Hobby Lobby 
  • Duplicating and laminating services
  • Flat-screen monitor
  • Laptop
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Accountant services — Quickbooks knowledge helpful
  • Locations to hold workshops (minimum space 36 feet by 24 feet)
  • Volunteers — Assistant facilitators, office, special event
  • Board directors
  • Legal services
  • Donation for a class, school or workshop.

To make a tax-deductible donation, to volunteer or to learn more, contact Sue Hollow at (262) 939-1285 or email

Love and Charity Mission

Items needed now:

  • Hams
  • Musical instruments (besides drums and guitars)
  • Two microphones with stands
  • Amplifiers
  • Music speakers
  • Tables and matching chairs for the dining room

Help is needed to give Love and Charity a fresh new look. Let’s come together and help 75-year-old Louise Hunter give the shelter a facelift. There is plumbing, electrical and remodeling work to be done on the inside, in the areas including the sanctuary, the rooms for the homeless men, women and families, the bathrooms, kitchen and the dining room. Eventually the outside of the building will need a facelift, also. 

Donations for building materials are needed, along with your skill and expertise for those who wish to volunteer.

Materials needed:

  • Carpet and vinyl
  • Ceramic tile — for the bathrooms
  • Wood/lumber for subfloors, if needed
  • Paint — white
  • Drywall and drywall screws
  • Fixtures such as faucets, sinks, toilets — new or used
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Doors

Items always needed at Love and Charity Mission:

  • Baby items
  • Pampers
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry detergent
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Bleach detergent

Donations may be dropped off at 1031 Douglas Ave., Racine. Call (262) 634-7059 for more information.

Transitional Living Services
Transitional Living Services is guided by our mission to promote mental health recovery and independence by providing housing, supportive services and advocacy for adults with mental illness.
TLS is in need of:

  • New adult winter coats for men and women, sizes large up to XXL
  • New hygiene products
  • New cleaning supplies
  • New men and women’s socks
  • New men and women’s underwear
  • New men and women’s sweatshirts, sweatpants and T-shirts
  • New Tupperware containers for food storage
  • New Tupperware storage bins, any size
  • Cash and/or gift cards in any denomination are always welcome

To make a donation, please contact Transitional Living Services at (262) 639-8084 or drop off donations at 3710 Douglas Ave., Racine.

Burlington Senior Center

Burlington Senior Center was established to serve seniors as an activity center. BSC provides the following activities and more for Western Racine, Western Kenosha and Eastern Walworth County seniors: Bridge, Euchre, Pinochle, Sheepshead, Bunco, Dominoes, Movies, Lunch program, Senior Sports, Softball, Harmony Club and Jam Session.

  • Volunteer activity director
  • Players for 50+ softball (Call Kathy at 262-767-9880)
  • Players for Bunco, cards and Dominoes
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Party supplies: Plates, napkins and utensils
  • Ground decaf coffee
  • Pinochle cards
  • Playing cards
  • Standard copy paper
  • Forever stamps
  • Toilet paper

To donate items, contact Burlington Senior Center, 201 N Main St, Burlington, WI 53105 at (262) 767-9880 or John Brensinger (262) 763-2854.

HOPE Safehouse

HOPE Safehouse is a non-profit 501(c)(3) dog and cat shelter in Racine. Mission: “Working together to help homeless and abused animals.” Our name HOPE stands for “Help for Orphaned Pets through Education.” Our primary goal is to educate the public on the importance of spay/neutering their pets and proper care habits to decrease the number of abandoned and abused animals. 

In 2005, HOPE rescued 327 animals from the Hurricane Katrina aftermath, provided them with emergency medical care, shelter and placed them into loving homes with the help of animal lovers in our community. HOPE continues to provide education to the public and food, shelter and medical care to animals in need.  

Pet supplies:

  • Cat litter, “World’s Best” brand
  • TidyCat clay or TidyCat scoopable litter
  • Canned “pate’”cat food — Any national brand is fine (no generic or store brand)
  • Dry cat food — Any national brand is fine (no generic or store brand)
  • Nylon leashes for large dogs (50 pounds or heavier)
  • Kongs or Nylabones for large dogs

Office supplies:

  • 2-pocket folders
  • Forever postage stamps
  • Copy paper (letter size)
  • AA batteries
  • Paper towels
  • Paper grocery bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Febreze or Glade fabric spray
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • Clorox wipes
  • Duct tape
  • Used/new three-line phone system

Donations may be dropped off at the HOPE office, 1911 Taylor Ave. (shares office with Speed Textile) Monday through Friday, noon-6 p.m. For more information, call (262) 634-4571.

Those interested in volunteering or fostering can apply on our website: or may email

HOPES Center

  • Kleenex
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Copy paper
  • Cereal bars
  • Snack-size peanuts, almonds or walnuts
  • Bottled water
  • Blankets
  • Travel-size personal care products for men and women
  • Men’s and women’s socks
  • $5 gift cards to fast food restaurants
  • 10-ride bus pass
  • Flashlights with extra batteries

HOPES Center is a Racine Dominican ministry providing counseling, case management and healing arts to the homeless of Racine. We also operate a fair trade gift shop and coffee shop. Volunteers are always needed and welcome. Donations can be dropped off at 506 Seventh St. in Racine. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Margaret at (262) 898-2940. For more information, visit our website at

The Arc of Racine

The Arc of Racine is an organization that provides advocacy, support and education to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. All donations are greatly appreciated.

  • Volunteers to help with fundraising events
  • Gift cards to use as door prizes 
  • Cash donations 
  • Used cars, boats for our Car Donation Program (cars will be towed from your location if needed)

To donate please call our office at (262) 634-6303 or email us at

Caledonia Historical Society

The Caledonia Historical Society is trying to equip a workroom to continue their efforts to restore the 1902 railroad depot in Linwood Park.

We are in need of:

  • 10-inch contractor or cabinet table saw
  • 14-inch bandsaw
  • Floor or bench drill press
  • Router and bits
  • Cordless drills and bits
  • Heat guns
  • Paint scrapers
  • Ladders and scafolding
  • Cash donations to purchase paint

Also needed are supplies of tools and materials to finish the exterior painting.
Contact Michael E. Michna, president, at (262) 758-2131 or via email at

Housing Resources Inc.

Housing Resources Inc. is a HUD-approved agency that provides training for first-time home buyers as well as post-purchase foreclosure-prevention counseling and assistance.


  • Legal-size filing cabinets, two-drawer or four-drawer

If you would like to make a donation, contact Mark Schultz, program manager, at (262) 636-8271, or at Housing Resources Inc., 1442 N. Memorial Drive, Racine.


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